Gesture Sculpting and Drawing w/Mardie Rees

Saturday-Sunday | 6/8-6/9 | 9:30 A.M.-4:30 P.M.


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.
Live Model
All Levels
Gage Capitol Hill
  • 10” Calipers. less than $10
  • Notepad/sketchbook & Pencil for taking notes
  • 12-18” Ruler
  • 3 wooden tools of your choosing, 1 tool needs to have a flat edge. Don’t spend more then $10 per tool. Kemper tools are fine.
  • 1 to 2 of the 5in Wire Mini tools
  • Small mirror 3” x 2” or handheld mirror
  • Needle nose pliers

Places to buy your supplies:


Clay Art Center 2636 Pioneer Way East Tacoma , WA 98404 1-800-952-8030 or 1-253-922-5342

Seattle Pottery Supply 206-587-0670 35 South Hanford Seattle, WA 98134


Sculpture House, Loveland, CO

Complete Sculptor Inc., NY

Capture the human figure in motion with award-winning and internationally recognized artist Mardie Rees. We will capture the gesture using line drawings and then by modeling the figure three-dimensionally. Focus is on drawing and learning to sketch poses in clay by breaking down and re-building a new gesture each class. By analyzing the figure both through drawing and gestural sculpture, students will come away with a unique approach to working from life and will be able to make more compelling works.