Wood Carving & Puppet Design
This unique residency workshop will focus on wood as a primary construction material for building performing objects. We’ll work with traditional carving techniques as well as rotary power tools to create masks and bodies, and then get deep into the mechanics of joints and controls. We’ll look at various ways that wooden sculpture may be employed to create realistic notions, and explore more abstract ideas, delighting in the unexpected discoveries that come with a sense of playfulness in the creation process.
We will take advantage of the collaborative nature of this workshop to share ideas, and create an environment which fosters colloquy, experimentation, and a supportive creative atmosphere.
Formal instruction and demonstrations will begin each day at 9 am and run until dinner. The evenings will include open studio and specialized programming such as a show-and-tell and puppet-film night. Access to the studio space is 24 hours and we may wander the museum during regular museum hours. Field trips to the Clark Art Museum, Williams College Museum, hiking, and swimming holes will be organized once the group arrives, and as time allows.
Residency — When we’re not engaged in studio time, we will have unlimited access to wonder the halls of MASS MoCA and find inspiration in the work of Sol LeWitt, Anselm Fiefer, Franz West, Laurie Anderson, Louise Bourgeois, Jenny Holzer, James Turrell and many other world class artists.
Design — The abstract/realism continuum; emotion and tone; larval lumps, mask design, conceptual approaches, the interplay between design and performance.
Carving — Rotary-tool & traditional wood carving techniques.
Controls — Discussion of effective control mechanisms for different situations.
Joints — Leather, fabric, interlocking, ball and socket, shock cord.
Hansjürgen Fettig — Discussion of designs and mechanisms imagined by the ingenious German puppet maker.
Painting — Planning, mixing, washes, scumbling, dry-brush, air-brush, color theory.
Costuming — Simple patterning and sewing.