Sculptor shares his love of modeling at The Riford

By Shanna McCue


Professional sculptor/model-maker Angel Carrasco brought sculpting lessons to The Riford Center recently, initiating a new series of six-week classes for all skill levels. Students found him personable, knowledgeable and above all patient — characteristics he said he gleaned from a life with some setbacks.

Carrasco was born in Washington, D.C. When he was young, he was diagnosed with dyslexia and autism. He said he was unable to speak until his preteen years, making communication with others extremely difficult. During his early teens, he found sculpting to be a unique way for him to communicate and live with his disabilities. Since then, Carrasco, who lives in the Morena Bay neighborhood of San Diego, said sculpting has been his life.

The skills of his craft led him to Hollywood, where he worked on films with directors such as Steven Spielberg and George Lucas. He helped create concept cars using automotive engineering design, and helped design a ride at Disneyland.

“I’m very humble,” Carrasco said of his colorful career. “I just like to make things easier. Sculpting is a passion in myself, in my heart and soul. It’s my life. It’s what I do best, and I love it.

About his decision to teach, Carrasco explained: “I want to get people to learn my techniques, and I developed a way to give this out. I want to make people have an appreciation for art and get in touch with the art in themselves.”

Carrasco started his beginner, intermediate and advanced sculpting classes in mid-January at The Riford Center. He teaches two classes of each level every week.

“I would like people to take a little time for themselves and give time to art. It can be an exercise for their minds, their hands. Art can be very enjoyable,” he said.

Student Mark Egan, who is taking classes along with his dad, Ross, was quick to agree.

Sculpting is great for hands-on learning,” he said.

Sculpting classes

  • When: Morning and afternoon sessions; beginner (Mondays), intermediate (Wednesdays), advanced (Fridays)
  • Where: The Riford Center, 6811 La Jolla Blvd.
  • Cost: $200-$475
  • Information: (858) 459-0831,