A concrete sculpture workshop with Wouterina "Riana" de Raad will be offered on two days, Saturday, March 10, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, March 11, from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. at The Phipps Center for the Arts.
Workshop participants will make a multi-layered metal armature and cover it with concrete. They will learn how to cut and shape metal lath, as well as when and how to use reinforcements. The instructor will give a demonstration on various cementing techniques and discuss cement formulas as well as what pigments to use for coloring cement. Students should wear work clothes and bring garden gloves with a cloth upper and a thin Nitrile palm (Atlas gloves are recommended), band-aids, a dust mask, and a sack lunch each day. All other materials and tools will be provided. The fee for this workshop is $235.
Instructor de Raad's award-winning sculpture gardens have been featured on Rebecca's Garden and The Wisconsin Gardener on Wisconsin Public Television, as well as in publications including Backyard Living, Minnesota Monthly, Country Gardens, Minnesota Horticulturalist, and the Folk Art Messenger. To see more of de Raad's work, go to www.concretemosaicsculpture.com.
For more information or to enroll, go to www.ThePhipps.org, call (715) 386-2305, or stop by the center.