Expressive Animal Heads in Clay

June 17 - June 21, 2022

Expressive Animal Heads in Clay


Details Fee Breakdown:
Tuition: $650
Material Fee: $60

Starting with simple featureless plaster animal head forms (Dog, Rabbit and Buzzard, provided by the instructor) we will jump start your exploration of narrative, emotional, and conceptual potential of animal heads in clay. You will spend time learning facial features and then embellishing with texture, expression and nuance. Russell will share his building methods, including solid construction with pipe armature and sculpting facial features using basic tools and sprigs. Image presentations of historic and contemporary examples will provide context and inspiration. Individual guidance will help you create unique sculptures that are personally relevant. Pieces will be bisque fired at the end of the week.

*Workshops run from 9:00am to 5:00pm each day


Level: Advanced Beginner and Beyond
Workshop Levels

Definitions of Skill Levels for Workshops

  • Beginner and Beyond: Introductory level course that presents basic knowledge of tools, materials and techniques and is geared towards first timers or those who want to improve and expand their technique. It takes time to build skills.
  • Advanced Beginner and Beyond: Instruction that assumes some familiarity with tools, materials and equipment. Includes reviews and builds on basic skill sets, allows for those with more experience to work at their own pace. Further development of fundamentals, participants have had at least one class or equivalent with professional instruction.
  • Intermediate: Course content that assumes a working knowledge of basic studio tools, materials and equipment necessary to accomplish the projects and techniques to be explored. Participants feel comfortable in the studio setting.
  • Intermediate to Advanced: Course content that requires a proficient working knowledge of studio tools, materials and equipment necessary to accomplish the projects and techniques to be explored in class.
  • Advanced: Assumes proficiency and advanced working knowledge of materials and studio tools and equipment so that the focus is on artistic narrative and/or technical development.
Ages: Adult



Russell Wrankle

Russell Wrankle is an Associate Professor of Art at Southern Utah University. He is the Founder of, an online gallery dedicated to helping free the 40,000 non-violent cannabis prisoners caught up in the war on drugs. He is a ceramics artist, who lives and works in Southern Utah and seeks solace and meaning in the red rock desert as often as possible.

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