Painting

Gage offer Painting classes to fit every skill level and schedule. There is something for everyone: Whether you’ve never even picked up a brush or are you are already a master painter, there is always more to learn at Gage!

Morning Classes



Watercolor Foundations and Exploration – Willow Heath

Monday | 1/13-2/10| 9:30 A.M.-12:30 P.M.
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Build your understanding of watercolor and the tools, techniques, and insights that will help you on your artistic journey. Learn about color mixing, color theory, and color charts. Learn techniques such as wash, wet on wet, and dry brush, along with some special effects that border on magical. After gaining the foundations of watercolor, you will then apply that knowledge to different styles, subjects, and approaches to painting in watercolor.

$265
All Levels Welcome
Gage Capitol Hill



Alla Prima Portraits with the Zorn Palette – Dominique Medici

Tuesday| 1/14-2/11| 9:30 A.M.-12:30 P.M.

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The most efficient way to develop your observation and intuition simultaneously is to practice Alla Prima painting. The ability to work quickly, and with precision, is key in your development as a painter. The time restraint forces you to forego detail, see the big picture, and focus on gesture and large masses, these elements hold the power and personality within a painting. Your instructor will provide frequent demos and break down the process of painting into clear and consecutive steps. You will receive critique and instruction each session. Since simplicity is one of the goals, you will be using a limited palette of 4 colors. Practicing this way over the course of the weekend will help to sharpen your observation, and take your skill to a new level.

$265
Live Model
All Levels Welcome
Gage Capitol Hill



Advanced Watercolor – Tom Hoffmann

Tuesday| 1/14-3/17| 9:30 A.M.-12:30 P.M.

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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 Capitol Hill



Beginning Watercolor – Tom Hoffmann

Wednesday| 1/15-3/18| 9:30 A.M.-12:30 P.M.

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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. You focus on awareness skills as well as technical skills.

$490
Beginner
Gage Capitol Hill



Color for Painters – Kimberly Trowbridge

Wednesday| 1/15-3/18| 9:30 A.M.-12:30 P.M.
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Atelier Director, Kimberly Trowbridge, will guide students through a series of rigorous, painted exercises directed at building one’s knowledge of color interactions. Exercises will include analyzing master-works, color-charting, and observing simple, 3-D models. Students will learn to observe contrasts in value, temperature, and intensity as a means for creating rhythmic compositions. This course will profoundly influence the way you see and think about color.

$490
All Levels
Gage Capitol Hill



Winter Watercolor – Willow Heath

Thursday| 1/16-3/19| 9:30 A.M.-12:30 P.M.
 

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Create a series of small winter nature scenes and close-up vignettes in watercolor while fine tuning your technical skills and experimenting with color and expression. Learn how to paint a night sky, snowy branches, the northern lights, birch trees in the snow, winter evergreens, and trees in the mist. Harness your inner Bob Ross and paint some happy little trees in a relaxed studio environment. Artist and wilderness survilalist Willow Heath will guide you through demonstrations with humor, warm tea, and plenty of wilderness stories.

$490
All Levels Welcome
Gage Capitol Hill



Moving Towards Abstraction – Michael Howard

Thursday| 1/16-3/19| 9:30 A.M.-12:30 P.M.

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Are you a representational painter who wants to push your work towards abstraction? This three-day abstract painting workshop is for you! You will approach each day with a new strategy to get you thinking differently about the way you paint your subjects. Add new methods to your toolbox including using a palette knife for a brush to increase speed and immediacy. This class is perfect for all levels and styles of painters. Students may work in your painting media of choice, instructor will be using oils.

$490
All Levels Welcome
Gage Capitol Hill



Portrait Painting – Jim Phalen

Friday| 1/17-3/20| 9:30 A.M.-12:30 P.M.

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Discover the art and practice of portraiture as you learn to compose from observation, acquire strategies for organizing visual information and study historic precedent while you work to render convincing and compelling likenesses of the model in oil.

$490
Live Model
All Levels Welcome
Gage Capitol Hill



Painting the Figure in Space – Justin Duffus

Friday| 1/17-3/20| 9:30 A.M.-12:30 P.M.

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Painting from direct observation, learn to describe the figure and its relationship to the interior space. You will construct and balance a composition using large shapes of color to create a sense of light and gravity in space. With an emphasis on color temperature to create atmosphere, you will learn painting techniques to describe a variety of forms and edges. Justin will provide weekly demonstrations using the Alla Prima method as a starting point and will offer a variety of approaches to describe the depth of our visual experience with paint.

