This fall I've been taking a Friday Night Sculpture class. Usually I take life or portrait drawing but that was not offered this year, so I chose Sculpture. My goal in this sculpture class was to have fun and to learn to use all the power equipment and other materials. I like the class, like the teacher and of course, always love learning new things.
Supplies came with the class, and I pounced on a piece of rock on the first night, started making something small and have ended up with a tall 6 foot high piece that is still a work in progress.
I can't take a picture of the whole thing - it's too tall. This project started out as a person on a rock which I then placed on a piece of wood with trees in the back. I added the trees basically cause I wanted to learn how to use the drill press - which was great fun.
Of course, the tree limbs didn't stay in place very well, so I added shims and liked the way they bristled out of the base of the limbs.
The free standing little ladder took me ages to make, all fussy little pieces of wood, and glue and tiny nails.
Then I added the long legs, to make the overall piece like a table. In this I learned how to use a table saw, a drill and a drill that screws in nails. And I also learned to use a bandsaw - and am completely proud of myself for learning to use these tool.
The little "em like" person is air hardening clay, very leathery and hard, but fun to work with.
Another ladder at the base, just added it on Saturday night and still have some touch ups to do with paint.
And yet another ladder in the front, much easier to make this one for some reason. Practice?
I'll get a better picture when I take it into class next week. The instructor is reading all kinds of things into the ladders and the reaching for the sky and whatever. I just look at it and think "power tools" and am totally satisfied.