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Living in Canada, Ellen Jewett is a sculptor whose artwork is internationally known for its life-like biological subjects, lush psychologically complex details, and seeming defiance of gravity. Her artwork has been featured in magazines, television, fine art anthologies, made appearances on book covers, and became part of public and private collections around the world.


Each detail of Ellen’s sculptures, down to the finest filigree, is free-modeled by hand to create arresting, life-like results. Within each piece, precision is balanced by chaos, exploring themes of natural beauty, curiosity, colonialism, domestication, death, growth, visibility and wildness.

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This single day intensive will take participants through the process of building a charismatic and detailed original creature of their choosing in polymer clay. The goal is to finish a full fist-sized creature with minimal bakes and leave the class with enough knowledge to pursue personal projects in future. 


Ellen will start with an overview of the whole process with an emphasis on what to consider from the outset including species choice, pose and color palette. You will learn how to create the construction, considering and discussing balance, anatomy and fragile points. After color mixing, and building the creatures from the inside out, Ellen will show different types of texturing and layering techniques to create the appearance of scales, fur, feathers and skin.


As your creatures' personalities start to unfold, Ellen will talk about facial structures and how to embed eyes and other objects for compelling expressions, and adding mineral pigments to accentuate and polish the look of the finished sculpture.

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