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Lectures and WorkshopsI have taught art and science to a wide variety of groups ranging from university students to youth in public housing projects. Also, I have an active apprenticeship program in my studio. I enjoy sharing my knowledge and guiding others. I strive to be sensitive to the needs and desires of the students to create a collaborative atmosphere that facilitates self-discovery. I am particularly interested in offering classes that allow participants to form a deeper connection to the environment and their deeper creative selves. Here are my current offerings. I expect to add other topics!
Product Design for the Environment (Lecture): for adultsCurrently tailored to an engineering audience*, this lecture provides an overview of current thinking and methods used to address waste and create more intelligent research and products. Terms such as sustainable design, green engineering, and design for the environment are defined and explained. Specific examples and tools illustrate the benefits of rethinking the way we design processes and products. A healthier environment implies broad consequences: better health, more productive business, and a more enjoyable society. *I can modify the content for other audiences such as designers or the general public.
Products and Art with Recycled Glass (Workshop or Lecture) –for adultsLearn about the basics of glass fusing using discarded bottles. The instructor will cover the specifics of glass gathering, processing, mold-making, kiln firing, and cold-working. You will have the opportunity to create your own tile!
Art with Found Objects (Workshop) –for childrenClick Here For Photo Tour Of Found Art Class Gather discarded objects (could be trash!) on site or bring your own to assemble sculptural work using a variety of fastening methods. The instructor will guide and assist in assembly. Participants may choose to paint their creations. An informal discussion and show of the magnificent creations takes place near the end of the workshop.
Art in Nature (Workshop) –for adults and/ or childrenClick Here For Photo Tour During this workshop you will have the opportunity to learn about and create art without tools using materials found in nature. The instructor conducts this workshop outside, immersed in a natural setting. Through one-on-one discussion and feedback from the group, you are encouraged to explore your visual imagery so as to discover or refine your unique artistic voice. You may choose to delve into your deeper self in the midst of this creative and collaborative process. This will be the time and space to forge a stronger connection to nature, art and yourself.
Basic Welding (Workshop) – for adultsThis class covers the basics of MIG and oxy-acetylene torch welding. You will have the opportunity to practice both techniques. Tips are given on setting up a welding shop.
Discovering Basic Physics in Nature (Workshop) - for adults and/ or childrenDay long activities for kids (and adults) to create art while learning more about science and nature.
The following topics may be covered:
-the nature of light and vision; understanding light diffraction/refraction; sculpting and drawing with shadows and patterns
-the components of dirt; soil paintings
-patterns/ growth/ variance; drawing, painting, and identifying flowers, trees, and bugs
-explanations of and sculptures relating to balance, friction, and gravity (Newton’s Laws!)
Contact me with questions, to learn about availability, and rate information.
contact: Bill Hess, Designer/ Sculptor
5994 Taylor Creek Road
Afton, Virginia 22920
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