Drawing

Gage offer Drawing classes to fit every skill level and schedule. There is something for everyone: Whether you are an absolute beginner making your first lines or a seasoned veteran practicing your craft, there is always more to learn at Gage!

Fall 2019 Drawing Classes

Weeklong Workshop

December
 

Figure Drawing in Pencil: From Block-In to Expressing the Fullness of Forms – Tony Ryder
Monday-Friday| 12/2-12/6 | 9:30 A.M.-4:30 P.M.


In this workshop you develop your patience, craft, observation, and understanding of drawing principles. Ryder introduces you to a refined, articulate method of developing drawings through four linear and tonal stages: the envelope (a foundational shape encompassing the entire figure); the block-in (the abstract shapes of the figure); the contour (a specific linear description of the figure’s silhouette); and “drawing on the inside” (a tonal description of the body’s form, within the contour). Anthony Ryder studied painting and drawing with Ted Seth Jacobs in New York City and in France from 1983 to 1989. He is the author of The Artist’s Complete Guide to Figure Drawing (Watson-Guptill, 2000). His work is based on a synthesis of observation and painting theory.

$750
Live Model
All Levels Welcome!
Gage Capitol Hill

 

Portrait Drawing in Pencil: Block in Boot Camp – Tony Ryder
Monday-Friday| 12/9-12/13 | 9:30 A.M.-4:30 P.M.

The errors that distort a portrait drawing begin with the very first pencil strokes, and express misconceptions about the subject of the drawing. Discover an approach to basic block-in construction, including point-to-point vision, measuring length and tilt by eye, looking for the non-parallelism of the two sides of the form, avoidance of horizontals and verticals and more. Students work on one-day poses with the focus on block-in rather than the finished drawing. Anthony Ryder studied painting and drawing with Ted Seth Jacobs in New York City and in France from 1983 to 1989. In 1998 he wrote and illustrated The Artist’s Complete Guide to Figure Drawing (Watson-Guptill, 2000). His work is based on a synthesis of observation and painting theory. Portrait Drawing in Pencil: Block-in Boot Camp is your unique chance to learn from a modern master.
$750
Live Model
All Levels Welcome!
Gage Capitol Hill

 

Winter 2020 Drawing Classes

Morning
 

Portrait Drawing: Beyond the Basics – Aron Hart
Monday | 1/13-3/16| 9:30 A.M.-12:30 P.M.


As the next step from Beginning Portait Drawing, you begin working to achieve realistic portraits drawn from the model with gradually increasing timed poses. You will study facial anatomy, proportion, volume, and form and uncover solutions to common drawing challenges such as foreshortening, facial expression, and shading. Lectures, demonstrations, and group critiques will supplement in-class teaching. Prior portrait drawing experience recommended.

$490
Live Model
Intermediate Level
Gage Capitol Hill

 

Botanical Drawing – Kathleen McKeehen
Monday | 1/13-3/16| 9:30 A.M.-12:30 P.M.


Beginning with measurement techniques, observational skills, and the unique requirements of botanical art; learn to use line to accurately portray plant subjects, then move on to understanding light’s effect on form and how to use shading for three-dimensionality. While focusing on plants, the skills you acquire apply to any realistic drawing effort and are an excellent preparation for learning botanical watercolor as well. Intermediate students are welcome and may take on more advanced plant subjects.

$490
All Levels Welcome
Gage Capitol Hill

 


Perspective Drawing – Geoff Flack
Tuesday | 1/14-3/17| 9:30 A.M.-12:30 P.M.

Geoff Flack

Explore methods for creating pictorial space using perspective with Core Drawing Atelier instructor Geoff Flack. Drawing from the imagination and observation, you will learn to use one- and two-point perspective and constructive techniques to incorporate perspective into your drawing. In-class drawing exercises, discussions, and one-on-one mentorship are part of each session.

Note: This class does meet in the morning.

