Developing the Sculptor's Eye with Simon Kogan, FNSS.
Action, energy, movement, and emotions in sculpture are not a dramatic mask or a symbolic gesture. These are parts of a hidden secret to discover and bring to life.
We will learn how to see in a model more than a tedious account of features and details. We will uncover hidden emotions in mundane poses and create unique, exciting sculptures. We will find whispering movement and turn it into pronounced action. We will see how motion and character are tied to anatomy and structure, and how they define both possibilities and limitations. Transforming a lump of clay into an exciting, powerful form is magic. I will help you develop an eye that uncovers these secrets. Students will work with a model, using the material of their choice (oil clay, water clay).
Simon Kogan was born in Russia. He received 13 years of classical academic training in Moscow, including an MFA as well as an apprenticeship under renowned sculptor Isaac Brodsky. Since immigrating to the U.S. in 1991, he has steadily risen to national prominence as a sculptor whose widely acclaimed work - monumental to miniature - reflects a bold, yet poetic pursuit of the archetypal and renders an ethereal quality highly resonant with the viewer. A Fellow of the National Sculpture Society, Simon Kogan has long shared his artistic passion through the teaching of sculpture, painting, anatomy and drawing in the U.S. and abroad.