WORKSHOPS

May 25-27, 2019 Build a Personal Shrine Workshop
A 3-Day Workshop to Honor Spirit Through Artmaking
Next one: Memorial Day weekend (May 23-25, 2020) Saturday–Monday, 10am to 3pm (plus open studio hours)
$325 includes materials and bisque firing
At Clay Circle Studio in West Linn
Whatever your religious beliefs, a personal shrine can reflect your spirituality and give you a creative outlet to express goals, beliefs and ideals. It may be a memorial to a lost loved one or a way to focus on an aspect of self. Shrines, temples, altars, and empowered objects such as amulets, talismans and relics evoke unseen worlds, are ways to focus energy, and can be reminders that there is more to us than our egos.
This 3-day workshop is a chance to explore and create a personal shrine, incorporating symbolic imagery using paper, clay, and other materials.
• we will look at shrines and sacred objects from many cultures
• consider the structure and function of a shrine or an altar and its parts and inhabitants
• incorporate your own mythology in the form of totems, talismans, items from nature, etc.
• build your vision using collage, paper construction, and clay
• create a container for sacred objects
All levels of clay experience welcome. To sign up or for more info, contact me sara.swink@gmail.com or 971-271-0480.
Click here for more info and photos: saraswink.com/section/478396-SHRINE-WOR?

July 18-19 2-day Creative Process Workshop at Hoffman Art Center in Manzanita, OR
Creative endeavors raise questions like “What should I make?” “What do I have to say in my work?” and “How shall I say it?” Clay artist Sara Swink will introduce an approachable methodology that she relies on in her own work for exploring artistic vocabulary and cultivating personal style. Beginning with guided exercises in collage, doodling and clay, some discussion of the creative process and common obstacles, the workshop culminates in an image journal, clay sketches and ways to keep moving forward. Set aside what you know or what you don’t know about technique: this workshop is for complete beginners and experienced artists alike. Be prepared to come out of the workshop with a blast of creative momentum.
July 18 & 19, 2019, 10-4:30. Contact Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita for info and registration. hoffmanarts.org

August 9-13 5-day Totem/Narrative Clay Sculpture Workshop at my studio. A totem is one or more objects that helps tell the story of an individual or group. Totems, like shrines and other empowered objects, are a way to zero in on what inspires you or is meaningful. In this workshop, we will employ exercises such as collage on paper and sketching in clay to collect and play with images, ideas, stories, forms and surfaces that you might want to incorporate. From these source materials, we will develop and design one or more totems to make in clay. You may end up with a number of standalone pieces or pieces and parts for a stacking totem. You are invited to scale your work to a size that best suits your objectives for the week and comfort level, and within that scale, I will provide guidance and instruction in construction. We’ll look at a couple of approaches to stacking totems that are key to the design process. Some handbuilding experience is helpful.
$495 includes materials and bisque firing. Financial assistance available. Here's a link to see photos and get more info: saraswink.com/section/453712-TOTEM-WORK?

2-day Creative Process Workshop at my West Linn studio. Concentrated exploration of vocabulary and style using simple exercises in collage, doodling and clay. For all levels—set aside what you know or what you don’t know about technique. Learn a methodology for mining the riches of the unconscious for image vocabulary and artistic style. Need more info? Contact me at sara.swink@gmail.com or 971-271-0480. January 18-19, 2020, 10 to 4:30, $225 includes materials. For photos and quotes from participants, see saraswink.com/section/281230-2-Day-Crea?

NEW! Once a month Process Saturday Workshop
For those who have taken one of my other workshops, a chance to process your collage work more deeply, understand what the doodle has to offer, really look at and cultivate your vocabulary and style, and use these and other explorations to deepen your clay work, extend yourself, and potentially develop a new body of work. May 18, & June 15.
Let me know if you're interested. sara.swink@gmail.com or 971-271-0480.