Welcome to Gage!

Gage works to provide students of various levels to work in many different mediums. If you are a new student, we understand that it is difficult to know what kind of class would be best for you. We have created this guide to provide assistance in getting a better feel for how you should carry out your art making journey!


What level am I?

Gage offers classes that can be prescribed by the instructor as “All”, “Beginning”, “Intermediate” and “Advanced”. It is up to the students to judge what level they find appropriate for themselves.

  • ALL: Classes categorized as “All” are appropriate for all skill levels. This means the instructor is prepared to work with students with whatever background they may have.
  • BEGINNING: Classes categorized as “Beginning” are appropriate for students with little to no experience. Instructors are prepared to teach the basics to understanding the medium.
  • INTERMEDIATE: Classes categorized as “Intermediate” are appropriate for students who have a basic understanding of the medium. Intermediate students have worked in the medium before to the extent that they do not require any introduction to it.
  • ADVANCED: Classes categorized as “Advanced” are appropriate for students who can exhibit a technical mastery. Advanced classes would be appropriate for students who have been working in the medium for a while.


What medium is for me?

Gage classes are broken into three categories:  Drawing, Painting and Sculpting.

  • DRAWING is a fairly straightforward medium that can be done in graphite, charcoal, pencil or pastel. Many of the classes will be working from observation in depicting line, value and shape. A majority of the classes teach in black and white. Drawing classes are a great place for beginners to start because the medium is very friendly.
  • PAINTING classes provide students the opportunity to work in watercolor, acrylic or oil paint mediums. We would recommend that new artists start with a drawing class to learn how to portray what they are observing before they have to learn how to work with paint. Many painting classes cover similar ground to drawing classes, but also teach techniques of how to work with the medium and how to work with color.
    • Watercolor is a washy medium that would be well suited for students interested in illustration or abstraction. It is different in that it is light and transparent and also is more expressive and free-flowing. Illustration classes teach students how to contain this trait of watercolor while abstract classes may teach you how to embrace it!
    • Acrylic is a water-soluble medium that is less expensive than oil paint and dries faster. It is very easy to do multiple layers with acrylic because it dries fast and it is also easy to clean it up.
    • Oil Paint is a traditional way of painting that many of the historical painting masters used. Oil paint dries slower which makes it easier to make corrections to and typically has richer colors and specific glazing techniques.
  •  SCULPTING classes are primarily clay sculpting and for the most part open to all levels. Sculpting would be a great option for those who are more drawn to creating three dimensional works and a hands-on approach.


Which instructor is right for me?

A great way to decide whether an instructor will be well-suited for the type of class you are looking for, is by checking out samples of their work. Please visit our webpage gageacademy.org/instructors/ and browse through our talented teaching artists here at Gage!


If you have any further detailed questions regarding classes, you may inquire with Registrars Courtney Odell or Ellyn Hill.