Learn how to combine woodcarving, engineering and a bit of wizardry to create animated wood sculptures that seem to spring to life of their own accord!
Join Cecilia Schiller for a 5-day exploration of this magical art form in her Red Barn Studio in Northern Wisconsin adjacent to the Brule River State Forest.
Cecilia will guide students as they develop their ideas to create a unique automaton of their own design! Beginning with the design process in cardboard, students will explore basic mechanical principals and learn how to make cams, levers, and other mechanical elements. Then, in wood, students will build with a basic cabinet and realize their designs by cutting, drilling and shaping mechanical components, then carving a figure/animal/creature in basswood that delights friends and family by coming to life when the crank is turned.