In this in-person class students take their sketchbooks outdoors to practice line-and-wash sketching of urban scenes. Subjects will include architecture, people and nature in locations within walking distance of Gage Academy’s headquarters on Capitol Hill. In case of light rain, students should be prepared to draw under an awning or building porch. In case of heavy rain, the group may sketch at a coffee shop or inside the school. Each class starts with an introductory lesson at Gage before going out to sketch (remember to wear comfortable shoes!). Line and wash is a centuries-old art technique suitable for making drawings relatively fast and with minimal tools. Lines render the subject and give it a sense of accuracy. Washes of watercolor or diluted ink add tonal value and color. Think of the line as the bones that hold the piece together, and the wash as the flesh that adds volume and brings it to life. The class is ideal for artists, drawing enthusiasts or creative professionals interested in sharpening their observational skills through a daily sketchbook practice.

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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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