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july, 2020

tue14jul7:00 pmtue9:00 pmFine Art Workshop - Sculpting the Portrait Head in Clay with Thomas Durham

Event Details

On Tuesday, July 14, at 7pm PDT, you’re invited to join us for a free interactive online sculpting workshop by Thomas Durham, Director at the School of Fine Art, Sculpture. Learn to sculpt the human head from profile using soft oil-based or water-based clay from one of the great American sculptors today.

If you’re interested in gaining tips and techniques from a working professional, this workshop shouldn’t be missed. Open to all skill ranges. For this workshop the recommended supplies (optional) are: oil-based or water-based clay.


To participate, register here:
Can’t attend? You can request a recording here:
If you have any issues accessing the Zoom webinar, please contact the Online Help Desk:
Email: Phone: 415.618.3545 or 1.888.431.ARTS


Tom Durham - Executive Director of the Schools of EntertainmentThomas Durham, Director of Fine Art Sculpture

I was raised on the East coast going back and forth from Connecticut and South Carolina. The first work of sculpture I ever saw was Michelangelo’s Florentine Pieta at the New York World’s fair in 1964. As a young kid I could barely see over the railing as the conveyor belt carried people by so I grabbed hold of the railing and stood on it for 20 minutes or so. It was so beautiful and magnificent with a blue light shinning on it I still remember it with that blue light. The guards eventually politely asked me to leave, which I did but the vision still remains. I was extremely proud when I won the Lorenzo de Medici award for sculpture in Florence years later.

Today the sculptures and drawings I create are contemporary allegories that combine the classical with symbolic surreal imagery. They become personalized mythology influenced by literature, observation of life, and art. The dramatic imagery, are like still pictures, with a narrative that alludes to its own past and future but it is the viewer that really defines the story with their own experiences and interests. Like most mythology, the narratives are heightened with the emotional complexities of everyday experiences that combine humor, pathos, and introspection of humanity.

Commissions, Awards
2018- Placed portraits of Musical Directors at David Geffin Hall for NY Philharmonic
2018- Voted as Professional Fellow of the National Sculpture Society
2013-2016 EIS Sculpture Studios New York, NY
2012- Hibernia Society, Charleston, SC
2011- HBO, Keven Largent Studios, New York, New York.
2009- Commission Max Heller sculpture, Greenville, SC
2007- College of Charleston. Library, Portrait Mr & Mrs Greene
2005-2006- Commission, Friends of Pete Hollis, Greenville, SC
2005- Lorenzo De Medici Award for sculpture, Florence Italy


(Tuesday) 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm PDT

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