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Clay Busts

Intro to Ceramic Bust Building
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Ben Magnuson

on 27 September 2012

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Transcript of Clay Busts

Clay
Busts History of
Portraiture
Sculpture Roman Portraiture Sculpture has been
discovered dating back to the time of
Constantine the Great Emperor Constantine I The sculptors used different materials and separated private sculpture from public sculpture Antonius Pius Sculpture of man Privately, portrait sculpture
was used for funerals.
-Busts of the deceased were placed by their urns Public uses were often honorary sculptures of political official or army commanders
-They were usually built to celebrate an achievement More recently Sculptor and ceramics teacher, Robert Arneson created portrait sculptures in the 1960's

His art was considered "funk art" Robert Arneson and a self-portrait His self-portraits show a lot of emotion and often have comical movement Even with his comical style, he uses great detail to portray himself Currently, There is a society of portrait sculptors who can be found at portrait-sculpture.org Your Assignment -Create a life-like ceramic bust from the shoulders up. -Make sure you observe all sides of the head before creating the piece.
-This is a sculpture-in-the-round, so it will be seen from all sides Work from multiple images, from multiple angles Sci-Fi type of busts will be allowed, if checked with me first No masks, cliche smiley faces, or already made clay busts can be used! There is no specific size requirement, but don't make them unusually big Pay close attention to detail and proportions Here are some tips for building techniques 1st thing you need is any Idea/Image that you can do and be happy with.

2nd bring in a workable picture of your image. Shoulders up.

3rd construct a base.

4th start building with clay. Always rap and take care of your clay. Busts are to be clean. If clay is left untouched or ruffed up it should be to create a textured effect. The choice of how you want your art work to turn out is your choice. The construction of the bust is only part of the process. You need to think big, work hard, and not settle for less. We all work differently but we call all do more if you just believe in yourself. Layers can be little and soft. Cutting out clay creates a dark shape or line. Do not make lines. You should be making level changes. If you are going to glaze your art work. You need to have a color plan in place prior to glazing. Remember to layer clay. Eye balls are under eyelids. Teeth are under lips. Object need to keep there shape. Do not let the clay become lazy and fall over. Your Bust needs to obvious to others. Size and shape of object on and around face should look real. Guidelines Review -Make a realistic ceramic bust from the shoulders up.

-Create your bust based off of images from multiple angles of a figure.

-Sci-Fi figures must be checked out first.

-No masks, cliches, or re-makes.

-Pay attention to detail and proportions.

-Be reasonable with the size. (75%)

-No specific due date yet: I will have a better idea by Monday. DEMO TIME Back to the wedging table everyone Around 75% of
actual size
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