Advanced Watercolor – Tom Hoffmann
Tuesday | 1/15-3/19 | 9:30 A.M.-12:30 P.M.

Refine your practice and strengthen your personal style by developing independent painting projects according to your own artistic vision under the close mentorship of Tom Hoffmann.

Topics in Abstract Painting – Jeffrey Simmons
Tuesday | 1/15-3/19 | 9:30 A.M.-12:30 P.M.

Using the work of historical and contemporary abstract painters as reference, you will focus on basic issues like composition, color, and technique, as well as more specific topics such as individual painting movements and the influence of other cultural media on abstraction.

Beginning Watercolor – Tom Hoffmann
Wednesday | 1/16-3/20 | 9:30 A.M.-12:30 P.M.

Develop an understanding of transparent watercolor that allows you to make conscious choices regarding color, value, wetness, and composition before the brush ever touches the paper.

Still Life Painting in Oils – Jim Phalen
Wednesday | 1/16-3/20 | 9:30 A.M.-12:30 P.M.

Work through a series of exercises and complete monochromatic and color paintings using still-life as your motif.

Expressive Watercolor Portraits – Willow Heath
Thursday | 1/17-3/21 | 9:30 A.M.- 12:30 P.M.

Explore techniques, tips, and special effects for creating deceptively simple expressive watercolor portraits in a relaxed studio environment with step-by-step demonstrations and discussions.

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The Final Josef Albers Color Class – Charles Emerson
Thursday | 1/17-3/21 | 9:30 A.M.-12:30 P.M.

Search to find your personal aesthetics, manner, and style of painting as well as passion in this difficult, often confusing, and always challenging class of self-discovery and creativity.

Portrait Painting – Jim Phalen
Friday | 1/18-3/22 | 9:30 A.M.-12:30 P.M.

Discover the art and practice of portraiture as you learn to compose from observation, acquire strategies for organizing visual information, and study historic precedents.

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Color For Painters- Kimberly Trowbridge
Friday | 1/18-3/22 | 9:30 A.M.-12:30 P.M.

Explore rigorous color mixing and palette organization strategies, and how to apply that knowledge to observational studies as well as greatly improve your ability to perceive color relationships and to create equivalent analogies with oil paint.


Portraits in Watercolor – Hamid Zavareei
Monday | 1/14-3/18 | 1:30-4:30 P.M.

Studying from a live model, you will focus on head, facial structures, and proportion and emphasize the economy of line.

Painting Land and Water – Kathleen Moore
Monday | 1/14-3/18 | 1:30-4:30 P.M.

Learn composition, color-mixing and brush handling while you explore how to paint tranquil water, running water and frothy waves.

Intermediate Watercolor – Tom Hoffmann
Wednesday | 1/16-3/20 | 1:30-4:30 P.M.

Working from the still-life, landscapes and photographs, learn to individualize your painting process, better understand the variables of watercolor painting.

Painting the Natural World – Kathleen McKeehen
Friday | 1/18-3/22 | 1:30-4:30 P.M.

Learn the botanical artist’s classic method of dry-brush watercolor to paint all types of natural subjects, from birds to bones to botanicals.

Oil Painting for Beginners – Jonathan Happ
Saturday | 1/19-3/23 | 2:00-5:00 P.M.

In a step-by-step process, learn the methods of oil painting while exploring the still-life genre.

Mentored Studies in Painting – Nicholas Enevoldsen
Sunday| 1/20-3/17 | 1:00 P.M.-5:00 P.M.

Independent mentoring for intermediate and advanced students providing feedback in a supportive and creative environment. The mentored studies group format is designed to provide a supportive peer community of emerging artists.


Old Master series: Early Flemish Technique – Hamid Zavareei
Tuesday| 1/15-3/19 | 6:30-9:30 P.M.

Explore the Early Flemish technique, which involves rendering the image in two major stages: underpainting and working up.

Basics of Oil Painting – Hamid Zavareei
Wednesday | 1/16-3/20 | 6:30-9:30 P.M.

Develop a foundational knowledge of oil painting material and technique through hands-on exercises designed to introduce students to the fundamentals of oil painting.

Innovative Portrait and Self-Portrait Painting – Barbara Fugate
Thursday | 1/17-3/21 | 6:30-9:30 P.M.

There is more than one way to make a portrait painting, which is what this class is all about. You’ll begin making a self-portrait painting, followed by two more portrait paintings from live models.



Color Magic with Watercolor – Linda James
Thursday | 2/21-3/21 | 9:30 A.M.-12:30 P.M.

Applying color theory principles and using specific exercises, learn methods for color mixing and layering.


Layers of Abstract paintings – Junko Yamamoto
Thursday | 1/17-2/14 | 1:30- 4:30 P.M.

Learn how to tap into and express your own inspiration and intuition, drawing from life experiences, imagination and memories–making each work unique and original.

Abstract Composition with Watercolor – Linda James
Friday | 1/18-2/22 | 1:30-4:30 P.M.

There is no hard and fast formula for creating a good abstract composition, but there are guidelines to help you develop critical perception of what works and what doesn’t.


Introduction to Alla Prima Painting with the Zorn Palette – Dominique Medici
Tuesday | 1/15-2/12 | 6:00-9:00 P.M.

