When drawing from life, most of the key decisions are made within the first 5 minutes. How do we start a drawing in a way that captures the original freshness and excitement of the pose? How do we make sure that, as we build on a (hopefully) strong start, we do not lose the driving momentum? How to be clear about what our intentions are, and how to have the drawing be their articulate expression, rather than rambling marks on paper?
In this 5-week class we will focus on those first 5 key minutes. Drawing from the live model, we will learn a simple and intuitive approach that will allow us to quickly and effectively lay in the figure, capturing the action in front of us before it stiffens into a pose. We will devise strategies to sharpen our decision-making skills and learn how to tell the essential from the inessential. The 5-minute pose can be an art in itself that stands on its own, or it can be the groundwork that will set you up for success in a longer pose. Our goal in this class is to have it be both. We want it to work for us whether we have only 5 minutes, or 50 hours.
The class will include demonstrations, lectures, drawing from the live model, and plenty of hands-on individual feedback. All levels are welcome.
Topics we will cover include:
- the general model and the basic lay-in
- streamlined proportional system
- the key landmarks of the body
- gesture, line of action, and how to push the pose
- streamlined figure construction
- the rhythms of the body
- streamlined dynamic anatomy
- line quality and calligraphic mark-making
- light logic and the 2-value system


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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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