Over the weekend I attended an air dry clay workshop with Lisa Matrundola. The class was extremely informative and eliminated a lot of the frustration I had with the materials when I tried to experiment with them myself a couple of years ago. Sculpture is not an intuitive process for me and I struggled with several aspects of the process when I tried to figure it out on my own.
My primary frustration was with paint application on the sculpture, but I also struggled with the initial application of the material over the form. I realize now that I was putting it on too thick and that the form I made was not firm enough. This led to cracking and disappointment with overall appearance. There is not a lot of information for fine art application of this medium in books, which is my preferred way of learning outside of personal instruction, so I think the limitations of a hobby approach were my main obstacle.
I also struggled with paint application because I didn’t realize I could sand the material once it cured or that it required a coat of primer before using art quality paints. Lisa recommended using craft paints because they go on flat and opaque. I’m definitely looking forward to testing out her methods when I finish the building stages.
If you live in the N. Dekalb or Fulton County area, I highly recommend her classes at Spruill Center for the Arts.
Here’s a step-by-step gallery preview of my progress over the weekend. I will post more in-depth description and tutorials on my Patreon page once I have worked out the kinks and start creating sculptures to accompany my Wild Woman Portraits.
I didn’t get the best photos for this project because I was concentrating on instruction. If you have any questions, please feel free to comment here or reach out to me directly for more information on the process.