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Master artist Tip Toland, is sponsored through the Susan Cooley-Gilliom Artist in Residence and Teaching (ART) Program, at the Placer Community Foundation. The ART program is permanently funded through an endowed gift made to the Community Foundation in memory of the beloved local artist.


The ART program develops and enhances the visual arts in Placer County through short-term residencies and workshops taught by nationally established and highly-reputable artists who create in a range of media. You can learn more about the visiting artists, and register for future workshops by visiting


Stop by and meet Tip during her Open Studio Hours starting April 17th - May 7th.


FREE Public Lectures:

-Saturday April 19th 5:30PM @ Blue Line Arts 405 Vernon Street in Roseville.

-Monday April 21st 12:30PM @ Weaver Hall RM 110Sierra College 5000 Rocklin Road in Rocklin.

-Tuesday, April 29th at 10AM @ Placer Arts 808 Lincoln Way in Auburn.






























2014 Visiting Artist


Tip Toland


Tip Toland (American, born 1950) resides in Vaughn, Washington. She received a BFA in Ceramics from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 1975, and a MFA in Ceramics from Montana State University in 1981. She has had numerous solo exhibitions including the Bellevue Art Museum, Washington; Museum of Contemporary Craft, Portland, Oregon; Barry Friedman LTD, New York; Pacini Lubel Gallery, Seattle; and Nancy Margolis Gallery, New York. View some of her work here.


Toland has been featured in 80 national and international group shows since 1980 and has received notable awards including: the Jean Griffith Fellowship Artist Award, Pottery Northwest, Seattle; Artist Trust, Washington State Arts Commission Fellowship Award; Virginia A. Groot Foundation Grant, First Place Award; GAP Grant, Artist Trust, Seattle; and a Visual Arts Fellowship National Endowment for the Arts. Her work is held in numerous public and private collections including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Museum of Art and Design, New York; Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, Wisconsin; Arizona State University, Tempe; and the Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, Montana. Toland has been awarded residencies at the Association of Israeli Decorative Arts, Israel; Centrum, Port Townsend, Washington; Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, Montana; and U-Cross Foundation, Wyoming. 




The Life-Sized Expressive Clay Portrait

April 25th, 26th, and 27th, 10am-4pm

*A materials list will be sent in confirmation email.




In this 3-day workshop, participants will construct a simple pipe armature to support masses of clay they will model into a solid, proportional, generic head. Tip will demonstrate the step-by-step process of building an anatomically accurate bust, then show how the features are constructed and placed. Working with the roughed-in heads, participants will use mirrors to explore facial expressions, learning about the muscles which govern them, and applying that knowledge to their portraits. Aging the face, as well as taking it off the armature, will be demonstrated. Students will come away with a fully-formed hollow clay bust. All levels are welcome!


Member price: $300

Non-member price: $350


Dynamic Small Figures

May 2nd, 3rd, and 4th, 10am-4pm

*A materials list will be sent in confirmation email.




Building a proportional 10-inch figure and animating it has never been easier! Students will begin by creating a proportional, solid figure on an easy to remove armature, then begin to animate it. We'll pay close attention to the subtlety of gesture and how tweaking it very slightly can speak volumes about a human situation. After two more figures are made, we'll begin grouping them and discuss introducing the notion of "context," to give even more range to the psychology of natural conclusion. Tip will be demonstrating throughout the workshop and there will be lots of discussion about the implications that gesture sets up with the individual figure, as well as in the group dynamic. All levels are welcome!


Member price: $300

Non-member price: $350




Refund & Cancellation Policies: Classes may be cancelled due to lack of enrollment . Participants will be notified one week before and recieve full refund if this occurs. A refund of 50% of the registration fee will be granted to participants who cancel at least 14 days before start of class.



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