Spring 2006

Education of a Sculptor

Vol. IV, No. 1

by Kyunghee Pyun

The Art Students League of New York and the National Academy School of Fine Arts are both known for their long-standing tradition of studio art classes. The Academy came first, with a program for young artists beginning in 1826; its sculpture program was established in 1886. The League, in a split with the school over administrative and curricular priorities, opened its doors in 1875, adding sculpture classes around 1888. For more than 120 years, then, these schools have trained a great many sculptors, including some of the most outstanding names in twentieth-century American art: David Smith, Dorothy Dehner, Alexander Calder, Malvina Hoffman, to name just a few. According to Stephanie Cassidy, archivist at the Art Students League, its illustrious faculty has featured such notables as Augustus Saint-Gaudens, Gutzon Borglum, Alexander Calder, William Zorach, Nathaniel Kaz, Chaim Gross, Sidney Simon, Arthur Lee, and Jose DeCreeft. Todayââ¬â¢s roster includes Anthony Antonios, Lorrie Goulet, Barney Hodes, Grace Knowlton, Leonid Lerman, Seiji Saito, Jonathan Shahn, Rhoda Sherbell, Gary Sussman, and Greg Wyatt.
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Elisabeth Gordon Chandler: Sculptor, Educator, Arts College Founder
by Helen Barnett

Remarkable is the word often used to describe Elisabeth Gordon Chandler, both as a person and for her achievements - as sculptor, teacher, and founder of Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts in Old Lyme, Connecticut. There is also her remarkable longevity: at age 92, she continues to sculpt in her own studio, and to teach, giving weekly critiques of her students' work. . .
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Teaching th
by Kim Carpenter

The New York Academy of Art and the Florence Academy offer particularly instructive examples of how educational institutions instruct students in the fundamentals of capturing their evocative and often elusive human subjects. Both focus solely on figurative sculpture, painting, and drawing, and as such, their curricula serve as primary examples of the methodology and pedagogical approaches instructors rely upon to train an emerging generation of figurative sculptors. While other fine and studio art programs - such as those at the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of Oklahoma do not center exclusively on figurative sculpture, their course offerings also indicate how artists are being taught to render the human formââ¬Â¦
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EvAngelos Frudakis A Sculptor's Life of Learning
by Jodie Shull

I can teach technique," said EvAngelos Frudakis, but I can't make you an artist." Sculpture students who entered the Frudakis Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia remembered these words. Hard work, discipline, and dedicated practice lay ahead. Those seeking to become sculptors must first master the fundamentals of the craft, including correct anatomy, balance, rhythm, and proportion. Frudakis taught that excellence does not come easily, but with the passion he felt for sculpture, he convinced his students that excellence is worth the effort. . .
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