In this class, students will learn techniques to create paintings and drawings that tell stories by manipulating, combining and reframing images sourced from photographic references. Students work towards developing a final project that tells a personal, political, or imagined narrative. Students have the option to work in graphite pencil or watercolor, or experiment with combining mediums. This class brings together art history, technical demonstrations (offered in watercolor and pencil) and class critiques. The class will look at works of contemporary artists who transform the meaning of images and discuss techniques of how narratives are made. Each student will create their unique visual inventory through found or made photographs, and create drawings or paintings that combine elements of their inventory by experimenting with collage and sketch techniques. The classes will have time committed to lectures/demos and time for working on the projects and it will culminate with presentations of final independent projects and group discussion.

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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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