Bohemian Beetle


5 X 12.5 X 14

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I was born and raised in Prescott Arizona. My mother was a teacher and my father is a librarian and a syndicated illustrator. I grew up in a house that loved books and fantasy. As a child I grew up watching my father bring drawings to life, making imagination become reality.

As a young adult I set out to find a career that was outside a cubical and creative at the same time. After high school I worked as a paint prep in an auto body shop before finding a promising job in a fine art foundry. In no time I discovered I had a talent with patina work and this has been my trade since 2005. A Patina artist colors metal by applying chemicals and heat. I work with the sculptors to find just the right colors and patterns to make their pieces pop. I feel that applying patina to bronze brings life to sculpture, and is the daily creative outlet that I was looking for. I feel very fortunate to work with very talented and respected artists every day.

My own artwork and sculpture stretches far beyond the Southwest I love. My work introduces the viewer to people and things found in dreams and the unknown. I’m driven to bringing imagination to life as I saw my father do when I was a child. I enjoy my job, my art, and the variety of challenges and opportunities present in an art driven life.

Kristin McDonald Sculpture, Bronze 5 X 12.5 X 14 (Interest categories: Bronze, Bug, Crawler, Sculpture, Sculptures and Accent Pieces, Fine Art, Art Gallery, Kristin McDonald Artist)

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Mon-Sat 9:30am-5:30pm
Sunday 9:30am-5:00pm

Workshop Materials List

1. Clay – Chavant Le Beau Touche. Get the regular clay, not HM (high melt).
2. Clay warming devices, a metal bucket with a clamp on heat lamp or 100 W bulb works great.
3. Tie wire.
4. Aluminum foil.
5. Scissors.
6. Favorite sculpture tools.
7. Plank of wood (pine) approximately 8″ x 8″ x 2″.
Bring as many planks as you wish…the wood is used as the base for your sculpture.
8. Plumber’s pipe, 1/2″ threaded: Bring several different lengths…up to 10″…not PVC pipe.
Plumber’s pipe T joint.
Plumber’s pipe couplers.
Plumber’s pipe flange.
9. Screws and screwdriver to secure the flange to wood…this may be done before you arrive. (Place flange in the center of plank)
10. Wire cutters
11. Needle nose pliers
12. Rubber mallet.
13. Spatula
14. Measuring devices such as rulers, measuring tape, dividers, and calipers.
15. Because we concentrate on BIRDS IN FLIGHT, live models in the classroom are more distracting than useful. I will demonstrate the technique of constructing a cantilevered bird armature that can be used for many different bird species and will show you how to assemble shapes to capture the “gist” of the specific bird.
16. Bird field guides such as Peterson, Stokes, Golden, or Sibley. Sibley’s Guide to Birds (not Sibley’s Guide to Bird Life and Behavior) is best if bringing only one field guide. This popular book can usually be purchased at any bookstore.
17. Bring your laptop to the class if possible.
18. Bring your sketchbook.

1 Lake Circle Colorado Springs, Colorado 80906