Welcome to the PDMAG Academy

Where you can turbo charge your learning experience with the help of a Mentor

The Apprenticeship yearly membership is $99.00

(With a one-on-one mentor and access to the level appropriate Academy Group where our 33 mentors congregate. You also get your own apprentice page on this website)

 

Returning apprentice yearly membership without one-on-one mentors is $59.95

(Allows apprentices continued access to the Academy groups and all of the mentors as they are available. )

Your mentor is only a few clicks away

 

 

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.

All of our academy groups have skilled master level doll makers heading them.
CLICK HERE  to go to the apprentice sign up. The increased fee is part of our drive to add new mentors. The additional charge helps to pay for all of the active one on one mentors membership fees, awards for our challenges and other expenses related to the academies.

New apprentice member applications are being accepted.
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.

This program is not for the those who have busy schedules, who can not put in the time to sculpt and learn but for those who are motivated to learn that are willing to put in the work to succeed as the key to success in the industry is PRACTICE.

The track record with our apprentices has been to have them move up one skill level every year which is a faster rate then most artists achieve on their own.  But ultimately the speed at which you graduate is up to you. The more you practice and share your WIP with your mentor the faster you progress. Most graduate within 2 years to intermediate level or higher and become full members of the guild. Those who really dedicate themselves to practicing do so in a years time. You must be proactive. Share your progress in the groups so the group managers see where you are and can assess if your ready to move up or graduate. Challenges and awards are given via the academy groups also to keep our members engaged.

Click the Banner to meet our Apprentice members.