Color-blocking is a method of constructing an image through shapes of color, and could be considered a gateway from perceptual realism to abstraction. Acrylic paint is an ideal medium for quickly building a shape-based image out of paint, allowing us to layer shapes of color like pieces of colored paper in a collage. In the class, we will discuss how to begin and develop an image this way, and explore how to do this with a variety of palettes. Students will be challenged to expand their decision-making about color and shape, as well as receive a basic introduction to using acrylic paint. We will think critically about how simple elements of value, color, and shape work together to create a compelling image. This class is suitable for beginners and advanced students alike! Students are welcome to explore a variety of subject matter through this process of color-blocking. Class time will encompass slide lectures, demos, and individual guidance/Q&A. Demos will explore a variety of palette structures and subject matter including still life, figure, and master-copy. Students are encouraged to tune in to class prepared to paint along!

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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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