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International Summer Academy of Fine Arts and Media | Venice


Dates: July 3 – July 17, 2016

Masterclass: Andrzej Wełmiński

As the sculptures of Andrzej Wełmiński has to been seen as a part of a scenography, this 2 weeks class will start with developing “a story” and building sculptures as parts of a scenography. In the second week the building process will be continued and reflected on the background of the scenography developed for the “story of sculptures.”

The material to be used will be clay, but also fabrics and paper.

The sculpture can be stand alone or a string puppet.

What makes this class so unique is that the sculpture relates to the environment and the performative aspects of the sculpture in its scenographic environment is as important.

This means that participants of this class will have elaborated sophisticated sculptures at the end of the week, which are to be seen as elements in a scenographic setting of a story or a performance. Sculptures will not only be representing human bodies or theatrical roles, but also possibly machinery or moving structures.

The student will define “the story” he or she wants to tell and they will together with Andrzej Wełmiński develop the ideas in which way it can be best represented.

There are several topics of special interest which will be applied to this sculpture class:

  • Sources of imagination
  • Spaces
  • Time
  • Matter
  • Motion
  • Transformations of objects
  • Tensions
  • Found object
  • Animation of objects
  • The memory of objects
  • Disappearing objects
  • Site specific

Participants will be encouraged to bring in their own non-standard solutions, subjective interpretation of the scene as well as for collecting the starting materials, keeping their notes, conscious observation of the searching for the final result and finding their own expression formula.