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Boisbuchet proudly presents this workshop in cooperation with RISD. This is a two-week workshop and grants (according to the US system) 3 academic credits for succesful participation. Please note the special conditions and check with your university if RISD credits would be accepted.

Dates: 12 – 25 June 2016
Tutor(s): Bruce Chao – RISD
Type of workshop: Sculpture
Cost: $4,220 (includes tuition, meals, shared accommodations, transport from Poitiers to Boisbuchet, lab fees and mandatory insurance)
Register for this workshop : http://ce.risd.edu/programs/risd-boisbuchet

This course initiates a vigorous sculptural exploration of culture by engaging students with nature within a constructed landscape.

Using the environment of Boisbuchet as both location and subject, students create site-specific sculptures as part of a series of purposeful and experimental interventions. Using simple materials – indigenous and interposed, processed and natural – students may elect to use basic hand tools and woodworking equipment as they involve meadow, forest, river, pond, stone, soil, wood, air, weather, sky, sun in their work. The camera or mobile phone is an essential tool for documentation as well as for “sketching,” which involves still and moving image, sound and time. Mutual assistance and true collaboration is encouraged.

Regular discussions and critiques consider dialectics of site/non-site, order/change, natural, human and art process, visible and unseen; felt experience, place, scale, expectation, artistic intention, chance, flaw, artifact, mimicry and more.

brucechaoBruce Chao is a sculptor and RISD faculty marking his 40th year of full-time college teaching. His diverse sculpture practice reflects a wide ranging curiosity that has involved warehouse size installations made of industrial glass, to more recent “sculptures in trees”, for which he trained as a professional arborist and attained certification. His 2014 installation, “Coracles”, for Rejmyre Art Lab in Sweden is but his latest foray into nature and degrees of “wilderness”, which he will continue at Boisbuchet.

Chao’s sculpture has received various recognition: John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, Creative Capital Foundation Grant, Howard Foundation Artist Fellowship, National Endowment for the Arts grants (4), and numerous state art council and college/university research grants. Chao has exhibited sculpture installations in NYC (PS 1, O.K. Harris Gallery, American Craft Museum), nationally from Washington, DC to Hawaii, and his works and installations have exhibited in Holland, Germany, France, and Japan. Chao’s broad summer residency experience includes artist-in-residence (MacDowell Colony, Pilchuck Glass School), and guest teaching in the U.S. and Japan (Haystack Mountain School, Me; Penland School, NC; Pilchuck Glass School, WA; Niijima International Glass Festival, Japan; Toyama City Institute of Glass Art, Japan).

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From 2D Field Sketch to 3D
Interpretive Drawing

Boisbuchet proudly presents this workshop in cooperation with RISD. This is a two-week workshop and grants (according to the US system) 3 academic credits for succesful participation. Please note the special conditions and check with your university if RISD credits would be accepted.

Dates: 12 – 25 June 2016
Tutor(s): Daniel Heyman – RISD
Type of workshop: Drawing / Installation
Cost: $4,220 (includes tuition, meals, shared accommodations, transport from Poitiers to Boisbuchet, lab fees and mandatory insurance)
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The rich and varied architecture of Boisbuchet, as well as the villages and countryside of the Poitou-Charentes that have been shaped by 20 centuries of human habitation, serve as inspiration for the large interpretive drawing installations participants create in this course. 
 
Students spend mornings in the field, sketching a variety of physical environments in and around Boisbuchet. In the afternoons and evenings, students’ observational field sketches form the basis for room-size interpretive drawings, using colored masking tape, cut paper, rope and string, and found materials, as well as all available surfaces, including walls, floors and ceilings. Students are asked to think about how far one can push the idea of “drawing” into three dimensions, without it becoming a sculpture. These 3D drawing installations are “completed” at least twice – halfway through the class, and a second time at the end of the class. The course provides ample opportunity for both group projects and independent work. Arrive with an open mind and a sense of adventure!

heyman-590 webDaniel Heyman, printmaker and painter, is a recipient of Guggenheim and Pew Fellowships, as well as multiple research grants from Princeton University and RISD. Residencies include Dartmouth College; Herzliya, Israel; MacDowell; Yaddo; Millay; and the Nagasawa Art Park. His work is in over 30 public collections including the Getty Research Institute; Hood Museum of Art; Library of Congress; New York Public Library; Philadelphia Museum of Art. A show of portraits of Iraqi torture victims from Abu Ghraib Prison was exhibited in 9 states; his most recent project, “Native Impressions: In Our Own Voice,” was a collaboration with Lucy Ganje and Kim Fink, both at the University of North Dakota, and 13 Native Americans from the 4 Indian Reservations in North Dakota, and will be exhibited throughout the US starting at the North Dakota Museum of Art and the American Philosophical Society in Philadelphia. 

