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Artist to teach classes in sculpting, modeling

Nov 09, 2012

The Fairfield Art Association announces a special sculpting and modeling miniature head class with visiting artist Kenneth Rowe.

Rowe is a native of Fairfield and has become a successful artist, having been employed with Will Vinton’s Claymation and Stopmotion, renown for the California Raisins.

The two-evening workshop will take place from 7-9 p.m. Thursday and Nov. 29 in the Fairfield Art Association Studio in the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center.

Students will be sculpting and modeling a doll-sized head with polymer clay, creating a small armature, and learning the human anatomy proportions, along with defining visual and individual character.

The evening classes will accommodate two groups of participants at the same time: high school age and older; and fourth- through eighth-graders. The younger artist students will be assisted by art instructor Kella J.

The class fee is $30 total for both classes, and preregistration should be made to  kella@kellaj.com, or 641-799-3209 as space will be limited. All materials are included.

The Fairfield Art Association welcomes the opportunity to have Rowe instruct the sculpting class while he is back in Fairfield. He is the son of Tom and Jane Rowe, and received his bachelor of fine arts in sculpture from the University of Northern Iowa and his master of fine arts in sculpture from the University of Oregon.

Since 2004, he has been an art educator in higher education. His work has been exhibited at the Cumberland Gallery in Nashville, Tenn.

The artist’s statement on his website says, “My upbringing as an artist was conservative. I grew up looking at masters of the figure: artists like Michelangelo, Bernini, and DaVinci. They inspired me to study the human form. I continue to enjoy the challenge of translating a likeness on a small scale while communicating a specific idea.The figure allows me to convey the human condition through situations and characters with which viewers can readily identify.The ideas for individual sculptures are autobiographical at the start, taking from my experiences, my family life, my intellectual battles, my emotions. In their specificity, they take on a universal appeal. In each sculpture, I include objects that hold multiple meanings as well as nostalgic allure. It is also important that my work conveys a playfulness referring to the innocence of childhood curiosity.”

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