Foundations of Drawing: The Portrait, Hands and Feet

Kathleen Moore is a visual artist who paints with oil colors or soft pastel to capture moments of awe, from vast, stormy skyscapes to the intimate amazement by a single flower. “The natural world,” Moore explains, “has an overwhelming power to make you stop and and reconsider your position and role on the planet. I paint to record a sensation of interconnectedness and fragility of life. This is why the arts are so important, they serve as reminders that we are at once greater, and lesser, than we believe.”

Challenging belief, or what we believe we see, is a recurring theme in the classes and workshops Moore teaches. “I’m like a fitness coach,” Moore chuckles, “I get students moving with exercises to build their skills in drawing and painting, then we do the “yoga” part where students learn to stretch how and what they perceive.”

Originally from Texas, Moore has lived in the Seattle area since 1990. She received her BA in art from West Texas A&M University then continued her study of painting at Bruchion School in Los Angeles, CA and Gage Academy of Art in Seattle, WA.

Kathleen Moore is a teaching artist at Gage Academy of Art in Seattle where she teaches beginning drawing and landscape painting. Moore delights in encouraging people to draw in outreach projects at Gage, such as Pop-up Drawing Jams and Drink & Draw events.

Monday, Wednesday
6:30-9:30 P.M.
Live Model
Gage Capitol Hill
Coming soon
In this observational drawing class, you will become skilled in the art of seeing and proficient in drawing what is before you. Emphasis will be placed on simplification of the subject, accurate locking-in of elemental shapes and sensitive rendering of light and shadow. You will develop a strong understanding of the elements and principles that are the foundation of drawing, first with a focus on the forms of the head, neck and shoulders. Using your own reflection, portrait models and photo references, you will gain facility in seeing proportion, creating a likeness, and developing a complete work. Then, you will turn your focus toward drawing the hands and feet from quick, accurate sketches to detailed renderings.