I was looking up Mayan sculptures to see if there’s any way of teaching that with reverse plaster casting this spring. Circumstantially it’s almost perfect — I mean, the style and method go together very well an the sixth graders will study pre-columbian Americas. On the other hand, the content is nearly always inappropriate. They seemed to spend all their time constructing grotesque idols and obscene (by sixth grade class standards) poses. But, still, they are in some ways crying out to be reverse sculpted.
Is there a non-idolatrous side to Mayan sculpture? Well, there is, but it seems harder to make, like this:
But that is unsuited to reverse plaster sculpture. So… in the style above, and not idolatrous. Is that really too much to ask of an entire civilization?
Meanwhile, I have discovered an art form as yet unknown to me: digital sculpture. On the one hand, this guy (Scott Eaton, who teaches anatomy to digital animation artists) is really good. On the other hand: he’s really good, making me sad that these aren’t actual, physical sculptures.