Heyman’s work has been exhibited in major museums, libraries and galleries around the US including the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Minneapolis Institute of Art and the RISD Museum. He teaches at RISD, Princeton University and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art. Heyman holds degrees from Dartmouth College and the University of Pennsylvania and is represented by Cade Tompkins Projects.

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Exploring the
Sensory Landscape

Boisbuchet proudly presents this workshop in cooperation with RISD. This is a two-week workshop and grants (according to the US system) 3 academic credits for succesful participation. Please note the special conditions and check with your university if RISD credits would be accepted.

Dates: 12 – 25 June 2016
Tutor(s): Suzanne Mathew – RISD
Type of workshop: Mapping / Drawing / Installation
Cost: $4,220 (includes tuition, meals, shared accommodations, transport from Poitiers to Boisbuchet, lab fees and mandatory insurance)
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This course dives into the deep beauty of Boisbuchet’s natural setting and uses weather instruments to translate the dramatic sensory experience of the environment into a series of sketches, mappings, collages, body-scale drawings and site installations that engage a new level of understanding of the forms and phenomena that animate the landscape.
 
Students explore the expanses of the Boisbuchet landscape, from the meadows, to the Vienne River, to the woodland, and learn techniques to observe and map the elements that compose this 19th-century landscape: the gardens, vegetation, topography and water. These drawings then serve as a base for students to use their senses to explore changes in light, shadow, temperature and other atmospheric characteristics of the landscape that change from day to night, season to season, and through the forces of time. Each visit into the landscape helps students layer the impressions they create with their senses. Students work with instruments such as a weather meter, light meter and decibel meter to help translate their sensory experience into new modes of modeling and drawing that describe how one’s body recognizes and interprets the natural world.

suzannemathewSuzanne Mathew is a landscape architect and Assistant Professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture at the Rhode Island School of Design. Mathew received her BA in Biology from Williams College, and her M.Arch and MLA from the University of Virginia. Her work focuses on developing new techniques for measuring and visualizing the invisible, temporal, and environmental phenomena that shape landscape space. 

Mathew has been the recipient of a number of awards, including the Stanley and Helen Abbot Award for Excellence in Landscape Design, the ASLA Student Honor Award in General Design, the Ken Roberts Memorial Award for Excellence in Hand Delineation, the AIA DC Washington UnBuilt Honor Award. In addition to teaching at RISD, she has taught at the University of Virginia and the Boston Architectural College, and she has worked at Landworks Studio in Boston, managing projects in locations ranging from Cambridge, MA to Nanjing, China. 

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Ceramic Sculpture
Atmospheric Firing

Boisbuchet proudly presents this workshop in cooperation with RISD. This is a two-week workshop and grants (according to the US system) 3 academic credits for succesful participation. Please note the special conditions and check with your university if RISD credits would be accepted.

Dates: 12 – 25 June 2016
Tutor(s): David Katz – RISD
Type of workshop: Ceramics
Cost: $4,220 (includes tuition, meals, shared accommodations, transport from Poitiers to Boisbuchet, lab fees and mandatory insurance)
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This intensive course delves into the language of clay as a material, exploring the broad range of opportunities imbued in the history and physicality of clay. Embracing tactility and the immediacy of touch inherent in the material, students reflect on their surroundings in this unique setting, while exploring the boundaries of form through personal expression and structural experimentation.

Students draw inspiration from the rich environment of Boisbuchet – the beauty of pastoral landscape, alongside the diverse interventions of the architectural park. Through direct observation of the landscape, we explore its volumes, lines, patterns and surfaces as points of reference to develop sculptural objects and installations.

Building techniques and methods used in class include coil and slab building, wheel-throwing and nontraditional methods. Works are fired in a wood kiln, allowing the atmosphere of the kiln to highlight the subtlety of touch, exemplifying the expressive nature of the material. With an emphasis on experimentation, students expand their understanding of the possibilities of clay as a means of reflecting on the world.

davidkatzDavid Katz is a sculptor and installation artist working primarily with ceramics and unfired clay. His work explores the notions of existence within a fabricated reality of cultural space. His practice is informed by interests in human tendencies of expansion, emergence of order, the complexities of human culture and fragility of social constructs.

David received a BFA from the University of Wisconsin in 2005 followed by an MFA in ceramics from Indiana University in 2012. Prior to joining the ceramic faculty at RISD in 2014 David worked as the Ceramics Technician and faculty member at Bennington College in Bennington, VT. David has completed residencies at Greenwich House Pottery in New York City (2006-2008), Guldagergaard – International Ceramics Research Center in Denmark(2011), Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, TN(2012-2013), and Watershed Center for Ceramics in Newcastle, ME(2014). David’s work has been widely exhibited throughout the United States, Europe and Asia in both group and solo exhibitions in addition to numerous commercial acquisitions.

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