• Ron Nagle: Corporal Shunt, 2016; ceramic, catalyzed polyurethane, epoxy resin, and acrylic; 3 1/8 x 4 3/4 x 3 7/8 in.; collection of James Rondeau and Igor DaCosta.


Gallery + Studio: As If by Magic

For ages 6–12 with accompanying adult(s)

  • With artist

    Bay Area artist and educator Lucas Degiulio graduated from UC Berkeley’s MFA program in 2017 and received the 2017–18 Tournesol Award (Headlands Center for the Arts). He teaches elementary school students in San Francisco and finds artistic inspiration in neighborhood and beach-cleaning forays.

This workshop integrates art on view at BAMPFA with a related art project; each session lasts about thirty minutes. Sign up for this event between June 10 and June 12, when the sign-up link will be active on this page. The meeting link will be sent to you on the morning of June 13.

Meet artist/educator Lucas Degiulio on Zoom to look at some of Ron Nagle’s playful and beguiling sculptures, then make your own with papier-mâché and other materials found at home or in nature.

Ron Nagle’s mysterious small-scale sculptures draw from the familiar—think lobster claws or Japanese cuisine—but through twists of imagination, they transform into beguiling objects. Meet us on Zoom to see some of Nagle’s artworks, then riff off his playful pieces and titles using papier-mâché and other materials with artist Lucas Degiulio. Explore texture, form, and color while creating your own small-scale sculpture, then add your own inventive title!


Please gather these materials before the session. (In the spirit of Ron Nagle, we will make refined objects on a small scale, so you only need small quantities.)

For papier-mâché

  • Newspaper, cut or ripped into strips about two inches wide
  • All-purpose liquid glue (like Elmer’s)
  • Water, for thinning the glue
  • A bowl, for your glue mixture and for soaking paper strips
  • Colorful wrapping tissue and/or construction paper


Suggested other materials from home and from nature

They can be surreal and eclectic! Aluminum foil, modeling clay or similar, wire and/or pipe-cleaners, string and/or yarn, tape (any type), buttons, small shells, eucalyptus buttons, seed pods, twigs, sand, dried flower petals.

Also useful

Scissors, magic markers, crayons, small cardboard boxes for displaying your sculpture (shoebox or smaller)