Learn to capture a person's likeness in charcoal. This class will explore classic and new inventive ways to apply charcoal to capture different textures and help control a sometimes messy medium. We will work with makeup brushes, cotton balls, sponges, micro erasers - along with charcoal pencils. The class will teach useful techniques to construct a proportioned portrait. I will work with each student to achieve their goals of realism and help express their personal style and mark making. We will discuss how to get a good reference image. Teens will bring in a photo from home or a portrait they want to draw.

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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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