$490
All Levels Welcome
Gage Capitol Hill

 

Beginning Drawing – Kristin Frost
Wednesday | 1/15-2/12| 9:30 A.M.-12:30 P.M.

In this introductory fundamentals class, learn key concepts and artistic principles in order to accurately render line, shape, proportion and negative space while working from simple objects and the still-life. Students explore various drawing media, including charcoal and graphite, as you progress from simple lines toward a nuanced understanding of tonal description.

$265
Beginner
Gage Capitol Hill

 

Next Level Drawing- Kristin Frost
Wednesday | 2/19-3/18| 9:30 A.M.-12:30 P.M.

Expand your drawing skills to the next level in this class designed for students with some previous drawing experience. Emphasis will be placed on increasing your ability to use line, shape, space, value, and light together to create dynamic compositions. Working with graphite, charcoal, and ink, you will learn to translate your interpretation of our world onto a 2D surface. Topics explored will include still life, perspective, landscape, and imagined spaces. Through observation and in class demonstrations, you will become comfortable talking about and producing artwork in a supportive studio environment. Develop your technical and observational skills to a more advanced level in this drawing class.

$265
Intermediate
Gage Capitol Hill

 
Afternoon
 

The Sketchbook Habit – Steven Reddy
Tuesday | 1/14-2/11| 1:30-4:30 P.M.


The sketchbook is a tool for artists of any medium, as useful and necessary as paintbrushes or clay. Yet many artists find the sketchbook a challenge to maintain. In this class you’ll practice compelling techniques for building a unique and personal sketchbook habit. Steven Reddy, author of Everyday Sketching and Drawing has published five artbooks compiled from hundreds of sketchbooks filled over several decades. This class explores dozens of inspiring ideas to motivate artists to use the sketchbook as a direct record and expression of concepts and images that can birth larger, more developed artistic projects, or can be viewed as complete artworks on their own.

$265
All Levels Welcome
Gage Capitol Hill

 

Figure Structure Drawing – Geoff Flack
Tuesday | 1/14-3/17| 1:30 -4:30 P.M.

Advance your understanding of the human figure’s complex construction while heightening your ability to draw and sculpt a figure from observation. This class is designed to bridge the gap between standard life drawing practices and anatomical studies of the figure. Working from the model you will systematically draw the figure to fit landmarks within a set proportion system. Simultaneously, you will further your understanding of the figure’s anatomical structure by breaking down the forms of the figure into geometric concepts and posing them in space. To complement your studies in drawing, you will build small three-dimensional structures for reference. Emphasis on perspective, gesture, balance and proportion will be stressed throughout to aid in the illusion of credibility with the posed figures. You should leave this class with a better understanding of the figure’s key landmarks, form sense and construction as well as a greater ability to render a figure from life and from memory. No sculptural experience needed, some life drawing experience recommended. Class price includes both a model and clay.

Note: This class does meet in the afternoon.

$520
Live Model
Intermediate/Advanced
Gage Capitol Hill

 
Urban Sketching – Steven Reddy
Tuesday| 2/18-3/17| 1:30-4:30 P.M.

Go on location and create detailed interior drawings. Urban sketch artist, Steve Reddy, will teach a step-by-step process to avoid being overwhelmed by complex indoor scenes. Begin with how to select a scene, and learn tips for breaking down complex interiors into basic shapes and contours. Then, bring work to life with ink washes and learn graphic shading techniques to refine the details. The first set of classes will meet at Gage Capitol Hill, and then be on location at nearby indoor spaces, as determined by class and instructor.

Note- This class does meet on Tuesday afternoons

$265
All Levels Welcome
Gage Capitol Hill

 


Drawing Nature – Kathleen Moore
Tuesday | 2/18-3/17| 1:30-4:30 P.M.

The beauty of nature stirs the emotions and inspires the spirit. Develop an intimate understanding of plant structure while conveying an emotional, aesthetic response to what you see. Each week, you will evaluate the compositional possibilities of a landscape with quick notan (a Japanese word meaning “light-dark balance”) sketches, then settle in for a sustained drawing period focusing on both distant and close-up plant forms.

