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!

Fall 2019 Painting Programs

10 Week Classes

Morning
 
Advanced Watercolor – Tom Hoffmann
Tuesday | 9/17-11/21 | 9:30 A.M.-12:30 P.M.

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.

$475
Advanced Level!
Gage Capitol Hill

 
Topics in Abstract Painting: Color – Jeffrey Simmons
Tuesday | 9/17-11/21 | 9:30 A.M.-12:30 P.M.


In this class we will work through a series of problems from Josef Albers’ 1963 seminal text Interaction of Color. Using colored paper collage (and not mixtures of paint), we will explore the ability of color to deceive, impersonate, communicate, and illuminate. In this book as well as in his classes at Yale, Albers eschewed the standard color terminology and theory in favor of direct observation and experimentation. The intention of this class is to open our eyes, as artists and observers, to what Albers referred to as “the most relative medium in art.” The class is designed for students who want to explore color as an essential resource. The instructor will present slideshows with works drawn primarily from the history of abstract painting. Participants will need to purchase a set of Coloraid papers, at least
4.5 x 6 inches in size. Work outside of class time will be necessary.

$475
All Levels Welcome!
Gage Capitol Hill

 
Beginning Watercolor – Tom Hoffmann
Wednesday | 9/18-11/20 | 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. You focus on awareness skills as well as technical skills.

$475
Beginner Level
Gage Capitol Hill

 
Expressive Watercolor Portraits – Heath Willow
Thursday | 9/19-11/21 | 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. From loose expressive brush strokes to controlled realistic glazing, we will explore the foundations of painting portraits in watercolor.

$475
All Levels Welcome!
Gage Capitol Hill

 
Fauvism as an Introduction to Color – Charles Emerson
Thursday | 9/19-11/21 | 9:30 A.M.-12:30 P.M.


Nothing is as mysterious as the interaction of color liberated from the constraints of representation, nor perhaps as difficult in the use of flat color areas, simultaneous contrast, and optical vibration typical of Fauvism. No one way, no theory or formula – nothing but the ability to see and read what is actually happening on the surface of the painting allows the painter full freedom and expression in finding his/her way to an intelligent and satisfying individual and meaningful art. A $25 fee will be collected by the instructor for additional materials.

$475
Advanced Level
Gage Capitol Hill

 
Printmaking Techniques: Advanced – Klara Glosova
Friday | 9/20-11/8 | 9:30 A.M.-1:00 P.M.


In this printmaking class students will dive deeper into the printmaking processes. In addition to monotype students will work with drypoint: a printmaking technique of the intaglio family, in which an image is incised or drawn into a plate with a hard-pointed “needle” of sharp metal. Other printmaking methods will be introduced in response to students’ interest. This class is an opportunity to develop your own projects under the instructor’s guidance. Together we will learn new methods and troubleshoot technical issues to get the results you are looking for as well as some unexpected surprises.

$525
Intermediate Level
Gage Capitol Hill

 
Portrait Painting – Jim Phalen
Friday | 9/20-11/22 | 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 precedent while you work to render convincing and compelling likenesses of the model in oil.

$490
Live Model
All Levels Welcome
Gage Capitol Hill

 
Figure Painting in Oil – Justin Duffus
Friday | 9/20-11/22 | 9:30 A.M.-12:30 P.M.

Paint from the live model, and work from short-to-long poses as you study color-mixing strategies and application techniques. Develop your understanding of oil painting with each figure painting and how to treat the figure as a pictorial subject.

$490
Live Model
All Levels Welcome
Gage Capitol Hill

 
Afternoon
 
Botanical Watercolor: Autumn Cornucopia – Kathleen McKeehen
Monday | 9/16-11/18| 1:30-4:30 P.M.

Fall offers up a variety of colors, textures and shapes for the botanical artist, and an enjoyable opportunity to play with a range of methods such as wet-on-wet washes and color-intensifying dry-brush. Beginners to botanical illustration learn observation and measurement skills, as well as the use of watercolor washes and dry-brush technique to create three-dimensional, aesthetically pleasing and scientifically correct images. Intermediate students gain experience in mixing colors both on the palette and with layering, and even loosen up a bit with wet-on-wet washes.

$475
All Levels Welcome!
Gage Capitol Hill

 Intermediate Watercolor – Tom Hoffmann
Wednesday | 9/18-11/20| 1:30-4:30 P.M.

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.

$475
Intermediate Level
Gage Capitol Hill

 
Painting the Autumn Landscape – Kathleen Moore
Thursday | 9/19-11/21| 1:30-4:30 P.M.

Learn to capture the wondrous colors of autumn! In this course you will learn color-mixing, the importance of contrast, and how to interpret value to capture the beauty of the autumn landscape. Students will work en plein air as weather permits, or from photos in the studio. Painting locations will include the Washington Park Arboretum, Volunteer Park, and Kubota Gardens.

$475
All Levels Welcome!
Gage Capitol Hill

 
Printmaking Techniques: All levels – Klara Glosova
Friday | 9/20-11/22| 1:30-4:30 P.M.


Learn the fun and playful printmaking technique of monotype. Monotype is a basic printmaking technique where artists draw, paint, use stencils, and otherwise manipulate the smooth surface of a printing plate, typically acrylic or copper. Come and experiment with various materials. Students will create one of a kind art and multiple edition prints. Monotype doesn’t require special chemicals and extensive technical knowledge, and for this reason it is one of the most accessible printmaking techniques. Recommended for all level of experience as well as for painters looking to learn more about the breakdown and structure of images (such as color and composition).

