Bemis School of Art

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VA1 Venutian Soldier Bust Sculpting

Join Cochiti Pueblo artist Virgil Ortiz in this hands-on workshop as he demonstrates and instructs the clay-working processes he uses to create his exquisitely smooth and finely detailed ceramic head and shoulders forms.  Atop a simple armature base, and under Virgil’s watchful eye, participants will work towards creating their own sculptural busts.  Day one begins with an artist talk and slide presentation, then finishes with the entire group (instructor included) getting hands touching clay and starting their own personal pieces.  Day two starts with more demonstrations, completion of the wet-working steps, and finishes with a discussion of final surface treatments.  Some clay experience required.


Ages 16-Adult

Instructor: Virgil Ortiz

FAC Member Price: $60

Non-Member Price: $75



Class Dates:

October 13 – 14


10 a.m.-3 p.m.


2 sessions

Class Categories:

Ceramics, Clay, Intermediate, Sculpture, Visiting Artist


Bemis School of Art

818 Pelham Place

Additional Info


Ages 16-Adult




This workshop is supported by an Andrew W. Mellon grant.

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