In this hands-on 10-week class you will learn a reliable 3-stage process to drawing the human figure that will empower you to draw with confidence and authority from life, reference, as well as from imagination.
Drawing from a variety of photographic references and masterworks, we will start with a simple gestural lay-in built around the landmarks of the body, allowing us to capture the action of the pose quickly and effectively. We will then break down the figure into simple shapes that will give the figure presence and structure. We will tie everything together with special attention to how each part flows into the next following the rhythms of anatomy guided by the orchestration of shape design.
Class will include demonstrations, lectures, drawing time, and plenty of hands-on individual feedback. All levels are welcome.
Topics covered include:
- gesture as a connective strategy
- figure construction and the dynamics of action
- the general model vs. the unique individual
- theories and techniques of form modeling
- light logic, shape design, and form analysis
- line quality and expressive mark-making
- active functional anatomy and the rhythms of the human body
- foreshortening and the illusion of depth Photographic reference of poses will be provided to students in order emulate the experience of drawing the model from life. We will, however, take advantage of the fact the course is online in order to also explore more dynamic poses that would be impossible to be held with a live model.

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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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