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Throughout my life, I’ve felt a deep connection to nature. At an early age, I expressed
that connection by doodling with pencil and paper the animals my parents took me
to see at the Field Museum and the Lincoln Park Zoo. My professional studio training
at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago expanded my range of media to include
oil painting and sculpture, and my subsequent work in Wisconsin’s forestry industry
immersed me further in the natural world. My work as an architectural custom
carpenter further expanded my artistic skills.

All of these influences came together about 25 years ago as I began carving detailed,
lifelike birds. My works earned permanent places in the collections of prestigious
institutions including Maryland’s Ward Museum of Wildlife Art.

In the early 1990s, my bird-carving efforts led me to begin sculpting less detailed,
more expressive bronze bird sculptures, which joined the collections not only of the
Ward but also such art museums as the Bennington Center in Vermont and
Wisconsin’s Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum. These works, in turn, provided a
pathway toward my current creations: expressive limited-edition bronzes of wildlife
ranging from bison to bighorn sheep, musk oxen to polar bears. I research all these
sculptures first-hand in the wild, taking extensive photographs – as well as
collecting river rocks that I have begun to incorporate into my animal sculptures,
underscoring their connection to the natural world.

In every artwork I create, I strive to distill the essence of my subject, to capture its
gestures, personality, and character correctly through the expressive powers of my
medium. Most of the bronze process is done in my own studio, because I believe that
such attention to detail at every stage of the process, start to finish, enables me to
stay as true as possible both to my subject and to my vision of it as an artist.

Pete’s most recent honor was given Fall 2013 in Jackson Wyoming where he was awarded the Bob Kuhn award!!

Pete Zaluzec Photography, Gampi Print 12 X 20 (Interest categories: Gampi Print, Bird, Stare, Photography, Works On Paper, Fine Art, Art Gallery, Pete Zaluzec Artist)

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Monday – Saturday 9:30AM-5:30PM
Sunday: 9:30 AM-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