Sculpting the Head in Clay - Merri Roderick

Western Colorado Center for the Arts - The Art Center

Monday, October 31, 2016 - Monday, December 12, 2016
The Art Center 1803 N. 7th Street Grand JunctionCO  81501
Monday, October 31, 2016 - Monday, December 12, 2016
The Art Center 1803 N. 7th Street Grand JunctionCO  81501

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What's Included

This is an introductory class in method and understanding of the sculptural dynamic of the human head. We will explore proportion, face planes and clay techniques that will give you the ability to render the head with confidence. There will be a detailed focus on modeling the eye, nose, mouth and ear and bringing it all together. This is not a portrait class but an introduction to the skills needed to render a believable, sculpted head. Merri Roderick worked for twenty years as a free-lance designer/sculptor making dolls, collector’s plates and figurines. She later earned a BFA in sculpture from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She taught sculpture and fused glass for ten years at the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs. Instructor email:

About This Organizer

The Art Center is a community arts organization dedicated to improving quality of life by promoting the enjoyment and understanding of the visual arts and related arts through studio art instruction, educational programs for children and adults, exhibitions and the acquisition, care and display of a permanent art collection.


Inspiring educational classes and a commitment to providing access to art for all people have been at the heart of The Art Center's mission since for over 60 years. "Participatory," "experiential," and "artist-driven" are words that describe the variety of programming from traditional to contemporary offered year round. Everyone can take the creative plunge through educational activities that are free and open to the public or provided at low tuition rates thanks to generous donors and sponsors. You can even apply for one of our need-based scholarship. Everyone should be a part of this vibrant creative community, and now there is no reason not to pick up a brush, a dirty piece of charcoal or even throw a bowl on the potter's wheel. Welcome to The Art Center, where creativity is life altering.

There is a class request list if you do not find what you, your child or teen are looking for. The Art Center holds five class sessions every year in painting, drawing, bookmaking, photography, glass and much more. Our programs seek to inspire individuals of all ages to explore, develop and celebrate their creativity.


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  • Western Colorado Center for the Arts

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The Art Center 1803 N. 7th Street Grand JunctionCO  81501
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