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!

Intro to Illustration
– Edie Everette

Monday | June 29 – July 27 | 1:30 P.M.-4:30 P.M.

Have you always wanted to try your hand at illustration? This class covers all the basics with exercises based on what differentiates illustration from other graphic arts. In a supportive environment, you cultivate style, work with a “client” and stretch your imagination. Each class includes a drawing technique, a slide show, drawing time and a lively group critique.

$265
All Levels
Gage 360 Online

Fantasy Illustration
– Brian Snoddy

Monday | June 29 – July 27 | 6:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M.

Designed for classical and industry artists of all levels, this Illustration class teaches how to create fantasy 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. 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. Note- This program takes place at the Gage Georgetown location.

$265
All Levels
Gage 360 Online

Sketchbook Techniques & Expression – Edie Everette

Tuesday | June 30 – July 28 | 6:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M.

Sketchbooks are a place for both artistic and expressive freedom. They can cure perfectionism and foster play. Sketchbooks may be private journals or art for display. In this class you will learn drawing and mark-making techniques along with ways to incorporate texture, tracing paper, collage, photographs, stenciling and free-writing into your sketchbook practice. Together we will watch short slide shows of artistic examples, show and tell our weekly progress, learn and practice techniques, work on assignments and have friendly and helpful group critiques. If you wish to begin a specific project, Edie will customize your exercises for that purpose. Optional homework will be given.

$265
All Levels
Gage 360 Online

Drawing Nature
– Kathleen Moore

Tuesday | June 30 – July 28 | 1:30 P.M.-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
Gage 360 Online

Drawing Summer Flowers and Leaves in Colored Pencils – Crystal Soojeong Shin

Tuesday | June 30 – July 28 | 1:30 P.M.-4:30 P.M.

Learn how to portray summer botanicals and leaves in colored pencils! Colored pencils are a fun, forgiving, and versatile medium, easy for the beginning artist, and a refreshing change for watercolor painters or graphite artists. The class will cover both basics of the medium and color theory, as well as colored pencils techniques including: layering, blending, and building saturation with luminosity. We will draw from seasonally available live plants, enjoying season’s floral abundance, while learning observation techniques and elements of botanical illustration. Our focus this month will be on leaves.

$265
All Levels
Gage 360 Online

Works on Paper: Dry Media
– Abigail Drapkin

Tuesday | June 30 – July 28 | 5:00 P.M.-8:00 P.M.

This online class offers an introduction to drawing using your favorite dry media. Draw from direct observation and photographic references to make work inspired by the everyday objects and scenes around you. We’ll cover foundational drawing concepts including measuring, proportion, line, value, and composition. Discussions of master works, detailed demos, and individual instruction make this class accessible for the complete beginner and those looking to refine their drawing skills.

$265
All Levels
Gage 360 Online

Illustration Comprehensive: Foundations of Visual Storytelling – Kai Carpenter

Wednesday | July 1 – July 29 | 6:30 P.M.-9:30 P.M.

For those ready to start making narrative art, or simply take their figurative work to the next level, this two part (each part 5 weeks) comprehensive overview will guide students through a foundation of illustration technique and studio practice. In part 1, for the first five weeks students will build foundational narrative skills in black and white, deepening their knowledge of composition, value, visual storytelling and perspective. Learning from an artist working in the field, students will gain insights into the professional practice of illustration and hone their skills through a combination of studio work and assignment. Each week, we will critique the previous week’s homework as a group and learn new concepts relevant to the new assignment. As this is a portfolio class, there will be assignments due each week.

$265
All Levels
Gage 360 Online

Fearless Drawing
– Bruce Morser

Wednesday | July 1 – July 29 | 5:00 P.M.-8:00 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.

$265
All Levels
Gage 360 Online

Drawing for Beginners
– Kristin Frost

Wednesday | July 1 – July 29 | 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
All Levels
Gage 360 Online

Urban Sketching: Theory and Practice – Gabriel Campanario

Thursday | July 2 – July 30 | 6:30 P.M.-9:30 P.M.

Drawing urban scenes on the spot, directly from life and not from photographs can feel like an overwhelming task. But Campanario’s incremental method — from composition, to tone, to color — demystifies the process through simple exercises. The class will be taught online from Campanario’s studio and at different Seattle locations where he will conduct live sketching demos. By the end of the program, participants should have experimented with different techniques (pencil, ink and watercolor) and learned useful tips to draw architecture, people and nature. The class is especially aimed to drawing enthusiasts interested in documenting the world around them, as well as professionals in creative fields who want to reconnect with the practice of observational sketching as a fun and rewarding pastime.

$265
All Levels
Gage 360 Online

Start with the Basics! Introduction to Still Life Drawing – Gary Faigin

Mon – Weds | July 6 – July 8 | 9:30 A.M.-12:30 P.M.

