Michael deMeng's Beastly Busts 9/21 - 9/22


Michael deMeng's Beastly Busts 9/21 - 9/22


Beastly Busts Workshop (2 Days - Sept 21-22)

Many of the influences in my artwork are stories from childhood. These are often filled with magic and wonder along with a cast fantastical creatures and improbable characters. As of late, I've been particularly intrigued by the human animal hybrids of storyland. Characters like the White Rabbit and the Caterpillar of Alice in Wonderland, or the Three Little Pigs and Big Bad Wolf all reside in a strange world where the beasties act, talk and dress like humans.

In this workshop, we are going to create mixed-up beastly busts and magical menageries. Students will gather up a variety of human and animal figurines and we will reimagine them into unusual creations. They will then be displayed on a small shrine or plaque. When you're done they will be, as Tony the Tiger says: Grrrrrrrrrrrrrreat!

In this class, we will explore a variety of techniques ranging from sculpture to assemblage to painting, and use a variety of materials to unify a variety of found objects into a cohesive piece of art.  This workshop is for ALL LEVELS.

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Supply List

  • Aves Apoxie Clay ¼ lbs or more (contact www.avesstudio.com if you have any problem locating this product.  They sell direct or will tell you about local suppliers)
  • Variety of other found objects that might be interesting symbolic additions to myths.  Items like watch parts, gears, typewriter parts….just about anything, really.  Look for things that are interesting shapes or designs, but also things that might have symbolic significance.
  • Paint Brushes (a couple small detail brushes, and some cheap brushes (1/2 inch to 1 inch in size)
  • Wire a couple of different gauges
  • DAP KWIK SEAL Tub & Tile Adhesive Caulk (White) – small tube (this can be found in hardware stores.
  • Paints: Acrylic (Golden brand -preferably fluids – the tubes and jars will work too, the colors are the key) -Quinacridone Nickel Azo Gold, TitaniumWhite, Carbon or Mars Black, Van Dyke Brown, Pthalo Blue, Brown Iron Oxide.
  • Optional Paints: Nickel Azo Yellow, Azurite Hue, Quinacridone Magenta, Permanent Violet
  • E6000adhesive
  • Optional Things to bring: Heat gun, Dremel with cut off wheel and engraving bit
  • A human bust, figurine or statuette. Could be of a Greek god, Napoleon, etc. It could be made out of anything you like but ideally plastic, wood or resin makes life easy. Check the second hand stores they should have lots of these forms.
  • Animal toys or figurines to mix and match with our human form. Mickey Mouse ears, elephant noses, etc. Once again plastic, resin or wood would be ideal.