Sawtooth enabling students to gardens, art together

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Artist Mary Guyunzlu works on her latest creation as the "Garden Sculpture, Exploring Animal Forms" hand building workshop tails off at the ceramic studio of the Sawtooth School for Visual Art in Winston-Salem, N.C., Monday Mar. 31, 2014. (Bruce Chapman/Journal)

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Gardens are amalgams of personal, aesthetic and natural elements. It takes a bit of all these things to pull together a complete picture of what every garden represents.

The same is true of art. Both reflect the creative impulse of their maker and reveal a bit of their taste, history and perspective. Art and gardens are natural companions.

The Sawtooth School for Visual Art in Winston Salem offers multiple opportunities to bring another level of expression to the garden through a series of garden-oriented classes and workshops.

The spring focus on the garden stretches across multiple disciplines and includes family workshops that are a wonderful opportunity to link parent, child and garden.

“I think artists in general seem to be interested in gardening and cooking,” said Warren Moyer, the Sawtooth’s program coordinator for ceramics. Moyer sees motifs from his garden repeated in his own work. He said that the same complimentary textures and design elements that can be found in the garden repeat in his ceramic work. Foliage and its infinite variability are a constant source of inspiration.

Moyer said the different departments at Sawtooth came together to try to focus on a garden theme. Ceramics is particularly well represented with classes devoted to creating garden sculptures, ceramic stepping stones and a youth workshop on making a ceramic bird feeder.

Mary Gunyuzlu works as a ceramics instructor for children and adults. She will be leading a one day workshop for adults titled “Garden Sculpture, Exploring Animal Forms.” The workshop is from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. April 26. The cost is $130 for non-members, $110 for members. Students will use hand-building techniques to construct an animal sculpture that can be displayed in the garden.

“I love nature and anything I can put outside,” said Gunyuzlu. “Though I love the aesthetic aspect of the garden — like what a plant does with the light — I also like the aspect of a functional, interactive space. I like to create outdoor things that animals interact with, mainly for birds.”

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