Faculty Profile: Barbara Zeles, figurative clay, expressive figure drawing

Faculty Profile: Barbara Zeles

Since she first started teaching at the Arlington Center for the Arts in 1992, Barbara Zeles has earned a reputation as a wise and wonderful teacher of figurative clay and expressive figure drawing.

Student artwork from Barbara Zeles clay sculpting class

Barbara has been teaching figurative sculpture and drawing at ACA for 20 years!  Her extensive experience as an International Folk Dancer and Massage Therapist give her insight into the balance and structure of the body. She has the knowledge to answer questions about the underlying anatomy and its landmarks on the surface.

Sculpture by Barbara Zeles

Barbara Zeles has a BFA in sculpture from Boston University. She has also studied painting at the Museum School, Boston and in Skopelos, Greece. Recently she has been studying glass blowing at the Massachusetts College of Art. She has exhibited throughout New England and the Atlantic states, including the Art Complex Museum, the Lamont Gallery and the Arthur Ross Gallery at University of Pennsylvania.

Clear Cranium by Barbara Zeles

Barbara’s copper wire pieces, looped into shapes and wrapped with molten glass, have earned her a page in the Corning Museum of “New Glass Review 26”.

She is an artist involved with process, which is seen quite expressively through her work.

She has been awarded three local Massachusetts Cultural Council grants.

Barbara has a studio at the Waltham Mills Artists Association in Waltham, MA.

From the Clay Studio… a herd of African cows!

Over the past several weeks, our friends from the Sudanese Education Fund in Arlington have been busy up in ACA’s clay studio, creating a herd of over 100 cows for their 10th Anniversary Gala Fundraiser, held last weekend at Arlington Town Hall.

We had to photograph these guys before the left for the fundraiser!

Here’s one batch, just out of the kiln

They came in all shapes, sizes and colors…

And they all seemed to have their own personalities… we hated to see them go, but we knew they were off to greener pastures..!

On the big night of the Fundraiser, Arlington Town Hall was transformed with cows of all shapes and sizes, including one life-size sculpture to be auctioned off to the highest bidder!

The cow sculptures made at the Arlington Center for the Arts graced each table setting:

And the evening was a huge success for the Sudanese Education Fund’s Gala, commemorating the 10th anniversary of the arrival of the “Lost Boys” from the Sudan.

Fundraiser photos by: Rebecca Hildreth.
See her complete set on Flickr.

Visit the Sudanese Center online.

Handmade for the Holidays

We’re suckers for handmade gifts at the holidays, and just had to share some of the wonderful projects coming out of the clay studio this month.  Who wouldn’t love to unwrap one of these at the holidays…?

a perfect plate for leaving cookies out for santa...

Sweet hand-made candle holder

super cute polar bear!

girl under a tree with a... hmm... any guesses?

blue and green bowls

vessels & vases - so many great ones!

most unique project of the season - a ceramic hot dog, with all the trimmings!

There’s more!  See all the photos on our flickr page:

Want to make your own?
Lots more classes coming up – click here for our latest catalog.

Clay Feats – introduce your kids to the art of pottery

your kids will be excited to design, sculpt and glaze their own individual projects and then watch as they magically emerge from the kiln!

Working in clay is relaxing, messy, and fun!

In this after school class, kids will learn sculpting skills, how to make pots, wheel working, hand-building and color through glazes.

This class is a comprehensive and fun introduction to the art of pottery and wheel work, taught by Pam Shanley, a fun and enthusiastic teacher who has a magical way with kids.

Your kids will be excited and proud to design, sculpt, and glaze their own individual projects, and then see their creations emerge from the kiln.

Clay Feats next offered: Fall 2012
8 Mondays, beginning Sept. 24
3:30-5:30 pm
for grades 2-3
Register online or call (781) 648-6220

check out some scenes from a recent clay class with Pam:

Pam Shanley, Clay Feats instructor, gives the group helpful hints on how to glaze their clay creations.

For photos of finished projects from ACA’s Kids Clay classes, visit our Flickr page.