Would you like to begin assembling your art portfolio for college, creating five finished pieces of artwork before the start of the school year? If so, then this workshop is you! This three-week class is designed for students who are pursuing AP 3D art. You will focus on hand building ceramic sculptures, with an emphasis on the principles of design outlined by the AP Curriculum for AP 3D. Additionally, we will look at work of past masters, come up with questions for personal exploration and start the process of developing an artistic focus.
Students can expect to have 5-10 finished pieces, which can be used to fulfill the AP Portfolio requirements. We will discuss what it takes to be prepared for art-oriented college applications, and students will write a personal statement on their body of work.
Note, this three-week course is also appropriate for experienced adults who are interested in developing hand-built ceramic sculptures, but may have limited time during the year.
Cuong Ta. Needing a distraction from his work as a math teacher and department chair, Cuong took an evening ceramics class in the spring of 1998. When he got on the pottery wheel for the first time, he was hooked. It was a learning experience like he had never known. “My hands felt as if they were rediscovering something they had known forever,” says Cuong.
Over the years, Cuong has developed his craft, and his work has been shown at a variety of venues including the American Craft Council, the Sausalito Art Festival, and the Palo Alto Clay and Glass Festival. In 2010, Cuong received the City of Emeryville's Art Purchase Award for a series of wall work called “Buttons”. This large installation is part of a permanent collection, which how hangs at entry to City Hall.
Cuong maintains a studio practice and workshop space in Oakland and his sculptures are represented by galleries and museum stores (Kemper Museum, de Young Museum, Oakland Museum). You can view his work at his website is www.cuongta.com.