Sergei Isupov | Figure Ground Workshops | 2018


Illustrated Sculpture Workshop with Sergei Isupov

Schedule 2018:
7 Day Workshop: September 23rd–29th, 2018.
3 Day Workshop: October 12–14, 2018.

Join internationally acclaimed sculptor Sergei Isupov for FIGURE – GROUND: Illustrated Sculpture, an intensive workshop exploring the sculpted form in clay, the painted surface and development of a personal narrative. At Project Art, in rural Massachusetts, the workshops and demonstrations combine hands-on active studio time with demonstrations, one-on-one instruction from Isupov and illustrated lectures by Isupov. Enjoy optional field trips to area museums, select studios and nearby natural settings.  Hands-on workshops are limited to 10, demonstration workshops are limited to 20.

In the workshops, Isupov will lead students through the techniques of slab construction, underglaze painting, and glaze application with the goal of completing several figurative sculptures. Students will use studio space in Project Art, a renovated 19th century Mill on the banks of the Westfield River.

The demonstration weekend workshops begin Friday night, with an illustrated lecture and a group dinner (6–9pm), Saturday is a full day (9am–5pm) demonstration and includes lunch. Sunday is a half day of demonstration (9am–12pm).  If desired, participants are invited to schedule a 30 minute portfolio review with Isupov and gallery director, Leslie Ferrin on Sunday on a first come, first serve basis for an additional fee of $50.

Sergei Isupov lives and works in Cummington, Massachusetts with his wife, Kadri, and daughter, Roosi. Working full-time as an artist, he has a long, international resume with works included in numerous public collections and important exhibitions. His work is featured in multiple books, catalogs, and magazines, and also shared via workshops and lectures at museums, universities and art centers.

Isupov is known for his highly-detailed narrative, ceramic sculptures, which feature completely illustrated in-the-round- paintings. Isupov continues to explore opposites as themes in his work. Emotional exchanges between men and women allude to romance, an affair, or simply mystery. Our own imaginations are asked to fill in and finish the narrative using personal associations.