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Artwork by Tiffany Dae
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Artwork by Misa Steinmetz
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Gage offers painting classes to fit every skill level and schedule. From the classical masters to contemporary abstraction, we have the classes that build your painting toolkit as you become the artist you want to be!

All classes are Gage 360 Online unless marked otherwise.

All artwork on this page is by the respective class instructor. We encourage you to check out their websites and instagrams and see all of the incredible work!

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starting september

The Greatest Painting in the History of Art: Velazquez’s Las Meninas
with Dr. Susan Brangers

Friday | Sep 18 – Oct 16 | 9:30am-11:00am

Artwork: Diego Velázquez, Las Meninas, or the Family of Philip IV, 1656

In 1985, a poll of artists and critics identified Velazquez’s Las Meninas (c. 1656) as the greatest painting in the history of art. The seemingly common, though mysterious, scene in the painting has fascinated artists and viewers alike over the centuries. In this lecture, we will examine and analyze the works of Velazquez culminating with Las Meninas. We will evaluate its designation as the greatest painting in the history of art as well as examine the works of Goya, Singer Sargent, and Picasso; each of whom were influenced by Velazquez’s masterpiece.

Dr. Susan Fugate Brangers has a PhD in art history from the University of Louisville. Her primary area of study is Roman architecture that grew out of her experience of working on a Roman archaeological site in Portugal. Her other areas of interest include Greco-Roman sculpture, Islamic art and architecture, and Baroque art. She has taught at universities, colleges, in Kentucky, Pennsylvania, and Delaware. Susan has conducted international study programs in Portugal, Spain, and Italy. Courses she has taught have included: Greek and Roman art, Hellenistic art, Early Christian and Medieval art, art of Islamic Spain, Early and Medieval Islamic art, and aesthetics.

$125
All Levels
Lecture
Gage 360 Online

Figure Painting from the Photograph
with Justin Duffus

Friday | Sep 18 – Nov 20 | 9:30am-12:30pm

In this 10 week online class we will learn how to use the photograph as a tool to paint the figure with a dynamic and unexpected relationship to the space that it inhabits. We will examine a variety of other artists’ uses of the photograph to create figure paintings and how to incorporate these approaches in our own painting. Students will learn how to use a grid as well as other transferring approaches. We will also explore how the photograph may be used as a point of departure in painting to go beyond accuracy to a process that is more creative, lively, and personal.

$490
All Levels
Gage 360 Online

Advanced Watercolor
with Tom Hoffmann

Tuesday | Sep 15 – Nov 17 | 9:30am-12:30pm

As an experienced watercolor painter seeking to refine your practice and strengthen your personal style, you are invited to work under the close mentorship of Tom Hoffmann to develop independent painting projects according to your own artistic vision. Hoffmann assists you in your mastery of advanced techniques and innovative approaches to increasingly complex compositions. Class time includes group discussions and critiques. Completion of INTERMEDIATE WATERCOLOR or instructor permission required. New students welcome.

$490
Advanced
Gage 360 Online

Atelier Primer
with Tiffany Dae & Riley Doyle

Tue/Thur | Sep 15 – Nov 19 | 6:00pm-9:00pm

The Atelier Primer is a part-time program modeled after the Georgetown Atelier’s full time curriculum. This new and exciting program will teach the classical foundations of drawing and painting from life, and how to extend from the Observational into the Imaginative. Whether you’re a beginner interested in learning the techniques of observational drawing and painting, or you are an intermediate/advanced student who wants to improve or keep your skills sharp, the Atelier Primer is perfect for you. This evening class is ideal for those who cannot attend classes during the day. Tuesday nights focus on skill building from still lifes, observational studies from plaster casts and master copies. Thursday nights we apply the same techniques to a live model, and focus heavily on constructive anatomy. Led by instructors Riley Doyle and Tiffany Dae, alumni and instructors of the full time atelier, the Atelier Primer is comprised of hands-on demos, lectures, and individual critiques.

