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.
Saturday
10/14-11/4
9:30 A.M.-4:30 P.M.
$310
Model Included
All
Gage Capitol Hill
  • 10” Calipers. less than $10
  • Paper & Pencil
  • 36” Ruler
  • 3 wooden tools of your choosing, 1 tool needs to have a flat edge. Don’t spend more than $5. Kemper tools are fine
  • 1 to 2 of the 5in Wire Mini tools
  • Hand towel/Rag to keep sculpture wet during class sessions
  • Garbage bag
  • Spray bottle
  • Small mirror 3” x 2”
  • Needle nose pliers

Places to buy your supplies:

LOCAL

Clay Art Center 2636 Pioneer Way East Tacoma , WA 98404 1-800-952-8030 or 1-253-922-5342 http://www.clayartcenter.net/

Seattle Pottery Supply 206-587-0670 35 South Hanford Seattle, WA 98134 http://www.seattlepotterysupply.com/

ONLINE

Sculpture House, Loveland, CO http://www.sculpturehouse.com/

Complete Sculptor Inc., NY http://www.sculpt.com/

 
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.

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