Paul Portelli
5050 County Road 25
R.R.#3 Warkworth
Ontario K0K 3K0

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Art Courses by Paul Portelli

Figure Sculpture

Haliburton School of The Arts

July 09, 2012 - July 13, 2012 / Course Number: ARTS0282

This course will introduce you to a dynamic approach of constructing figurative sculpture. With a model present you will explore traditional techniques that will aid you in a quick and thorough understanding of anatomy, volume, mass proportion and dynamic movement of the human body. Instruction will emphasize the development of skills and tactile awareness in conjunction with your own intuitive and expressive abilities to communicate through the language of form. Skills learned will enable you to produce many pieces of work during the course. This course is suited to individuals who would like to strengthen their powers of perception. If you are a doctor, dentist, architect, engineer, painter, potter, animator or you would simply like to see more with every look, you will benefit from this course.

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Handbuilding Clay Sculpture

Haliburton School of The Arts

July 16, 2012 - July 20, 2012 / Course Number: ARTS0108

This course will introduce you to imaginative and unusual alternatives to sculpting and handbuilding clay. Emphasis will be put on sculpting both decorative and functional pieces as well as figurative work. You will have the opportunity to sculpt directly from the model. Anatomy and composition will also be examined. Learn techniques and tricks used to create illusions in clay. Personal creativity will be emphasized, as you are encouraged to work with many new techniques in a high-energy good-humoured atmosphere. Additional clay will be available for purchase from the school at a cost of $12 per bag, unfired. Please Note: Pieces will not be fired during this course.

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Paul Portelli Bio

Paul Portelli is a professional sculptor. He manipulates the natural beauty and versatility of terra cotta clay with colour and glazes to create his popular Greenman, whimsical circus animals, dragons with attitude, a full range of functional pieces, and figurative work.

His figurative work is a study in spiritualism, drawing his inspiration from myths and stories found in all forms of religion and mythology. Paul's work is greatly influenced by the Baroque period and the Neo Classic movement of the early 19th century. Many of his works have been exhibited in public and private galleries and are held in private collections in Canada, the US, the UK, Ghana (President John Agyekum Kufuor), and Germany. He is the author of articles in many Canadian publications, such as Crafts Plus, Style and Men's Wear Canada, and he has also made regular guest appearances on television shows, Cityline, Craftscapes and Savoir Faire.

After graduating in Fashion Arts from Seneca College he continued his studies in visual arts at the Ontario College of Art and Sir Sandford Fleming College (Haliburton School of The Arts). Paul has been an instructor in visual arts and business departments at Fleming College, Durham College, Seneca College and Ryerson University.