TREE TO OBJECT: PRACTICAL WOODWORKING FOR SCULPTURE
10 sessions >> Wednesdays, February 8-April 19
No session on March 22 due to spring break
7:30-10:30 pm, 105, $480
In this class, we will explore the qualities of wood as a medium for constructing sculptural objects. With the use of hand tools, (both traditional and powered) which are relatively inexpensive, and safe to use, hardwoods, softwoods, and wood products such as plywood and MDF will be cut, joined, drilled, sanded, planed, smashed, repaired, carved and finished. The history of wood as a fine-art medium will be addressed, and class projects will be directed towards realizing the creative possibilities of this original carbon fiber to make structures of all kinds with creative freedom.
Topographical Layering: Using thin materials such as plywood, Masonite, or split wood shingles and a cutting saw such as a coping saw or jigsaw, construct three-dimensional landscape forms with the theory of topographic map layering that approximates curve gradients by representing profiles at even thicknesses. After looking at maps and understanding the concepts of elevation, sequentially outlined pieces will be joined with adhesive, nails, or screws to build up a solid form from seemingly “flat” wood that approximates a landscape of your choosing.
Marshall Elliott received his BA in Film Studies and English Literature at the University of Colorado, and his MFA in Sculpture at SFAI, where he received the Anne Bremer Memorial Prize. In addition to numerous San Francisco-area spaces such as The Headlands Center for the Arts, City Limits, Bass and Reiner, and the Jules Maeght Gallery, he has shown work in Colorado, Oregon, Chicago, and Nebraska. He is an affiliate artist at the Headlands and currently resides in Oakland.
Image courtesy of Marshall Elliott
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What materials (if any) will I need to bring to class?
Each course requires specific materials that we ask you bring to your first class session so you can get started making right away. Materials lists are available approximately two weeks prior to the course start date. Visit the SFAI website here, click on your course title, and then click on the blue "Materials List" link underneath the course dates. If you have any questions regarding materials, please contact Public Education Staff.
What are my transport/parking options getting to San Francisco Art Institute?
All classes meet at 800 Chestnut Street, between Jones and Leavenworth. You can find directions to campus on the SFAI website.
SFAI is located in a residential neighborhood, and free two-hour parking is available on all of the streets immediately surrounding the school. The two-hour restriction cuts off at 9 pm, so evening Public Education students do not need to move their car, unless you arrive prior to 7 pm.
SFAI is easily accessible via public transportation, with Muni bus lines #30 Stockton, and #47 Van Ness located within a few blocks of campus.
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