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Gary Faigin has been an educator, lecturer and public speaker for over three decades. His breadth of understanding in the visual arts as a practitioner, historian and educator, combined with his enthusiastic speaking style, make him a warm and accessible speaker for audiences of all ages.
Faigin has given art demonstrations and talks in schools and colleges, as well as to many art groups. He has spoken at conferences and Rotary Club meetings, lectured at museums and given art tours of many public and private collections. He has been a moderator, panelist and host for a variety of art-related talks including televised ArtTalks at Seattle's Town Hall.
A sampling of Faigin's speaking topics are included below:
The Medici in Florence: A thoughtful and penetrating overview of the Medici family, the powerhouse dynasty unofficially running renaissance Florence, and their historically-significant patronage of church art. The art images are gorgeous, and the story of their multi-generational rise and fall is fascinating.
Masterpiece Theater: A close look at single paintings and their complex origins and meanings. Examples: Raft of the Medusa; The Nightwatch; Demoiselles d ’Avignon, Arnolfini Betrothal.
Caravaggio, the Bad Boy Who Rewrote Art History: Sublime master of realism inside the studio, incorrigible delinquent on the outside, Baroque artist Caravaggio brought intense drama and light to his spectacular religious and secular paintings. A survey of his famous works and fascinating life story.
The Art Bucket List: 10 European Art Masterworks that Everyone Should See Before They Die: More than simply a “best-of” list, this talk is a quick tour through some of the most compelling artist personalities and stories of Western Art. A rewarding talk, even for the armchair traveler.
Why Johnny and Janie Can’t Draw: A brief look at the end of academic training (the Bauhaus etc.), and why a few schools like Gage Academy of Art are trying to save traditional art training before it becomes extinct.
See an Apple, Draw an Abstraction? Faigin discusses the forgotten link between academic training and breakthroughs in modern art, and how Gage is maintaining that connection.
Artists are Made, not Born: Yes, everyone can draw. How it happens, and what it means. Myths about who is an “artist” exploded. And why, at Gage, no portfolio required.
Out of the Shadows: Light has been a preoccupation of artists at least since the Renaissance. Faigin demonstrates various light-creating techniques, and traces the history of their use in art through the centuries.
Out of the Shadows (2): What color are shadows? Once they appeared in art, they needed to be described. Artists have been changing their minds about how to do that ever since.
Making Space: Perspective was re-discovered simultaneously in North and Southern Europe during the Renaissance. Faigin demonstrates the simple basic principles behind the idea, and traces its emergence, heyday, and marginalization. Final topic: Cubism seals the deal.
The Art of Facial Expression: Drawing on his classic book on the subject, Faigin lectures on human facial expression in life and in art. Drawings illustrate the basic principles of the face in action. This lecture is of interest to the general public, as well as traditional and digital artists.
Facial Expression Demos 1, 2 + 3: "The Movement of Individual Facial Units," "Facial Expression of Emotion" + "Advanced Concepts." These in-depths demonstrations are designed as 3-hour professional development modules for CG studios and college animation departments.
ArtTalk: During one hour animated conversations,Faigin engages with prominent local representatives of the art scene, such as Jeffry Mitchell, Joe Park, Dan Webb, Tip Toland, to learn more about their influences and artistic process. To view Faigin's televised interviews on the Seattle Channel, go here.
Report from the Front: Faigin takes a look at some of the most interesting Northwest artists and exhibitions he has reviewed on his art beat for KUOW and the Seattle Times over the past fifteen years.