WINTER PARK — Are you a sculptor at heart? Is there a bust in your living room that you proudly created yourself?
Do you have a little studio in your home where you test your sculpting skills, as either a hobby or a passion?
If so, the Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens at 633 Osceola Ave. in Winter Park has an event coming up that will be idea for you.
The museum is hosting a special sculpting demonstration called “Sculpting a Classical Portrait,” as part of an ongoing exhibit at the museum called “From Start to Finish: The Florida Sculptors Guild Exhibition,” which continues through July 21.
On Saturday, July 13 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the museum’s visitors can learn from a renowned sculptor on what it takes to sculpt a “bust” — the upper shoulders and head of a person, representing the actual features of that individual.
Anyone who wants to see how it is done by professionals, and possibly figure out if they could sculpt one on their own, should consider taking in this event, said Claire Ponsonby, Polasek’s director of museum operations.
It’s the perfect event for a museum to sponsor, she added.
“We have had interactive-type demonstrations before, and this is our most current one,” Ponsonby said.
It’s well-suited for anyone who has ever tried to sculpt a bust, or love the idea of sculpting, because on July 13 one of the exhibiting sculptors, Peter Forster, will be there to create a portrait bust with a live model during a six-hour demonstration.
Ponsonby said this is an opportunity to learn about the classical approach to realistic portrait modeling, from armature construction to blocking in the shapes to modeling the features. Guests can stay for the full six hour demonstration, or come and go in the museum as they please.
The demonstration will include fixing clay to an armature; proper lighting, tools and techniques; achieving a likeness in clay; and composition for the portrait sculptor.
Ponsonby said the museum often hears from local residents who are not only art lovers, but also aspiring artists and sculptors themselves, which is why Polasek sponsors educational demonstrations like this.
“Our museum is not someplace a person visits once and then they’re gone,” she said. “So we have to be able to keep coming up with ways to cultivate the public and hold their interest.”
To learn more, call 407-647-6294 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Founded in 1961, the Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens is located in picturesque Winter Park, and for the past 50 years has been home to an art collection created by award-winning Czech-born American sculptor Albin Polasek.
Their primary exhibit is American representational sculpture, with more than 200 works by Polasek, as well as serving as gallery space for exhibitions on contemporary art in all mediums.
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