$265
All Levels Welcome
Gage Capitol Hill

 

Expressive Figure Drawing: The Five Basic Elements – Barbara Fugate
Wednesday | 1/15-2/12| 1:30-4:30 P.M.

In this Expressive Figure Drawing class, you will explore the five basic art elements: Line, Shape, Volume, Mass, Texture. One element is focused on each week of this five-week course, as you draw near life size on 24×36” paper. Gesture drawing is also practiced during each session to hone your ability to see form first, draw quickly and expand your own individual expression of the figure. Some figure drawing experience is recommended.

$265
Live Model
Intermediate
Gage Capitol Hill

 
Evening
 

Fantasy and Sci-Fi World Development – Brian Snoddy
Monday | 1/13-3/16| 6:00-9:00 P.M.


Learn to develop and render complete sci-fi and fantasy worlds from the ground up, using traditional techniques. Learn the challenge of developing and rendering complex environments. Develop the characters and creatures that inhabit the environments, using basic anatomical structures and principles, and then render them into finished designs. The class will focus on development and rendering, using traditional techniques of pencil, pen & ink, marker and gouache paint. Your instructor, Brian Snoddy has worked in the sci-fi and fantasy creation world for over 2 decades, collaborating with household brands such as Magic the Gathering, Dungeons & Dragons, Warhammer 40k and Star Wars.

$490
All Levels Welcome
Gage Capitol Hill

 

Intermediate Figure and Portrait Drawing – Nicholas Enevoldsen
Monday | 1/13-3/16| 6:30-9:30 P.M.


Go beyond the basics to achieve realistic portraits and figures drawn from the model, starting with short gesture poses and working your way up to longer poses. You will study anatomy, proportion, volume, and form, and uncover solutions to common drawing challenges such as foreshortening, facial expression, and the placing the figure in an environment. Lectures, demonstrations, and group critiques will supplement in-class teaching. Students will work both at home and in class to finish their pieces.

$490
Live Model
Intermediate Level
Gage Capitol Hill

 

Foundation Figure Drawing: Artistic Anatomy – Aron Hart
Tuesday/Thursday | 1/14-3/19| 6:30-9:30 P.M.


Foundation Figure Drawing: Artistic Anatomy focuses on anatomy, structure, and form, and how these studies relate to the concepts and techniques of figure drawing. You will progress from graceful gestural drawings to highly finished renderings of the nude model under the guidance of instructor Aron Hart, an award-winning portrait artist. The class builds on the study of life drawing addressed in part one of the Foundation Figure Drawing course.

$775
Live Model
Intermediate Level
Gage Capitol Hill

 

Printmaking and The Figure – Abigail Drapkin
Tuesday| 1/14-3/17| 6:30-9:30 P.M.

In this introductory course, students will gain technical skills in observational drawing of the live nude model, then learn to transform and reproduce their drawings as experimental prints. Each week will alternate between figure drawing sessions and sessions without the model in the printmaking studio, where students will use their life sketches as inspiration and reference. Techniques in observational and expressive charcoal drawing as well as processes of monotype, ink transfer drawing, and relief printing using oil-based printmaking inks will be introduced. Experimentation in composition, mark-making, layering, and texture is encouraged.

$520
Live Model
Beginner Level
Gage Capitol Hill

 

Drawing For Fun – Kathleen Moore
Tuesday| 1/14-2/11| 6:30-9:30 P.M.

Pumpkins & Gourd

Have you ever thought “I’d like to draw, but ….” or “I used to draw, but it’s been years (or maybe decades!).” This class offers a no-stress environment for you to relax and enjoy drawing. Learn how to handle charcoal, pencil, and pen while working with composition, value, and form. You may discover that you already know a lot about drawing and find your confidence growing as you build more skill. A little art history and a lot of fun included!

