For yesterday’s Head & Figure Sculpture 2 class, instructor Guy Wilson lead his class through the process of casting a mold off a student’s face. The casting will be used by students to sculpt a scaled-up face in relief, several times the size of the original.
First, a cardboard tray is framed around the face, with a straw to breathe
Quick-set rubber is mixed with water
Onto the face! A good time for the subject to Zen-out.
Academy of Art University School of Fine Art: Sculpture students and faculty will be featured prominently in the upcoming issue of Sculpture Review, which is now on its way to subscribers! If you’d like to purchase a subscription with the National Sculpture Society (highly recommended!), head on over to their subscription page!
Stunning miniature head sculpts of our very own AAU Associate Director Margaret Keelan and instructor DJ Burt by student Kaijing Jin.
“When I heard the words ‘classical figurative sculpture’, I thought this is a place that really interests me,” says AAU Sculpture Chair Lawrence Noble, recalling his first reaction to the possibility of heading up the university’s sculpture department at the Cannery in San Francisco. “It just hit me right where I live in terms of what my work symbolized and what a wonderful opportunity it would be to explain the 40 year adventure I’d been on.”
Lawrence Noble, who built a solid reputation as a graphic designer and movie poster illustrator in the 1970s, launched his acclaimed sculptural career in 1980 when a chance viewing of The Empire Strikes Back inspired the artist to try his hand at sculpture. “It was the character Yoda,” says Noble. “After I saw him, I just felt this need to express the inspiration into three dimensions, not my usual two. Some things just exceed our ability to completely understand them.”
Since that brush with the Force three decades ago, Noble has evolved into a master sculptor, counting bronze installations of Civil War General Philip H. Sheridan in Chicago, The California Firefighters’ Memorial, the San Bernardino County Peace Officers’ Memorial, and a new life-size Yoda for Lucasfilm’s Presidio headquarters in San Francisco among his many public commissions since 1990.
I recently sat down with Lawrence at the Cannery campus to discuss his new role as Sculpture Chair at Academy of Art University:
How did you find AAU, or how did AAU find you?
I was recommended to AAU by Eugene Daub, who is one of America’s foremost sculptors. We have a good relationship, respect for each other’s work, and we’ve known each other for decades. So I felt good that he felt good enough about me to recommend me here.