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 alla prima portrait painting — direct brushstrokes of pre-mixed colors on canvas — as you complete two oil paintings from distinct portrait models. Learn the practical steps to achieving a convincing resemblance of the model, from preparing your canvas and setting up your palette to the fundamental stages of blocking-in your portrait and developing the facial forms through a clear understanding of light and shade. The final two days are focused on painting the essential facial features all critical to describing the specific qualities of your sitter while you complete two memorable portraits with confidence and skill.
Through demonstrations and individual instruction, Laurence introduces you to the basic principles of layered methods and techniques to approach painting the figure in oil. Starting with a careful under drawing, followed by a tonal grisaille layer, finish with a full color painting. Working from the model in a one-week pose, explore the perception and effects of light and color on form. Emphasis is placed on drawing, tonal structure, color mixing and composition. Daily lectures, demonstrations and discussions are balanced with personal critiques during the day.
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.