2015 Workshops and Classes

Shemer Art Center Ceramic Sculpture Workshop

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Jane Kelsey-Mapel       “Animal Expressions” 

Thursday & Friday, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., January 8, 9 & 23, 2015

$150 – 3 sessions, $25 materials fee

Register at:  http://www.shemerartcenter.org/programming/event-registration/

Explore the expressive potential of animal imagery by creating clay sculptures of animals or animal/human “hybrids”. For inspiration, the instructor will show examples of animal sculptures by contemporary ceramic artists. Using slab construction techniques, participants will begin by creating wall masks and then move on to building an entire animal form. Students may bring photographic images as references for basic structure, but are encouraged to work loosely and expressively attempting to capture the essence of the animal spirit.

The last day of the workshop, participants will apply translucent underglazes to their sculptures using washes and stains similar to watercolor techniques. Finished work will be available for pick-up after the glaze-firing.

Shemer Art Center  http://www.shemerartcenter.org
5005 East Camelback Road Phoenix, AZ 85018
Phone: (602) 262-4727


Scottsdale Artists’ School Ceramic Sculpture Workshop

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Jane Kelsey-Mapel
Figurative Pitchers and Mugs Inspired by Traditional Toby Jugs

Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., February 27, 2015
Water-based Clay/All Levels
$90/1 day

Register at:  http://scottsdaleartschool.org/course/figurative-pitchers-and-mugs/

A Toby Jug, dating back to the 1760’s, is a figurative ceramic pitcher modeled in the form of a popular character, historical, fictional or generic and can also be a person or animal. This workshop will provide art educators and artists with an opportunity to create their own Toby Jug or Character Mug using the repoussé slab-building technique. Repoussé is a process in which volume and structure are quickly developed by pressing out forms from the backside of the slab. The technique can be adapted in the classroom for students of all ages. Jane will present images ranging from traditional English Toby Jugs and Early American Face Jugs to contemporary character mugs. She will discuss anatomy and proportion and will demonstrate the application of underglazes. Please plan to eat lunch in, as Jane will present a slide lecture during the lunch hour. http://www.janekelseymapel.com
Educators earn six clock hours toward professional development.

Scottsdale Artists’ School, http://www.scottsdaleartschool.org
3720 North Marshall Way, Scottsdale, AZ 85251, Phone 480-990-1422


Mesa Art Center Ceramics Classes

Jane Kelsey-Mapel, Home, 2011, porcelaineous stoneware, underglaze, concrete and stainless steel, 34.5 X 18 X 12 inches

Jane Kelsey-Mapel   Figure Sculpture

Saturdays, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., January 17 – March 14, 2015

Jane Kelsey-Mapel   Independent Studio

Saturdays, 2 p.m. – 5 p.m., January 17 – March 14, 2015

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Mesa Arts Center, One East Main St., Mesa, AZ, 85201, Phone 480-644-6520


Scottsdale Artists’ School Workshop Dec. 6, 7 & 14

"Lizzie and Maya", portrait goblets, porcelaneous stoneware, underglaze and glaze, 8 X 4 X 3.5 inches

“Lizzie and Maya”, portrait goblets, porcelaneous stoneware, underglaze and glaze, 8 X 4 X 3.5 inches

Scottsdale Artists’ School Workshop – December 6, 7 & 14

“Hollow Built Figure Sculpture and Kiln-Fired Surfaces”

December 6, 7 & 14, 2013

Friday- Saturday and following Saturday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Tuition $395 + $35. glaze/firing fee

During the first two days, students will work in water-based clay using slab building techniques to create small scale heads and torsos in the form of wall masks, figurative drinking cups and/or free standing sculptures.  On the third day of the workshop, students will apply translucent underglazes as stains and washes of color similar to water color techniques.  The pieces will be glaze fired after the workshop.  All levels of experience are welcome.   Jane will encourage participants to work loosely focusing on responding expressively to the clay as it takes on form and gesture.

Scottsdale Artists’ School

3720 North Marshall Way

Scottsdale, AZ  85251

(480) 990-1422, Toll Free (800) 333-5707