$770
All Levels
Gage 360 Online

Painting Light in Watercolor
with Willow Heath

Tuesday | Sep 15 – Nov 17 | 9:30am-12:30pm

Create a series of illuminated watercolor vignettes of reflective surfaces such as water, eyes, glass, metal, and gemstones. Fine tune your watercolor techniques, and sharpen your color mixing and glazing skills while imbuing your watercolors with dimension, warmth, and illumination. With plenty of classroom demonstrations and a sense of humor, instructor Willow Heath will demystify reflective surfaces and guide you through the course.

$490
All Levels
Gage 360 Online

Painting the Sky
with Kathleen Moore

Tuesday | Sep 15 – Nov 17 | 1:30pm-4:30pm

Learn how to paint the vault of the sky and the magnificent clouds that inhabit it! You will learn how to mix color, judge value, and handle your brush to create luminous skies with soft, translucent clouds, inspiring sunsets, or raging storms! You will receive plenty of individual instruction and time for all your questions, instructor demonstrations, weekly critiques, and digitally annotated images of your work with suggestions on how to improve.

$490 
All Levels
Gage 360 Online

Beginning Watercolor
with Tom Hoffmann

Wednesday | Sep 16 – Nov 18 | 9:30am-12:30pm

Designed for students with some knowledge of watercolor and oil painting techniques.

$490
Beginning
Gage 360 Online

Intermediate Watercolor
with Tom Hoffmann

Wednesday | Sep 16 – Nov 18 | 1:30pm-4:30pm

Work with increasingly complex subjects as you expand your understanding and dexterity with watercolor. Working from still lifes, landscapes, and photographs, you learn to individualize your painting process, better understand the variables of watercolor painting, use the variables to your creative advantage, and take informed risks. Students should have completed Beginning Watercolor or have basic watercolor experience.

$490
Intermediate
Gage 360 Online

Demystifying Watercolor: Basic Technique
with Linda James

Monday | Sep 14 – Oct 12 | 6:30pm-9:30pm

This class is designed for the beginning watercolor student, but experienced artists have also found it valuable. It is a fun, no-pressure way to explore the watercolor medium! We will focus on watercolor technique and a clear understanding of the pigments, brushes and papers, but also have time for experimentation, using watercolor and abstraction as the vehicle for personal expression. We will cover basic brush technique, color theory, mixing, textural effects, and abstract composition. All techniques will be demonstrated and include hands-on exercises. In addition, concepts will be illustrated and discussed in a slide presentation of works by noted watercolorists.

$265
Beginning
Gage 360 Online

Modern Realist Figure Painting
with Nicholas Enevoldsen

Wednesday | Sep 16 – Nov 18 | 6:00pm-9:00pm

Learn to paint the human figure while exploring both traditional and contemporary methods of painting with acrylics. Students will develop original portrait, self-portrait, and nude figure compositions and discover techniques for capturing a model’s likeness with accuracy and explore expressive approaches to mark-making and color. Color theory, mixing and blending flesh tones, glazing, and basic design principles will all be presented through live demonstrations, individual critiques, and a series of lectures designed to equip students with essential knowledge and skills for imbuing their works with a dynamic sense of light, form, color, texture, and atmosphere. This class is ideal for first-time painter as well as those with prior experience.

$490
All Levels
Gage 360 Online

Intermediate Expressive Figure Painting: Degas and Toulouse-Lautrec
with Barbara Fugate

Thursday | Sep 17 – Nov 19 | 4:00pm-7:00pm

This course pairs Edgar Degas with Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. You’ll make two very different paintings: a drawing-painting in the manner of Lautrec, and a layered—built from the ground up—in the manner of Degas. Both Degas and Lautrec painted people of their time, including friends and acquaintances, dancers and performers. They were among the avant-garde in Paris, they frequented some of the same cafés and overlapped circles of other artists. They’re compositions were influenced by Japanese prints that were popular in Paris in the late 1880’s, along with many other artists, namely Van Gogh. Degas and Lautrec’s paintings are equally experimental, though Lautrec’s approach was based on discovery versus Degas who worked more analytically. Their depictions of the figure are divergent also, with Degas’ composition being more removed and classical in nature, versus Lautrec’s direct confrontation and gestural-line painting approach. In this 10-week course, you’ll paint in the manner of each artist, using live models online. Issues covered include composition, paint applications, surface qualities, drawing/painting use of line, and expressive color. You’ll make two paintings, studying one artist at a time. Oil or acrylic paints welcome.

