Carol Hendricks, Adult Programs Manager Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.gageacademy.org/magrath/ 1501 10th Ave. East, #101 Seattle, WA 98102 United States of America Phone: 206-323-GAGE (4243) The Magrath Sculpture Atelier at Gage Academy of Art is a multi-year, part-time Atelier designed to confer the core disciplines needed to become a practicing figurative sculptor at a high level of excellence. Led by celebrated sculptor Michael Magrath, students learn to become adept in both traditional approaches as well as contemporary concerns in a variety of media.
The Magrath Sculpture Atelier is designed to help students develop a dispassionate and yet highly engaged observational practice. Beginning with observational accuracy and working toward personal expressiveness, students progress from drawing and sculpting organic objects, and then move toward the live model.
From that students build an understanding of structure and relationships in the round that make up the larger form. From these benchmarks students graduate to more complex subjects such as the portrait, the life-sized torso, expressive hands and feet and finally, armed with historical and contemporary understanding, their own compositions.
Along the way students learn the methods of transition into more permanent media, from plaster and stone to bronze and beyond. Students emerge with a solid artistic practice that allows them to deeply explore the world and create whatever they can imagine.
The Atelier is designed with a three full years of study with a fourth year of independent, mentored work. Recognizing that students enter into the program with various skills and experiences, achievement may be assessed either cumulatively or sequentially. Students are expected to meet specific program benchmarks before progressing to more advanced topics. Students may "test out" of specific benchmarks with portfolio review or assent of instructor. All benchmarks must be met to be considered for a certificate.
Advanced students enjoy have the opportunity to collaborate with Pratt Art Center for studio access in wood, stone, metal and glass. Classes and studio access at Pratt may involve additional expense, but will be offset with discounts or credit wherever possible.
The long term goal of the Atelier is to confer upon the student who completes the program a well-recognized certificate of mastery in fine art figure sculpture, and the confidence and skill needed to make sculpture at the highest level.
Levels and Benchmarks
Rather than years, think of progress in terms of Levels. Students should generally consider that all benchmarks on any level should be met before proceeding with confidence to the next level.
Benchmarks may be cumulative as well as sequential; i.e., prior experience with various exercises may be substituted at the instructors' discretion. As the Atelier is still in development the below is an incomplete, but suggestive list.
Competence in drawing and sculpting from objects and master copies
Clay objects, plaster waste mold
Building directly in plaster
Michelangelo and Master Cast copies
Ceramic hand building, firing
Basic life drawing, gesture, etc.
Gesture sculpture in line and mass
Structural modeling and accurate proportion from the live model at 1/3 scale
Advanced Drawing from Life
Sight Size Drawing
Accurate blocking and proportional drawing
Anatomy and constructive anatomy
Écorché (outside of program)
Moldmaking for figurative sculpture in rubber and casting in plaster, wax, composites
Gestural and expressive modeling in the standing figure
Composition in the round and in relief
Casting in Bronze overview
Casting in a variety of media, including glass (elective)
Wood and Metal Fabrication basics
Reclining and compressed figures
Multi figure compositions
Fine surface modeling
Finishing and Patination
Independent study and Final Project
1 to 3 quarters
May involve access to other studios such as Pratt in completion of final project
Final show at Best of Gage or in Conjunction with other Ateliers.
Water based clay, Plastiline, Plaster, Wax
Metals, Wood, Stone, Plastics, Epoxy, Resin, Silicone and Urethane Mold Materials, cold casting, Digital media
About Michael Magrath
Michael Magrath received his MFA in Sculpture and Public Art from the University of Washington. He has studied in Rome and at the Florence Academy of Art. He has taught at the Art Academy of London, Gage Academy of Art and the University of Washington. Recent notable public and private commissions include UW Medal of Honor Memorial; 2009, Microsoft; 2010, Dwayne Clarke Residence; 2012. Awards include IFRAA Best Sculpture Award, Gap Grant, 4Culture and the Art Renewal Center Best Sculpture 2009.