Cast Paper: Form and Image

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Cynthia Nourse Thompson is Curator and Director of Exhibitions at the University of Arkansas Fayetteville, Arkansas, and Clinical Assistant Professor teaching printmaking and book arts. Previously Thompson was Professor and Chair of Book and Paper Arts at Memphis College of Art, and visiting faculty at University of Georgia’s study abroad program in Santa Reparata International School of Art, where she taught book arts and printmaking. Thompson received a 2003 Tennessee State Arts Commission Fellowship Grant and has been a resident artist at Yaddo, Columbia College Chicago, Women’s Studio Workshop, Visual Studies Workshop, Minnesota Center for Book Arts, the Atlanta Printmakers Studio and in 2011 a Summer Senior Artist-in-Residence of Book Art and Printmaking at the Oregon College of Art and Craft.

Cynthia came to WSW to work on an artist’s book. She was spectacularly uncompromising about every aspect of the project. She makes fabulously interesting work, and is one of a handful of artists who use paper as both form and surface. She has loads of teaching experience. We are fortunate she is able to teach this summer at WSW.

Cast Paper: Form and Image

Cynthia Nourse Thompson
August 5-9, 2013

Focusing on traditional as well as experimental hand papermaking techniques, this class will challenge your assumptions of sculpture and the medium of handmade paper. You will create a variety of pieces experimenting with solid cast forms, shell forms and armatures. Additionally, you will learn how to make plaster molds — casting objects created by hand from clay or from found objects. You will gain a thorough understanding of processing and utilizing abaca, flax and cotton, and how the distinct characteristics of each fiber can be incorporated to enhance sculptural work. Imagery will be introduced to the sculptural work by experimenting with decals and pigments and stencils created on digital platforms.

Tuition $775/$720 members
Lab fee $50
Class limit 6

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