MSS sculptor brings talents to the classroom

2013-02-02T10:00:00Z MSS sculptor brings talents to the classroomMary Garrigan Journal staff Rapid City Journal
February 02, 2013 10:00 am  • 

Fifteen-year-old Nathan Raab closed his eyes, stuck his hand in a small paper bag and got his first lesson in sculpting Friday from Main Street Square sculptor Masayuki Nagase.

Raab was one of more than a dozen students in Gabrielle Seeley's art class at Rapid City Academy who attended one of the community workshops that Nagase is hosting in the area through Monday.

The workshops are a chance for the general public and small groups of community stakeholders — from schoolchildren to senior citizens — to learn more about Nagase's "Passage of Wind and Water," the sculpture project that is planned for the 21 granite pieces at Main Street Square. 

His presentation to the alternative high school class included a short slide show of his art and an interactive tactile exercise on experiencing form and space that had participants describing what they felt, but could not see, and their reactions to it. 

"It's about what insights you get without seeing something first," Nagase said. "Sculpture is like that, too."

At 4 p.m. Monday, he'll do a workshop in the Cyclorama room at the Dahl Arts Center that is open to the public.

Today, he'll be on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation at two public workshops: 

• 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Sacred Heart Church, Pine Ridge 

• 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.,  Oglala Lakota College, Kyle

On Sunday, Nagase speaks at 1 p.m. in Meier Hall at  Black Hills State University in Spearfish. The workshop is open to the public.

He also presented workshops at a senior citizens center, to a members-only groups at the Dahl and to area teachers, among others stakeholders.






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