Terry demonstrates in "Acrylic Studio: Color and the Figure" at Gage Academy of Art.

 

"I learn as much, if not more, from my students as they learn from me. The true wonder of the creative process is that it never ends, there is always something more to learn, something new to try, some new beauty to appreciate. Learner's mind is beginner's mind for all of us."

Teaching Philosophy and Background

A gifted and passionate artist in her own right, Furchgott has been a Core Instructor at Seattle's Gage Academy of Fine Art since 1999, where she works in both the teen and adult program. She is the school's primary Instructor of both pastel technique and of acrylic painting, and teaches all levels of drawing including the Foundation Program. Class subjects include figure, still life, flowers, figure in interior, plein air landscape, and advanced studies in color and composition. She is known for her innovative and complex figure in interior and still life set ups.

A talented and inspiring instructor, Furchgott teaches students to see, to simplify, to draw accurately, and to move towards their own style and means of artistic expression. She believes that everyone who wants to can learn to draw and paint well, and addresses the strengths and weaknesses, the progress and setbacks of each person individually. Students are encouraged to develop confidence as their skill level improves, but are also taught to be open to constructive criticism and to continually challenge themselves by exploring areas of technique and creativity new to them. Furchgott shares a close rapport with her students, and expects them to work hard, but also to enjoy the sharing and excitement that comes from working side by side in a studio environment.

A working artist for over 30 years and the recipient of an Honors Degree in Art History form Radcliffe College, Cambridge, Furchgott brings seasoned practical experience, a broad understanding of art history, a continuing creative excitement and a questioning mind both to her creative process and to her work as a teacher.

"I learn as much if not more from my students as they learn from me", states Furchgott. "The true wonder of the creative process is that it never ends, there is always something more to learn, something new to try, some new beauty to appreciate. Learner's mind is beginner's mind for all of us."