THE SCIENCE IN SCUPLTURE; a place where science and art are demonstrated

THE SCIENCE IN SCUPLTURE; a place where science and art are demonstrated

 

What is this thing called sand sculpture? And, how can it possibly apply to a young person’s life to enrich their knowledge and experience? Perhaps, these thoughts come to mind because of the misplaced teachings and rushed priorities that are placed on our modern day society in regards to education. Rush through school so that one may rush to the almighty buck – is after all an “All American Truism” or, perhaps, a myth. Sweep the once full table of educational class choices, minimize enough to train to the level of technician and not to the level of graduate, achieved student. In past eras, taking time to acquire a full rounded education was the course to completing one’s state of well roundedness. Music, Poetry, Literature, Astronomy, Mathematics, Sciences Politiques, Rhetoric and Art were all considered to be an integral part to a whole completed education. Those things when grouped together are called complement to a whole. Each one in a symbiotic relationship is integral to the whole.  A complement of things is needed to make up a whole. The idea of complement in everyday language is not understood by the general public. Don’t believe it? Try using the word complement in regards to a set of things in a sentence to someone and see if they understand how parts are needed to make a whole; a completion. Or, describe to them how a true complement is not present and, therefore, it will not lead to a whole functioning system.

A place where complement exists through the soft and hard sciences is demonstrated in sand sculpture each time a project is brought to completion. In art history, one can look to the time of the Medici family and Michelangelo to see that commission of work and right communication begin the process. To convey the primary message in the final piece of sculpture, drawings are produced. There is discussion with the client on the size of the project. In the artist’s mind they are considering the weight distribution of the sand on the surface. This is a place where the hours of mathematics lecture experienced by the student finally have an application outside of the classroom.  This is a place where the science is in the art. 50 tons of sand will not fit on a table top and there may be times when 50 tons of sand will cause a floor to fail over a hollow space below the floor. This would exist in the example of a parking structure beneath a ballroom. The building was built to hold the floor of the ballroom intact without an additional 50 tons of sand. The types of medium to be used must be determined. Some pieces need more supportive structure than others. In other words, knowing that sand at the beach is not silts from the river bottom. And, how these two mediums differ in their required applications is essential.  Knowledge of the piece may be found in literature, poetry, or art in another medium. This assists in bringing the initial concept to final impression for the client.

Throughout the process of sculpting, the sculptor must know proportions and measurements. The artist must know their tools and know how to use them. Levels, measures, geometry and string compass are all used in sand sculpture. All of this requires mathematics and discernment. Pay attention to the details.  Or, the devil will be in the details. Sculptures crack, fall, and fail due to lack of continual assessing of weight, packing, and amounts of water. Work that is not measured will be sloppy. In the end, the work put in will be the quality of work seen in the finished project. As you can see, much is learned and applied in the soft and hard sciences through the work of sand sculpting. Sitting in the classroom is just as important to sand sculpting as taking those things learned and applying them to real work, real life situations – on the sand pile.

Archisand Professional Sand Sculptors, Inc. is the only professional sand sculptors who allow children “in the plot”. Our young family of sand sculptors has spent as long as 17 years in the sand pile alongside the masters. Some of our young sculptors started at 4 years of age because they wanted to be around family. And, they were small enough to fit into small places within the sculpture to keep it moist with water spray. As well, they were smart enough to do it too.

Archisand Professional Sand Sculptors, Inc. would like to highlight the accomplishments of these young sand sculptors. It all started when they were small and Archisand has the pictures to prove it. Today, these accomplished sand sculptors have learned to apply what they have been taught in the soft and hard sciences to become talented artists on their own. Let’s get started showing off Archisand’s younger set of sculptors. You will be surprised to see how the Science in Art has displayed itself through the persistent hard work and learning of these young sculptors. Archisand is proud to have played a part in giving our youthful talented sculptors a place to precept their knowledge in the sand. Together, all these pieces have led to a full complement in the Science of Art and the talent of the young sculptors.  

 Alex LeBon began in the sand pile at the age of 4 years old. His early start was the usual for young talent; water spraying the sculpture to retain moisture content. From here, Alex and his sister, Pamela formed a team and began entering competitions. As the years passed, Alex continued his work and study of sand sculpture. Firstly, under the direction of apprenticeship, but currently Alex is able to have direct supervision and oversight of commissioned work projects. Alex is an accomplished student and Eagle Scout. Alex has proved himself in other ways besides the sand pile. Alex scored a perfect score of 800 on his SAT special subjects test in physics. Alex is presently furthering his knowledge in physics at the oldest engineering school in the U.S. When Alex is on holiday from university, he is quick to jump back into jobs scheduled and waiting for him. In addition, Alex doesn’t just sit in the classroom and listen to lecture. He is passionate about taking his knowledge and working with equipment and tools. Alex is a team member on his school’s SAE Formula One team. Working with this team has allowed him to work, design, build, plan, and further his teambuilding skills. We know Alex will accomplish his goals in life and Archisand is happy to have helped Alex further his life’s experiences.