Learn how to work with a systematic and disciplined technique that is uniquely designed to gaining the ability to work quickly, and with precision, is key in your development as a painter.

Introduction to Alla Prima Portrait Painting with a Limited Palette – Dominique Medici
Tuesday | 2/19-3/19 | 6:00-9:00 P.M.

A limited palette is very dynamic and will refine your understanding of color relationships. Practicing this way will help to sharpen your observation, and take your skill to a new level.

Weekend Workshops


Trompe-L’oeil Still Life Painting – John Zadrozny
Saturday-Sunday | 1/26-1/27 | 9:30 A.M.-4:30 P.M.

Trompe-l’oeil paintings “fool the eye” and offer the illusion that items painted exist as solid objects in the three-dimensional world: learn aspects of composition that make such illusions possible, and learn painting techniques to help realize them.

Pet Portraits in Watercolor – Willow Heath
Sunday | 1/27 | 9:30 A.M.- 4:30 P.M.

Learn magically easy techniques for creating expressive watercolor pet and animal portraits. Paint with loose illustrative strokes or hone in on your brush skills and watercolor techniques while painting your pet.


The Science In Art And Techniques Of The French Impressionists – Valerie Collymore
Saturday-Sunday | 2/9-2/10 | 9:30 A.M.-4:30 P.M.

Discover how to integrate scientific knowledge with art-making fundamentals, techniques, and practices of the French Impressionist painters and move your artwork forward quickly and joyfully.

Expressive Portrait Painting – Fong Baatz
Saturday-Sunday | 2/16-2/17 | 9:30 AM-4:30 P.M.

Explore various portrait painting techniques and approaches to creating an expressive painting with oils.

Alla Prima Portraits in Oil – Aaron Coberly
Saturday-Sunday | 2/23-2/24 | 9:30 A.M.-4:30 P.M.

Work in oil paints and learn how to capture the most essential qualities of a portrait by painting broadly but accurately with the Alla Prima technique.


Expressive Still-Life Painting- Fong Baatz
Saturday-Sunday | 3/2-3/3 | 9:30 AM-4:30 P.M.

Find your voice and work directly from a still life set-up and explore various painting techniques and approaches to creating an expressive painting with oil.

Nature in Watercolor – Michelle Lassaline
Saturday-Sunday | 3/2-3/3 | 9:30 A.M.-4:30 P.M.

Learn to capture the details of nature in watercolor: start with the basic techniques of watercolor starting with tonal sketches in pencil, then using masking fluid and wet-on-dry techniques to create layers of transparent color.

The Metaphoric Still Life – Creating a “Portrait” Through Symbolic Objects – Barbara Noah
Saturday–Sunday | 3/16-3/17 | 9:30 A.M.-4:30 P.M.

Focus on the creation of a still life with symbolic elements representing a specific person: paint from life from objects you bring and/ or from photos.

Painting the Alla Prima Figure – Aaron Coberly
Saturday-Sunday | 3/23-3/24 | 9:30 A.M.-4:30 P.M.

Work in oil paints and learn how to capture the most essential qualities of a figure by painting broadly but accurately while seeing the figure as a whole set into an environment.

Weeklong Workshops


Successful Painting With Acrylics – Terry Furchgott
Friday-Monday | 1/4-1/7 | 9:30 A.M.-4:30 P.M.

Learn all the basic skills needed to work with the spontaneous and quick drying medium of acrylic paint successfully and with confidence.

Introduction to Egg-Tempera – Dominique Medici
Monday-Friday| 1/7-1/11 | 9:30 A.M.-4:30 P.M.

Egg Tempera painting is an exceptionally beautiful and subtle painting medium that is said to date back to ancient Egypt: learn how to make “genuine traditional gesso panels” from scratch using glue and chalk; prepare handmade toned drawing paper for silverpoint drawing; grind and emulsify your own egg tempera paint; practice egg tempera painting techniques; make handmade transfer paper; and paint your first egg tempera painting.


Studio Concentration: Classical Painting Intensive – Juliette Aristides
Monday-Friday | 3/25-4/5 | 9:30 A.M.-4:30 P.M.

This Winter Quarter build your artistic vocabulary as you work under the tutelage of Juliette Aristides, artist, author and instructor of the Aristides Atelier at Gage. The emphasis will be on skill building through working from life from both a model and a still life.

Supercharge Your Still Life Painting by Adding Imagination – Clive Smith
Monday-Friday | 3/25-3/29 | 9:30 A.M.-4:30 P.M.

Working from the actual objects, learn how to incorporate information from other sources to transform what you see into something convincing, and yet invented under the guidance of master artist Clive Smith.


Painting from Still Life – Susan Jane Walp
Monday-Friday | 4/1-4/5 | 9:30 A.M.-4:30 P.M.

Focus on still life as a vehicle for approaching composition from a more personal perspective and for learning to see more clearly and deeply the tonal and spatial relationships that are the building blocks of painting from direct observation.

Alla Prima Portrait Painting – Irvin Rodriguez
Monday-Friday | 4/1-4/5 | 9:30 A.M.-4:30 P.M.

Be guided through a series of essential oil painting skills—including composition, how to set up the block-in, value relationships and hierarchy, modeling form in color with a focus on alla-prima and direct painting techniques.

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