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!

 
Classes Starting in February



Next Level Drawing- Kristin Frost

Wednesday | 2/19-3/18| 9:30 A.M.-12:30 P.M.

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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


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

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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.

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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



Drawing For Fun – Kathleen Moore

Tuesday| 2/18-3/17| 6:30-9:30 P.M.

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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

 
Morning Spring Classes


Structural Portrait Drawing – Geoff Flack
Tuesday | 4/7-5/5 | 9:30 A.M.-12:30 P.M.

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Advance your understanding of the human figure’s complex construction while heightening your ability to draw a portrait from observation. Students will study the structural concepts of the head and its features that help create solid illusions of the models portrait. Emphasis on understanding proportion, gesture and perspective will be stressed throughout.

$265
Intermediate
Gage Capitol Hill


Beginning Portrait Drawing – Jim Phalen
Wednesday | 4/8-6/10 | 9:30 A.M.-12:30 P.M.

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Working from portrait models and self-portraits, study the essential techniques and concepts of proportion, line, value, volume, structure and composition. Focus on the basic concepts of drawing applied to the human form and learn to think visually, translating what you see into a compelling portrait using simple techniques.

$490
Beginner
Gage Capitol Hill

 
Afternoon Spring Classes


Botanical Illustration in Colored Pencil – Crystal Soojeong Shin
Monday | 4/6-6/8 | 1:30 P.M.-4:30 P.M.

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Colored pencil is a fun, forgiving, and versatile medium that is easy for the beginning artist, and a refreshing change for watercolor painters or graphite artists. As you learn how to use colored pencils to portray plant subjects, the class will cover basics of the medium and colored pencil techniques including layering, blending, and building saturation with luminosity, while incorporating the observation techniques and elements of botanical illustration. All levels are welcome. For those who are experienced, work at your own pace with plenty of guidance and individual attention.

NO CLASS MAY 25.

$490
All Levels Welcome
Gage Capitol Hill


Dynamic Detail in Ink & Watercolor – Steve Reddy
Tuesday | 4/7-5/5 | 1:30 P.M.-4:30 P.M.

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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


Dynamic Drawing Nature in Silverpoint – Kathleen Moore
Tuesday | 4/7-5/5 | 1:30 P.M.-4:30 P.M.

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Silverpoint drawing uses a silver wire to make marks on prepared grounds – it is, literally, drawing with silver!
In this studio class, you will draw from natural items such as twigs, leaves, moss, etc. You will learn how to prepare a ground for silverpoint and how to transfer a sketch to the ground. Then you will develop your drawing skills while experiencing the mysterious beauty of silverpoint!

$265
All Levels Welcome
Gage Capitol Hill


Drawing in the Studio and City – Barbara Fugate
Wednesday | 4/8-6/10 | 1:30 P.M.-4:30 P.M.

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Each week, you will alternate drawing from the live model at Gage to different places in the city– bridging studio practices to “in the field”. Sketchbook locations include drawing animals at Woodland Park Zoo, plants in the Volunteer Park Conservatory, trees in a city park, and at the PNB drawing dancers in rehearsal. Bringing studio practices outside into the city is a great way to expand your drawing skills and visual expression. Each studio session’s drawing focus is echoed in your city sketchbooks as you study shapes in space, form in action, and variety of line. You will draw in sketchbooks in the city and on 24×36 inch paper in the studio, using materials including: charcoal, conté crayon and drawing ink. Some drawing experience is recommended. Park entrance fees are not included.

$490
Intermediate
Gage Capitol Hill


Drawing the Hand – Aron Hart
Thursday | 4/9-5/7 | 1:30 P.M.-4:30 P.M.

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Drawing hands can seem intimidating and complex. And while it is true that a hand is made up of many parts, in this class we’ll learn how to break the human hand down into basic, geometric shapes to simplify and render one of the most expressive parts of the human figure. We’ll learn the rhythm and movement of the hand, as well as the underlying patterns of anatomy that all hands follow.

$265
All Levels
Gage Capitol Hill


Beginning Figure Drawing – Ryan Weatherly
Saturday | 4/11-6/13 | 1:30 P.M.-4:30 P.M.

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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.

