This summer at the Art School, instructor Rachel Huntley will introduce young artists (ages 9-12) to the world of Sculpture & 3D Art. During this month-long class, students will work with a variety of materials such as clay, plaster, fabric and cardboard to create three dimensional art, focusing on the foundations of composition and seeking inspiration from the Museum’s collection.
I spent some time with Rachel in HoMA’s Modernism gallery to find out more about her inspiration and creative practice.
Which artwork in the Museum Collection is your favorite?
Rachel Huntley: Harry Bertoia, Sounding Sculpture.
RH: As this is one of the only artworks in the museum you can touch, this work is among my top favorites in the museum’s collection. I love this work because of how Bertoia invites the viewer, not only to activate the piece, but to also fill the space with sound—a space that is typically still and quiet. I always love to sit with the work after setting it in motion, listening to the sounds change and soften, and waiting till the rods settle back into stillness.
Why should students sign up for Sculpture?
RH: Sculpture & 3D art will offer young artists a chance to dive into and experiment with all different kinds of materials and technique like clay, plaster, wood, cardboard, soft sculpture and more, in a studio setting that encourages young artists to think outside of the box and try new things. We will work big, small, and all the different ways in between. This class is great for any young artist with an excitement to create artwork with their own ideas and get their sculpture skills on!
What’s your favorite part about working at the Museum?
RH: I love being surrounded by other passionate artists and creative minds whether they are my colleagues or the young artists that I teach. I am always learning new things and ways of thinking, and I love being involved in such a special place.
Describe your own art practice.
RH: In my art practice I am interested in how material, form, light, space, and time intersect with one another. Often large-scale, I build and manipulate sculptural forms out of plaster, fabric, and other materials, into installations and sensory experiences, that center around the human condition, self-agency, empathy, time, and the seen/unseen. I love sharing my passion for working large-scale and with a variety of materials with my students.