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Scrappy Skull Shamans

Thomas Ashman
9:00 - 4:30
Friday June 25

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$ 170  

A shaman is someone who has access to, and influence in, the world of benevolent and malevolent spirits, a mystic who travels through altered states of consciousness in order to perceive and interact with the spirit world and channel transcendental energies into this world. In this workshop, students will attempt to capture some of the ephemeral essence of these magical beings in a relatively easy, but very well-built, figural assemblage. Students will cut, drill and fasten wooden components to fashion a rock-solid armature frame with poseable limbs, and just for fun, we’ll put an animal skull on top. After that, I will show you a pretty clever step by step process for approaching all figure-building, that you can use to open new creative doors of endless possibility. Finish off your spirit guide with some found objects, chains, charms, and/or strings of cool beads and stuff! Lots of room for individual expression upon the basic form and plenty of techniques to expand your skill set, as well as some new ways of thinking about how composition and construction work together in a piece of art.

Materials Fee $30 paid at beginning of class includes:

wood base, dowels, armature wire, clay, screws, nuts & bolts, tape, glue, paint, and an assortment of scrap fabric, trim, string, ribbon, beads, charms, found objects, and other stuff to swap and share.

Supplies Needed  to bring for Class:

Please bring one skull (or some other cool doll-type head), a pair of scissors and a medium sized paintbrush, a small assortment of favorite fabric scraps, trim, string, ribbon, beads, charms, found objects, and any other mystical materials to swap and share.

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