The Studio Arts Intensive is generously supported by the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust

The Studio Arts Intensive is generously supported by the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust

Studio Arts Intensive classes are led by professional teaching artists, and feature a flexible 7-month schedule that allows for outside work or projects, while offering an immersive experience in artistic skill-building and professional development.

For more information, download the 2015-16 Studio Arts Intensive Schedule, or call program director Olivia Beaufait at 206.323.4243, x18.

Applications are now being accepted for the 2016-17 academic year – Click to view and complete the 2016-17 SAI Application.


STUDIO SKILLS with Emily Gherard
Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday 9:30am-12:30pm & 1:30pm-4:30pm
During this two-week orientation, students experiment with a range of drawing materials through a series of sketchbook assignments developed to solidify visual vocabulary and techniques. Class and homework time is divided between drawing and developing the critical skills needed for discussing and critiquing artwork. Students participate in daily discussions on assigned reading, peer work presentations and historical and contemporary works of art.

FIGURE I & PORTRAIT I with Geoff Flack
Tuesday /Thursday 9:30am-12:30pm & 1:30pm-4:30pm
Learn the essential techniques and concepts of observational drawing while working from the portrait and figure model. Study anatomy, proportion and solutions to common figure drawing challenges such as foreshortening, creating volume and placing the figure in an environment. Focus on the basic concepts of drawing applied to the human form, and learn to think visually, translating what you see into compelling, expressive drawings.

FIGURE II & PORTRAIT II with Amy Huddleston
Tuesday /Thursday 9:30am-12:30pm & 1:30pm-4:30pm
Continue to develop the skills and concepts introduced in Figure I and Portrait I with special emphasis on line, plane, tone and composition, and an introduction to various materials and supports. Work one-on-one with the instructor to encourage personalized development within the context of specific figurative and portrait artist techniques and aesthetics. Students keep a sketchbook and continue to push their personal approaches outside of the classroom.


INTRO FIGURE with Michael Magrath
Monday through Friday 9:30am-12:30pm & 1:30pm-4:30pm
Explore the basic tools and materials of figurative sculpture in both traditional and contemporary contexts. Learn and apply skills and techniques to render the human form in clay with attention to observational accuracy. Develop a basic grammar that includes building armature, angle taking, point mapping, drawing on clay, proportion, basics of anatomy, rendering organic form, additive and subtractive sculpture, line, mass, weight, rhythm and planes. Use these skills to explore a wide range of concepts in 3D form.

CONTEMPORARY with Julie Alpert
Monday through Friday 9:30am-12:30pm & 1:30pm-4:30pm
This class introduces you to the tools and techniques of contemporary three-dimensional art. Learn about local and international artists working today in a variety of sculptural and installation-based mediums. Alpert shares her own installation practice, with emphasis on modifying found objects and translating painting and drawing into sculpture, and then back into drawing. You work with found objects, papier-mâché, cardboard and painting and drawing materials.

FIGURE with Tip Toland
Monday through Friday 9:30am-12:30pm & 1:30pm-4:30pm
Take your figure sculpture skills to the next level in this two-week class working in clay from the figure model through several progressively longer, more complex projects. Week one focusses on the full figure, creating several smaller pieces that capture the gesture of the poses, and then a more fully realized three-day pose. Week two focusses on the anatomy of the face and head. Each student creates a life-sized three dimensional head from the model.


Tuesday /Thursday 9:30am-12:30pm & 1:30pm-4:30pm
Work through a series of exercises and complete one monochromatic and two color paintings using still-life as your motif. Lessons include handling materials, light and shadow, color mixing, color design, brushwork, the painting process and setting up a compelling still-life. In portraiture you learn to compose from observation, acquire strategies for organizing visual information and study historic precedent while you work to render convincing and compelling likenesses of the model in oil.

FIGURE with Kimberly Trowbridge
Tuesday 9:30am-12:30pm & 1:30pm-4:30pm
Engage with the language of color theory in oil painting, and apply that knowledge to the life model. Each day a rigorous color mixing exercise is introduced, building a strong foundation with color as it relates to value, temperature, and intensity. Geometric shapes are emphasized as the underpinning structure for creating the illusion of space on the 2D surface. End by incorporating several of figure studies into larger, invented scenes.

CONTEMPORARY with Margie Livingston
Thursday 9:30am-12:30pm & 1:30pm-4:30pm
In this class we focus on the language of painting and how it’s practiced today. Projects address the interrelationship of concept, materials, process and image. We look at the work of contemporary painters and their historical predecessors, discuss readings, and investigate what it means to be a painter from several different perspectives – all as a way for you to stake out an imaginative working space.

• DIGITAL with Anthony Waters
Wednesday 9:30am-12:30pm & 1:30pm-4:30pm
Are you curious about digital painting but aren’t sure where to start? This class helps familiarize you with the main techniques for painting in Photoshop, as well as other painting programs like Painter and Manga Studio Pro. Learn to hybridize real and digital media, and to blend painting with collage techniques. Through a series of exercises and projects students develop a working knowledge of the digital painting basics.


• FALL 2015 Wednesday 1:30pm-4:30pm
• WINTER/SPRING 2016 Wednesday 1:30pm-4:30pm
WINTER/SPRING 2016 Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday 9:30am-12:30pm & 1:30pm-4:30pm
Meet on weekly basis to discuss and discover current trends in contemporary art practice both locally and worldwide. Visit exhibitions, meet with local curators and visit artist studios. The focus of the spring session is on the development of a cohesive body of work. The instructor works with each student individually in any chosen media, and helps guide their projects towards completion and a final exhibition.