Sculpting The Human Face

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.
9:30 A.M.-4:30 P.M.
Model Included
Gage Capitol Hill
Learn to sculpt the portrait and capture likeness and personality in clay. Students will learn to sculpt a full scale portrait in water clay on a fixed armature, while working from a live model. Instruction will include an introduction to tools and techniques, proportions, structural anatomy, and learning to closely observe the nuances of the human face. Each student will begin by first massing in the shape of the skull, and learn to incorporate facial features in relation to this structure. Instruction will include demos, brief lectures, and individual feedback throughout the class. By the end of the session, each student will have created one portrait from a live model.