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Reuse, Recycle, Regenerate: Sculpture From Recycled Materials

June 5 - 10, 2022

Peter Dellert  ·  peterdellert.com

Workshop at a glance

Design and make simple sculptures or maquettes for larger sculptures using inexpensive, common, recycled materials.


  • Making and learning uses of paper mâché
  • Using, forming, creating with poultry wire
  • Making simple armatures with coat hangers
  • Collecting, cutting, and using tin cans for sculpture
  • Using natural materials found locally such as grape vine, branches, etc.


  • Various paper and aluminum objects
  • Found objects


  • Exercises that lead to the completion of several small sculptures or maquettes
  • Working with the materials to learn from other’s mistakes and successes

Artist Bio

Peter Dellert is a furniture maker, sculptor and collage artist located in Holyoke, Massachusetts. Inspired by nature, biomorphic forms, and most recently vintage hand tools, his sculptures use such diverse materials as tin cans, tree branches, grape vines, steel re-bar, carved Spanish cedar, concrete, and found recycled automotive catalytic converter covers. His sculptures have been exhibited at Sculpture Key West in Florida, at the Contemporary Sculpture in Chesterwood, Massachusetts and at Sculpture New Hope in Pennsylvania and in craft museums and galleries in the U.S. and Japan. Dellert has taught at Arrowmont, Haystack, Snow Farm and North Country Studio Workshops.
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Workshop Description

The goal of this workshop is to utilize inexpensive recycled and found materials to design and create simple sculptures and models for larger ones. Students will begin with drawings, then proceed to making models scaled to reflect their ultimate sculptures. During class, armatures of foam, wood and wire are covered along with the use of various materials including paper mâché, plaster, cardboard, tin cans and found objects. Shaping and forming these materials quickly and spontaneously, participants will develop their artistic vision through simple assignments and their own creativity. Hand tools will be used and may include a bandsaw and a welder. No advanced tools or techniques are required. Open to all skill levels.

COURSE FEE: $690  ·  materials list

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