There are some great lectures and classes coming up. Here are couple that might be interesting to you.
Seattle's own art provocateur Sharon Arnold has been working hard to put together a seminar on The Gaze, A Contemporary View of the Figure. Over the period five Wednesday evenings (7-8:30pm), Sharon will present a, "contemporary view of the figure in art history and how it has changed over the centuries. You also explore how “the Gaze,” manifested through French philosopher Jacques Lacan in mid-20th century post-structuralism, erupts into controversial feminist theory of the 1970s and 1980s." It'll be really interesting and is $60 for the series (or $14 at the door per evening).
"Clown-Dad" by Doug Parry, oil on canvas, 77 x 99 inches
Artist Doug Parry will be teaching a 6 week course on Painting the Figure over at Kirkland Arts Center. "This class teaches us to paint what we see, rather than what we think we see. Painting live models is a time-tested, classic academic method for teaching students the skill of representational rendering via drawing, painting, sculpting and photography. This class challenges students to recognize their artistic tendencies, habits— both good and bad— and helps them form efficient studio practices while strengthen their visual perception."