In portrait painting we will cover how to begin a painting with a monochrome under-painting to more easily establish our lights and shadows. Angling and measuring will be stressed in order to establish proportion in an accurate and analytical way. Two essential issues will dominate our approach, proportion and light and shadow. We’ll start slowly and methodically as we add layers of color and make more informed decisions. The skull will be used to become familiar with the underlying structure of the head. The importance of edges, where one value transitions into another, will be stressed (light defines form, edges define the kind of form). We’ll be working with a rather limited, and manageable, pallet of very specific colors. Brush work, proportion, edges, angling and measuring, and figure/ground relationships will all be covered.

No class on October 9th.

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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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