This fall, Rivkah Walton is offering three sculpting opportunities at the Allens Lane Art Center in the West Mt. Airy neighborhood of Philadelphia. It's an easy 20-minute drive from Center City, tuition is reasonable, and there's plenty of free parking on site. Come study in this supportive atmosphere:Form-ation: An Introduction to Sculpting in Clay
Seven 3-hour Sunday Sessions
Oct 18 - Dec 13 (skip Nov 29, Dec 6) 10:30 am - 1:30 pm
Adults and mature teens
Come experience the basics of sculpting in clay and learn to
- see and shape planes, volume, and texture;
- identify balance, proportion, and gesture;
- make, use, and take care of your tools and materials;
- understand the historical context of sculpture, from primitive,
to classical, to abstract.
We will use a step-by-step process to cast a "subject," sculpt an organic form, and finish it for firing or casting. This course will give you the basic skills and understanding that will support further explorations in portraiture and figurative or abstract sculpture.
Tuition $170, plus $25 materials fee covers clay, armature and casting materials, and firing. A short list of recommended basic sculpture tools will be provided at the first class.
ART & SPIRIT SERIESFertility: Figurines, Amulets, and Plaques
Two 3-hour Thursday Evening Sessions
Sept 24 & Oct 1 6:00 - 9:00 pm
A Workshop for Adults
From time immemorial, people of all cultures have sought to ensure the fertility of themselves, their land, and the work of their hands. Come explore ancient fertility symbols female and male figurines, flora and fauna and create your own figurine, wearable amulet, or wall plaque as a focal point for your own prayer or meditation. In the first session, we will explore the historical images and plan our own; in the second session we will bring our creation to life.
$50 tuition, plus $25 materials fee includes polymer clay and basic tools.Make Your Own Mezuzah Case
One 3-hour Sunday afternoon session
Oct 25 2:30 - 5:30 pm
A Workshop for Adults and Mature Teens
Most Jewish homes have a mezuzah case on the doorpost of the house; many also have them on the entranceways to rooms inside. Come learn the ancient history and purpose of these ritual objects and the scrolls they hold, similar practices in other traditions, and the wide variety of ancient and contemporary styles. (Discover the secret code on the inner parchment, too!) Then create your own mezuzah case for your home or as a wonderful gift, using polymer clay and symbols important to you. After a quick baking, take it home that day!
$26 tuition, plus $10 materials fee includes polymer clays, basic tools, and light snack. Feel free to bring small heat-resistant items to include in your piece.Check them out and register at allenslane.org/artclass.htm!