Sculpture: Clay

Leonid Brener

Leonid Brener, Portrait, 2009, magnesium oxide, casting plaster, reinforced plaster, 7 x 6 x 5 inches
Leonid Brener

Class Description

This course studies the ways of transforming three-dimensional objects, such as classical sculpture or occasionally, the model, into relief. Special emphasis is on composition.

The main objective of this course is to introduce the student in practice to construction and perception features of relief, as a kind of sculpture with its real correlation between the object’s height and width and with its conditional depth. During class the students mostly work with models (both classic casts from plaster and gypsum, and sitters), mainly examining the transformation of three-dimensional forms into different types of relief: low relief, high relief, and perspective relief. The program also emphasizes composition formation, and works related to this particular skill development are practiced in class and at home. Prior experience is not obligatory. This class occasionally works from the nude model.

About the Instructor

Leonid Brener received an M.F.A. in Decorative Arts and Sculpture from the Stroganov Institute of Fine Arts and Design, Moscow, Russia.

Mr. Brener has received numerous awards for his work, including those for the Medal Design Competition, Paris, France, and the Decorative Sculpture Competition for the design of the exterior of the Moscow Museum of Musical Culture, Moscow, Russia.

Mr. Brener’s sculptures have been installed in cities throughout the United States, Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus. His work is included in private and public collections in Moscow, St. Petersburg, and Washington, D.C. He was one of the co-creators of the St. Anthony sculpture on the facade of the Shrine Church of St. Anthony of Padua on Houston Street in New York City. His portrait of Aleksandr Pushkin is in the collection of the Russian Cultural Center of the Russian Embassy in Washington, D.C.

Mr. Brener has taught drawing and sculpture at the New York Studio School, New York Educational Alliance, and the Sculpture Center in New York.

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