When we paint from observation our perceptions become a part of our bodies. In this unique weekend workshop we will be exploring the concept of memory in painting. We will spend the first day setting up a still life scene using meaningful objects to each student and painting multiple studies from that set up, taking value, color and compositional notes along the way, learning to be radically present with the scene in front of us. On day two of this workshop we will then put these objects away and paint on one larger surface from memory, asking ourselves what are the essential elements that remain, how does the observational painting interact with the memory painting, what can one mode of painting offer the other? Beginners and advanced students welcome!

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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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