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The Object-Model Relationship: A Sculpture Workshop with Grzegorz Gwiazda

Tuition: $1,500

Instructor: Grzegorz Gwiazda
Dates: July 8-12, 2024
Times: 9 am-4 pm daily, with a one-hour break for lunch
Levels/Ages: All levels welcome; ages 18+
Location: Chandler Studio


In this five-day workshop, students will use oil-based clay to sculpt from a live model posed with an object, or in relation to a base. The goal for each student is not to create a copy, but to interpret the arrangement from their own, unique perspective, and to tell a personal story.


Supplies: Please consult the instructor’s supply list to confirm and/or obtain the items you will need for the workshop.
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Artist Bio

Grzegorz Gwiazda studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Poznań and in Warsaw, and at the Accademia di Belle Arte di Brera in Milan. In 2009, he graduated summa cum laude from the Warsaw Academy. He has been teaching at the University of M. Grzegorzewska in Warsaw since 2010 and, beginning in 2015, at the Barcelona Academy of Art. 

Gwiazda’s works are in numerous European collections, including the permanent collection of the Museu Europeu d’Art Modern in Barcelona.

Notes from the Artist

“The function of art is to explore its boundaries and to search for new forms of expression. As I see it, this serves to adapt its forms to the sensitivity of people immersed in a certain cultural situation. This is necessary because this cultural context is plastic and constantly changing. Confronting the study of the model, I consider it a necessary introduction to artistic activities, indispensable mainly because it allows one to understand the meaning of the compositional structure on the one hand and the impossibility of making copies of nature on the other. This fundamental ‘deficiency’ of figurative sculpture is very effectively illustrated by phenomena such as readymade or body art. From clay, stone, or bronze, one cannot make a human being. I used quotation marks, writing about deficiency, because I consider this alleged defect to be a space in which something new can arise. Acceptance of these limitations frees us from the bonds of mimesis and provokes us to search for and create new formal solutions. Understanding the nature of the means available to the sculptor allows us to build very suggestive stories.” -Grzegorz Gwiazda