Surf-N-Turf: Sea-life and Land Animals Sculpted in Bas-Relief

       July 23rd - 27th, 2019 (Arrive July 22nd & Depart July 28th

Course Description
This workshop is for intermediate and advanced students. Students will be sculpting bas-relief style horse beads, hedgehog beads and various sea-life beads. Students will learn to sculpt these animals from both photo reference and instructor-drawn examples. Students will learn how to break down the shapes of these animals and how to apply those shapes to sculpting in a bas-relief or low-relief style on a base bead. An overview of various animal anatomies will be covered to help you create realistic and lifelike low-relief animal and sea-life beads. Students will also learn how to use specialty dental to facilitate and ease sculpting in a low-relief style as well as 3-D subject matter. Some photo and diagram reference will be provided to the students to better illustrate shape, anatomy and composition breakdown.

Day 1: Sea-life (Surf)
An “organic nugget” exercise using glass “shorts” will be our warm-up exercise to teach students the technique of a “walking-twist”. Students will then apply this technique to creating realistic “ocean” or water base-beads. Students will also be taught how to sculpt a Jellyfish, a Coral Reef and a Dolphin on water/ocean base bead.

Day 2: Sealife (Surf)
An “organic nugget” exercise using glass “shorts” will be our warm-up and first bead of the day. Students will be taught how to sculpt a Manatee, Nautilus and a 3D Octopus.


Day 3: Land Animals (Turf)
For this portion of the class I introduce the students to animals with discernible bone structure and skin textures. This is a long day and may carry over to day 4. We will start out learning to sculpt a horse step by step. This same process will be used to breakdown and sculpt a Giraffe and a Rhino. If time allows, an Elephant will also be demo’d and taught to teach additional skin texturing techniques.


Day 4: Quills and Scales (Turf)
For this portion of the class I like to add an additional texture component. For this I teach cane how to make a complex cane and how to apply it to create both “quills” and “scales”. To illustrate these techniques I teach a bas-relief/side view Hedgehog, I’ll demo  the 3D “Shy Hedgehog” and also cover 3 different styles of Dragon for the students to make cane for and sculpt.

Day 5: Feathers (Turf)
For an additional texture and surface detail component, I teach the students another cane application to mimic “feathers”.  To illustrate these techniques we will make a complex cane and I will teach the students to make both a Rooster/Hen as well as a Parakeet/Parrot.


Joy Munshower