Hellen Eberhardie Dunn

Whether sculpting in clay and stone or working on large scale paper with charcoal and mixed media, Helen has a light, playful approach to asking important questions like: “what do you feel like inside and how can you express that?” Helen uses mindful techniques to promote self awareness before approaching material and process, she creates a safe environment to take risks, foster strong relationships and a clear connection to the creative journey.

Helen graduated with her M.F.A. in sculpture from the Royal College of Art and has won numerous awards, fellowships and residencies in the U.K., Japan and the U.S. She also has expertise in the area of integration studies.

 “Mentoring students, having fun and igniting motivation for the creative process is my passion”.

                                                                                    – Helen Eberhardie Dunn

 

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  •  “Helen is a master artist. She is creative, flexible and intuitive and has the gift of meeting students where they are and helping them visualize successfully.”                     

    Page Saulsbury

Hellen Eberhardie Dunn is available for full or part-time residencies.

Hellen Eberhardie Dunn is available for professional development.

 

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Explore: Visual Arts, Ceramics, Installations, Mixed Media, Nature, Painting


Pricing:

Individual workshop and performance prices are determined by each artist. Please contact us for performance and workshop pricing for a particular artist. Visit our Pricing page for other pricing information.


  • BODY MAPPING

    Residency for grades 6th through Adult

    6 sessions
    Create a life sized body map/ self portrait in multi – media materials.

    Mapping – definition: a representation, usually on a flat surface, as of the features of the earth of heavens – or in this case the internal and external features of ourselves as represented through our body.
    Body mapping is a form of art and narrative used to gain understanding of ourselves, our bodies, and the world we live in. These large scale drawings have surface texture and topography, describing landscape and the body.
    Process: participants first outline their bodies and then create highly personal life size self-portraits. The body mapping process includes visualization, drawing, painting, group discussion and reflection. There will also be music, discussion and laughing! Body mapping is a celebration of relationship, courage and strength.
    Students must be ready to have fun, willing to get messy, open to exploring new ideas and ways to use materials. No previous art experience necessary.

    Course Goals Students who complete this course successfully will be able to:

    • Goal 1 Explore large scale line making
    • Goal 2 Understand surface and layering processes
    • Goal 3 Work into a multimedia surface using the elements of art
    • Goal 4 Evaluate meaning embedded within process
    • Goal 5 Experience relationship through image making
    • Goal 6 Display art works by the end of the course

  • EXPRESSIVE CLAY HEADS

    Residency for grades 6th through Adult

    6 sessions
    Clay building using simple stoneware forms finished with an oxide surface

    Simplified, the human head is made up of three basic forms: spherical, triangular and cylindrical. Before we build we study the proportions of the human head by analyzing and making drawings exploring the relationships between structure, features and simplified forms. There will be detailed instruction on how to sculpt the expressive features of the face, how to make an, eye, a nose, mouth and ears. Taking time to identify the character and expressive qualities that we would like to express, we start the building process. Not only will you be able to create an expressive sculpted head in clay, you can add whimsical or surreal features to your creation, a butterfly, an extra eye etc. Your imagination is your limit.
    Students must be ready to have fun, willing to get messy, open to exploring new ideas and ways to use materials. Previous experience with clay is helpful but not absolutely necessary.

    Course Goals Students who complete this course successfully will be able to:

    • Goal 1 Build strong forms in clay
    • Goal 2 Understand how to sculpt using the anatomy of the human head
    • Goal 3 Learn how to sculpt expressive human features
    • Goal 4 Use oxide to transform the clay surface
    • Goal 5 Translate their imaginative ideas into sculpted form
    • Goal 6 Take risks with confidence

  • STONE CARVING

    Residency for grades 6th through Adult

    Semester – x12 sessions
    Uncover form within rock by carving limestone with hand tools.

    Introduction to the use of the different stone hand carving tools:

    “The Point Chisel” which takes of most of the “fat” of a carving
    “The Claw Chisel” which creates surface and volume
    “The Flat Chisel” which smoothes down the surface and carves angles
    “The Mallet” either round or square, supplies the force needed to remove stone

    Simplifying and reduction is crucial to the carving process. Each piece of natural stone is unique and has a character of it’s own. Before we carve, we analyze the process of simplifying forms through the reduction process by carving soft clay blocks. Making drawings will help us to explore relationships between the features of the stone and the simplified clay forms. There will be step by step instruction on how to sculpt stone to reveal the form within. You will experience the exploratory process and satisfaction of carving an expressive stone sculpture.
    Students must be ready to have fun building confidence, willing to get messy and open to exploring new ideas and materials. Reasonable strength and dexterity is needed, basic safety equipment will be provided. * age restrictions apply

    Course Goals Students who complete this course successfully will be able to:

    • Goal 1 Simplify forms in clay using reductive techniques
    • Goal 2 Understand how to use the point, claw and flat chisel with a stone mallet
    • Goal 3 Learn how to remove stone to reveal a form
    • Goal 4 Use abrasives and wax to finish the stone surface
    • Goal 5 Translate imagination into sculpted form
    • Goal 6 Take risks with confidence

  • STONE CARVING: Totem Pendants, stone jewelry

    Residency for grades 6th through Adult

    x3 sessions*

    Students explore the idea of a totem through a power point presentation, discussion and then drawing process. Stone rasps are introduced and students carve their own stone totem out of soapstone – smooth, polish and wear!

    Course Goals Students who complete this course successfully will be able to:

    • Goal 1 Identify the meaning of a totem
    • Goal 2 Experience working with stone
    • Goal 3 Evaluate meaning embedded within process
    • Goal 4 Experience confidence through image making
    • Goal 5 Take home and wear their art

    Integration Choices x2-4 sessions:
    [ longer workshops above can all be adapted for integration style learning]
    Please request more detailed information if interested.

    Math/Art measuring, graphing, plotting, scaling and gradient values
    Decimal Dali grades 4-8
    Plotting Picasso grades 4-8
    Fantastic Frida grade 4-8
    Conceptual Cube – grades 3-8
    Old master portraits – grades 4-9

    Language/ Art make your own book
    Monster Books – grades 1-4
    A place to think – sketch books all grades
    Sumi Poetry – calligraphic brushwork and words
    Vision Boards – grades 6-12