Drawing

Gage offers drawing classes to fit every skill level and schedule. Line, value, perspective, and expression are the tools of great drawing artists and the graphite, chalk, and charcoal on your fingertips will prove that you’re mastering them too. 

Classes are either labeled as “Gage 360 Online” or “In-Person” under their date and time.

Learn more about Gage Academy of Art Online Classes:
https://www.gageacademy.org/getting-started/

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Figure Drawing: Beyond Paper and Pencil
with Ryan Weatherly

Mondays | Jun 28 – Jul 26 | 9:30am-12:30am
In-Person class

If you can draw the figure, you can draw anything.  But where do you start?   Ryan will guide you through figure drawing basics, from how to begin a figure drawing, to how to use light and shade to bring out the bodily forms that you see.  Quick poses will help you depict the figure in action; longer poses will allow you to learn about the details of form, a study enhanced by Ryan’s attention to the skeletal and muscular anatomy that underlies what we see. 

$265
All Levels
In-Person class

Sketchbook Techniques & Expressions
with Edie Everette

Mondays | Jun 28 – Jul 26 | 1:30pm-4:30pm
In-Person class

The special camaraderie this class creates often encourage participants to begin independent projects such as children’s books, poster series and greeting cards. The format of each class — where a new technique is paired with a fresh, journal-type assignment – fosters serious fun. Learn techniques such as stenciling, drawing, collage and perspective to express a variety of subjects. Together we will visually explore themes such as music, nature, quotes, pattern, childhood and realism. Each class begins with show-and-tell, plus a slide show that compliments both the technique lesson and longer assignment of that day. Optional homework is also assigned. 

$265
All Levels
In-Person class

Urban Sketch
with Christian Breed 

Mondays | Jun 28 – Jul 26 | 6:30pm-9:30pm
Gage 360 Online

Get to know a different side of your surroundings this summer: from architecture to the parks and nature, we will explore the urban spaces around us through drawing. Students will learn to use a wide array of techniques, ranging from graphite to Chinese inks, in order to travel deeply into the spaces of the city. Each week, we will look at the drawing techniques of a different master for reference, ranging from Van Gogh’s drawings and Seurat’s pointillism to Matisse’s line drawings and Constructivist geometries. Over the course of the summer, we will discover how these techniques can be applied to your own drawing in order to bring out what engages you about the city. Each lesson will be accompanied by a video regarding the artist and technique of that week, and we will finish each class with a group discussion of everyone’s work. Rainy days will be spent drawing inside. Students will learn to work with a wide range of compositions across many locations that encompass tight urban spaces and wider, more sweeping aerial views. This course is for people of all levels. 

$265
All Levels
Gage 360 Online

Narrative Composition
with Miguel Carter-Fisher

Mondays | Jun 28 – Jul 26 | 1:30pm-4:30pm
Gage 360 Online

Ever go into a museum, look at a historical painting and wonder, how did they put this together? From the invention of linear perspective all the way to cubism, students will study the organizing principles behind historical works of art and how to apply them in a contemporary context. Some of the topics covered will be visual metaphors, perspective drawing, how to use reference material, and how to synthesize observation with imagination. The objective of this course is not simply to better appreciate art history, but to empower students with a broader visual grammar.

$265
All Levels
Gage 360 Online

Figure in Color                 
with Miguel Carter-Fisher

Tuesdays | Jun 29 – Jul 27 | 9:30am-12:30pm
Gage 360 Online

Most art students have spent far more time studying drawing than painting, and translating what they have learned from drawing into painting can be a daunting task. Students know how brightness and darkness convey form, but what about color temperature and intensity? The purpose of this course is to bridge the gap between these two disciplines. Students will work from the live model with pastels in increasingly complex lighting conditions. The pastels will act as a transitional medium between drawing and various forms of painting. Ultimately a synthesis between color theory and life drawing, this course will provide a holistic approach to color that can be applied to any subject or medium.