$490
All Levels Welcome!
Gage Capitol Hill

 
Oil Painting for Beginners – Abigail Drapkin
Sunday| 9/29-11/24| 2:00-5:00 P.M.

In a step-by-step process, learn the methods of oil painting while exploring the still-life genre. In order to remove fear and promote your artistic confidence, we’ll address the foundations of value, warm, and cool relationships and color as well as methods for self-correction and problem solving.

$430
Beginner Level
Gage Capitol Hill

 
Evening
 

Modern Realist Figure Painting – Nicholas Enevoldsen
Wednesday | 9/18-11/20 | 6:30-9:30 P.M.


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

 

Expressive Figure Painting I: With and Without a Model – Barbara Fugate
Thursday | 9/26-11/21 | 6:30-9:30 P.M.


Explore expressive color and composition in this Figure and Self Portrait Painting class. You’ll begin making a figure painting at first with and then without mode, intensifying the focus on color and composition in the overall painting. This exercise is repeated with a self-portrait painting, from a mirror and then without. Working in this manner provides the opportunity to practice painting from observation, as well as explore the more abstract aspects of painting. There’s a freedom that occurs when the model isn’t present, encouraging individual experimentation and innovation. Works by Cezanne, Van Gogh and Marsden Hartley will be looked at for their specific developments in Modernist painting. Previous painting experience is recommended. Oil or Acrylic paint.

$490
Live Model
Intermediate Level
Gage Capitol Hill

5 Week Classes

Morning
 
Painting Light in Watercolor – Willow Heath
Monday | 9/16-10/14 | 9:30 A.M.-12:30 P.M.


Develop your understanding for painting light and reflection in watercolor by painting a series of small painting studies of gems, fruit, glass, and other reflective surfaces. Utilize wet and dry brush techniques to give your paintings the illusion of dimension and illumination. Paint the reflective light on many simple subjects and small objects including: glass, fruit, gems/crystals, and nature.

$265
All Levels Welcome!
Gage Capitol Hill

 
Intro to Egg tempera, Materials and Techniques – Dominique Medici
Tuesday | 10/22-11/19 | 9:30 A.M.-12:30 P.M.


Egg Tempera painting is an exceptionally beautiful and subtle painting medium that is said to date back to ancient Egypt. It was commonly practiced in the 14th and 15th century Italy during the Italian Renaissance, notably, by virtuoso painters like Giotto, Fra Angelico, Botticelli. In recent times American painter Andrew Wyeth most notably gave new life to the medium. What is Egg Tempera? Egg Tempera is made by taking an egg yolk and mixing it with pigment. This emulsion is then painted on an absorbent ground of Gesso. Traditional Gesso was made by heating a solution of glue and water and mixing it with chalk/ gypsum. This solution was then applied to a wooden support in successive layers. After a day or so the panel is sanded and ready to be used for painting.

$265
All Levels Welcome!
Gage Capitol Hill

 
Afternoon
 
Alla Prima Portraits with the Zorn Palette – Dominique Medici
Tuesday| 10/22-11/19 | 1:30-4:30 P.M.


The most efficient way to simultaneouly develop your observation and intuition is to practice Alla Prima painting. Gaining 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–the elements which ultimately hold the power and personality within a portrait. In this class, we will work with a systematic and disciplined technique that is uniquely designed to achieve this aim. To accurately capture a likeness within a limited time frame we will focus on the 4 main aspects of a portrait: Proportion, Value, Color, and Edge. Practicing this way will sharpen your observation, and take your skill to a new level. Instructor will provide frequent demos which help breaking down the process of painting into clear and consecutive steps, as well as individual critique. Since simplicity is one of our goals, we will be using a limited palette of 4 colors; Titanium White, Yellow Ochre, Cadmium Red Light and Blue-Black. By using this dynamic palette we refine our understanding of color relationships.

$265
Live Model
All Levels Welcome!
Gage Capitol Hill

Beginning Sumi Painting – Lois Yoshida
Wednesday| 9/18-10/16 | 1:30-4:30 P.M.

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).

$265
Beginner Level
Gage Capitol Hill

 
Layers of Abstract paintings – Junko Yamamoto
Thursday| 9/19-11/7 | 1:30-4:30 P.M.


How do you begin an abstract painting? Sometimes it is overwhelming to think where to start. This class will help you: the teacher will share ideas, approaches and techniques that Yamamoto has been using in her practice for nearly 20 years.

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. Students will learn to grasp the atmosphere of an abstract work before they go into details with form, texture, and stroke. Students will learn how to experiment with techniques such as layering colors and creating repetitive shapes, as well as using printmaking tools like stencils and brayers that can help make the surface less controlled, more unexpected and experimental. Process itself is abstract and intuitive, yet methodical. Students will learn how to navigate the thought process and decision making involved in abstract painting.

Yamamoto has a BFA from Cornish College of the Arts with Painting, Printmaking and Sculpture. She was recently included in the exhibitions at Tokyo Metropolitan Museum in 2018, Seattle Asian Art Museum
and Out of Sight in 2017. Her works are exploration of space, consciousness and memories.

$380
All Levels Welcome!
Gage Capitol Hill

 
Continuing Sumi Painting – Lois Yoshida
Wednesday| 10/23-11/20 | 1:30-4:30 P.M.

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).

$265
Intermediate Level
Gage Capitol Hill

 

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