Expressive Figure Drawing

Mark Kang-O’Higgins is a fine artist living and working in Seattle. His stunning work has been shown in  exhibitions in Seattle, New York and around the world at the Seattle Art Museum Gallery, Linda Hodges Gallery, Pro-Graphica, Davidson Gallery and 4Culture. His work has also appeared in publications, and is included in public and private collections both nationally and internationally.

Mark founded the Kang-O’Higgins Atelier at Gage Academy of Art in 2004, and continues to mentor student-artists of all ages and abilities. The atelier emphasizes a hands-on approach to art, and works across different media including drawing, painting and sculpture. 

Mark has taught his contemporary approach to fine art at schools and academies in Edinburgh, Scotland, New York and Seattle, including the Riverdale Kingsbridge Academy, Leith School of Art, University College Galway, East Harlem School Exodus House, Cameron University, Gage Academy of Art and Digipen Institute of Technology in Seattle and Redmond.

Mark earned his BA and MA in Sociology and Political Science at University College Galway, Ireland. He studied art at the Leith School of Art and Edinburgh College of Art in Scotland, and earned an MFA at the New York Academy of Art, where he received the Most Promising International Student Award in 2003. 

9:30 A.M.-4:30 P.M.
Live Model
All Levels Welcome
Gage Capitol Hill
General Materials:

  • Vine charcoal (in a variety of hardness)
  • Vine charcoal holder (optional)
  • White chalk
  • Charcoal pencils: Hard (USA Generals is a good brand)
  • Graphite pencils: 6H, 4H, 2H, H, HB, 2B, 4B, 6B
  • Any heavy duty paper or card you care to bring
  • 18″ x 24″ newsprint/sketch paper
  • 18″ x 24″ Strathmore Medium Drawing Pad 400 series
  • 18″ x 24″ charcoal drawing pad, Strathmore Assorted Tints
  • Brushes for washes
  • Measuring devices, i.e.: knitting needles, dividers, skewers
  • Utility/box-cutter knife or one-sided razor blades
  • Sand-paper on block for sharpening charcoal
  • Drawing board (larger than 18″ x 24″) with clips
  • Masking/drafting tape
  • White drawing paper – Fabriano/Cancon Ingres, two sheets (optional)
  • Kneaded eraser
  • Chamois
  • Paper stumps/blenders.

Optional: Earth-colored inks and brushes or acrylics or any water based paints if you choose to bring them.

Learn to capture form and gestural movement of the human figure with boldness, spontaneity and accuracy. Develop your understanding of accurate figure drawing, human anatomy and the use of light and shadow to suggest three-dimensional form imbued with raw emotive power.