“Shards of Night Dissolve at Daybreak,” Charles Emerson, Oil on Canvas, 36″ x 48″

Adult Programs

The 2015 spring quarter catalog, featuring cover art by Charles Emerson

Classes and workshops for adults are designed to inspire artists of all abilities to reach new heights of creative and artistic excellence.

Under the mentorship of professional artists, students develop new skills, explore time-honored techniques, and learn to express their artistic vision with confidence and skill.

Daytime, evening and weekend classes and workshops present foundational studies in drawing, painting and sculpting, and feature professional studios and equipment, hands-on learning and a safe and supportive environment.

For information about registration deposits and fees, transfers and credits and class or workshop cancellation policies, please visit our Financial Terms page.

Classes for Beginners

Even if you’ve never picked up a paintbrush, pencil or sculpting tool, we have a class or workshop to challenge and inspire you!

Check out our spring 2015 for BEGINNERS, and let us know if we can help find a program to get you started on the road toward becoming an artist.

Join Us!

Email Curriculum@GageAcademy.org to set up an appointment to meet with an academic advisor, or use our handy online PORTFOLIO REVIEW tool to upload samples of your work, and speak with an expert about which class or program is a great fit for your skills and ambition.

Abstract Composition – Ricketts

Learn to compose with intention and a sense of adventure!
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Abstract Composition: Color Studies – Ricketts

Shake up your visual vocabulary and put new ideas into play!
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Abstract Painting – Ottersen

Explore the infinite possibilities of non-figurative/abstract painting in oil and/or acrylic paint.
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Abstract Painting II – Ricketts

Learn how to create, manipulate, and refine abstract shapes, forms and space.
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Advanced Figure Painting in Oil – Assael

Learn ways to hold and interpret what you see with a selective eye.
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Advanced Watercolor – Hoffmann

Work under the close mentorship of Tom Hoffmann to develop independent painting projects.
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Alla Prima Portrait – Medici

Explore the process for creating a stunning alla prima portrait.
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Alla Prima Portrait Paint – Frantzen

Explore alla prima portrait painting in oil.
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Anatomy for Artists – Gury

Discover a practical approach to drawing the figure.
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Basics of Oil Painting – Zavareei

Gain a foundational knowledge of oil painting material and technique.
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Beginning Portrait: Drawing & Sculpting the Features of the Face – Brooker

Take your portrait drawing into the third dimension by sculpting the features with oil clay.
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Beginning Still-Life Painting – Rizzotto

A patient introduction to the oil painting techniques used to create a compelling still-life.
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Beginning Watercolor – Hoffmann

Develop an understanding of watercolor that allows you to make conscious artistic choices.
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Better Color Through Black & White – Rizzotto

Explore the world of value and learn to create stronger, more expressive graphic images.
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Botanical Drawing – McKeehen

Learn to use line to accurately portray plant subjects.
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Botanical Watercolor: Blooming Gardens – McKeehen

Explore botanical painting fundamentals
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Bridging the Gap Between Drawing & Painting – Fugate

Integrate your drawing skills into your paintings.
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Cast Drawing – Chung

Practice and hone your expressive skills through cast drawing.
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Cast Painting – Chung

Learn to see and paint relationships while addressing the challenges of paint handling.
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Cézanne, Morandi: Still Lives Towards Abstraction – Emerson

Discover new tools and ideas for the advanced painter.
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Classical Still-Life – Gray

Learn still-life in the classical tradition!
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Clay Portraits – Evans

Learn clay handling and sculpture techniques to express the personality of your model.
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Color Portrait Drawing – Bixler

An accessible and portable way to start having fun with drawing!
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Comic Book Intensive – Lasky

Learn the tips and tricks involved in writing and drawing comic books.
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Designing w/Color & Light!*

Explore the use of color and light to create compelling concept art and environment design.
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Drawing & Painting Architecture in the Landscape – Raynolds

Explore drawing and painting at the intersection of the natural and man-made worlds.
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Drawing & Painting the Hand – Corry

Learn to draw and paint the fundamental structure of the hand.
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Drawing for Beginners – Ottersen

Explore the key concepts and artistic principles of drawing.
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Drawing for Beginners – Weatherly

Explore the key concepts and artistic principles of drawing.
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Drawing for Fun – Moore

Relax and enjoy drawing as you learn how to handle charcoal, pencil and pen.
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Drawing in Ink – Elliott

Explore the various techniques of drawing with ink on paper.
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Drawing in the Studio & City – Fugate

Draw from a live model and in locations around the city!
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Drawing Portraits of Trees – Brooker

Translate the delight of the arbor into drawings through a step-by-step approach.
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Drawing the Human Face – Dall’Osto

Learn to draw the human face with ease and accuracy!
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Drawing the Illustrated Still-Life – Reddy

Practice reducing a scene to its key elements in pencil, pen and watercolor.
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Drawing the Illustrative Still-Life (Weekend Workshop) – Reddy

Practice reducing a scene to its key elements in pencil, pen and watercolor.
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Egg Tempera & The Early Renaissance Method of Developing Flesh Tones – Wessel

Explore 14th/15th century Italian techniques for painting flesh tones in egg tempera.
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Encaustic Painting – Zavareei

Explore the basics of this ancient, luminescent medium.
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Figure Drawing – Elliott

Create credible figures from observation as you draw from the model.
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Figure Drawing – Grimaldi

Discover approaches and strategies for developing a figurative drawing.
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Figure Drawing – Weatherly

Create credible figures from observation as you draw from the model.
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Figure Drawing in Interiors – Elliott

Draw the figure with working from complex setups including furniture and drapery.
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Figure Painting in Oil – Weatherly

