Drawing in the Studio and the City

Barbara Fugate received her MFA in painting from Miami University of Ohio. She has exhibited in Kentucky, Washington and New York and is published in “The Best of Drawing and Sketching” by Terry Sullivan, “Landscape Painting” by Mitch Abala, and “Contemporary Drawing” by Margaret Davidson. Barbara teaches at Gage Academy of Art, and conducts art workshops in Washington and abroad. “Drawing and painting is about discovery, revealing a reality that is ever more authentic and genuine to me. What is most inspirational is the transient nature of life; things dynamic, moving, and in transition.” –Barbara Fugate
Jim Phalen has a BFA in Sculpture from the San Francisco Art Institute, and a MA and MFA from the University of New Mexico. He has taught at Bowdoin College in Maine, State University of New York Buffalo, Cornish College of the Arts, University of Washington, and University of Puget Sound. He was a recipient of the Pollock/Krasner Grant, the Artist Trust Grant and was am artist-in-residence in Ireland. His work has been reviewed in the New York Times, Seattle Times and he has been published in New American Painting. He’s represented by the Dolby Chadwick Gallery in SF and the Cumberland Gallery in Nashville. Jim is married with two adult sons and lives in Kenmore, WA.
1:30-4:30 P.M.
Live Model
All Levels Welcome
Gage Capitol Hill
FOR OUR FIRST CLASS MEETING AT GAGE Please bring: Rough NEWSPRINT PAD 24”X36″ (100 sheet pad, for the whole course. The first class you will use 40 sheets, more or less.)


  • 15 SHEETS Inexpensive Drawing Paper 24×36″ (80 lb weight): The best value is mail-ordering a 100-sheet pack through Dick Blick (Dick Blick White Sulphite Drawing Paper, 80 lb.). The class may want to make a group order to share. We will review this during the first meeting.
  • 3 SHEETS Good Quality Drawing Paper—choose from any or all of the papers below:
    • Lenox, 26 x 40”
    • Legion Coventry Rag, 26×40” (at Dick Blick)
    • Domestic Etching, 26 x 40”
  • (1) 12-stick pack: BLACK CHARCOAL STICKS. Brands: Sargent or Dick Blick’s “Blick square charcoal sticks” box, item # 20016-2129. (I do NOT recommend Alphacolor brand).
  • 1 stick COMPRESSED CHARCOAL, soft or medium (3B recommended). Recommended brands: PITT, or Generals Brand JUMBO COMPRESSED CHARCOAL (rectangular and flat shaped) type—soft.
  • 1 bottle BLACK Drawing Ink (a color is OK): The drawing ink brands I recommend are Dick Blick brand, sumi ink, Pelikan, or Speedball (do NOT purchase Higgins or Winsor & Newton inks, they’re too weak in pigment).
  • 1 Small CHAMOIS
  • 2 LARGE CLIPS to hold paper to your board. I recommend extra-large black binder clips found at office supply stores.
  • 1 medium or large ROUND BAMBOO BRUSH. Or, a large watercolor round brush if you already own one.
  • 1 LARGE PLASTIC CONTAINER to hold water for drawing ink (quart size yogurt containers work great)
  • 2 SMALL PLASTIC CONTAINERS for ink washes (cups or jars)—with lids are best (or just bring one large lidded jar to keep and transport home ink washes).
  • DRAWING BOARD, around 30X40”. Half-inch thick Foam Core Board is highly recommended. These are available at art stores pre-cut. They are very durable, inexpensive, and lightweight. (Note, do not purchase GatorBoard)


  • 2 Sketchbooks for OFF-CAMPUS class meetings: (I will review these during the first class meeting.)
  • 1 SKETCHBOOK: no smaller than 9”X12” up to 11” x 14”. Choose either: 65 lb – 90 lb –110 lb. weight of paper. Be sure the sketchbook has at least one hard sided cardboard backing and has a spiral binding. Some good brands to choose from:
    • CANSON Drawing paper book (black hard sided cover and backing boards, spiral bound)
    • CANSON Classic Drawing ; 24 sheets; 90 lb; cream/white
    • ROBERT BATEMAN, Cover Series; 50 sheets; 110 lb
  • 1 SKETCH PAD, 9X12”, Canson “Biggie SKETCH”, 50 lb. (125 pages) inexpensive white drawing paper. A spiral binding at the top is best.
  • 2 sticks BLACK 2B CONTE CRAYON
  • 1 white plastic eraser–STAEDLER / MARS BRAND is best.
  • small CHAMOIS

Meetings for this class rotate from drawing in the Studio at GAGE to a location in the city. In the studio at Gage, you will need larger paper (24×36”) — when drawing off-campus you will draw in sketchbooks.

The first class meeting meets at GAGE and will focus on Gesture drawing in the studio at GAGE, using only Newsprint paper. You will make many drawings this first session, so please bring the requested size and amount listed. All other studio classes (working from the live model) will begin with a series of gesture drawings before moving onto better quality drawing paper for longer studies. All supplies will be reviewed in class during our first meeting at Gage.

Every other week, students will alternate between drawing in class from the live model with visiting different places in the city armed with a sketchbook in an attempt to bridge studio and field practices. The breadth of this class offers the opportunity to expand upon our understanding of basic elements such as line, space, and color by applying them to unstaged and impromptu subjects in the city.