$265
All Levels
Gage 360 Online

Intro to Character Design 
with Suzanne Head

Mondays | Jun 28 – Jul 26 | 6:30pm-9:30pm
Gage 360 Online

By using photographs for reference, we will learn how to exaggerate the anatomy and facial features of figures and animals. We will examine different styles and methods of drawing characters which convey emotion and personality. Following a series of lectures and demonstrations, students may work on their own ideas, and receive feedback from the class. Students may work with traditional drawing media on paper, or choose to paint digitally using a tablet and accompanying software.

$265
All Levels
Gage 360 Online

Botanical Illustration in Colored Pencils                  
with Crystal Soojeong Shin

Tuesdays | Jun 29 – Jul 27 | 1:30pm-4:30pm
Gage 360 Online

Over the span of 5 weeks, you’ll learn how to use colored pencils to portray plant subjects. The class will cover the materials and colored pencil techniques including layering, blending, and building saturation with luminosity, while incorporating observation techniques and elements of botanical illustration. Each week we will draw from live plant materials, but also learn how to use photographs. 

$265
All Levels
Gage 360 Online

Drawing from Photographs
with Sofya Belinskaya

Wednesdays | Jun 30 – Jul 28 | 10:00am- 1:00pm
Gage 360 Online

In this class, students learn a variety of approaches to making pencil drawings from photographs. Students have the opportunity to work from chosen or provided image materials. In addition to covering the fundamentals of drawing and techniques for working with graphite, this class will ask students to consider how mark, scale, negative space, and value can transform photographic references through the process of drawing. The class will begin with shorter drawing exercises, and move towards a final project of the student’s choosing.

$265
Beginner / Intermediate
Gage 360 Online

Making the Dreamscape
with Sofya Belinskaya

Thursdays | Jul 1 – Jul 29 | 10:00am- 1:00pm
Gage 360 Online

In this class, students will learn techniques to create paintings and drawings that tell stories by manipulating, combining and reframing images sourced from photographic references. Students work towards developing a final project that tells a personal, political, or imagined narrative. Students have the option to work in graphite pencil or watercolor, or experiment with combining mediums. This class brings together art history, technical demonstrations (offered in watercolor and pencil) and class critiques. The class will look at works of contemporary artists who transform the meaning of images and discuss techniques of how narratives are made. Each student will create their unique visual inventory through found or made photographs, and create drawings or paintings that combine elements of their inventory by experimenting with collage and sketch techniques. The classes will have time committed to lectures/demos and time for working on the projects and it will culminate with presentations of final independent projects and group discussion.

$265
Intermediate / Advanced
Gage 360 Online

Fundamentals of Drawing 
with Vandra Pentecost 

Thursdays | Jul 1 – Jul 29 | 1:30pm-4:30pm
Gage 360 Online

Learn the fundamental drawing skills and techniques for you to advance on your artistic path. Instruction in a variety of dry drawing media (pencil, charcoal and ink and their applications, sighting techniques, the principles of composition, how to apply expressive line and value, and scaling techniques will be introduced through weekly exercises with demonstrations and handouts provided. Emphasis will be placed on observational drawing and creating 3D form with 2D media.

$265
All Levels
Gage 360 Online

Welcome to Cartooning! 
with Edie Everette

Mondays | Aug 2 – Aug 30 | 1:30pm -4:30pm
In-Person class

Whereas comics tell stories while cartoons are usually funny, this class will explore both by teaching single panel, sequential and abstract approaches to each. Because every artist brings their own idiosyncratic style to comic and cartoon-making, stories and anecdotes can be told in endless fashion. In ways that both moving pictures and text alone cannot, cartoons inherently contain ‘breaks’ between images where the audience/reader may participate in time. Whether you have an idea for a character or a story, or have never drawn a cartoon in your life, this class will support you to the next step of your cartooning journey. Each class begins with show-and-tell, plus a slide show that compliments both the technique lesson and longer assignment of that day. We end with class critiques, and optional homework is also assigned.