$265
Beginner Level
Gage Capitol Hill

 

Drawing For Fun – Kathleen Moore
Tuesday| 2/18-3/17| 6:30-9:30 P.M.

Pumpkins & Gourd

Have you ever thought “I’d like to draw, but ….” or “I used to draw, but it’s been years (or maybe decades!).” This class offers a no-stress environment for you to relax and enjoy drawing. Learn how to handle charcoal, pencil, and pen while working with composition, value, and form. You may discover that you already know a lot about drawing and find your confidence growing as you build more skill. A little art history and a lot of fun included!

$265
Beginner Level
Gage Capitol Hill

 

Illustration Program – Brian Snoddy
Wednesday| 1/15-3/18| 6:00-9:00 P.M.

Designed for classical and industry artists alike, the Illustration Program teaches how to create realistic imagery from the ground up, beginning in black and white using traditional materials such as graphite, ink, and gouache. Techniques include layering, blending, and rendering various types of surfaces, such as wood, metal, rusted metal—to name a few. After establishing core abilities, students learn more advanced techniques in color building in scope and complexity over time. This class is an ongoing program with a one-year curriculum cycle. Note- This programs takes place at the Gage Georgetown location.

$490
All Levels Welcome
Gage Georgetown

 

Figure Drawing for Illustration – Kai Carpenter
Wednesday| 1/15-3/18| 6:30-9:30 P.M.

Learn to create dynamic figures with illustrator Kai Carpenter. This course will draw from mid-century illustration techniques to familiarize students with a structural approach to the figure, working from the inside out. Students will first learn to create and work with a sketch “mannequin” (not the wooden kind!); using that structure, students will then learn to accentuate the figure to complement the gesture’s mood and narrative.

By working with both model and “mannequin,” students will come away with a powerful figure drawing methodology, an understanding of how to plan figurative illustrations from imagination, and how to imbue their figures with life and emotion at any stage of finish. The class will include live demonstrations and individual critique.

$490
Live Model
All Levels Welcome
Gage Capitol Hill

 

Drawing From a Different Angle – Bruce Morser
Wednesday| 1/15-3/25| 6:30-9:30 P.M.

Everyone can learn to draw and everyone is creative. Drawing is as much a “mindset” as a “skill”. Many judge skill first and never try to progress. This class is divided into three parts to tackle that conundrum: we’ll open the mindset with several specific exercises and drawings, then focus on simple strategies for converting an increasing visual awareness. After that, you will progress to more complex topics like composition and expression to insure drawing is an exciting endeavor. This class is about a joyful process, rather than a series of tight finished products. Drawing should be about pleasure and a desire to do more, not worry or doubt – you’ll feel that. Whether you have no prior experience or are refocusing on drawing, this is your class.

$490
All Levels Welcome
Gage Capitol Hill

Note: This class runs until 3/25, no class on 2/12

 

Dynamic Detail in Ink & Watercolor – Steven Reddy
Thursday| 1/16-2/13| 6:30-9:30 P.M.

Capture highly detailed scenes and learn how to create contour drawings, grisaille underpaintings, and watercolor glazes. Simplify complex scenes into initial sketches that are light and loose. Then, learn how to create a grisaille underpainting that brings extraordinary dimension to work.

$265
All Levels Welcome
Gage Capitol Hill

 

Inking Techniques – Steven Reddy
Thursday | 2/20-3/19| 6:30-9:30 P.M.

Explore and practice different inking techniques. Learn to use dip pens, brushes, technical pens, brushpens, fine-liners, Uniballs, and Microns to create high-contrast, reproducible drawings made of contours, hatching, ink-washes and solid blacks. Steven Reddy, author of Everyday Sketching and Drawing shares techniques and strategies for creating eye-catching drawings from life, photos, and the imagination.

Note- This class does meet on Thursday evenings

$265
All Levels Welcome
Gage Capitol Hill

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