Foundations in Figure Sculpting

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.
Tuesday, Thursday
1:30-4:30 P.M.
Live Model
Gage Capitol Hill
Perfect for those who wish to dig deeper into expressive figurative sculpture. Starting with gestures in clay, students graduate to bozzetti: small, free standing clay sketches for larger work popular in the Baroque period. As your skills improve, learn to sculpt and compose faster and with more fluidity, integrating support into your finished figures. This will be the first part of a year long series in developing free standing figures at larger scales.