Relief Wood Carving and Assemblage

Instructor: Daniel Minter

Supplies/Materials Fee: $25*

Enrollment limit: 12 FULL Waitlist only

Level: All levels

This workshop is a tactile and immersive introduction to relief carving on soft to medium hard woods. Traditional carving tools and some power tools will be used to create images of various forms using different types of wood. Participants will develop an understanding of additional finishes/materials that enhance the texture and appearance of the medium. This particular practice of carving and assemblage comes from a Southern folk tradition where reused and repurposed found objects are used as a practical means of self-expression. Therefore, exploring all types of materials is encouraged in order to create a narrative statement or conceptual idea. Basic relief printmaking will also be included in this workshop to enhance visual storytelling.

*Note: The materials fee covers instructor-supplied wood – likely white pine, balsa, hemlock, cedar, maple and upcycled. Students may bring their own carving tools and/or purchase a carving tool set in advance of the workshop. (Instructor recommends the Power Grip tool set if purchasing)

Born in Ellaville, a small rural community in southern Georgia, Daniel Minter has illustrated nine children’s books, including Ellen’s Broom, written by Kelly Starling Lyons, Seven Spools of Thread: A Kwanzaa Story by Angela Shelf Medearis, and The Riches of Oseola McCarty by Evelyn Coleman. Minter’s paintings and sculptures have also been exhibited internationally at galleries, museums and exhibitions including the Seattle Art Museum, the Tacoma Art Museum, Bates College, Hammonds House Museum, the Meridian International Center and the Portland Museum of Art 2018 Biennial. Daniel Minter’s art work is a study of memory and the many ways in which memory is embedded into our past, present, and future. It is the interconnection of time that contains the essence of what memory has left behind. These concepts are the inspiration for Daniel Minter’s paintings and sculpture. Using archetypes, symbols, icons, and folklore steeped in the context of African‐American and African‐ Diaspora culture, Minter creates a visual vocabulary. Metaphors take shape out of chairs, houses, snakes, and trees, infusing the energy of emotion, action, and place to everyday life, everyday being.