Silya Kiese’s lively demonstrations and lectures in contemporary sculpture and installations have inspired many students. Ms. Kiese attended the Art Students League of New York; the University of California, Los Angeles; and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she received her MFA degree.
A distinguished lecturer in art, philosophy and art history, Ms. Kiese has spoken at the School of Visual Arts, New York City; Rutgers University, N.J.; and the Silvermine School of Art, Conn. She was a visiting artist and lecturer at Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, Germany; Seattle Pacific University and Evergreen State College, Wash.; and University of California at Berkeley. Her installations and life-size sculptures are exhibited internationally.
Class description: Ms. Kiese’s writing and artmaking class offers students the opportunity to explore their creative spirit using imagination, intuition and poetic expressions. Students are welcome to bring their ‘studies in art’ to the morning class and interpret their work-studies through the wonders of writing and poetic visual expression. Writing is a ‘creative tool’ and supports the process and study of artmaking, as well as guides students to find their own identities as artists. Poets and writers are welcome to this highly inspiring class. No former training in writing is required. Materials to bring include a notebook and pencil.
Her afternoon class explores three-dimensional sculpture and construction. In the first week of each month the instructor provides lively demonstrations on how to learn the process of architectural construction characterized by the use and refinement of Bauhaus and Constructivist themes, and how to work with various materials used in abstract sculpture and construction in three dimensions. Materials to bring include canvas, paper, wire, wax, metal and wood, found objects and more. Students are welcome to bring found objects discovered in nature to class. In the fourth week of each month lectures in art history and visual presentations related to the magic and process of abstract sculpture and construction are provided by the instructor.
In both the morning and afternoon sessions, the instructor’s presentations provide enriching displays of visual images, still lifes, and visiting artists / guest speakers. Students have the opportunity to work occasionally with a model.