I still have some work to do on my Minotaur’s head, body, etc but I wanted to go ahead an attach him to a base to get an overall idea on how the sculpture is going to look. Adding the base is a pretty easy task with wax since there really is no need for a support system (armature) for it to be able to hold up the sculpture. Also, another huge advantage for using wax is that I was able to create wax cast from some of my other skull sculptures. This allowed me to add a few of my already previously sculpted skulls to the base verse having to spend a lot of time sculpting each individual piece. I have so many projects going on right now shortcuts like the wax cast really help me move the piece along. I’m also able to sculpt the pieces together in a way in which they look unique, so the sculpture is not “cheapened” by this process. Read the rest of this entry »
For the most part I live a very healthy lifestyle, I’m in the gym six to seven days a week, eat very clean (except for Saturdays) and rarely drink. I’m not oblivious to the fact that most people will probably find me to be a pretty boring person but hey I am what I am. However, that being said one of the vices in my life is that I like to smoke cigars. I don’t get to smoke them often, at best only a couple times a week, but they are something I’ve come to really enjoy over the years.
I enjoy collecting different cigar accessories, for example lighters and cutters, however one of the key accessories that was missing from my collection was a cigar ashtray. There are quite a few cigar ashtrays out there that have a good design but I have yet to find one that really grabs my attention. One of the key advantages of being an artist is that if I’m unable to find what I’m looking for in the commercial market I can always create it myself. I wanted an ashtray consisting of skulls and skulls so it was off to the workshop to begin my project. Read the rest of this entry »
We know how difficult it is to come up with new and yet inexpensive ideas for classroom art projects. Our staff is always on the alert for great new ideas (if you have any, let us know! We are always adding to our library of free downloadable lesson plans). Our art lesson plans are either in PDF format or PowerPoint presentations, and they can be downloaded absolutely free. For elementary school students there are easy-to-follow explanations of lithography; portrait sculpture in clay; dinosaur bone clay relief sculpture; polymer clay bead making; prehistoric cave art; and even making clay skulls to celebrate Mexico’s Day of the Dead. For high school students there are more advanced art projects such as multi-color printing; sculpting insects with polymer clay; relief sculpture; making reproductions of Chinese vessels in bronze; sculpting life sized heads and ceramic self-portraits. There is also an Introduction to Glass in the Classroom; making fused and slumped warm glass objects d’art; glass casting; and glass jewelry making. Read the rest of this entry »