The Apprenticeship program is designed to help Novice artist grow their skills to the level of intermediate or higher so that they may join the ranks of our artists members and be counted among some the very best art doll creators in the world. Our award winning OOAK doll artists volunteer as mentors so that new and budding artists can learn at an advanced pace to create beautiful art dolls through the PDMAG Mentor/Apprentice Academy. Come join our mission to help keep this industry going and growing by helping to train the next generation of doll makers and sparking the love of dolls into the next generation.
Whether you’re a Master doll artist who wants to share your skills with the next generation of doll makers as a Mentor, an intermediate artist who could use help polishing your work to a more professional level and could use guidance into this complex market, a novice artist who wants to learn from the experiences of master doll makers or a complete beginner PDMAG Academy has a place for you. We now have a Junior sculptors academy which is a multi week program working in our newest group to get newbies up to speed on Polymer clay, armatures, basic anatomy, what supplies you need and then concentrated practice on sculpting your first faces. ,
Our mentors will evaluate your level and placement into one of our 5 current academy groups.
Junior Polymer Academy – for beginners who have never sculpted but want to learn
Novice Polymer Academy – for those who have less then 10 finished pieces
Intermediate Polymer Academy – For those who have completed the novice group or have come to us with some experience
Cloth and fiber Academy – For our Cloth and fiber beginners, Novice and intermediates
Paper Clay Academy – For those who are beginners, intermediate, and advanced who want to learn to make paperclay dolls
APPRENTICE APPLICANTS WHO WANT A one-on-one MENTOR: As of 12/12/16 will pay the $99.00 a year. This fee covers your membership and your mentors. As all of our mentors volunteer their time in sharing the skills they themselves spent many years perfecting, we feel they should not have to also pay their own membership fee, so we have increased the Academy fee and are decreasing each $59.95 membership fee to make it fair for all parties. The average full length DVD sculpting tutorial can cost you about $100 but you do not get to communicate with the teacher directly. In person classes where you get to communicate with the teacher directly can range from $500 to $1500. This is a very unique opportunity to learn directly from a master artist without travel expenses, overnight stays or limited time with your mentor. If you would like to join the PDMAG Academy as an apprentice member there will not be an initial critique needed before joining. Our mentors will establish your level and which academy group you go in.