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animal sculpture
instructed by kim bernadas

Join Kim Bernadas on October 12 and 13th to capture the essence of your chosen animal! Kim will offer students of all artistic abilities instruction on how to create a comprehensive study of each animal. Detailed measurement photos, anatomical references, and other reference material will be provided by the instructor. When you register, please choose an animal provided by Kim (Lion, Gorilla, Rhino, or Eagle), or let us know if you'd like to submit images of a different animal of your choosing. By the end of this workshop, you will have a complete sculpture that will be fired and returned to you after a few weeks. No experience needed.


This workshop will be held from 10 AM-4 PM both days. Each day, there will be a 30 minute-1 hour lunch break (length dependent on student), so please plan accordingly.


This class is limited to ages 18+. The minimum for this course is 8, and the maximum is 10. If the class does not meet the minimum, participants will be refunded. Tickets are non-refundable once the registration deadline ends. If you would like to cancel before the deadline passes, please email or call 205-758-1257. If the class does not meet the minimum by the registration deadline and the workshop is cancelled, all participants will be refunded their registration fees.


Please email Mary Bell, Program Director, at with any questions. 

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Age Range: 18+

Dates: Ocrober 12-13, 2024

Times: 10 AM-4 PM both days (lunch break on your own each day)

Location: Kentuck's Clay Studio (2014 5th St)

Tuition: $350All supplies will be included

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This workshop is sponsored in part by the Alabama State Council on the Arts and the Holle Family Foundation.

meet the instructor

Kim Bernadas

Kim Bernadas works in both figure and portrait sculpture using a classical approach achieving an uncanny likeness to her subjects in her portraiture. In her figures, she uses gesture, proportion, and the uniqueness of each individual to express the essence of the subject. With a background as a physical therapist and a former ballet instructor, Kim has had a life long study in the dynamics of the human form. Her artistic training began at New Orleans Academy of Fine Art in 1991, where she presently teaches portrait and figurative sculpture. Additionally, Kim conducts Sculpture intensives at several locations in the Southeast throughout the year. Her professional career has included many public and private collections; most recently in 2021 and 2022, lifesize sculptures include Butterflies and Irises, and of St. Landry respectively. The installation depicting 4 of the 9 Greek Muses in bronze for the Jefferson Performing Arts Center represents a monumental work completed in 2017 . Other collections include the Dr. John Edmunds for Tulane Medical School, and James Elrod CEO for Willis Knight Healthcare System, Walter Dumas Bust for the Baton Rouge Community College, Ed McKee Plaque for Livingston Parish, Baby Pan for the Soniat Garden and The Lifesize Mother and Child for the Tulane Medical Center Maternity Pavillion. As of Fall 2011, “Birth of a Muse“, the first Post Katrina Public Art Commission for City of New Orleans, was installed as part of a revitalization project for the Coliseum Square Park. She was also featured in the New Orleans Magazine and named the 2005 WYES Artist of the Year, as well as an award winner in the 2004 National Drawing Exhibition in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She has been recently elected to the prestigious Portrait Sculptors Society of the Americas, American Artists Professional League and WAOW – Women artists of the West, all very respected national artist organizations. She was elected to the distinguished Portrait Society of America in 2014, and her sculpture “Tasha” was awarded Honorable Mention for Sculpture in the 2014 PSA Membership Competition. In 2014, she created a life size bronze of Pastor Robert Blakes, Sr., a renowned prophet and religious leader. While in New Orleans City Park, her life size bronze of philanthropist Stanley W. Ray, Jr. can be viewed as part of the NOMA (New Orleans Museum of Art) Collection. Also widely acclaimed is her 2019 installation of Brother Martin Hernandez, placed at the Brother Martin High School Outdoor Mall. Kim Bernadas has dual residency in both New Orleans, Lousiana, and Silverhill, Alabama where she has studios and receives local and national commissions.

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