NO CLASS MAY 23

$440
All Levels
Gage Capitol Hill


Drawing the Features of the Head: Lecture Series – Gary Faigin
Thursday | 4/16-5/21 | 12:30 P.M.-1:30 P.M.

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Nothing is more emotionally compelling to observe than the human face. Magazines flaunt idealized facial beauty; Hollywood packages expressive faces for big-screen cinema; TV capitalizes on talking heads to give the facts and features of the day. Over six lectures, Gary Faigin, author of the acclaimed The Artist’s Complete Guide to Facial Expression, presents an animated discourse on the foundations of drawing the head. Drawing from models and showing slides, he guides you to a broader understanding of this fascinating subject.

Pay-What-You-Can Pricing
All Levels
Gage Capitol Hill


Urban Sketching – Steve Reddy
Tuesday | 5/12-6/9 | 1:30 P.M.-4:30 P.M.

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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.

$265
All Levels Welcome
Gage Capitol Hill


Drawing Nature – Kathleen Moore
Tuesday | 5/12-6/9 | 1:30 P.M.-4:30 P.M.

Enroll Now

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

 
Evening Spring Classes


Fantasy and Sci-Fi World Development – Brian Snoddy
Monday | 4/6-6/8 | 6:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M.

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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.

NO CLASS MAY 25.

$440
All Levels Welcome
Gage Capitol Hill


Intermediate Figure and Portrait Drawing – Nicholas Enevoldsen
Monday | 4/6-6/8 | 6:30 P.M.-9:30 P.M.

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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.

NO CLASS MAY 25.

$440
Intermediate
Gage Capitol Hill


Illustration Comprehensive: Idea to Execution – Kai Carpenter
Tuesday | 4/7-6/9 | 6:30 P.M.-9:30 P.M.

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For those ready to start making narrative art, or simply take their figurative work to the next level, this comprehensive overview will guide students through a foundation of illustration technique and studio practice. Beginning with fundamentals of strong visual storytelling through composition and value, this class will also cover perspective, color palette design, illustration work practices, elements of style, and ultimately, how to construct a finished portfolio that highlights the artists’ strengths. 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 last week’s homework, learn new concepts relevant to the new assignment and sketch ideas for the next week’s piece. As this is a portfolio class, there will be assignments due each week.

$490
All Levels
Gage Capitol Hill


Printmaking and The Figure – Abigail Drapkin
Tuesday | 4/7-6/9 | 6:30 P.M.-9:30 P.M.

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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
Beginner
Gage Capitol Hill


Foundation Figure Drawing: Techniques and Materials – Aron Hart
Tuesday & Thursday | 4/7-6/11 | 6:30 P.M.-9:30 P.M.

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Third in the series, Foundation Figure Drawing: Techniques and Materials explore various methods of drawing the figure from life. Continuing to build upon skills learned in previous figure drawing classes, students will deepen their understanding and use of new and varied materials. Materials in this class include white chalk, powdered charcoal, red chalk and graphite.

$775
Intermediate
Gage Capitol Hill


Fantasy Illustration – Brian Snoddy
Wednesday | 4/8-6/10 | 6:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M.

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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.

$490
All Levels
Gage Georgetown


Figure Drawing for Illustration – Kai Carpenter
Wednesday | 4/8-6/10 | 6:30 P.M.-9:30 P.M.

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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
All Levels
Gage Capitol Hill


Drawing From a Different Angle – Bruce Morser
Wednesday | 4/8-6/10 | 6:30 P.M.-9:30 P.M.

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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
Gage Capitol Hill


The Sketchbook Habit – Steve Reddy
Thursday | 4/9-5/7 | 6:30 P.M.-9:30 P.M.

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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
Gage Capitol Hill


Anatomy: Lecture Series – Mike Magrath
Thursday | 4/9-6/11 | 7:00 P.M.-8:00 P.M.

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Explore a clear and intuitive method for seeing form and understanding the structure of the human body as a foundation of artistic expression, allowing for more accurate drawing and composition. Discussions include anatomical detail as to the working of bones and musculature as well as overall shapes and general principles of construction and action as exhibited on the model.

Pay-What-You-Can Pricing
All Levels
Gage Capitol Hill

 

 

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