"Drawing is the fundament of sculpture. It is inextricably interwoven into our practice. I want all my students to have a strong foundation in drawing, a living drawing practice... Sculpting in many ways is just drawing in clay. Adding and cutting and marking clay, drawing in three dimensions."
The Magrath Sculpture Atelier at the Gage Academy of Art in Seattle enters its 8th year, having weathered the pandemic with hybrid classes focused on core skills that included master cast studies, hands, feet and self portraiture along with deep dives into artistic anatomy. Led by celebrated sculptor Michael Magrath, students learn to become adept in both traditional approaches as well as contemporary concerns in a variety of media. We look forward to meeting in-person again with live models and gestures in wire and clay in the fall moving into more detailed figure studies in winter.
We are also excited about a new part time online program where continuing and aspiring sculptors will meet weekly to discuss and critique work and readings, get assignments for work in home studios, and share discoveries and questions. It's a way to continue and extend our community for distant learners who may not have local access to sculpture resources, not to mention put our newly acquired virtual skills and resources to use.
The Magrath Sculpture Atelier is a multi-year, part-time Atelier designed to confer the core disciplines needed to become a practicing figurative sculptor at a high level of excellence. Students become adept in both traditional approaches and the history of figurative sculpture while engaging in contemporary concerns and a variety of media. The full series is designed to be undertaken over three years, but may be taken part-time over several years, and culminates in a year of independent study and the production of a final, significant project.
Build cumulatively upon the core skills of drawing and modeling from life, while adding critical understanding of anatomy, composition in the round and relief as well as technical skills such as mold making, casting, basic fabrication and subtractive techniques in wood, stone, metal and composite materials.
The Magrath Atelier follows the 10-week class schedule. Students receive a 10% discount on other sculpting programs, and have access to Studio 100, a shared workspace, when the room is not in use.
Check out Michael's Online Sculpture Practicum for further creative community and feedback.
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