Litchfield, CT --
Contact: Janet L. Serra
For Immediate Release
Ever look at a beautiful bronze sculpture and wonder how it feels to create such art? The place to find out is the Bronze Casting Workshop with Master Sculptor David Boyajian on Saturday and Sunday, August 18 and 19th in New Fairfield, Connecticut. This unusual workshop, an intensive introduction to foundry techniques on a basic level, will take place at the Sculpture Barn, a unique center dedicated to the learning and appreciation of sculpture and other arts in the Litchfield Hills.
The 12-hour workshop will span two 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. workdays. To make bronze castings, students will learn to carve a relief shape in the negative into soft firebrick, and then pour molten bronze into the mold. Each participant will create a series of bronze castings that will be assembled by welding. Patina and mounting techniques will also be covered.
The cost of the program is $450, which includes lunch and 10 pounds of bronze. Everyone leaves with a finished bronze sculpture, Boyajian promises.
David Boyajian teaches students regularly at the Sculpture Barn, the center he founded in 2003 with his wife, Carter, a performance artist and designer. His metal sculture classes along with workshops for bronze, stone, and wood are for all levels, novice to experienced. His method uses modernist techniques for contemporary sculpture including traditional and functional three-dimensional art. Many of Boyajian's own creations are on display in the four-acre sculpture field adjoining the center.
The Sculpture Barn also includes a 3000-square-foot exhibit gallery showing many types of art. The summer exhibit through August 12 is Abstractions of Time Place and Nature, featuring steel sculptures by Roger Majorowicz and David Boyajian and paintings by Vincent Baldassano. The gallery space is also used for lectures, poetry readings, cabaret, and art film showings related to the exhibits. The barn is staffed by member artists.
The Boyajians are continuing a tradition for the barns, which were built in 1942 and converted into studios and living spaces in 1963 by their last owner, sculptor Mike Nevelson, son of the celebrated artist Louise Nevelson and a fine artisan in his own right. The Sculpture Barn is committed to preserving this history with resident artist and internship programs providing a balanced education including both the making and the business of art.
The Sculpture Barn is located on Milltown Rd. at Route 39 on the Danbury/New Fairfield town line. Gallery Hours are Wednesday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.. For further information on the bronze casting workshop or other classes, call 203-746-6101 or see www.sculpturebarn.com.
For more information on area activities and a free copy of UNWIND, a 112-page color guide to lodging, dining and all the attractions in the Litchfield Hills, contact the Northwest Connecticut Convention and Visitors Bureau, PO Box 968, Litchfield, CT 06759, (860) 567-45606, or visit the Internet at www.litchfieldhills.com.