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Pamela Schleissner began sand sculpting at the tender age of 7. Her first competition was with her brother Alex at the Surf and Sea Festival in Ventura, CA. Pamela helped as a water sprayer during many Imperial Beach competitions. In 2002, Pamela and her brother formed a team and competed in the Imperial Beach U.S. Open Sand Castle Contest.  Children were to use plastic shovels and buckets. Pamela and Alex were taught in the professional sculpting methods and knew how to use these tools. They stood their artistic ground and proved that kids can use master class tools. We support Pamela and Alex for taking this risk and showing the public their talent and knowledge. Pamela sculpts when she is home on holiday from her university studies. DSC_4369

 

  

Tetsuya Tanka started sculpting at 8 years old. Water spraying sculptures is the job that most of the kids take on first and this included Tetsuya. Tetsuya has worked side by side with his dad, Ko Tanka. Tetsuya has had the best master class sculpture for a teacher. Patience, discernment, continued assessment, and the highest levels of details were taught to Tetsuya by his father. Tetsuya is an accomplished artist in sand. He understands the scope of the work and carries out his work to completion. His understanding of equipment and tool use is evident. Tetsuya and Brad make a great team. They are able to carry out projects together and have fun doing it. Tetsuya is pursuing a degree in Computer Science at a major university in Orange County. When Tetsuya is on holiday from his studies, he knows that jobs in the sand are waiting for him. Tetsuya also speaks fluent Japanese. All of Tetsuya’s combined talents will bring him to an accomplished place in life.

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Brad Itnyre started sculpting when he was 10 years old. It all started in Imperial Beach when Archisand divided up team members to have more than one entry in the contest. Brad jumped in and helped on the combined adults and kids team. Brad has been interested in the arts since high school where he participated in plays, drama and acting. Brad has been a longtime friend of Alex since the days of Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts. Brad is an accomplished Eagle Scout and hiker. He loves the outdoors no matter the climate or environment. Brad is a hard worker. Brad has the patience and talent to work with and entertain children at sand sculpting events. His skills in sand sculpting are evident in his work production and his patience to details. Brad studies ceramics at college and enjoys working in the sand with the various tools required to complete sand sculptures. Brad will accomplish much in life because his is willing to put in the hard work and long hours of sand sculpting. Archisand wishes only the best in success to Brad’s future.

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Amy Tanaka started out on the sand pile at the age of 4 years old. She started out by water spraying the sculpture to keep it moist. Throughout the years, her interest in art grew and she began taking drawing and art lessons in Mission Viejo. She has become an accomplished artist in drawing and in sand sculpture. In fact, she pursued her passion of art and applied at the prestigious Orange County School of the Arts, Santa Ana, CA. Her work in drawing and sand sculpture aided in her successful admission. Amy is always eager to work in the sand alongside her master class accomplished father, Ko Tanka.  We know Amy will have much success in her passion due to her drive to get up early every school day to make the commute to OCSA. Best of Luck to everything Amy pursues in life is the wish of fellow Archisand team members.  

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AS you can see, working in sand has helped to bring the Science and Art out in each of these young talented artists. Archisand Professional Sand Sculptors, Inc. is happy to have been a part in each of these students’ lives. Working in the sand is where the application of the Science and Art is done. Best Wishes and Much Success to Amy, Pamela, Tetsuya, Alex, and Brad! 

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Author:  Kathleen Porter LeBon

Missing Summer Already? Our Orange County Sandcastle Design Professionals Can Keep Summer “Alive” For You Year Round

Camp Vegas Table top Sand Sculpture San Diego CA
Camp Vegas Table top Sand Sculpture San Diego CA

Missing those sandcastles on the beach, and the excitement they bring when you lay your eyes on them?  Then look no further.  Archisand’s professional sand sculptures can bring a little part of summer to you no matter where you are or what time of year it is. That’s right, no need for a beach. We bring the sand to you!

Wouldn’t it be amazing to see your company’s name lit up in sand at the company holiday party.  It will have your employees & guests talking for weeks…months… even years! Or how about having a professional sand sculpture put up in your local mall with your company’s name and logo to generate business.  If you have been looking for creative ways to get your company name out there, this is guaranteed to draw in some attention. Our experiential marketing skills are sure to generate some buzz.

Archisand also works with companies to coordinate sand castle lessons and corporate team building events.  What a great way to bond employees in your company and teach them to work together to troubleshoot and complete projects.

So if you are missing the sand, there’s an easy solution. Archisand can bring the sand to you.  Anytime.  Anywhere.

For more information on booking Archisand for your next corporate event click here.

Commodores Club of the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce hosts its 52nd Annual Sandcastle Contest: Supporting the Community

Sandcastle Sculptors
Sandcastle Sculptors

On October 6, 2013 the 52nd Annual Sandcastle Contest was held in Corona del Mar.  This event is put together every year by the Chamber of Commerce.  From young to old to professional sand sculptors like us, there was high participation from the community!

