Sculpture from Observation

Semester: Semester A Credits: 1.5 Elective course for First and Second year
Semester: Semester A
Credits: 1.5
Elective course for First and Second year

Zohar Gottesman

Zohar Gottesman (born in Israel, 1979) is a sculptor and a graduate of the Department of Fine Arts at Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem. He holds a bachelor's degree in archaeology and art history from Ben-Gurion University. Gottesman specialized in traditional sculpting techniques in Carrara, Italy.

His works have been exhibited in numerous exhibitions in museums, galleries, and public spaces in Israel and around the world, including the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, MoBY, Museum of Contemporary Art in Bolzano, Italy, Petach Tikva Museum of Art, House of Arts in Brno, Czech Republic, K.A.D.E in Amersfoort, Netherlands, and more. Gottesman has received various awards and grants, including the Young Artist Award from the Ministry of Culture and Sport, the America-Israel Cultural Foundation Scholarship, the Outset Grant for Contemporary Artists (2017/2022), the Pais Award for Visual Arts (2022/2018/2017), and the Independent Creators Grant from the Ministry of Culture and Sport. He is also a lecturer at Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, the School of Multidisciplinary Art in Shenkar, and the Midrasha School of Art in Beit Berl.

In this course, students will learn to sculpt from observation using addition techniques with clay. We will learn to analyze and apply form in sculpture, moving from a low relief to a three-dimensional volumetric form. We will work with models of ancient sculptures, as well as observing the human body and anatomy. Students will learn to build constructions and add mass, create forms, and convert sculptures into stable materials.