In this hands-on 5-week class, we will learn how to paint the human head in oils using an "alla prima" approach. Painting from live models, and grounded on an understanding of the structural planes of the head and their dynamic relationship to color and value, we will learn how to paint portraits that are structurally solid yet painterly, loose, and expressive.
Class will include demonstrations, lectures, and plenty of individual feedback. All levels welcome (some drawing experience recommended).
Topics covered include:
- The 5 minute lay-in
- The eye of the painter: dynamic vision vs. tunnel vision
- The planes of the head from the point of view of value
- The planes of the head from the point of view of color
- Color theory and color dynamics: color-value and color-direction
- The importance of value and color relationships
- Value Compression and Color Shifts
- Massing vs. Describing
- How to loosen up

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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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