$490
Intermediate/Advanced
Gage 360 Online

Introduction to Oil Painting
with Michael Friel

Thursday | Sep 17 – Nov 19 | 6:30pm-9:30pm

Learn to stretch, prime, and tone your own canvas; work with a tonal underpainting; mix a full spectrum of colors; employ a variety of brush effects; and use glazing medium. Over the course of this beginning level class, you will complete three still life paintings, each setup designed to improve your working knowledge of the materials and techniques of oil painting. Classes will begin with with a lecture and demonstration by the instructor; the remainder of class time is devoted to painting. Students should have basic drawing skills

$490
Beginning
Gage 360 Online

Modern to Contemporary Painters: a Studio Tutorial
with Michael Howard

Thursday | Sep 17 – Nov 19 | 9:30am-12:30pm

We will work to develop your own paintings through a sequential study and discussion of a select group of contemporary and modern painters. The range of artists will include the subjects of figuration, abstraction and landscape. Designed under the premise that all painting is representational, and all representation is abstract, we will approach each painter’s work through these terms and discuss their technical practice, their conceptual and aesthetic motivations, and the importance of these artists to today’s ongoing practice of painting. We will work on our own individual paintings adopting imagery, concepts and techniques from the selected painters. Painters in focus for the fall Term: Joan Mitchell, Amy Sillman, Ilse D’Hollander, Charline von Heyl and Chantal Joffe.

$490
Intermediate/Advanced
Gage 360 Online

Expressive Watercolor Portraits
with Willow Heath

Thursday | Sep 17 – Nov 19 | 9:30am-12:30pm

Each class will focus on a different theme, technique or approach to creative expressive modern watercolor portraits. Explore new techniques and special effects for creating expressive and modern watercolor portraits in a relaxed virtual studio environment with step-by-step demonstrations and discussions. From loose expressive brush strokes to controlled realistic glazing, we will explore the foundations of painting portraits in watercolor.

$490
All Levels
Gage 360 Online

Oil Painting: Still Life and Portrait
with Abigail Drapkin

Thursday | Sep 15 – Nov 17 | 5:00pm-8:00pm

In this course, students will expand their technical skills and ideas for self-expression through the genres of still life and portrait in oil. Learn to develop a unique style through choices in composition, subject matter, color, and approach to the painting process. We’ll address the foundations of value, warm and cool color relationships, as well as methods for self-correction and problem solving. Conducted on Zoom, this online class will feature live demos and individual critique. It is accessible for complete beginners as well as those looking for guidance to take their work to the next level.

$490
All Levels
Gage 360 Online

starting october

Caravaggio: The King of Light and Shadow
with Dr. Susan Brangers

Friday | Oct 23 – Nov 20 | 9:30am-11:00am

Artwork: Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, Conversion of Saint Paul, 1600-01

Through the play of bright light and deep shadows, Caravaggio created an intense realism and heightened drama. These qualities invoked both strong criticism and ardent admiration of his work. In this lecture, we will examine Caravaggio’s paintings, the reception they received from patrons, and explore the influence he had on artists in Italy and beyond. This exploration will include paintings by Artemisia Gentileschi, Jusepe (Jose) de Ribera, and Georges de la Tour.

