Broadmoor Galleries Art Academy
Sandy Scott, Gerald Balciar & Stefan Savides

Avian Artistry – A Bird Anatomy and Sculpting Workshop

Oct 16th-21st

This All-Inclusive 6 Day Resort Package Hosted in Conjunction with The Broadmoor Includes a 6 Day, 5 Night Stay (Students may bring a guest or travel companion to stay at no extra charge*) at The Broadmoor, Reception with Sandy Scott at the Beginning and with Guest Artists Gerald Balciar & Stefan Savides at the End of the Workshop, 4 days of Sculpting Instruction from Sandy Scott and Breakfast & Lunch on the Days with Classes.**
*Student’s Guests will enjoy Room Accommodations however Workshop Events are reserved for the Students only.
**All Classes are Limited to 14 Students.
Course Description
Sandy will begin the workshop with a discussion about bird anatomy, aerodynamics and achieving the illusion of movement of birds in flight. She discusses the difference between a technically adequate piece of work and one with spirit and life – emphasizing the value of lost and found edges and how good composition and an expressive surface convey a feeling of movement, rhythm, light, and emotion. Students will learn the importance of assembling strong, meaningful shapes and how eliminating unimportant details can create the essence of the bird. Above all, movement, gesture, and anatomy are the focus. Instruction includes building bird armatures. Students will work from field guides, photography, drawings, and taxidermy mounts. Sandy has instructed bird sculpture for over 35 years and is recognized as one of America’s leading wildlife artists Artists in other mediums are welcome in this workshop as well as beginners.
Schedule of Events
Oct 16
Opening evening guests are invited to gather for a reception with the Sandy at the home of John Marzolf, Gallery Owner and Director of the Broadmoor Galleries Art Academy, located a short distance from The Broadmoor in the Historic Broadmoor Community. Heavy hor d’oeuvres, cocktails, and refreshments will be served during this intimate reception from 5:00PM-8:00PM. Get to know the artist and your fellow students before an enchanting Week of Art!
Oct 17
The first full day of the workshop begins with breakfast with the artist from 7:30AM-9:00AM followed by a preliminary sculpting orientation with a discussion of bird anatomy, comparative anatomy, the principles of aerodynamics, the importance of drawing and assembling shapes, and how to achieve the illusion of movement in sculptures of birds in flight taking place between 9:00AM-12:00PM. A lunch break with the artist takes place from 12:00PM-1:00PM, then an afternoon class continues 1:00PM-5:00PM discussing subject matter and creating armatures for blocking in birds in flight with esteemed master wildlife artist Sandy Scott – all on the scenic grounds of the 5-Star, 5-Diamond Broadmoor Hotel.
Oct 18
Start the day with breakfast with the artist from 7:30AM-9:00AM, then more sculpting instruction from 9:00AM-12:00PM, as your pieces will begin in their fundamental forms, discussing style approach and comparative anatomy. A lunch break with the artist will take place from 12:00PM-1:00PM, then an afternoon class proceed from 1:00PM-5:00PM with more instruction from Sandy, learning to visualize and translate your concepts into clay.
Oct 19
Today’s workshop will find pieces starting to gain more form and structure. Once again, the day starts with breakfast with Sandy from 7:30AM-9:00AM, then students will convene with the artist for another day of sculpting lessons with the morning session from 9:00AM-12:00PM followed by lunch 12:00PM-1:00PM Afternoon Classes from 1:00PM-5:00PM continue as the artist teaches more techniques and processes to realizes your vision. Sandy’s goal is to give students the basic tools and ability to take her teachings home and be able to make finished works with the confidence reinforced by the lessons learned.
Oct 20
Begin the day with breakfast from 7:30AM-9:00AM, prepare yourself for Sandy’s instruction as she solidifies lessons from the week, the first portion of the class takes place from 9:00AM-12:00PM, followed by a lunch break with the artist from 12:00PM-1:00PM, then finishing up pieces from 1:00PM-3:00PM. Then between 3:00PM-4:00PM enjoy an intimate guided tour by Sandy of the 3 Person Sculpture Wildlife Exhibit at Broadmoor Galleries featuring Sandy Scott, Gerald Balciar and Stefan Savides. During this exclusive access to the show, prior to the opening at 4PM, Sandy will talk about her pieces and how they relate to the techniques and philosophies discussed over the workshop. Workshop attendees are invited and welcome to stay for the opening reception from 4-8PM with additional nationally renowned museum wildlife sculptors Gerald Balciar and Stefan Savides who will be leading the follow up session Friday.
Oct 21
Today National Wildlife Museum Sculptors Gerald Balciar and Stefan Savides will be available for a Q & A with students, providing critique and guidance, reviewing students’ progress and providing consultation from 9:00AM-12:00PM - during this gathering Stefan Savides will also be sculpting, demonstrating his sculpture style and techniques. The last morning session provides the perfect opportunity for the students to reflect upon the week of art lessons, hopefully gaining an unprecedented experience and making lifelong connections. Students will be liberated after 12:00PM for travel or other adventures!

For More Information Contact

John Marzolf



Broadmoor Galleries Broadmoor Hotel

1 Lake Cr Colorado Springs, CO 80906
(719) 577-5744 

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