Brookgreen Gardens is a National Historic Landmark and a
nonprofit institution with the most significant collection of figurative
sculptures in an outdoor setting by American artists in the world, in addition
to having the only zoo accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums on
the coast of North and South Carolina. And, you can also explore your creative
side at Brookgreen Gardens with several exciting workshops!
Brookgreen Gardens encompasses more than 9,000 acres that feature three main areas of attractions: the Huntington Sculpture Garden, the Lowcountry History and Wildlife Preserve and the Center for American Sculpture. The Huntington Sculpture Garden opened in 1932 as America’s first public sculpture garden. Today, the garden features more than 1,200 works of art spanning the entire period of American sculpture from the early 1800s to the present.
The Sculpture Garden is complemented by the Lowcountry History and Wildlife Preserve, which boasts the remains of the once-great Oaks Plantation of the 1800s and the Gullah culture of the enslaved Africans who sustained it, as well as the native plants and animals of the Lowcountry. The Center for American Sculpture, which opened in October 2003, contains a sculptor’s studio, library and offices. Its purpose is to provide a place to create, teach, research and promote figurative sculpture by American artists. It hosts sculpture master classes and workshops each year and supports a master sculptor-in-residence program.
Brookgreen Gardens, a National Historic Landmark, also host sculpture workshops throughout the season that have included learning to modeling the Horse, taught by Carter Jones of New York City. During this workshop students receive instruction on the anatomy and characteristics of the horse and will complete a head and neck portrait using water-based clay.
Other workshops include the Principles of Figure Modeling and Portraiture, taught by Rosie Sandifer of Santa Fe, N.M. During this workshop students have the chance to model both a figure and a portrait working from live models. Another popular workshop is the Portraiture: Self or Sitter, taught by Janice Mauro of Redding, Conn. Janice teaches students to use water-based clay to sculpt a life-sized head, either of themselves, of another person they wish to bring to the workshop or from photographs of another person.
The main focus of this workshop will be to achieve a likeness, attitude and expression. Instruction will be given on the physical changes of aging, anatomy of the head and face, as well as how to take careful proportional measurements, even from photographs. During the final session, students will hollow their sculptures to prepare for firing.
“The sculpture workshops, taught by our Sculptors in Residence, are a very important element of Brookgreen Gardens,” said Helen Benso, vice president of marketing for Brookgreen Gardens. “Not only do these workshops honor the foundation upon which Brookgreen Gardens was built, but they enable us to foster the appreciation of the sculpture collection as a living asset to Brookgreen Gardens, in addition to helping aspiring and experienced sculptors hone their craft.”
By Melody Schubert
These are among the unique events held at the Brookgreen Gardens. To learn more about other programs and plan your visit to the Brookgreen Gardens call (843) 235-6000 or visit www.Brookgreen.org.