LOCATION NOTE: This class will be taking place at our current Capitol Hill location, 1501 10th Ave E.

Portraits are often thought to be an intimidating subject matter, but this course seeks to simplify the process and embrace imperfection. We will focus on mastering the initial stages of painting an alla prima portrait, finding and essentializing large shapes of color that become the face. We will work on the essential building blocks of making a painting (that also happens to be a portrait): color, light, and shape. This is not a class primarily about learning perfect anatomy or “getting the eyes just right” – it is about seeing masses of color and slowly breaking down these masses into more specific form if it is necessary to the composition. We will learn that likeness is often not about getting the details perfect, but about seeing something larger.

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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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