$265
All Levels
In-Person class

Intro to Drawing
with Tarran Sklenar

Tuesdays | Aug 3 – Aug 31 | 9:30am-12:30am
In-Person class

Learn to draw from direct observation using a perceptual approach. In this class we will start off learning the basics of drawing mechanics followed by measurement, shape, and line. Students will also learn how to create volume and dimensionality using light and shadow. Through exposure to various materials, techniques, and key concepts, students are encouraged to develop their skills in drawing. This class is great for those who have never drawn before!

$265
All Levels
In-Person class

Drawing Trees of the Pacific Northwest
with Kristin Frost

Fridays | Jul 2 – Jul 30 | 1:30pm-4:30pm
In-Person class

This drawing class is for all the tree lovers out there! Each week, we will draw outdoors at a new location around Seattle and/or the Eastside. Focusing on trees that are commonly found in the Pacific Northwest like maples, alders, firs, cedars, and madrones, this class will teach solid foundational drawing skills while allowing for individual exploration and choice of subject. Come learn how to apply value, experiment with scale, and create dynamic drawings that speak to the beauty of nature.

$265
All Levels
In-Person class

Portrait Drawing
with Aron Hart

Wednesdays | Aug 4 – Sep 1 | 9:30am-12:30am
In-Person class

Working from portrait models and self-portraits, study the essential techniques and concepts of proportion, line, value, volume, structure, and composition. Our focus will be on the basic concepts of drawing applied to the human form, and visual processing – translating what you see into a compelling portrait using simple techniques.

$265
All Levels
Gage 360 Online

Intro to Foundation Drawing
with Aron Hart

Thursdays | Aug 5 – Sep 2 | 1:30pm-4:30pm
In-Person class

Have you always wanted to learn to draw what you see?  This class will get you started!  Aron will take you step-by-step from simple outline drawings of everyday objects, to more realistic renderings using tonal gradations and shadows to create the illusion of three-dimensional form.  By the end of the class you will be both seeing the world in a different way, and have new skills to describe it using the simple of pencil and charcoal.  

$265
All Levels
Gage 360 Online

3D Paper Art & Illustration 
with Edie Everette

Thursdays | Aug 5 – Sep 2 | 6:30pm-9:30pm
In-Person class

This class will focus on telling stories via the constructive qualities of paper, a strong yet pliable medium that supports and enhances artistic vision. We will explore both personal expression and illustration assignments using techniques such as pop-up art, paper sculpture, collage, mobiles and garlands. We will also address the necessity of photographing 3D art for print purposes. Cut, paste, staple, string and glue your way to artistic epiphanies that you could never reach without building art. Each class will consist of learning a specific art technique, a slide show to compliment the day’s class, a longer assignment and a group critique. Optional homework will also be assigned.

$265
All Levels
In-Person class

Narrative Composition
with Miguel Carter-Fisher

Fridays | Aug 6 – Sep 3 | 9:30am-12:30am
Gage 360 Online

Ever go into a museum, look at a historical painting and wonder, how did they put this together? From the invention of linear perspective all the way to cubism, students will study the organizing principles behind historical works of art and how to apply them in a contemporary context. Some of the topics covered will be visual metaphors, perspective drawing, how to use reference material, and how to synthesize observation with imagination. The objective of this course is not simply to better appreciate art history, but to empower students with a broader visual grammar.

$265
All Levels
Gage 360 Online

Figure Drawing
with Tarran Sklenar

Fridays | Aug 6 – Sep 3 | 6:30pm-9:30pm
In-Person class

Learn to create dynamic figure drawings while developing your basic drawing skills. Through fast drawings, you will learn intuitive ways to approach the movement, rhythm, and interconnectivity of the body. Through long drawings, you will learn about specific forms of the body and how to create volume and dimensionality. This class is perfect for someone who would like to sharpen their technical skill while developing their personal artistic intuition.

$265
All Levels
In-Person class

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