Innovative Portrait Painting

Barbara Fugate received her MFA in painting from Miami University of Ohio. She has exhibited in Kentucky, Washington and New York and is published in “The Best of Drawing and Sketching” by Terry Sullivan, “Landscape Painting” by Mitch Abala, and “Contemporary Drawing” by Margaret Davidson. Barbara teaches at Gage Academy of Art, and conducts art workshops in Washington and abroad. “Drawing and painting is about discovery, revealing a reality that is ever more authentic and genuine to me. What is most inspirational is the transient nature of life; things dynamic, moving, and in transition.” –Barbara Fugate
Jonathan Happ is representational painter born and raised in northwestern Illinois. He attended Iowa State University to study painting and philosophy, earning a BFA in 2010 and in 2014 earned an MFA in painting and drawing from the University of Washington in Seattle. Jonathan has been selected as an artist in residence in the US and internationally in Singapore.
Jonathan has designed and instructed painting and drawing courses around the state of Washington, receiving the Parnassus Teaching with Excellence award as well as a Meritorious Visiting Faculty award from the University of Washington. He exhibits nationally and internationally and currently resides in Seattle, Washington.
6:30-9:30 P.M.
Live Model
Gage Capitol Hill
  • Total for the painting section of the course: 3 CANVASES: 3 stretched CANVASES—16”x 20” minimum size up to 24”x36”. There will be one 3-week painting and two 2-week paintings.
  • Please have the following requested colors (color names vary according to brand)
    • Titanium White
    • Zinc White
    • Mars or Ivory Black (optional)
    • Yellow Ochre
    • Raw Umber
    • Hansa Yellow Light
    • Hansa Yellow Medium or Deep
    • Permanent Orange (optional)
    • Permanent Red (or) Organic Vermillion (or) Napthol
    • Alizarin Crimson
    • Chromium Green Oxide
    • Sap Green
    • Phthalo Green
    • Ultramarine Blue
    • Phthalo Blue
    • Dioxazine Violet (or) Violet (or) Carbazole Violet
    • Titanium White
    • Zinc White
    • Mars or Ivory Black (optional)
    • Yellow Ochre
    • Raw Umber
    • primary yellow (series 2) / or Hansa Yellow Opaque (series 4)
    • Hansa yellow medium
    • Pyrrole Orange (optional)
    • Napthol Red Light (or) Cad Red Light (or) Pyroll Red Light
    • Alizarin crimson
    • Chromium Oxide Green
    • Sap Green Hue or Jenkins Green
    • Viridian Green Hue (optional)
    • Pthalo Green
    • Ultramarine blue
    • Pthalo Blue
    • Ultramarine Violet (optional)
    • Dioxazine purple
    • Perinone Orange
    • Quinacridone Coral
    • Cobalt Teal Blue
    • Pyrrol Scarlet
    • Pyrrol Orange
    • Perelyene Maroon
    • Indian Yellow
    • Quinacridone Orange or Red
    • Manganese Violet,
    • Viridian
  • BRUSHES: HOG HAIR BRISTLE (variety of sizes, rounds/filberts/flats) –Stiff brushes (not soft synthetic) are best for this class.
  • Have at least TWO SIZES of each type of brush (HOG BRISTLE PLEASE) FILBERT / ROUND / FLAT (large and small, such as a #8 or #10 and a #4 or #2)
  • 1.5 inch thin flat brush (chip brush)— very inexpensive brush found at hardware stores or some art stores (I’ll have an example the first class—not needed the first meeting)
  • NOTES ON BRUSHES: Bring a variety of brush sizes and shapes you already own: flats, brights, angles, fans, filberts, and rounds. (HOG BRISTLE is recommended).


  • 1 PAINTING PALETTE KNIFE: I recommend the long-medium sized diamond shape.
  • 1 SCRAPER for cleaning your palette
  • 1 PAINTING PALETTE: glass, Plexiglas or paper–a good-sized one please (14″X20″ or larger is good). Acrylic painters—you may want to use the “Stay Wet” palette to keep paints moist
  • PAPER TOWELS (I recommend “Bounty” or “Viva”)
  • Cotton rags (cut pieces from a cotton t-shirt)
  • 1 CONTAINER FOR SOLVENT OR WATER (GAGE provides oil paint solvent) Bring lids for to help contain fumes for oil painter’s solvent
  • PLASTIC BAG to hold used paper towels while you’re painting
  • MASKING TAPE to hold down your painting-sketch paper or boards for our quick painting sketches on your drawing board—unless you bring stretched canvas for your painting sketches
  • FOR ACRYLIC PAINTERS ONLY: I recommend you have a Matte Medium to thin paint and/or RETARDER or GLAZING medium to EXTEND THE DRYING TIME of your paints–and have a SPRAY BOTTLE to keep paints wet


    • 1 WHITE DRAWING PAPER PAD, 80 lb. weight paper: 18×24”. Dick Blick makes a 30-sheet pad that is adequate.
    • (1) 12-stick pack: BLACK CHARCOAL STICKS. Brands: Sargent or Dick Blick’s “Blick square charcoal sticks” box, item # 20016-2129. (I do NOT recommend Alphacolor brand).
    • 1 stick COMPRESSED CHARCOAL, soft or medium (3B recommended). Recommended brands: PITT, or Generals Brand JUMBO COMPRESSED CHARCOAL (rectangular and flat shaped) type—soft.
    • 1 Small CHAMOIS
    • 2 LARGE CLIPS to hold paper to your board. I recommend extra-large black binder clips found at office supply stores.
    • DRAWING BOARD: Half-inch thick Foam Core Board is highly recommended. These are available at art stores pre-cut. They are very durable and lightweight. Have one that fits your paper size. There are some Masonite boards in Gage classrooms, but I highly recommend having your own.

Painting supplies are not needed until the 4th week.

Break from the traditional mold of portrait paintings from a live model. We’ll begin with drawn self-portraits in order to learn basic proportions and structure of the head and face, and then explore painting portraits from models with both long and short poses and expressive brushwork and color. Many different artists will be discussed, ranging from Rembrandt and Van Gogh, to Freud, Bacon, and Saville, whose innovative portrait paintings include presence, likeness, and emotion.