Spooky sand sculptures lined the shore for this years theme “Haunted Castles”.  Everything from witches to graveyards decorated the beach, even a few pumpkins and some ironic White House structures noting “now this is scary”.

Unfortunately, we were unable to attend this year due to prior commitments, but the event seemed to go off without a hitch and the designs were creative and well done.  We wanted to show recognition to the contest and the participants within the community since we couldn’t be there in person.  Hopefully we can make it out next year!  If you want more information on the contest winners and photos of the entrants, click here for their Facebook page.

With summer coming to an end, you may want to pack a bag and head up to Northern California where they are preparing for the 30th Annual Leap Sandcastle Contest at Ocean Beach.   This year’s theme “Masterpieces of Sand” is bound to bring out the creativity in the sculptures.  The event was originally scheduled in October but was rescheduled to November 9, 2013.  For more information or to enter the contest click here.

Archisand is excited for all of the upcoming events planned, and will be posting pictures of the upcoming, exciting projects we are working on.

So if you are looking to have your own sandcastle design made for a special event, or market your company keep Archisand in mind for all of your sand needs!

Greg Lebon Shows LA Times Man What It Takes to be One of the Best Sand Sculptors in the Country

Greg Lebon, one of the best sand sculptors in the country,  was featured by Chris Erkine of LA Times. In his article “Man About Time: The Sand Sorcerer’s Apprentice,”  Chris said that “what Michaelangelo is to marble, Lebon is to sand” and described him as one of the best in the business.

As Greg and Chris work on their sand creation, Greg illustrated his talent using a few of his well-worn sand sculpture tools to create something out damp sand. He has been into sand sculpting for thirty years, won in many competitions, and traveled to different parts of the world because of his sand sculpting skills.
Greg, a founding member of Archisand, has given numerous contributions and honor to the sand sculpting community. For the last seven out of ten years, Archisand has taken won first place in the Masters Ten-Man Division in the U.S. Open Sand Sculpture event held yearly at Imperial Beach, California. Aside from winning sand sculpting competitions, Greg and his team of sand sculpting artists have traveled to Japan, Canada, Mexico, and many places in the U.S. because of sand sculpture.
Aside from all his sand sculpting work and competitions, Greg does volunteer work for church and other agencies. As Erkine said, Greg is talented, nice, and patient. Greg may be one of the busiest sand sculpture artists,  but he also practices architecture in the State of California. You can see how his architectural skills complement his sand sculpting. 
If you want to have professional sand sculptures to make your event more special,
Contact Archisand at
(949) 791-SAND
Info@Archisand.com
Located in Orange County in Southern California, at:
22675 Via Santa Maria, Mission Viejo, CA 92691

Quick and Easy Ways to Introduce Sand Sculpting for Kids

You know that when you put a child and a sandy beach together, sand play is inevitable!  That’s how the idea for sandboxes in the playground came about after all.  For children, the many possibilities of sand sculpting is a natural way to release their immense creativity.  Parents can form bonding experiences with their kids.  And in the end, everyone has loads of fun!
If you want to introduce sand sculpting as family activity this summer, turn the process into a game.  Here are some ideas on how to do it: 
Brainstorm with your kids
Involve them from step 1 by explaining that every great task begins with a plan.  Bring them to the drawing board and ask them for ideas on what to sand sculpt!  Let them unleash their creativity no matter how farfetched or impossible to do as an acitvity.  The important thing is that they are excited to share ideas with you.  On the other hand, they can surprise you with a simple, yet beautiful idea to sketch. 
If you have a big family gathering, you can divide those participating into sand teams, with a team leader to facilitate the activities.  You can even watch Archisand’s Youtube videos for ideas or check out the design gallery
Focus the energy
Now that you have them pumped up, it’s time to channel that energy into a specific objective.  So start narrowing down the choices into ideas that you actually can do.  Then put the sandcastle design on paper.  Beginners should focus on simple ones which require easy techniques to accomplish, while those with more experience in sandcastle construction can do something comparative with their skills.  
Have a sand party
With your design done, it’s time to get down to the beach and do your sand sculptures!  Remember,
  • Unless you’re using a sandbox, sand is normally attached to a body of water.  That means you need to check the high and low tides so you can build your sand sculptures above the water mark and it won’t be swept away.
  • Try to use fine grain sand, as it holds water better and allows you to sculpt more detail into the packed sand. 
  • Prepare yourselves with a sand sculpting kit.  There’s nothing wrong with using toy pails and shovels with the kids.  On the other hand, if you want your kids know what it feels like to be real sand sculpture artists, as well as producing much better results, use a kit with professional sand sculpting tools like palette knives, shovels, buckets, hand-held spray bottle and masons trawls.   
  • Spray down your sand sculptures with a hand held spray bottle full of fresh water so it lasts longer.  
  • This is a sand party so it’s fun, fun, fun!  Have cameras clicking and videos rolling to capture those treasured moments.
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