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Life Drawing Class
August 10, 2019 @ 1:00 pm4:00 pm

We are proud to partner with Tacoma Gallery for Life Drawing at TAM.

Life drawing differs slightly from figure drawing. While both focus on the proportions and anatomy of the human figure, life drawing emphasizes shorter poses, rapid gesturing, and capturing the living vitality of the model. Life drawing is foundational to art education and is a critical skill in video game design and animation; something Puget Sound area tech companies are looking for in their creative employees.

Every second Saturday of each month starting in July, Tacoma Gallery will host a three-hour class (which includes one hour of instruction & drawing, followed by two hours of open drawing). If you don’t need/want instruction, you may join us during the last two hours of class for open drawing. Classes begin at 1:00pm and open drawing begins at 2:00pm. The class and open session end promptly at 4:00pm.

Gesture, schematic, sight-measuring, basic proportion, skeletal proportion, muscular landmarks, soft-edge and hard-edge shading, and developing the figure as a source of narrative expression will all be covered. Each class will have content that can be learned as a stand-alone class or combined sequentially. Topics and content will be posted on Tacoma Gallery’s website and Instagram @tacomagallery.  Students are responsible for bringing materials.

Students are encouraged to develop strong drawing skills in a supportive and collaborative environment. The class is open to ages 16 to adult. No guests/children will be allowed. Due to the sensitive nature of drawing from a nude model, every participant must agree to the studio rules.

The class is being taught by Jason Sobottka, Department Chair: Humanities and Visual Art at Lake Washington Institute of Technology. He teaches printmaking, painting and 200/300-level life drawing courses at LWTECH. Jason also teaches at Tacoma Community College.


1pm $35 for Instructor led class + gallery admission

2 – 4 pm $10 for Drop in life drawing, no gallery admission

Registration required: