Finding Form: Roberley Bell

July 9 – 15

Finding Form – a basic sculpture workshop

Technical and material skill is not required this is a beginning to advance course.

The aim of the workshop is to expose students both beginning and advance to a wide range of materials and processes for finding form three dimensionally. Students will be introduced to methods of drawing that provide for the investigation of form. These form studies will then be used to translate from 2d to 3d. Students will explore processes for quickly massing or sketching form in a non-permanent material (paper and tape, hot glue and wood, assembled found objects). From the early sketch stage students will go on to complete a finished 3-dimensional form in an appropriate material.

Students should come with basic drawing material a sketch pad, soft pencils, charcoal what ever they like to draw with, more is better. If possible they should bring a measuring device tape or ruler, an ugly knife and basic paster or clay molding tools. 

Prerequisites: Students must come prepared to develop form. This will require prior research; sketches, photocopies, notebooks, come with ideas 

Roberley Bell is inspired by nature and time. Her practice draws on the world around her, in particular the scrutiny of nature and the built environment. Bell is the recipient of numerous fellowships including awards from the New York Foundation for the Arts, a Pollock Krasner Fellowship, and a Senior Scholar Fulbright to Turkey. Most recently she was a research fellow  in the department of Urban Planning  at Malmo University, Malmo Sweden. Bell has had numerous residencies including the Cite International in Paris. Stadt künstlerhaus, Salzburg, Austria, The International Studio Program, NYC and Sculpture Space, Utica NY amongst others. Bell’s work has been exhibited  and reviewed internationally. She  has completed public projects in numerous cities, including, Istanbul, Turkey, Kaliningrad, Russia, Chicago, Pittsburgh, Cambridge and Cleveland. Her recent public project Playscape for the Fitchburg Museum of Art was installed in September 2022. Her upcoming  exhibition Where Things Set opens at the Brattleboro Museum of Art  in June 2023.

Bell lives in Western Massachusetts, maintaining  a studio in the historic canal city of Holyoke.