In this 10-week painting class, we will focus on building still-life paintings that are anything but still by incorporating invention and memory into our perceptual work. When we paint from observation our perceptions become a part of our bodies and begin to intermingle with our memories. We will focus on integrating our intuitive and analytical modes to make compelling paintings. Students will engage with a series of short weekly exercises while simultaneously responding to these exercises in a larger ongoing painting throughout the 10 weeks with an emphasis on keeping the work open and letting go of any preconceived outcomes. Here you will have the freedom to remember/imagine and invent what you saw resulting in an ambiguity of shapes that focus on enhancing the composition of the overall painting. In this class, we will prioritize the “true” over the “correct”. This method will encourage an open-ended manner of working where investigation and discovery are the goals. Reflecting on your work through writing will also be an integral part of the process. Some prior painting experience is preferred, oil paint is the suggested medium, but acrylic may also be used. Meetings will be on Zoom, and work will be shared on Padlet, an online platform.

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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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