Artist and Instructor
Morris Norvin began studying art at the age of 8 at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. At age 12, Morris began taking figure sculpture classes with Ralph Rosenthal at the Museum of Fine Arts. He continued throughout high school and then went on to graduate from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. Today he teaches the very same sculpture classes he took from Ralph as a child, continuing Ralph's legacy of igniting and nurturing the creativity in a wide variety of students.
Morris works with a diverse range of materials including metal, wax, clay, wood, plasticine, paper, glass and polymers. His preferred method is welded steel incorporating found, functional objects which he terms “Junk Art.” He takes pride in using the objects as he finds them with little, if any manipulation. Each piece he finds will someday be the perfect part of a particular sculpture. A planing tool might become a high heel or a gear chain could end up being a tail. Each found object has a specific purpose different from its original function. His work is mainly figurative with an anatomical focus.
Morris' artwork is widely collected and participates in a variety of public shows in the New England area.
In 2005, Morris, his wife Anne Sasser, and partner Benjamin Todd started building out a brick shell in the Jamaica Plain part of Boston. In 2007, Stonybrook Fine Arts Sculpture School opened it's doors at 24 Porter Street in the heart of Jamaica Plain, directly across the street from Sam Adams Brewery. It is conveniently located approximately 2 blocks from the Stony Brook MBTA stop on the Orange Line. To see which classes are taught there visit their website: http://stonybrookfinearts.com/.
Classes taught by Morris Norvin:
Live Figure Sculpture (Stonybrook Fine Arts, Jamaica Plain)
Stone Carving (Stonybrook Fine Arts, Jamaica Plain)
Teen Stone Carving (Stonybrook Fine Arts, Jamaica Plain)
Teen Welding Intensive (Stonybrook Fine Arts, Jamaica Plain)
Teen Sculpture (Museum of Fine Arts, Boston)
Adult Sculpture (Museum of Fine Arts, Boston)