“Still-lifes, the center of my studio practice: fruit as a stand-in for the model, vessels as interchangeable parts in a pictorial machine; the drama of light on form. Endlessly fascinating.”
– Gary Faigin

The Faigin Atelier

The Faigin Atelier works with a small group of painting students interested in focusing their studio practice on the study of still-life arrangements over the course of a year.

Atelier instructor and Gage co-founder Gary Faigin uses still-life as a vehicle to teach the basics of representation, including value, drawing and perspective, as well as paint-specific techniques like glazing, impasto and control of edges.

“Fall Group Picture,” Gary Faigin

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For more advanced students, studio still-life is a time-honored subject with unlimited potential to act as a stimulus for explorations of composition, color, spatial effects and the perfection of style.

No other subject matter offers the artist quite as much control over every aspect of their pictorial effect, and none has as rich and interesting a history.

Gary Faigin on Facial Expressions in “The Shape of Water”

The Faigin Atelier Curriculum and Student Gallery

The Faigin Atelier Supply List

All Atelier students have on-site studios and are expected to spend at least 15 hours per week in their studio in addition to meeting with their instructor twice a week.

2020-21 Faigin Atelier Academic Year:

Fall: Monday, September 14 – Friday, December 11, 2020

Winter: Monday, January  11 – Friday, March 26, 2021

Spring: Monday, April 12 – Friday, June 18, 2021

Tuesday – 2:30pm-5:30pm
Thursday – 9am-noon


Tuition: $ 4,825

For an application process, please download and submit the follow forms:

Upon receipt of the $500 non-refundable deposit and the signed Atelier Contract, Gage Academy of Art will provide a $500 credit to be used towards any classes or workshops during the Atelier instruction academic year (September 2020 – June 2021). This credit cannot be used towards Atelier tuition.

Applications accepted on a rolling basis. Apply now to secure your spot!

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