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Animal Drawing and Clay Workshop
with Nina de Creeft Ward

Workshop will be held on two consecutive Saturdays:
September 19 & September 26, 2015
10:00 am - 4:00 pm


Jennifer McChristian Demonstrating Plein Air Painting at the 2015 Workshop
Raku-Fired Bunnies by Nina de Creeft Ward


In conjunction with a Retrospective Exhibition, featuring sculpture and prints (August 22 to October 3) at Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts in Upper Ojai, artist Nina de Creeft Ward will be giving an Animal Drawing and Clay Workshop on consecutive Saturdays, September 19th and September 26th from 10 am to 4 pm. No experience is necessary.

Listening Rabbit by Nina de Creeft Ward

The first Saturday session will focus on drawing and sculpting. Drawing is a wonderful way to study and retain information about animal forms and typical positions. Participants will meet Duke, a gray chinchilla rabbit, and learn or review some drawing techniques for capturing the poses of a moving or resting animal.


Nina de Creeft Ward with Duke
Nina de Creeft Ward with Duke
Bunny by Nina de Creeft Ward
Raku-Fired Bunny by Nina de Creeft Ward


Participants will then work in clay to make small animal figures, which will be left at the Center to dry, be bisque fired, and picked up later.

Those who are able to come to both sessions will have the opportunity to glaze and Raku fire their work. While the Raku kiln is heating up, Duke will again be your willing subject for more experience sketching. Nina will also demonstrate some soft slab hump mold techniques to construct larger animal figures at both sessions.

Nina’s small Raku-fired animal figures have been her main financial support for all her art supplies and equipment for many years and it is a wonderful opportunity to learn from this experienced artist, and alumnus of Happy Valley School (now the Besant Hill School of Happy Valley).

Nina de Creeft Ward received her BA from Scripps College and MFA from Claremont University. She has studied with Betty Davenport Ford, Albert Stewart, Phil Dike, Paul Darrow, and Paul Soldner at Scripps and the Graduate School in Claremont.


Cost: $150 for both Saturday Workshops
$100 for first Saturday only


Students need to supply their own 11" x 14" drawing pads and 4B pencils.
Bring a packed lunch.

Workshop is limited to 12 students. Reserve your space now!


View article written about Nina de Creeft Ward in CASA Magazine:
"Awakening the Animal Psyche"
August 14, 2015
by Jeanette Casillas

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