In this class, students learn a variety of approaches to making pencil drawings from photographs. Participants have the opportunity to work from chosen or provided image materials. In addition to covering the fundamentals of drawing and techniques for working with graphite, students in this class will consider how mark, scale, negative space, and value can transform photographic references through the process of drawing and how creative representational choices change meanings of images. The class will begin with shorter drawing exercises, and move towards a final project of the student’s choosing.
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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.