Are you drawn to the fine details of the flora around you? Do you want to hone your realistic watercolor and drawing skills? Cacti and succulents are a great subject to learn the basics of botanical illustration in watercolor. Learn ways watercolor can render detail, texture, and color of these wonderful plants. Gain experience using found or personal photographs to expedite the drawing process. Specimens, value studies, and color mixing will be our tools to sharpen your composition. Basic drawing and painting experience is preferred but not required. This course utilizes technology such as smartphones, photo editing, and printing. Assistance for these tools will be available. Optional research field trip to the Volunteer Park Conservatory.

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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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