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Figurative Sculpture with Slab Construction
with Wanxin Zhang
September 20–22, 2013

Students will participate in the entire process of creating a figure out of clay. Each part of the process, from developing an idea, drawing sketches, creating a 3D maquette and enlarging the piece to a 24–30" sculpture, will be demonstrated in this three-day workshop. Participants will produce a bust or whole body figure based on individual and personal experience. The workshop will focus on exploring the differences between realism and caricature, accuracy and expression. Students will also explore surface texture, tool and hand marks, and the use of the material itself.


Wanzin Zhang

Wanxin Zhang
Such a Wonderful World

Wanxin ZhangWanxin Zhang began his art education at an early age. After graduating from college, he established his art career as a metal sculptor in China. He immigrated to the United States to continue his graduate studies in 1992, and in 1996, he received his MFA from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, California. Zhang is well known for his large-scale figurative clay sculpture with an international contemporary perspective. As a studio artist and an educator, Zhang was the first-place recipient of the Virginia A. Groot Foundation grant in 2006 and the Joan Mitchell Painters and Sculptors grant in 2004. Zhang has had many solo museum exhibitions, including at the University of Wyoming Art Museum, Fresno Art Museum in California, the Alden B. Dow Museum of Science and Art in Michigan, Bellevue Arts Museum in Washington, Holter Museum of Art in Montana and others. Since 2010, Zhang has been a lecturer at the Department of Art Practice at UC Berkeley. He is currently living and working in San Francisco, California.