Nancy Jacobsohn: The Animal Image
February 18-21, 2016
Workshop Description: Animals have been the inspiration for artists since the time of the cave man. For the sculptor in clay, there are special challenges when attempting to create vibrant, exciting animal images. Nancy Jacobsohn has designed a workshop using a easily removable armature, that helps take away the frustrations of struggling with a standing gesture and allows you to build larger and faster. “We will work on hand modeling the animal of your choice addressing proportion, texture, hollowing, firing schedules, and a variety of possible finishing techniques.”
Bio: Nancy Jacobsohn was born in the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York. She earned a BA in art education from Pasadena College in California in 1970 and an MLAS from Vanderbilt in 2000. After graduation, she spent the next ten years teaching high school art in public schools in California, Massachusetts, and Georgia. In Tennessee, she worked for Cheekwood Fine Arts Center and Botanical Gardens as an teacher, then an Outreach Coordinator, and finally as the Director of Education. In 1996 Nan began working as a full time studio artist as a sculptor in clay. She is an exhibiting member of the Southern Highland Guild, Foothills Guild and Piedmont Guild. Her work is represented in galleries and collections throughout the United States and Canada and has multiple pieces represented in the Tennessee State Museum collection. She teaches clay sculpture workshops across the country is a teaching artist for the Tennessee Arts Commission . Nan Jacobsohn lives in Sparta Tennessee, is married to wood carver, Russ Jacobsohn, and has two daughters, Beth Cavener Stichter and Vicki Cavener. Learn more about Nancy Jacobsohn at www.theclayhorse.com.
Student Materials: Students should bring a size D-2 wire end tool. This tool is available through Mid-South Ceramic Supply Company and other art supply stores. Clay and armatures will be provided by Pocosin Arts and a Studio Fee will be assessed to cover the costs of these materials.