In art, everything starts with the ability to draw and render simple shapes, like the egg, the lemon, and the wine bottle. In this introductory class, Gage co-founder Gary Faigin clearly explains how to accurately draw a set of simple household objects, lit by a side-mounted spotlight. Each day Faigin will demonstrate one of the basic tools artists employ in creating accurate and convincing drawings: mapping, rendering, and employing perspective to capture subject matter like books and vases with round tops. Student critiques will proceed in the same manner as a Gage studio class (everyone gets a critique once a session), and the materials list – charcoal and an 18” x 24 “ pad, is simple and inexpensive. An excellent class for a beginner or someone wanting to brush up on their skills.

$130
All Levels
Gage 360 Online

Portrait Drawing on Toned Paper
– Aron Hart

Monday | Aug 3 – Aug 31 | 9:30 A.M.-12:30 P.M.

Portrait drawing on toned paper uses the value of the paper as one of the values in your drawing. We will utilize this technique to render sensitive and delicate portraits while building up our lights to explore the way light reflects off bone and diffuses on skin. Traditional portrait drawing techniques such as the planes of the head, shadow shapes and classical proportions will be stressed throughout the class.

$265
All Levels
Gage 360 Online

Fantasy and Sci-Fi World Development – Brian Snoddy

Monday | Aug 3 – Aug 31 | 6:00 P.M.-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.

$265
All Levels
Gage 360 Online

Book Illustration
– Edie Everette

Monday | Aug 3 – Aug 31 | 1:30 P.M.-4:30 P.M.

Whether illustrating a children’s book, a day in your life or a pamphlet, this class will help you get your ideas onto paper! Learn to choose which scenes to make visual and why and how to use your skills to make strong images. You will explore thumbnail sketching, photo collage, text, fonts and more. Included are weekly slide shows, drawing time and fun group critiques. All skill levels welcome.

$265
All Levels
Gage 360 Online

Drawing for Beginners
– Ryan Weatherly

Monday | Aug 3 – Aug 31 | 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
All Levels
Gage 360 Online

Intro to Figure Drawing
– Ryan Weatherly

Monday | Aug 3 – Aug 31 | 1:30 P.M.-4:30 P.M.

Gain technical mastery and intuitive understanding on depicting the human form. Working from quick gesture drawings to longer, more considered poses, you will learn proportion and anatomy; use light and shade to depict volume; and line and tone to describe planar changes in the body.

$265
All Levels
Gage 360 Online

Beginning Your Graphic Novella
– Edie Everette

Tuesday | Aug 4 – Sept 1 | 6:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M.

Begin telling your story with pictures and words. Whether you already have an idea or wish to find and hone one, this is a place to start. Practice with story, structure, scale, imagery, techniques and mediums will be conducted with your skill level in mind. Graphic books can be created just fine with shapes, paper cut-outs, collage, photographs — let’s meet you and your story at your current artistic skill level in order to get you unstuck and move forward! Since communicating your vision and tale is our goal, exercises and group assignments will be class-wide or tailored to your project.

$265
All Levels
Gage 360 Online

Drawing Summer Flowers and Leaves in Colored Pencils – Crystal Soojeong Shin

Tuesday | Aug 4 – Sept 1 | 1:30 P.M.-4:30 P.M.

Learn how to portray summer flowers using colored pencils! Colored pencils are a fun, forgiving, and versatile medium, easy for the beginning artist, and a refreshing change for watercolor painters or graphite artists. The class will cover both basics of the medium and color theory, as well as colored pencils techniques including: layering, blending, and building saturation with luminosity. We will draw from seasonally available live plants, enjoying season’s floral abundance, while learning observation techniques and elements of botanical illustration. Our focus this month will be on summer flowers.

$265
All Levels
Gage 360 Online

Works on Paper: Wet Media
– Abigail Drapkin

Tuesday | Aug 4 – Sept 1 | 5:00 P.M.-8:00 P.M.

This online class offers an introduction to ink and watercolor though detailed live demos and step by step guidance. Work from direct observation, photographic references, and interpretations of master works to develop dynamic compositions. Practice mixing color, blending, and layering washes to build depth and volume in your work. Learn to both control wet media and let loose through experiments in texture and collage.

$265
All Levels
Gage 360 Online

Illustration Comprehensive: Color & Style – Kai Carpenter

Wednesday | Aug 5 – Sept 2 | 6:30 P.M.-9:30 P.M.

In this course, students will dive into color, and learn to identify and hone their own style. Learn an array of approaches to color palette design and color image creation, gain insights into visual style, construct an engaging portfolio of your own art and learn tools to continue honing skills beyond the class. Each week, we will critique the previous week’s homework as a group and learn new concepts relevant to the new assignment. As this is a portfolio class, there will be assignments due each week.

$265
All Levels
Gage 360 Online

Drawing the PNW landscape
– Kristin Frost

Friday | Aug 7 – Sept 4 | 9:30 A.M.-12:30 P.M.

Learn how to display your own specialized take on the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest.  Draw with graphite, focusing on creating strong compositions and creating foreground – middleground – background transitions in value with a variety of mark making. We will work on choosing strong compositions, practice creating texture and work with value to create rich, dynamic scenes. 

$265
All Levels
Gage 360 Online

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