The Compleat Sculptor
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Instructors

Ailene Fields
  • Ailene Fields was an English major at Lehman College in the early 70’s, intending to become a writer. However, she then enrolled in a pottery class at Earthworks in New York City and fell in love with clay as a medium. She pursued this experience at Teacher’s College at Columbia in 1978-79 and soon thereafter began exploring other media. Her formal training in sculpture began at the New School under the tutelage of Bruno Lucchesi. Since 1985 Fields has taught numerous sculpture classes at the Sculpture Center & The Compleat Sculptor for both children and adults. As well as showing her artwork in galleries across the country, her museum show “ Allegory: The Timeless Truth” toured The Eastern Seaboard. In addition, she has executed many commissioned works as well as finding the time to pursue her own interests in sculpture.

Rita Hosdaghian
  • Having been one of our technical support representatives in the past, Rita Hosdaghian is currently our education coordinator. Her B.F.A in Sculpture from William Paterson University allowed for a diverse background in methods and materials which she shares readily with customers and students. Through her continued success organizing our Youth Summer Workshop Series, Rita has been able to expand to on and off-site private lessons as well as free-lance work. Some of her fabrications have been used in various performances and displays throughout the metro area. Rita has a true gift for making instruction of sculpture assessable to all ages and skill level. From basic clay figures to multi-piece molds her encouragement has helped our students create works to be proud of and experiment with the wealth of materials available to the modern artist. Website: www.ritahosdaghian.com

Laura Gravenstine
  • Laura Gravenstine is a New Jersey based artist and graduated with a BFA from William Paterson University.  She studied the disciplines of Painting and Sculpture, and grew to have a love and respect for castings of the human form.  Her experience with materials is extensive including, but not limited to iron, bronze, aluminum, resin, crayon, chocolate, paper, wax, plastics, and soap.  She has taught Life casting privately & has done numerous jobs for clients seeking to preserve the image and essence of themselves and their families through the art of casting.

Carter Jones
  • Mr. Carter Jones, FNSS has studied at The School of Visual Arts & The Boston Museum School as well as being sponsored in Paris. He began with clay figurative work and then, inspired by the animals around him as he grew up, he turned to sculpting animals. In 1979, he began teaching Human and Animal Anatomy for The School of Visual Arts. Over the years he has done commissioned prototypes and finished models for Walt Disney, Warner Brothers, Henson Associates, Viacom, and Elizabeth Arden. He has executed over 30 medallions and commemorative coins for various mints, as well as sculpted illustrations for books, magazines, and movie posters. Mr. Jones was president of the American Medallic Sculpture Association in 1984-85 and is currently a fellow at the National Sculpture Society. A professional sculptor in New York City for over 25 years, Carter has earned the credentials necessary for teaching his craft as well as being able to impart a commercial knowledge to the student. Through all of the business, he continues to enjoy sculpting his own works. Website: www.carterjonessculpture.com

David Klass
  • David Klass is a sculptor and anatomist who has taught at the University of the Arts, Pratt Institute, Parsons School of Design, Bennington College, New York University and the New York Studio School. He is a recipient of the National Academy of Design Helen Foster Barnett Prize. David Klass graduated with a BFA from Pratt Institute in 1966 where he studied art and architecture. He went on to work with Theodore Roszak, and then set up his own studio in New York City. To further his understanding of the human body in 1973 and 1974, Mr. Klass studied anatomy at Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons. Through his deep understanding of anatomy he developed a unique sculptural approach of teaching anatomy and has instructed other artists for over 25 years. His work is known for its powerful realism. In addition to his human figures his knowledge of anatomy and structures has allowed him to create animal sculptures with equal ease and facility. In 1991 the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City commissioned him to create two life size horses for their Arms and Armor Wing. David Klass is a member of the National Sculpture Society and has been showing his work professionally since 1962. His work is in numerous private and public collections. Website: www.davidklass.com

Simon Kogan
  • Truth, soul and unpretentious sophistication characterize the work of artist Simon Kogan. Born in Russia, he received 13 years of classical academic training in Moscow, including a MFA as well as an apprenticeship under renowned sculptor Isaac Brodsky. Since immigrating to the U.S. in 1991, he has steadily risen to national prominence as a sculptor whose widely acclaimed work - monumental to miniature - reflects a bold, yet poetic pursuit of the archetypal and renders an ethereal quality highly resonant with the viewer. A Fellow of the National Sculpture Society, Simon Kogan has long shared his artistic passion through the teaching of sculpture, painting, anatomy and drawing in the U.S. and abroad.

Guy Louis-XVI
  • In the early 80’s, Guy Louis-XVI started a Special Effects company called Louis-XVI SFX. He specialized in foam latex appliances, props and make-up for the film and television industry. Over the years, Louis-XVI SFX expanded to include plaster/resin composite sculptures, lifecastings and Hi-Realism mannequins for museums and private collectors. Always striving for realism, Guy began experimenting with silicones as a medium, in the late 90’s. He quickly learned that silicones presented many challenges. For starters, painting a silicone surface to look like human skin was exceedingly difficult. Shine and adhesion, to name a few, also proved to be troublesome.
An artist with a passion for color and realism, Guy gradually developed his craft through trial and error, finding out what works and what doesn’t for many types of applications. Bringing his sculptures to life was one thing, making it easy was another.Having mastered skin coloring, Guy wanted to do away with weigh scales, measuring cups and silicone caulking, as a binder for oil paints. All this represented an inconvenience. Through persistent research, development and years of silicone painting experience, Guy Louis-XVI SFX designed a system that is as easy to use as opening a tube of artist’s oil paint.

