Andréa Keys Connell July 18-22

Andréa Keys Connell
From the Toe, UP!
July 18 - 22 

Some handbuilding experience is helpful.

In this workshop, students will learn how to build a freestanding figure 20 - 24” tall, starting with the toes and working their way up. Andréa will demonstrate the hollow building method that she uses to construct her larger than life figures. This construction technique can easily be adapted to any scale when students return to their home studios. Attention will be given to anatomy, posture and gesture to convey emotion and the narrative of each figure. Details of hands, feet, clothing and facial features will be stressed to further create personality and character in these unique sculptures. Andréa will also demonstrate how to deconstruct a figure for firing, how to reconstruct post firing, and various cold surface techniques. Work will be bisque fired after the workshop.

Andréa Keys Connell received her BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art, and her MFA from Ohio University. She is an Assistant Professor and Head of the Clay Area in the Department Craft/Material Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University. Andréa’s work has been featured in a number of national and international publications, most recently, Art Papers, Korean Monthly Ceramics, and Ceramics Monthly. Andréa is also a featured artist in the recent books Ceramics and the Human Figure and Lark Books, 500 Figures in Clay. She has had solo exhibitions of her work at The Florida Holocaust Museum, The Clay Studio, and The Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft. Andréa also works on large-scale public art commissions such as the See Also endowment commission with the Cleveland Public Library.


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