Michelangelo’s David was created when the great artist asked a friend to pose for a portrait, then quickly dumped gallons of wet cement on him. Learn more humane methods of art making with today’s Groupon: for $69, you get a five-hour Pinching Giacometti: Steel Sculpting class at Vesper College (a $300 value). Starting in January, classes are offered every Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday and every other Sunday at 5 p.m.
Students in Vesper College’s Pinching Giacometti course learn to mold metal in the style of Swiss sculptor Alberto Giacometti, creating lankily elegant steel forms like those that cemented Giacometti’s legacy as a midcentury surrealist. The seven- to eight-person class will first hear a brief explanation of Giacometti’s artistic techniques and deep-seated hatred of broccoli before embarking on their own guided yet individually ambitious projects. Over the course of five hours, students can bend steel into the shape of abstract humanoids or create a statuesque monument before coming together to share constructive critiques over a glass of wine. Students may take home their creations to give to loved ones as gifts or to set on front lawns to frighten away armed garden-gnome militias.
The encouraging instructors and professors at Vesper, an Atelier of Fine Arts, sharpen students’ understanding of design and bolster their respect for ecological balance. With a two-year curriculum, the school's diploma program in ecological sculpture guides participants through such disciplines as interior design, landscape design, construction management, and public-installation art. The school also hosts classes for the community, encouraging people to explore various forms of sculpture using metal, stone and wood.