Ari Norris

Art Lessons (Sculpture / Life Drawing) - Apprentice I

Ari Norris, the son of two artists and educators, comes from Muskegon, Michigan, in pursuit of a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Sculpture at Northern Illinois University.

During the summer months, Ari has spent his time learning the trade of historical and figurative sculpture from nationally recognized bronze and marble sculptor, Gary Casteel, in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. This apprenticeship has taken place during Casteel’s largest commission, the National Civil War Memorial. 

This experience has recently led to two current bronze commissions of Ari’s own; one being of Muskegon native Clarence Zylman, the trumpeter that inspired the 1940’s hit, “the Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy.”           

Ari is available for private instruction in full-round clay modeling, clay portraiture, bas-relief techniques, and life drawing. 

*Modeling clay is a non-drying, non-toxic, sulfur free alternative to natural clay, and is considered a separate study from ceramics.

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