The philosophical questions and issues that my work springs from and attempt to address have been tempered by my desire to additionally represent the simple beauty and mystery of creation.
– Mark Kang-O’Higgins

“Sins of Our Father,” Mark Kang-O’Higgins

The Kang-O’Higgins Atelier emphasizes drafting and painting skills to empower you with the language you need to achieve full visual expression. This Atelier is open aesthetic, students receive strong realist drawing and painting skills but are encouraged to work in any traditional or contemporary style, or medium that they choose.

Led by Mark Kang-O’Higgins, this course cultivates fluency with anatomical and technical knowledge, but also goes far beyond technique.

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Mark Kang-O’Higgins founded the KOH Atelier at Gage in 2004, and continues to mentor student-artists of all ages and all skill-levels, from complete beginners to advanced professionals. His program emphasizes a hands-on approach to art, and works across different media.

You are encouraged to find your own forms of expression as you build familiarity with many different approaches to the figure embodied in historical and contemporary drawing and painting techniques.

The basics of observation, proportion and anatomy are vital to the understanding and representation of the figure and forms part of the course curriculum. To this end, you engage in exercises that explore tonal relationships, light, measurement, figure structure and anatomy, and are expected to have a solid understanding of these issues in order to progress in the atelier.

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2019-20 KOH Atelier Academic Year:

Fall: Monday, September 9 – Friday, December 6, 2019

Winter: Monday, January 6 – Friday, March 20, 2020

Spring: Monday, April 6 – Friday, June 12, 2020

Monday-Friday, 9:30 A.M. – 4:30 P.M.

Tuition: $ 8,675

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

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

If interested in joining this Atelier during the 2019-2020 year please contact our Student Services Manager (

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