In this class we will be looking for the interconnectedness of everything, seeing similarities in shapes and patterns across the natural world is a way to explore our connectedness. Plant portraits represent botanical subjects in a variety of styles that range from scientific botanical drawings to quick sketchbook drawings and whimsical hybrid illustrative flora and fauna. Exercises include a variety of subjects, flowers, fruits, fungi, with associated fauna (ex. rabbits with herbs) incorporating design options etc. to think outside the box. Techniques introduced will include the use of pencil, colored pencil, watercolor pencil. Composition and proportion, color pencil history, brands and papers will be discussed. Demonstrations, reference handouts and photos provided weekly.

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Gage Academy of Art acknowledges the Coast Salish Peoples as the original inhabitants of this area and connecting waterways. We understand the land that Gage occupies is unceded territory and that today many Indigenous peoples live here and without their stewardship, we would not have access to this space. We honor the Coast Salish Peoples’ sovereignty, rights to self-determination, culture and ways of life. Since time immemorial, Indigenous peoples have called this territory their sacred land. We commit to learning, educating others and repairing the legacy of historically harmful relationships between non-Native and Native peoples in King County. In doing so, we will be honest, and recognize the experiences of Native peoples to include genocide, forced relocation, forced assimilation, and land theft. We also acknowledge Native peoples are survivors, present in today’s world, thriving. We encourage everyone here today to ask themselves: what can I do to support Indigenous communities?

In an effort to be transparent, Gage is contemplating this call to action and re-working how to best support Indigenous communities.

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