$490
All Levels Welcome
Gage Capitol Hill



Color Field Painting with Watercolor – Linda James

Friday| 2/21-3/20| 9:30 A.M.-12:30 P.M.

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In this 5-week class, we will focus on color as the primary element in abstract expression. Using examples of prominent color field painters from the mid 20th Century to the present, we will examine the use of color in terms of its emotional and spiritual content. We will also look at the relationship between color and music, and how both resonate with us on a personal level. Exercises will include color experimentation using variations in form, harmony, contrast, balance, repetition, and juxtaposition. Some experience with watercolor is required. All paper will be supplied. A $30 supply fee for all paper and handouts will be collected in class.

$265
Intermediate
Gage Capitol Hill

 
Afternoon Classes



Painting the Natural World – Kathleen McKeehen

Monday | 1/13-3/16| 1:30-4:30 P.M.

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Learn the botanical artist’s classic method of dry-brush watercolor to paint all types of natural subjects, from birds to bones to botanicals. Explore the influence of basic dry-brush and wash methods on subjects ranging from winter’s cones and branches to birds, or bugs, shells, or bones. The instructor can provide specimens or you may bring your own (so start collecting!).

$490
All Levels Welcome
Gage Capitol Hill



Portraits in Watercolor – Hamid Zavareei

Monday | 1/13-3/16| 1:30-4:30 P.M.

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Experimenting with traditional watercolor techniques including various washes, glazes, and scumbles, you will stretch the boundaries and experiment with looser approaches and different color palettes for flesh tones. Studying from a live model, you will focus on head, facial structures, and proportion and emphasize the economy of line. You will capture the essentials of the human face with simple contours, but without shading or value, allowing the watercolor to build the volume and structure of the head and face and render the values.

$490
Live Model
All Levels Welcome
Gage Capitol Hill



Paint a Portrait in 5 Weeks Start to Finish – Dominique Medici

Tuesday | 1/14-2/11| 1:30-4:30 P.M.
 

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Learning how to break down a portrait into manageable steps is essential to the success of a painting. During this 5 day pose artists will complete one portrait painted from life. Your instructor will break down the process of painting into 5 steps and work systematically on one step per day. Working this way brings clarity and confidence when working from life.

$265
Live Model
All Levels Welcome
Gage Capitol Hill



Intermediate Watercolor – Tom Hoffmann

Wednesday | 1/15-3/18| 1:30-4:30 P.M.
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Work with increasingly complex subjects as you expand your understanding and dexterity with watercolor. Working from the still-life, 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 Capitol Hill



Sumi Painting – Lois Yoshida

Wednesday | 1/15-3/18| 1:30-4:30 P.M.

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Experience serenity of expression through the techniques of sumi painting. Students will explore creative forms of self-expression using sumi (black ink) to interpret images as well as changes in color through tonal value. Use of traditional tools, materials, brush methods, and approach to content as well as the mounting process will be taught. Students will be introduced also to Asian brush calligraphy, the ancient art form from which sumi-e (the ancient eastern tradition of self-expression through sumi painting) evolved, and will become familiar with the secrets of sumi-e. You will learn brushwork through studying the Four Paragons (the four traditional subjects of bamboo, wild orchid, chrysanthemum, and plum blossom and branch).

$490
All Level Welcomes
Gage Capitol Hill



Landscape Painting: Land and Water – Kathleen Moore

Thursday | 1/16-3/19| 1:30-4:30 P.M.

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Try landscape painting with a focus on streams, lakes, and shoreline. Learn composition, color-mixing, and brush-handling while exploring how to paint tranquil ponds, running water, and frothy waves. You will gain an understanding of the effect of light on the water and how to handle reflections in differing situations. Oil or acrylic painters welcome.

$490
All Level Welcomes
Gage Capitol Hill



Still Life Painting in Oil – Michael Friel

Saturday | 1/18-3/21| 2:00-5:00 P.M.

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In this fundamental oil painting course, you will learn to stretch, prime, and tone canvas, work with a tonal underpainting, mix a full spectrum of colors with limited and full palettes, employ a variety of brush and palette knife effects, and use glazing medium. Over the course of the class, you complete three progressively more complex still life paintings, each designed to improve your comprehension of still life and oil painting techniques. The instructor begins each class with a short lecture/demonstration and devotes the remainder of class time to individual instruction.

$490
All Level Welcomes
Gage Capitol Hill



Mentored Studies in Abstraction – Jeffrey Simmons

Sunday | 1/19-3/8| 1:00-5:00 P.M.