Stephen Shaheen
  • Stephen Shaheen is a New York-based artist who specializes in sculpture. While classically trained with an MFA from the New York Academy of Art, Shaheen’s works have an abstract and modernist bent. Prior to his attending the Academy, he received his professional certification in stone carving from an EU two-year training program in Siena, Italy. Stephen Shaheen’s work can be found in private collections in the United States and Europe, where he also shows in solo and group exhibits. He is the winner of a Ludwig Volgestein grant, and a fellowship from the Italian Cultural Institute/La Fortuna Foundation.
His is currently an Adjunct Professor of Sculpture at City College of New York, and is the Director and Sculpture Instructor of Tuscany Study, an intensive summer stone carving course run in Siena and Carrara. Shaheen is also president and artist of the Memoria Project, a not-for-profit entity dedicated to the design and installation of a 100-ton marble and granite landscape installation in New Jersey honoring the lives lost on September 11, 2001. Click here to visit Stephen's website. (Click here to Steven's list of stone artists.)

Bob Yorburg
WOODCARVING, WOODWORKING AND SCULPTING

Training; B.A. Wesleyan University, Studied Design: Harvard Graduate School of Design, Art Students League, Parsons School of Design, Wayne Barton’s first student, Studied Carving with European, Norwegian and U.S. master carvers.

Teaching; Taught at the Fletcher Farm School, Academy of Classical Arts and throughout the U. S. in carving clubs.

Writing; Wrote for “Woodcarving Illustrated” and instructional manuals, Forthcoming book, “Acanthus Carving & Design” for Schiffer Publishing.

Exhibitions; Carvings have been displayed in the Vesterheim Museum, IA and the Southeast Museum, NY.

Work; Ran furniture building, Art Deco and Art Nouveau furniture restoration shop for Dakota Jackson, Currently carving full-time for private clients, Restoring and building penny arcade games, Designing, building and restoring furniture.

BUSINESS AND OTHER - Founded and ran one of New York’s largest event firms for nearly 30 years, Established New York’s first magic school, Created and hosted an award-winning, first-ever instructional magic video for Viacom, Only magician to perform in both Yankee and Shea stadium for crowds of over 50,000 people, Consulted for and appeared in numerous commercials, films, media and live productions.


Vanessa Solomon
  • Vanessa Solomon is an accomplished sculptor and sculptural technician as well as a children’s art teacher. She is a native of Tzaneen, South Africa, who completed her Masters in Fine Art (Sculpture) in 1991, at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. During the political uprisings and turmoil of the 1980s, throughout her studies Vanessa taught children art, working with organizations such as the Community Arts Project (CAP) in Woodstock, Cape Town, and the children’s organization Molo Songololo a non-profit that strives to advance children’s rights. Through workshops with teachers and children Vanessa worked to bring the visual arts to the SA black townships were the arts education was denied to black South Africans.

In 1991, Vanessa was the Curator of a South African Children’s Art Exhibition in, Greenwich, London, UK. The art reflected experiences of township violence. The Exhibition garnered International acclaim traveling for several years to various European countries. In 1993 Vanessa came to the US where she was the first International Intern at Tallix Sculpture Foundry Beacon, NY. At Tallix Vanessa perfected her sculpture making skills in Enlarging, Model-making, Wax-making, Plastic Casting and, Metal Finishing and Patina. She worked with top US and international artists developing new sculpture materials, making large-scale prototypes and public works. Working closely with Artists such as Frank Stella and Frank Gaylord, (Korean War Memorial). From 2004 to the present Vanessa is a partner in the company Razortooth Design, based in Brooklyn, NY. USA. www.carbonsculptstudio.com

Both Kiril Kirov and Vanessa Solomon met whilst working for the Museum Industry. They have built a 15-year professional record with leading American Museums, corporations, institutions and artists. Some of their past clients include Jeff Koons, Sony Pictures, Sony Style, Miller Beer, African American Hall of Fame PA, Melvin Van Peebles, Isaac Julien, Tony Matelli, Charles McGill, StudioEIS, Peroni, Do Something, and Bovis Lend Lease.

Vanessa’s personal sculptures have been exhibited in the US and internationally, notably at the United Nations, NYC, and in the permanent collection of the South African Embassy in London.



Mira Welnowska
  • Mira Welnowska, a renowned sculptress, is creating award-winning works of art in the Realist Tradition. She has studied at The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, the New York Academy of Figurative Art, and the Art Student League of New York. Her lengthy education has provided her with a meticulous academic background for undertaking virtually all classical and figurative forms. Her work is represented by Gallery 53 in Sarasota, Florida. Ms. Welnowska is a highly versatile and creative artist who is able to work in different mediums and subject matters. She creates landscape, still life, portraiture and three-dimensional figurative pieces. She also teaches a Sculpture Modeling Class in her studio in Jackson. She provides demonstrations and individual instruction, references to anatomy and proportion, illustrations from classical text, and composition of the figure, as the students work from a model. Website: www.mirawelnowskasculpture.com

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