In this hands-on 10-week class, we will learn how to draw the clothed figure using a 3-stage process that will empower you to draw with confidence and authority from life as well as from imagination. We will focus on two main aspects as we engage in an in-depth exploration of the clothed figure in the context of drawing: 
1) Characterization: emphasizing style, the structural components of the costume, its story, and character (key skills for character design, fashion drawing, and the dressed figure in fine arts); 
2) Describing action, gesture, and motion through the expressive power of clothing as it maps the human body and its movements (a key skill for animators, storyboard artists, sketch artists, or anyone interested in representing the dressed figure in action)

Every week we will draw from live models wearing different kinds of clothes and costumes (from street clothes to formal attires, from a variety of  times, fashions, cultures, and places).

Topics covered include:
- The general model, the basic lay-in, and the 'human wire hanger';
- The key points of articulation, flow, and radiation;
- Folds vs. wrinkles;
- The seven types of folds;
- Volumetric description and shape design through clothing;
- Seams, construction lines, and the anatomy of costumes;
- Clothing and gesture;
- Characterizing the figure through clothing and telling stories through costume;
- Describing action through folds: dynamic and inert folds;
- Light logic applied to costume drawing

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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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