Sculpture and studio art are difficult roads. There is often not a lot of local support for what we do. Time in the studio can be exhilarating but also socially isolating. We need community and feedback on our projects and questions in order to grow beyond ourselves. Our goal is to offer new, distant, and postgraduate students a virtual community, mentorship, instruction, and feedback by which to build skills and develop independent work and support their studio practice.   Purpose: To provide an ongoing supportive community and incentive to begin and to continue working, the maintenance of a weekly sculptural touch point and critical social and cultural support in our distracted and socially distanced age. All students will meet as a group 3 hrs/week for live critiques and discussions. Instruction and demonstrations will be provided via live and asynchronous content. Class will then comprise individual critiques and discussions to which all students are welcome to participate or monitor. There is a ton to learn from another person's critique!    All levels are welcome! Beginning students will receive assignments and instruction on such projects as Bargue drawings and cast copies. For those who aspire to enter the Sculpture Atelier this is an excellent way to start building skills. More experienced students will receive demonstrations and individual assignments on projects such as drapery, maquette work and working with virtual models. Advanced students will be working on their own projects or may request assistance in developing work. Schedule: Year 1: Bargue drawings and cast studies. Year 2: Gesture and maquette studies with virtual and other visual resources. Year 3: develop independent project.  Post grad students (5th year): Independent work review and consultation. *Art Credit: Bill Fletcher, Atelier student

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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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