Studying the human figure is often a life-long endeavor for any artist. Full of varying forms that create unique lines and values, the human body can provide opportunities to render expressively and explore a range of mark-making possibilities. It can also be a daunting structure for any new artist to try and recreate. This class is set up to provide some methods and tools for approaching this challenging task of rendering the human form. Working from a live model each week, students will study proportion, gesture, and anatomy to better understand and recreate the complex structure of the human body. Using traditional techniques and materials, students will look to gain a sense of volume and form, and create credible figures from observation.

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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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