We will sculpt from one model for the entire 5 days. Working at life size with solid clay packed around a pipe armature, we'll aim for a striking likeness. The model will assume an expression which could inspire a mood or narrative. Throughout the workshop, Tip will demonstrate clear steps in achieving an anatomical head, neck, and shoulders. We'll also discuss the subtleties and nuances of achieving expression. The last half of the last day we will cut the bust off the armature and hollow, then put it back together. Each participant will be responsible to fire their own work.

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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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