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Debra Balestreri

Debra Balestreri studied fine art and education at The University of Mary Washington where she earned her BA in Studio Art and her Virginia State Teaching License in 2003. She first worked as a substitute teacher for secondary education but very soon after decided to return to school to earn her Masters degree. In 2005 she received scholarship and was accepted into a very competitive low-residency Graduate Degree program at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia where she studied for three years, earning her MFA in Ceramic Sculpture and Post-Graduate Teaching License. In 2009 Debra began teaching as an adjunct alumna professor while also serving in her full-time career as Director of Visual Arts Education at the Workhouse.

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About this course

Students examine the materials and processes for sculpting the hand using yourself as the live model. They investigate clay sculpture techniques focused on tool use, armatures and anatomy and can explore their own individual styles. This figurative sculpture class is suitable for beginning students with no art background or intermediate students with a background in ceramics. The class is a series of videos from multiple angles over a series of days where students can watch the instructor create a work from start to finish. Students can watch at their leisure, take their time, watch the videos more than once and submit questions to the instructor.