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ND Museum of Art presents sculpting class for kids

Local artist and North Dakota Museum of Art employee Guillermo "Memo" Guardia demonstrates the technique for making sculpted figures freestanding Tuesday afternoon during kid's art camp on the UND campus. Photo by Kile Brewer/Grand Forks Herald 1 / 2
A walking man figure and some clay creations sit on a table in the UND fine arts building during Memo's session of the kid's art camp. Photo by Kile Brewer/Grand Forks Herald2 / 2

Local artist and North Dakota Museum of Art employee Guillermo "Memo" Guardia demonstrates the technique for making sculpted figures freestanding Tuesday afternoon during kid's art camp on the UND campus.

For his session of the weekly art camp, Memo chose to teach the sculpture style of Swiss surrealist Alberto Giacometti, as Giacometti's work is a major influence on Memo's personal sculpture.

"In Giacometti's sculptures, the proportions are different," Memo said. "They have a tiny body, long legs and arms, and a tiny head. Here we are doing a few variations of his sculptures, including standing man, walking man, and walking dogs."

In addition to the sculptures, which are made of newspaper and tape wrapped sticks, the students created figures out of clay which Memo will fire in the kiln at Muddy Waters where he has a studio.

"I think these art camps are a great opportunity for the kids," Memo said. "The first day you could tell that some of them hadn't done anything like this, you know? They were shy, but then they started to create and talk and now they're having fun and making friends."

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