This course will demystify the drawing process, from start to finish. There will be a focus on both observational and conceptual work, and a thorough coverage of materials, methods and processes. You will even learn a new way of sharpening your pencils! Using the figure and still lifes, topics will include perspective, contour, light & shadow, composition, mark making, sighting angles, and the different types of papers and pencils available to the artist. Each weekly assignment will build on the previous one to provide a thorough understanding of principles. Students will develop their artistic eye as well as their hand. As time allows, special topics may include; red chalk drawing, how to use white chalk for highlights, how to make your own toned paper. Open to all levels, this open-studio class may be taken more than once. Returning students will take on more complex drawings. Students may choose to take one 5-week section, however the full lesson plan comprises 10 weeks.

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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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