Sculpture Month at Harcourt House! – August 2017

Harcourt House is proud to offer four sculpture workshops/classes this August!


Mini Molds and Body Molds (August 12-13 and August 19-20)

Meaningful Objects (August 15, 22, and 29)

Garden Sculptures (August 26)

To register or for more info call 780 426 4180 or email


By popular request we are once again offering our workshop in miniature sculpture-casting. Titled Mini Molds, and part of a two part workshop series facilitated by Andrew McCaffrey, registrants will learn to cast and duplicate small items and sculptures. In addition, we offer Body Molds, a new workshop, that will offer students a chance to learn how to mold and cast a human body part, whether attached to themselves or another human!

Mini Molds runs on August 12 and 13 from 11am – 5pm, Saturdays and Sunday
Body Molds runs on August 19 and 20 from 11am – 5pm, Saturdays and Sunday

Registration(for each course): $155 Members, $175 Non Members
Minimum enrollment: 10 students for both class combined
Materials supplied, students will bring objects/sculptures to cast


Next, we are also excited to offer “Meaningful Objects,” a class exploring art making from found objects. T.J. MacLachlan will lead the class, a current graduate student in drawing and intermedia at University of Alberta.

This workshop will bring together theory and studio work to consider how objects are found to be meaningful. This class will work in the spirit of contemporary artists such as Tatiana Trouve, Phyllida Barlow, Alicja Kwade, and Rachel Harrison. Each artist places found objects in relationship to each other in order to create a composition that becomes meaningful through the inter-relationship of all objects.

Each week we will discuss a short reading that offers some insight into how art-objects gain significance, discuss the work of a selection of contemporary artists, and work in the studio to create our own responses.

Working with found objects can accommodate any type of budget, media or art making style and as a result registration costs are low. Students will supply whatever materials they wish to work with, they can be purchased, scavenged, borrowed, or gifted. For the first class we ask that students bring four objects. Make sure they have different conceptual weighting; bring one object that you have a personal connection with, bring one object that has a common cultural significance, bring one object that is as neutral as you can think of, and one object that has a useful purpose. Each participant will need to bring a camera and it doesn’t need to be fancy — smartphones are fine.

The class will offer discussion and readings on how the relationship between objects and meaning is created, and explore altering, photographing, and presenting said objects and media.

Meaningful Objects runs for three Tuesday evenings, from 7 – 10pm, August 15 – 29.

Registration: $125 Members, $140 Non Members
Minimum enrolment: 4 students
Materials supplied by students (bring your own objects, paper and hooks for photo-mounting supplied)


Finally, we proudly offer Garden Sculpture, a one day workshop with local sculptor Ritchie Vethuis. Create your own unique garden sculpture in this one day workshop. After participants are shown techniques to create a garden pot, a green man mask and a garden sculpture in clay, they will choose one of the projects to complete during the workshop. Doing some research for ideas is strongly encouraged. One box of clay and firing will be included in the course fee. Be sure to bring a board to work on and some basic clay tools (a beginner pottery tool set will suffice). Also bring a bagged lunch to enjoy during our break while you get to know your fellow artists.

Garden Sculptures runs on Saturday, August 26 from 10 am – 5 pm.

Registration: $95 Members, $105 Non Members
Minimum enrolment: 5 students
Materials included in course cost


Andrew McCaffrey is an Edmonton based Commercial Arts Sculptor, specializing in the reproduction of small figurines, toys and tools. He has garnered recognition through a roster of miniature portrait figurines he has created in likeness of, and presented to, popular alternative rock artists. He has also sculpted for a stop motion animation children’s television production, Tour de Alberta, and other local organizations.  He has experience working in bronze casting, and has shown work locally and abroad.


T.J. McLachlan is an artist living on the Canadian prairies. After receiving a BFA in Critical and Cultural Practices (Emily Carr University of Art and Design) he is now a graduate student at the University of Alberta where he has received a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Grant to study the role of systemic privilege in meaning-making processes. Embracing an interdisciplinary approach, he looks to find connections among disparate fields such as Linguistics, Critical Race and Whiteness Studies to inform his artistic research. His practice works primarily with objects, embracing a variety of materials and approaches to develop conceptually rooted projects.


Edmonton based artist, Ritchie Velthuis, has been a practicing his craft for most of his life. This commitment was rewarded with the distinct honour of designing a Homeless Memorial for Edmonton in 2011 which was collaboratively created with Keith Turnbull, Mike Turnbull and numerous community artists. The last 25 years have been devoted to exploring sculpture in various mediums including clay, resin, stone, cement, ice, and snow. He has received numerous awards for his ice and snow practice which include People’s Choice, Artist Choice and 1st place in the national category of the International Snow Sculpture Event at Carnival in Quebec City.




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