Are you an intermediate or advanced student who likes the structure of a class, but want to work on your own projects? Do you enjoy feedback in a supportive and creative environment? Join a group of your artistic peers for a weekly painting session in which you work on your own projects, while getting feedback from veteran Gage teaching artist Jeffrey Simmons. Jeffrey has been exhibiting his highly inventive abstractions in galleries and museums since 1995, and he brings both his wealth of experience and insightful comments on your particular work to the class. This class specializes in abstraction, which potentially includes a broad range of styles, from the geometric to the splashy and expressive. Wherever you start, this class will push you further in your own painting journey. The four-hour format is designed for adequate in-class work time. Work sessions are supplemented by occasional readings, discussions and critiques of student work. The instructor presents a weekly slide presentation in response to the work and other issues brought up during class meetings.

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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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