The world longs to see, hear, and feel your stories! This class is for painters, sculptors, writers, cartoonists, choreographers, businesspeople, filmmakers...anyone who wants to use their voice to tell tales that make us care. We will explore basic story structures using examples from an array of genres and mediums. With a focus on how to engage your audience, we will help you develop skills to craft compelling narratives. Each class begins with a slide show, talk, and/or video followed by fun, quick techniques to wake up our imaginations. After that, longer assignments followed by group critiques/discussions will ensue. Throughout this course, you are encouraged to express your stories in a medium of your choice, whether drawing, collage, 3D paper sculpture, or writing. You'll receive a variety of handouts, participate in show-and-tell sessions, and engage in optional homework to further hone your skills. The goal is to compile a personal booklet filled with your ideas, stories, sketches, and exercises – to use as a springboard for future creative endeavors.

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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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