Gage invites nationally-known
and local artists to present intensive painting workshops that enable artists to hone their artistic process and master their technical challenges. Gage offers classical, expressive and abstract painting workshops in oil-, acrylic- and water-based media, covering a range of subject matter. Workshops vary from one weekend to three weeks in duration; each workshop day is typically six hours long and includes both instructor demonstrations/lectures and private easel coaching. Plein-air
landscape painting workshops are taught off-site in scenic parks and colorful Seattle locales, and certain summer landscape workshops are based in spectacular Northwest locations.
Portrait Painting Workshop with Guest Teaching Artist Yuqi Wang. Photo by Anna Sparks.
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Explore drawing and painting at the intersection of the natural and man-made worlds. Part landscape, part still-life, part architectural rendering, this subject offers many fascinating options to the beginning and experienced painter. Working from direct observation, participants develop their own compositions that largely focus on buildings — interiors and exteriors, machinery and other man-made objects. Issues associated with the myriad aspects of picture construction are considered. These include; composition and two-dimensional design, linear and aerial perspective as keys to the description of depth of space, the anatomy of light and shadow, color (value, hue and intensity), artist’s materials and more.
This class serves as an introduction to the ancient medium of egg tempera, updated for the contemporary painter. Explore the history of this medium from ancient times to the late Renaissance followed by its revival in the 20th Century. Concise demos on panel preparation, traditional gesso, paint making and varnish will simplify the working method for this medium. Various techniques such as cross hatching, scumbling, and glazing are demonstrated. Students have the option of following along with the instructor to create a finished landscape painting or working on their own project.
Working from photographic sources, increase your knowledge of methods for rendering texture, atmosphere and color temperature. Examine the basic components of landscape painting in a step-by-step approach — from tree portraits, rendering the effects of the sky and interpreting foliage to understanding the contours of the ground plane. Outdoor painting sessions if weather permits.
This workshop is limited to employees of Valve software.
For all of their painterly realism, Solmssen’s works have a geometric layout and sparseness of detail that lends them an abstract quality. As an instructor, he demonstrates methods for developing the pictorial elements in your oil paintings with rich, saturated color, high contrasts, atmospheric depth and a variety of paint surfaces. His sensitivity to composition and light values represents the ideal model for intermediate to advanced landscape painters. Solmssen gives painting demonstrations and works with each student individually. You spend time painting in Seattle’s Volunteer Park, as well as focusing on the city’s beautiful old homes and buildings and the landscape that surrounds them.
Through a rigorous examination of Munsell’s revolutionary system, you learn to create a full color wheel, including laying out a full chromatic flesh-tones palette. Through your newfound understanding of the world of color, learn to communicate your artistic vision in your own work, and develop a more thoughtful approach to mastering color.
Featuring daily instructor demonstrations on a small painting, you explore the systematic application of complex color strategies in your own still life painting. Working with the concepts and theories of the Munsell Color System, you spend the week creating a compelling still life that exhibits your technical mastery and artistic understanding of the world of color. New students welcome.