This course covers the anatomy and stylization of human and animal characters. We dive into the psychology of shape, color theory, and conveying emotion. We will learn how to exaggerate the anatomy and facial features of figures and animals; and examine different styles and methods of drawing characters. Students will be encouraged to discover their own unique style; and professional Illustrators will join us to discuss their careers and techniques. Students may use traditional drawing media on paper, or choose to paint digitally using a tablet and accompanying software. Assignments will be given each week in addition to in-class gesture drawing of human and animal subjects.
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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.