Enriching lives through art and craft

Finding The Soul Of Forgotten Material

October 8 - 13, 2023

Geoffrey Gorman  ·  geoffreygorman.com

Workshop at a glance

Experiment with innovative and intuitive ways of creating a variety of structures and forms using organic, found, and recycled materials.


  • Carving foam and wood
  • Assembling disparate materials
  • Cutting metal
  • Using bandsaw and stationary sander


  • Wood, metal, and foam
  • Bike tires
  • Found material and ephemera


  • Knowledge of how to design and assemble a variety of different materials into one piece

Artist Bio

Geoffrey Gorman is a practicing artist, creating his original found material sculptures in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He led workshops, hosted panel discussions, and gave presentations for artists and arts groups for more than twenty-five years. Gorman shows work in the U.S. and exhibited in China and South Korea. His unique sculptures are written about in the New York Post, Southwest Art, American Craft, American Style and Cloth, Paper, Scissors.

  • Geoffrey Gorman
  • Geoffrey Gorman
  • Geoffrey Gorman
  • Geoffrey Gorman
  • Geoffrey Gorman

Workshop Description

In this workshop students will use forgotten materials such as wood, metal, foam and rubber to complete a variety of forms. You will learn how to make patinated and painted tin to add age and color to various forms and select and design pedestals and stands for artwork. Demonstrations will provide techniques to overcome construction challenges. Participants are invited to bring your favorite cast-off materials to class and think about shapes and forms that hold particular interest and bring these ideas to the workshop. This class is perfect for beginners seeking an introduction to creating curious objects as well as intermediate and advanced students wishing to reach the next level and break out of their comfort zone. However, each student must be familiar with using hand and power tools such as drills, band saws, and sanders. Open to all skill levels.

COURSE FEE: $690  ·  materials list

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In order to complete your registration, a $300 deposit is required.

Available : 4
Call 865-436-5860 with questions about registering for this workshop.

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