Dr. Susan Fugate Brangers has a PhD in art history from the University of Louisville. Her primary area of study is Roman architecture that grew out of her experience of working on a Roman archaeological site in Portugal. Her other areas of interest include Greco-Roman sculpture, Islamic art and architecture, and Baroque art. She has taught at universities, colleges, in Kentucky, Pennsylvania, and Delaware. Susan has conducted international study programs in Portugal, Spain, and Italy. Courses she has taught have included: Greek and Roman art, Hellenistic art, Early Christian and Medieval art, art of Islamic Spain, Early and Medieval Islamic art, and aesthetics.

$125
All Levels
Lecture
Gage 360 Online

Digital Landscape Painting
with Misa Steinmetz

Wednesday | Oct 21 – Nov 18 | 6:30pm-9:30pm

Students will learn new techniques in digital painting and study composition, style, and color. We will study landscapes from photos and life and learn to apply what you see to develop imaginative landscape paintings of your own. Students can use either Procreate or Photoshop for this class.

$265
All Levels
Gage 360 Online

Still Life Painting in Oil
with Michael Friel

Tuesday | Oct 20 – Nov 17 | 6:30pm-9:30pm

In this fundamental oil painting course, learn to capture the effects of solid, reflective, and transparent forms in oil paint. Topics covered in class include include strategies in setting up a still life and step by step lessons on painting textures, including fruit, bread, fabric, glass, and metal. The instructor begins each class with a short lecture/demonstration and devotes the remainder of the class time to painting. Students should have basic drawing skills.

$265
All Levels
Gage 360 Online

From the Fall Garden
with Lois Yoshida

Wednesday | Oct 21 – Nov 18 | 1:30pm-4:30pm

Experience the flowing techniques of sumi painting in this class for all levels. Sumi (black ink) will be the primary medium used to express a variety of flowers, fruits, and vegetables from the fall garden. Traditional tools, materials, brush methods, and approaches will be taught. Students will learn to simplify visual elements by using minimal brush strokes and will be encouraged to explore their individual interpretation of these subjects.

$265
All Levels
Gage 360 Online

Oil Painting: Learning from the Masters
with Abigail Drapkin

Thursday | Oct 22 – Nov 19 | 1:00pm-3:30pm

Learn new approaches to the oil painting process by emulating historical and contemporary ideas and techniques. This class will begin with a monochromatic master study to examine the fundamentals of value and composition. In subsequent exercises, you will interpret master works using shapes of color and practice techniques including glazing and palette knife textures. Ultimately, you will create your own original work under the influence of selected artists, integrating genres and time periods in the service of self-expression. Conducted on Zoom, this online class will feature live demos and individual guidance. It is accessible for complete beginners as well as those looking to expand their oil painting skillset.

$265
All Levels
Gage 360 Online

Watercolor Painting
with Edie Everette

Thursday | Oct 22 – Nov 19 | 6:30pm-9:30pm

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. Students will focus on awareness skills as well as technical skills.

$265
All Levels
Gage 360 Online

Demystifying Watercolor: Color Focus
with Linda James

Friday | Oct 23 – Nov 20 | 9:30am-12:30pm

Applying color theory principles and using specific exercises, we will learn methods for color mixing and layering; how to mix beautiful grays and neutrals and how to identify and recreate colors as seen in nature. This class is designed for students who already have some experience with watercolor and want to learn how to make the most dynamic use of color in abstract painting.

$265
All Levels
Gage 360 Online

Painting Your Indoor Space
with Grace Athena Flott

Friday | Oct 23 – Nov 20 | 9:30am-12:30pm

The spaces we inhabit may be ordinary. but when we attempt to document them with paint they become a world of complexity. In this class we will look to the nooks and crannies around us for lessons in composition, drawing, value, and color. Through the practice of observation, students will work through one painting of a scene from inside their own home. The indirect painting method, by which layers are built up over the course of five weeks, will be broken down into small steps: lighting, set-up, compositional value studies, block-in drawing, underpainting, color passes, and edges. Weekly demonstrations, presentations, and individual feedback will guide students in strategies to accurately describe the unique character of their own space. All classes will be held live on Zoom.

$265
All Levels
Gage 360 Online