Why do people want to paint landscapes? What does a painting do that a photograph can’t? Why is watercolor such a frequent medium for these paintings? We’ll examine possible reasons, I will demonstrate some of my answers, and together we will practice some of the skills that underlie the discipline. If the weather and virus restrictions cooperate, we will begin from exercises done outdoors to the most difficult and rewarding practice of all – painting outdoors from life. If it’s too inclement, we’ll discuss ways of working indoors from sketches and photos that keep the results bold, fresh and lively. The workshop is planned to take place at Bloedel Reserve on Bainbridge Island, “one of North America’s 10 best botanical gardens.” See https://bloedelreserve.org for more information. Participants should be prepared to walk with their gear as far as 1/2 mile, so backpacks or rolling carts are a good idea.

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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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