Meet Your Instructor: Bas-Relief Sculpting

Mardie Rees is a fine artist and figurative sculptor who grew up in the Pacific Northwest. Born into a creative family, her childhood was spent building houses, sewing garments, drawing pictures, and visiting museums. When she was a teenager her family moved to Ecuador to facilitate community development; these years spent in a developing country broadened her worldview and became a definitive catalyst for her artistic growth. Upon her return to the U.S., she pursued a fine arts education, earning her BFA from Laguna College of Art and Design in 2003. In the years that have followed, Mardie has created life-size bronze sculptures for museums, hospitals, schools, and collectors. Mardie has won accolades for her emotive sculpture, one of which currently resides inside the walls of the Pentagon. Her work has been recognized and awarded by Portrait Society of America, Art Renewal Center, Allied Artists of America and the National Sculpture Society. Her delight in all people and their stories is the lens through which she captures relationships and the human condition in her artwork. Mardie lives in Gig Harbor, Washington, with her husband and three children.
Saturday, Sunday
9:30 A.M. – 4:30 P.M.
All Levels Welcome
Gage Capitol Hill
Develop drawing skills beyond two-dimensions by working compositions in clay. This unusual art form, rarely seen in practice today, was used historically in art, architecture, and coin currency. Students will learn to capture portraiture in small compositions that are simple to mold into finished works, and learn the skills needed to create subtle details in relief. Instruction will include working alongside students, demos, critiques, and individual feedback throughout the class.