Sculpture students display projects in Pence Gallery

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Onlookers observing the student sculpture show at the Pence Gallery during the opening reception.

An eclectic variety of sculptural art from Sculpture 1 and 3-D Design, both taught by Bill Cravis, were displayed at the Pence Hall gallery in March. The artist reception on March 30. was filled with a host of students and teachers walking around everyday objects such as scissors, pocket knives and mascara made of cardboard and enlarged to massive sizes.

Paige Rajms, Bill Cravis and Kira Davis gather around Davis's sculpture made of plaster named "Fondle with Care."
Paige Rajms, Bill Cravis and Kira Davis gather around Davis’s sculpture made of plaster named “Fondle with Care.”
Sherry Woodyard, sculpture 1 student said that she chose to paint a butterfly mask on her sculpted head in remembrance of her friend Mel Nelson who recently passed and asked her to do an art piece on his instrumental song, "Rainbow."
Sherry Woodyard, sculpture 1 student said that she chose to paint a butterfly mask on her sculpted head in remembrance of her friend Mel Nelson who recently passed and asked her to do an art piece on his instrumental song, “Rainbow.”
Amanda Blair, Sculpture 1, shows off her pop-up project, “Going for the Gold.” Blair based her project off her equestrian team experience while she attended Redmond High and described that they were the state champions in 2013. Blair is now studying towards a bachelor in fine arts at OSU-Cascades.
Amanda Blair, Sculpture 1, shows off her pop-up project, “Going for the Gold.” Blair based her project off her equestrian team experience while she attended Redmond High and described that they were the state champions in 2013. Blair is now studying towards a bachelor in fine arts at OSU-Cascades.

Cravis explained that he tried to choose projects that allowed students to infuse the technical and conceptual. He enticed them to take risks and said he had more than one student struggle to take the cardboard project, where students took everyday objects and made a pattern to create them in a larger size in cardboard, before they added the final element of texture. Cravis had his students display two major works in each class. In sculpture 1 students were asked to produce a work of their head using seaward terracotta clay and an additive technique. Students also created an abstract piece out of plaster after completing a mockett (small mock up to base final sculpture on). In Basic 3-D design students made a series of plastic people, a large piece created from cardboard using a pattern produced by students and a pop-up book using mixed media.

Paige Rajms, Sculpture 1 student, said that the projects were very time intensive and that she was glad she did it even though the class was difficult.

 

Danielle Meyers | The Broadside
(Contact: dmeyers@cocc.edu)

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