Thomas Hill wire sculptorSculptor Thomas Hill will be the artist in residence next week at the Woodson Art Museum and will be teaching wire sculpting techniques as he creates Wire Woodland with students on classroom visits and people of all ages each day next week.

Hill, a 2011 and past Birds in Art artist, will direct a student- and visitor- created wire forest called Wire Play in the lower level of the Museum during his weeklong artist residency. During the week of the teacher workshop, all classes visiting the Museum will work with Hill to contribute to the wired wonderland that will remain on view through the final day of the Birds in Art exhibition, Sunday, November, 13, 2011.

“I find that the steel wire I use behaves in much the same way as a quickly drawn line, and thus I am able to create, in effect, a three-dimensional ‘sketch’,” Hill said in an online artist’s statement.

Hill, who participated in the 2003, 2005, 2006, and 2007 Birds in Art exhibitions, uses wire lines both to describe and to suggest form and texture as well as to evoke character in his real and imaginary birds and animals. Hill’s sculptures also cast fantastic shadows that are as intriguing as the forms themselves.

You will find Hill participating in the following activities at the museum the week of September 19 – 24, 2011:

  • Tuesday, Sept. 20, 4:30-6 pm, Little Masters.
  • Wednesday, Sept. 21, 6-8 pm, Studio Art (adults)
  • Thursday, Sept. 22, 4:30-6:30 am, Young Artists (Musical Thursdays begin today, as well – 5:30 & 6:30 pm, flutist and harpist in galleries)
  • Friday, Sept. 23, 7-9 pm, Teen Art Council Teen Event
  • Saturday, Sept. 24, 9 am-Noon, Art Educator Workshop with Wisconsin Art Education Association members/ area art teachers.
Full details can be found at the Woodson Art Museum calendar of events. Press release courtesy of the Woodson Art Museum.