A Head Above the Rest

Students at Interlochen Arts Camp didn’t know sculpture could be such a hair-raising experience. That is until teaching assistant Nancy Yusko spent three weeks this summer teaching them to create hair sculptures. The students made works of art on each others’ heads with wet clay, then used a hairdryer to stiffen their designs.

This performance art doesn’t discriminate based on hair length, nor will it damage hair, but it does require a patient model. A design takes one to three hours to create and two hours to rinse out. Although fun and creativity are important, the art form also requires careful planning. Students sketched designs before sculpting and had to consider how much weight a model’s head could comfortably hold.

Interlochen Center for the Arts is a non-profit organization dedicated to teaching and presenting artistic achievement and talent. It’s the home of more than 750 concerts, dance productions and art exhibits year-round. For more information about Interlochen, visit the school’s Web site: www.interlochen.org.

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