After completing a certificate in art at U.Q.A.T., complemented by a few workshops, the artist has continued to this day her research and experimentation with clay sculpture. Her knowledge of this technique is mostly self-taught, as with oil and acrylic painting that she continues to practice. She has taken part in several group exhibitions in Canada and France, winning several awards and prizes. ln 2003, the artist participated in an activity involving more than 900 students for 'Culture in Education' in collaboration with the Salle Augustin-Chenier and C.S.L.T. (Ville Marie, Qc.). The activity was based on a three-dimensional work that was incorporated for primary school-aged children. Also in 2003, the artist created, with 6 young adults, an acrylic painted mural depicting their vision of the history of our region. She also occasionally teaches art on a substitute basis at École Marcel-Raymond (Lorrainville Qc.).
The artist would continue in the three-dimensional aspect, using clay as the medium of expression. To familiarize students with the material, participants will begin by practicing their skills of observation applied to 3-D forms by copying simple shapes using clay. They will learn artistic terms such as: form, lines, proportion, texture, balance. Technical terms and methods applying to clay and sculpting will be mould, relief, sculpt by subtraction, by addition, score, slip, leather hard, green, bisque... Depending on the project, students will begin by having an idea that pertains to the proposed theme and making a rough sketch. They will know that they may change their work to certain degrees during the initial creative stage, while still respecting the theme. Creativity is the key here, using intuition and spontaneous internal inspiration by allowing the clay to dictate our senses, going slowly, calmly. Colour will be added after the bisque stage, sparingly, to enhance the form and texture of the sculpture. The artist likes to use paint as an accent, applying and rubbing, to work with the beauty of the clay.
Overall, what the artist hopes to inspire in students is what she feels is important in art, namely to enjoy the medium, be natural, personal, trust your instinct, keep it fun, and at the same time, learn a new technique and a means of expression. She could show students pictures of her work from a C.D., although she believes that this may influence the participants' personal inspiration. Soft music may also be played to help keep a calm atmosphere. The artist sees projects as a three-stage activity; one period for the preliminary ideas, forming and finishing the initial sculpture, one period for finalizing the leather-hard sculpture consisting of hollowing out (if necessary) final touches, and a third period for the colouring of the sculpture.
Examples of activities
The artist imagines working mostly with secondary-age students or for more simple projects, grades 5 and 6 students. Proposed projects could consist of themes pertaining to certain school activities.
A few examples
For a larger more important project, a graduating class (or other class) could create a mural using tiles that participants form in relief. The mural could portray any theme that is indicative of student life. The tiles could then be installed permanently in the school to be admired by all for many years to come.
The workshop requires sculpture tools, a pottery oven and a block of clay for six to eight students, at an approximate cost of $20 per block. In schools, where there is no pottery oven, bakeless clay can be used.
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