Create a figure painting in oil from the live model.
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Figure Sculpting (April-May) – Evenson

Learn to accurately represent human gesture, proportion and more in three dimensions.
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Figure Sculpting (May-June) – Evenson

Learn to accurately represent human gesture, proportion and more in three dimensions.
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Figure Sculpting Studio – Magrath

Develop skills that radically improve your ability to see and understand the figure.
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Figures in Context: Triad – Trowbridge

Learn to develop layers of space within a dynamic composition.
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Foundation Figure Drawing III – Hart

Create more sophisticated pictures of the figure while you work on lengthy drawings from the model.
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Foundation Figure Painting III – Petty

Explore full figure studies in a larger context.
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Foundation Figure Sculpture III: The Maquette – Magrath

Develop a single or multi-figure composition at a scale suitable for presentation.
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Foundation Still-Life Painting III – Phalen

Focus on color mixing and bringing your paintings to a higher degree of finish.
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Icon Painting in Egg Tempera – Pérez

Learn how to create a traditional Russian-Byzantine icon in egg tempera.
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Images in Contemporary Painting – Howard

Explore the use of images in contemporary painting.
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Intermediate Watercolor – Hoffmann

Expand your understanding of and dexterity with watercolor.
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Intro to Drawing – Dall’Osto

Learn to feel feel comfortable, confident and excited about drawing.
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Intro to Oil Painting – Chung

Learn how to use value to structure your imagery and paint with both limited and full palettes.
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Intro to Still-Life Painting – Chung

Learn the methods of oil painting while exploring the still-life genre.
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Introduction to Drawing (Weekend Workshop) – Dall’Osto

Develop your visual communication skills by learning to draw from observation.
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Landscape Oil Painting: Spring Green – Brooker

Prepare for your summer plein-air painting adventures!
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Life in Sequential Illustration (Class) – Reddy

Life in Sequential Illustration
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Make Time to Paint – Ricketts

Work on independant projects in a collegiate atmosphere with other working artists and students.
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Mixed-Media Painting – Zavareei

Learn innovative approaches to combining different materials in creating dynamic mixed-media artwork
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Oil Painting in Grisaille – Hallenius

Transition from drawing into painting with the insightful exercise of painting in black and white!
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Oil Painting on Copper Plate – Lovelace

Explore techniques for applying transparent colored oil paints to copper plate.
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Painting the Flower in Oil (Weekend Workshop) – Chung

Painting the Flower in Oil
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Painting the Flower in Oil – Chung

Learn how to paint beautiful flowers!
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Paper & Pattern – Lewis

Discover the role pattern can play to create interest in your collage work.
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Perspective for Art Educators – Zadrozny

Learn how to teach effective perspective lessons to your students.
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Portrait Drawing – Elliott

Study the essential techniques and concepts of portrait drawing.
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Portrait Drawing – Hart

Study the essential techniques and concepts of portrait drawing.
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Portrait Drawing – Vavagiakis

Focus on the methods and tools needed to draw a portrait with accuracy and feeling.
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Portrait Drawing for Art Teachers – Hallenius

Learn portrait drawing for use in your home classrooms.
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Portrait Painting – Vavagiakis

Take your portrait painting to the next level!
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Portrait Painting in Oil – Hart

Explore techniques for creating a convincing and compelling likenesses of the model in oil.
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Portrait Painting in Oil – Phalen

Explore techniques for creating a convincing and compelling likenesses of the model in oil.
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Portrait Sculpting – O’Farrell

Explore fundamental principles to accurately create the human head in wet clay.
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Portraits in Watercolor – Zavareei

Experiment with traditional and looser approaches to capture the essentials of your model.
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Romancing the Line – Lewis

Explore the process of creating lines and making marks.
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Short Pose Figure Drawing (March) – Zadrozny

Learn the foundation of classical figure drawing through the practice of the short pose.
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Short-Pose Figure Drawing – Zadrozny (4/14-5/12)

Learn the foundation of classical figure drawing through the practice of the short-pose.
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Short-Pose Figure Drawing – Zadrozny (5/19-6/16)

Learn the foundation of classical figure drawing through the practice of the short-pose.
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Short-Pose Figure Painting – Van Dyck

Learn to simplify complex observed scenarios and create paintings that work as a cohesive whole.
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Spring Has Sprung: a Workshop at Bloedel – McKeehen

Learn botanical watercolors against the stunning backdrop of Bainbridge Island’s Bloedel Reserve!
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Still-Life Drawing for Educators – Hallenius

Learn new methods for teaching still-life drawing to K-12 students!
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Still-Life in Oil – Hyde

Explore how to break up a pictorial space into interlocking shapes, movement and rhythm.
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Still-Life Studio – Rizzotto

Explore the structured process of creating a painting in oil.
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The Essence of Animals – Evans

Create sculpture that expresses the personality of animals.
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The Forest in Gouache – DiPietro

Create a wider field landscape painting, incorporating an awareness of the forest as a whole.
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The Illustrative Still-Life (March, 2015) – Reddy

Practice reducing a scene to its key elements in pencil, pen and watercolor.
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The Quick Sketch – Evans

Learn to interpret what you see into what you are drawing.
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Venetian Painting Techniques – Zavareei

Follow in the footsteps of the Masters as you explore Venetian painting techniques.
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Watercolor Painting – Evans

Explore techniques of composition, perspective and more, and create beautiful watercolors paintings.
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Watercolor Vignettes – Heath

Paint small watercolor vignettes from life, photos and personal memorabilia.
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Wayne Bund: Queering Fantasy Workshop

Wayne Bund: Queering Fantasy
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