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Modern Abstract Sculpture – May 2019

250.00 IVA included

Course Details

Instructor: Roberto Mannino
Dates: May 13 – 30, 2019
Day & Time: Monday / Thursday 4 – 7 PM
Language: Bilingual (English + Italian)

Minimum Enrollment: 6 students
Maximum Enrollment: 15 students
Enrollment Deadline: Monday, May 6 at 23:59

Enrollment Policy
The class is not confirmed until after the enrollment deadline. If minimum enrollment is not reached by 23:59 on the enrollment deadline, the class will instead be canceled and all registrants will be notified by e-mail. Your credit card will not be charged unless the class is confirmed (though we will issue a pre-authorization at the moment of registration).


Modern Abstract Sculpture

Students in this course will explore various methods of creating three-dimensional artwork with additive and constructing techniques. A review of 20th century sculpture will introduce major stylistic approaches and topics. After studying 3-D design and composition schemes, students will develop their own plasticine scale models as proofs for larger projects. The construction of a proper inner armature will lead to more-effective modeling of the external, visible planes. Aluminum rods, wire meshes and chicken wire will constitute the support for pre-mix concrete and powder stucco to create a rigid core for the sculpture. Finishing of surfaces will be demonstrated. Group and individual instruction will be offered in both Italian and English.

While no prior sculpture experience is required for this course, a minimum background in visual arts is expected.

All materials are included in the course fee.

About the Instructor

Roberto Mannino is an Italian-American artist and educator based in Rome, Italy. Holding a BFA in Sculpture from the Rhode Island School of Design (1980) and an Italian Fine Art Degree in Sculpture (1990), his artistic research focuses on Contemporary Papermaking, Sculpture, Installation, Printmaking and Book Arts. Mannino describes his work as process-oriented, with a sculptural attitude focused on the interaction between paper-maker and the physical matter’s intrinsic, organic phenomena.

Having previously taught workshops at universities throughout the United States, Mannino currently teaches at Temple University Rome, Loyola University Rome and Arti e Mestieri Rome Municipal School.



STREAMS – Permanent Installation, Sala Dante, National Cabinet of Prints and Papers, Trevi Fountain, Rome, 2013
Holland Papier Biennale – Museum Rijswick, Le Hague, The Netherlands, 2004
Lavori in Corso, 5th edition, MACRO Rome, 1998
XII Quadriennial, Expo Palace, Rome 1996.