Upcoming Sculpture Classes

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Ceramics/Sculpture Department

Walt Padgett

Walt Padgett

Walt Padgett

Walt Padgett

Walt Padgett


Instructor: Walt Padgett
September 13–16, 2017 (Wednesday–Saturday, 9:30am–4:30pm)
All levels

This class is no longer available for registration. For more information, please call the Mendocino Art Center Registrar:
707 937-5818, ext. 10 or toll-free 800 653-3328, ext. 10


Abstraction has been implemented since the very beginnings of human expression and is integral to the very purpose of art itself. The seeming choice between realism and abstraction is not a choice of style, or even concept, but is a matter of degree as to how much abstraction the artist chooses to pursue.

Realism is a degree of abstraction. All art is abstract. To understand this is an enlightening, freeing experience; one’s appreciation of world art changes and one’s personal relationship to the natural world becomes more vital.

In this workshop students will have the opportunity to fully consider and to investigate the expressive potentials of abstraction as a process; by utilizing drawing from selected natural objects followed by sketching to develop ideas, students will then create three-dimensional mock-ups (maquettes) for development as sculptures in Styrofoam for casting.

Two classroom days will be devoted to lectures and discussions and hands-on exercises by which conceptual investigations will be translated into three-dimensional forms. The following two days will be devoted to actually casting one or more of each student’s sculptures in aluminum, and at least rudimentary finish work. Instruction will be provided for each step in this process.

Cast sculptures will be weighed and students will be expected to reimburse the instructor for the metal kept, at an inflated rate of $3/lb. to cover associated expenses. A final critique and discussion will be held at the close of the workshop.


Award-winning Oregon artist WALT PADGETT has BFA and MFA degrees in Sculpture from Florida State University. He taught a year at Florida A & M University before moving to the West Coast, starting the Art Department at Rogue Community College in Southern Oregon where he taught full-time for over 30 years. He has also taught for Portland State University, the University of Oregon, Oregon State University, and Southern Oregon University; before retiring he taught a term in London for the Oregon Community College International Studies Consortium, and since has continued teaching private workshops for regional art centers including the Mendocino Art Center where he has been offering workshops in sculpture and printmaking for eight years.

Current MAC Members: $315
Non-members: $350 plus a $45 non-member registration fee

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