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Re: Nick Mackman = Aimal sculptures

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  • Cathey
    First, Nick is a she! :) You can find pound to dollar converters through a Yahoo search, but her sculptures run in the $6,000 range. I am currently saving up
    Message 1 of 2 , Aug 3, 2005
      First, Nick is a she! :)

      You can find pound to dollar converters through a Yahoo search, but
      her sculptures run in the $6,000 range. I am currently saving up
      for a marine lizard sculpture--I'm a bit concerned about it making
      it through shipping due to all the fragile pieces, but I am sure a
      more solid piece (like the elephants) would do just fine.


      --- In art_education@yahoogroups.com, lindwood@w... wrote:
      > I am blown away by Nick Mackman's sculptures. They almost
      breath! The
      > body positions he selects for each animal are so amazing, filled
      > tension as if they might spring from my monitor! I can only
      > them in real life. Such delicacy and soul in each piece. Wow.
      > I WANT ONE!!!!!!!!!! Does anyone know how to translate british
      > to US dollars? Do you think it could survive shipment to the US?
      > look so real they might have to go through quarantine!
      > I am going to use him as an artist to connect to my 5th grade
      > clay animals lesson. I have my kids draw an animal from
      observation, or
      > bring in a photo of a pet to draw. THey draw as realistically as
      > possible, especially focusing on detail and musculature. Then
      they lay
      > a piece of tracing paper over the top of their drawing and cross
      > it in the way they will build it. For example, which parts could
      > made from pinch pots, coils, slabs, etc. I teach them to use
      coils to
      > build the eyelids, four balls of clay together in a cross
      formation but
      > smoothed into the face on the outside edge of each ball forms an
      > "anchor" shaped mouth and nose for animals like dogs, cats,
      rabbits, and
      > so many others that have that little line coming down from the
      nose and
      > then curving out into the lips/mouth. (Hope that made sense in
      > translation from visual to oral). We talk about how they can
      shape the
      > pinch pots further in their hands to push out where the thighs are
      > shoulders, or how they can add coils smoothed into their pinch
      pots to
      > build up an area of muscle or a detail. We talk about texturing,
      and of
      > course, the air vents need to be diagramed in their drawing so I
      am sure
      > that they understand their importance and when to add them. (For
      > clay curious types out there who don't build with clay enough to
      > anything hollow and closed with no air vent will explode in the
      > We use paper towels to stuff the forms while we build them if
      > Then they cut away an area of the body when the clay begins to
      > enough, pull out the paper towels, and replace the body piece they
      > removed to create the opening. I'm always so pleased with the way
      > turn out, and the kids learn so much about hand building in this
      > I can't wait to let them see Nick's work next year. You can see
      > examples of this past year's clay animals in our web gallery in 5th
      > grade. Follow the directions below to see our gallery if you
      > Linda
      > Visit our Lower and Middle School Art Gallery Sites:
      > www.sjs.org
      > Click on Arts, Lower School or Middle School, Gallery
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