“Angie,” a lifecast by Roy Butler

Sculptor Roy Butler to teach life casting at Renaissance Center

Release Date: 9/24/2001. Expired: 11/17/2001

“One of my greatest passions in life is simply people watching,” says sculptor and genuine student of life Roy W. Butler.

Passionately devoted to his art and blessed with a rare talent for creating sensitive and moving images that touch the soul, Butler brings his two-day life cast workshop to The Renaissance Center Nov. 16-17.

The workshop presents state-of-the-art life casting techniques for creating fascinating 3-dimensional works with fingerprint accurate detail.

Students will learn to mold their hands and faces with prosthetic quality materials cast in gypsum. The goal of the workshop is to learn the basic professional techniques used by the entertainment industry to create life cast sculptures.

Each participant will have a hands-on experience as both model and artist. At the end of the workshop, students will take home two unique sculptures they created.

“Actually, life casting is the only art medium that allows us to view ourselves just as others view us; life size, with depth, 3-dimensional and fingerprint accurate detail,” Butler said.

Growing up in Middle Tennessee, Butler began developing his artistic and technical talents at an early age. When money allowed, much time was spent assembling model kits, mostly automotive, with an expertise of build and finish that rivaled that of youth twice his age.

Hands lifecast by Butler

During high school, he heard of a national competition sponsored by General Motors Corp. in which entrants had to totally design, hand fabricate and build one-twelfth precision scale automobiles of the future. He won three years in a row.

But his talents were also devoted to drawing.

“I used to spend so much time drawing everything in sight that I would run out of sketch pads and my mother would often hide the kitchen paper towels,” he said.

At age 16 Butler had become known for his artistic ability and was commissioned by a local contracting company to produce a rendering of a recently completed home. The rendering later appeared in Life magazine.

In 1988 Butler found the medium he’d been searching for to express his true passion for people. It was life casting.

“Life casting is an art form that allows me to combine creative and technical skills into producing works of art that accurately replicate the visual sensation of human life,” he said.

The workshop is 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 16 and 17. Tuition is $240 and includes the supply fee. Class size limit is 15 and registration deadline is Nov. 9.

To register for the workshop or for more information call The Renaissance Center at (615)740-5600.

The Renaissance Center is located at 855 Highway 46 South in Dickson, just 35 minutes west of Nashville.

Visit the Visual Arts Workshops page for more about the workshops.

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