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Are you an intermediate or advanced student who likes the structure of a class, but want to work on your own projects? Do you enjoy feedback in a supportive and creative environment? The Mentored Studies program is designed or you! Join a group of motivated peers for weekly painting sessions in which you complete work in progress, start new work, or develop new ideas, while mentored by a Gage teaching artist. The group will be led by a different Gage artist each quarter, starting with Jeffrey Simmons in Fall. The four-hour format is designed for adequate in-class work time. Work sessions are supplemented by occasional readings, discussions and critiques of student work.

$510
Intermediate/Advanced
Gage Capitol Hill



Oil Painting: Still Life, Figure, and Landscape – Abigail Drapkin

Sunday | 1/19-3/22| 2:00-5:00 P.M.

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In this course, students will expand their technical skills and ideas for self-expression through the genres of still life, figure, and landscape in oil. Learn to develop a unique style through choices in composition, subject matter, color, and approach to the painting process. One on one instruction makes this the ideal course for both the complete beginner and those looking for guidance to take their work to the next level.

$490
Beginner
Gage Capitol Hill

 
Evening Classes



Old Master series: The Venetian Technique – Hamid Zavareei

Monday | 1/13-3/16| 6:30-9:30 P.M.

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The general approach of the Venetian masters such as Titian, Veronese and Tintoretto at the height of the Renaissance has come to be known as the Venetian Technique. What characterizes the Venetian technique is a departure from the Florentine tradition which was prevalent and dominant in the High Renaissance. The main distinction between the two schools of painting is what is known as “colorito” versus “Disegno” where the sensual application of paint with expressive quality takes precedence over carefully designed stage of painting central to the Florentine tradition.The resonance and influence of The Venetian approach has stretched throughout the centuries leaving its mark on every master up to this day. The Baroque masters including Rembrandt, Rubens, Velasquez, and beyond to the French Academy and German expressionism partake of the influence of the Venetian masters. This class is an exploration of the Venetian tradition from the initial Imprimatura and developing the underpainting, working up the layers of scumbles with emphasis on paint application and glazes to the final touches and highlights.

$490
All Levels Welcome
Gage Capitol Hill



Atelier Primer – Tiffany Dae/Riley Doyle

Tuesday/Thursday | 1/14-3/19| 6:00-9:00 P.M.
 

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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 lives, 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 by hands-on demos, lectures, and individual critiques. Note- This programs takes place at the Gage Georgetown location.

$770
All Levels Welcome
Gage Georgetown



Modern Realist Figure Painting – Nicholas Enevoldsen

Wednesday | 1/15-3/18| 6:30-9:30 P.M.

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Learn to paint the human figure while exploring traditional and contemporary painting methods in oil or water-based media. Working from live models, students will discover essential techniques for capturing a model’s likeness with accuracy and for expressing personal artistic vision with heightened emotive and aesthetic effects. Nicholas will present live demonstrations, individual critiques, and offer a series of lectures designed to equip students with integral knowledge and skills for painting flesh tones and for capturing a compelling sense of light, atmosphere, and form.

$490
Live Model
All Levels Welcome
Gage Capitol Hill



Gage Seminars: The Language of Art: High Kitsch – Mike Magrath

Thursday | 1/16-3/5| 6:00-8:00 P.M.

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Kitsch is the beautiful lie that eats truth. We chart the evolution of Kitsch from its origins as aspirational culture among the 19th C bourgeois to ubiquitous cultural language of the 21st consumer society. Along the way we dig into critical theory as applied to the analysis of mass culture and the development of totalitarian societies and learn tools to critically analyze the symbol stream of contemporary social and political life. Also we come up with a working definition of Art.

$275
All Levels Welcome
Gage Capitol Hill



Intermediate Expressive Figure Painting: Color & Composition – Barbara Fugate

Thursday | 1/16-2/13| 6:30-9:30 P.M.

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Learn to build strong and more complex color compositions in your Expressive Figure paintings. This class looks toward Henri Matisse and Richard Diebenkorn’s figure paintings where color, shape, line and pattern are used to create Modernist compositions. Color is the driving force to balance, activate and flatten your paintings while working directly from a live model. Expressive paint application is also emphasized in this class. One main canvas is developed over the course of this 5-week course. Oil or Acrylic Paint. Intermediate to Advanced painting experience.

$265
Live Model
Intermediate
Gage Capitol Hill

Questions?

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countess@gageacademy.org