Constructive Anatomy

Michael Magrath has spent most of his life in the Pacific Northwest. He discovered figurative sculpture while in his early thirties, and has since dedicated his life to the betterment of his craft and the furtherance of sculptural art. Primarily self taught, he has nonetheless studied and taught in a number of rich sculptural environments, including the University of Washington, the Florence Academy of Art in Italy, and Gage Art Academy. Reflecting a decade spent in the building trades as a carpenter, painter, foundryman, and shop technician, he brings a craftsman’s approach to his work. Regardless, his interest in the figure naturally steers toward the narrative and symbolic. Of no particular denomination of religious faith, Magrath attempts to excavate, understand, and depict the universal truths that lie at the core of religious and human experience. His primary focus lies in the embodiment and reinterpretation of mythology in contemporary contexts, and is most interested in its potential to reinvigorate the human spirit, particularly in the face of the cynicism of the modern world.
1:30-4:30 P.M.
Live Model
All Levels Welcome
Gage Capitol Hill
The academy will provide the clay and armature materials needed for the first day of class. However, please bring a pair of wire cutting, needle nose pliers the first day of class. The usefulness of the following tools will be discussed during the first session.

  • Clay Modeling Tools
  • Fettling Knife- Stiff type, Don’t get a flexible type!
  • 8″ Calipers- aluminum, cheap okay!
  • Plumb bob w/ min 3′ string
  • Small Ribbon rake* (Sculpture House 404a) – can often be purchased online at Sculpture house, or occasionally locally at Seattle Pottery Supply, or Artist and Craftsman Supply and/or Kemper WT16Some 100g sandpaper!

Useful resources and links:

  • Sculpture House-
  • Seattle Pottery Supply- (206) 587-0670 35 South Hanford Seattle, WA 98134
  • Hardwick & Son’s Phone: (206) 632-1203, 4214 Roosevelt Way, Seattle, WA 98101
  • University Book Store Phone: (206) 634-3400, 4450 University Ave, Seattle, WA 98101
  • Artist & Craftsman SupplyPhone: (206) 545-0091, 4350 8th Avenue NE, Seattle

Recommended Books:

    • Sculpting the Human Figure, Edouard Lanteri
    • Modeling and Sculpture, Albert ToftSculpture
    • Inside & Out, Malvina HoffmanLiving
    • Materials, Oliver Andrews
    • From Clay to Bronze, Tuck LanglandHuman
    • Anatomy for Artists, Eliott Goldfinger
    • Facial Expression, Gary Faigin
Study the fundamental forms and proportions of the human body with Sculpture Atelier instructor Mike Magrath. You will work with study guides to develop a clearer understanding of the underlying structure of human torso and head. Working in foam and cardboard you will develop a scale mannequin of basic anatomical forms and emerge with a desktop model for future reference.