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



Portrait Painting in Oil – Aron Hart

Monday| 4/20-6/8 | 9:15 A.M.-12:45 P.M.

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Working from portrait models, you study the essential techniques and concepts of proportion, line, value, volume, structure and composition. You focus on the basic concepts of drawing applied to the human form and learn to think visually, translating what you see into a compelling portrait using simple techniques.
NO CLASS 5/25

$440
All Levels
Gage Capitol Hill



Alla Prima Portraits with the Zorn Palette – Dominique Medici

Tuesday| 4/21-5/12 | 9:15 A.M.-12:45 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
All Levels
Gage Capitol Hill



SAI Post Mentorship Study – Klara Glosova

Tuesday/Thursday| 4/21-6/11 | 9:15 A.M.-12:45 P.M.

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The post mentorship study will consist of a combination of instructed classes and individual mentoring. The instruction hours will focus on deepening your skills in drawing and printmaking, while the mentoring component will continue to focus on development of your own artistic vision and projects in any chosen media.

$665
Post SAI
Gage Capitol Hill



Advanced Watercolor – Tom Hoffman

Tuesday| 4/21-6/9 | 9:15 A.M.-12:45 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



Plein Air to Studio Landscape Painting – Kristin Frost

Wednesday| 4/22-6/10 | 9:15 A.M.-12:45 P.M.

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Do you love being outdoors and painting nature? Then this class is for you! We will spend time outdoors, painting cityscapes and landscapes from observation, while learning to capture light, color, and mood in short sessions. These graphite and watercolor sketches will then be turned into larger finished works of art in oil back in our studio environment. We will work on choosing strong compositions, practice creating texture through brushstroke application, and work with color layering to create rich, dynamic scenes. Learn how to display your own specialized take on the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest.

$490
All Levels
Gage Capitol Hill



Beginning Watercolor – Tom Hoffman

Wednesday| 4/22-6/10 | 9:15 A.M.-12:45 P.M.

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

$490
Beginning
Gage Capitol Hill



Goya, Manet and Modernism – Charles Emerson

Thursday| 4/23-6/11 | 9:15 A.M.-12:45 P.M.

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Charles is also teaching a rare Studio Concentration!
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Often Modern Art history classes are begun with either or both these two great innovators, and for good reason. Both took chances in pushing the art of the brushstroke, technique, perspective and exciting new ideas in composition as well as subject matter. Both used a much more direct way of painting – a less finished surface and exciting new paint applications developed from the honored polished and finished classical style, but now allowing their paintings to became more experiential and much less referential – Goya most especially, slipping into his own private dark world of deafness and haunting memories of the horrors of war is a late example of this. Manet, with his obvious love of women and contemporary society also found new ways of expressing his contemporary world, later studied the works of Goya to further his ambitions in making Impressionism an art of the museums. The class will have a new format evolved from the usual lecture, then painting idea. All painting will be done outside class and brought in for the weekly meeting critique and class discussion. There will be a class fee of $25.00 for reproductions and additional materials.

$490
Intermediate
Gage Capitol Hill



Portrait Painting – Jim Phalen

Friday| 4/24-6/12 | 9:15 A.M.-12:45 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
All Levels
Gage Capitol Hill



Figure Painting in Oil – Justin Duffus

Friday| 4/24-5/15 | 9:15 A.M.-12:45 P.M.

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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.

$265
All Levels
Gage Capitol Hill



Watercolor Facial Features – Willow Heath

Monday | 4/20-5/18 | 9:30 A.M.-12:30 P.M.

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Strengthen your watercolor portrait painting skills by focusing on rendering each facial feature individually. Paint detailed and expressive studies of watercolor eyes, nose, ears, and mouth while deepening your understanding of watercolor techniques, color mixing, value, wetness, and glazing.

$265
All Levels
Gage Capitol Hill



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

Tuesday| 5/19-6/9 | 9:15 A.M.-12:45 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
All Levels
Gage Capitol Hill

 
Afternoon Classes



Portraits in Watercolor – Hamid Zavareei

Monday| 4/20-6/8 | 1:30pm-5:00pm

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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.
NO CLASS 5/25

$440
All Levels
Gage Capitol Hill



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

Tuesday| 4/21-5/12 | 1:30pm-5:00pm

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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
All Levels
Gage Capitol Hill



Intermediate Watercolor – Tom Hoffman

Wednesday| 4/22-6/10 | 1:30pm-5:00pm

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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



Landscape Painting: Spring Trees – Kathleen Moore

Thursday| 4/23-6/11 | 1:30pm-5:00pm

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Explore how to accurately render a variety of tree forms and the texture of foliage while expressing each tree’s unique character. Working from both photos and plein air, as weather permits, we will learn the basic skills of interpreting light and shadow to render volumes in space and gain an understanding of the dynamic structure of arboreal forms.

$490
All Levels
Gage Capitol Hill



Still Life Painting in Oil – Michael Friel

Saturday| 4/25-6/13 | 1:30pm-5:00pm

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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.
NO CLASS 5/23

$395
All Levels
Gage Capitol Hill



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

Sunday| 4/26-6/14 | 1:30pm-5:00pm

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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.
NO CLASS 5/24

$440
Beginning
Gage Capitol Hill



Alla Prima Portraits with the Zorn Palette – Dominique Medici

Tuesday| 5/19-6/9 | 1:30pm-5:00pm

Enroll Now

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
All Levels
Gage Capitol Hill



Watercolor Painting – Edie Everette

Tuesday| 5/19-6/9 | 1:30pm-4:30pm

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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.

$265
All Levels
Gage Capitol Hill



Sumi Painting: Spring Blossoms – Lois Yoshida

Wednesday| 5/13-6/10 | 1:30pm-4:30pm

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Experience the flowing techniques of sumi painting while exploring creative forms of self-expression. Sumi (black ink) will be the primary medium used to interpret a variety of floral subjects. Traditional tools, materials, and brush methods will be used. Students will learn to simplify visual elements by using minimal brush strokes and will be encouraged to express their individual interpretation of these subjects. The mounting technique will be taught to prepare paintings for framing. Previous sumi experience recommended.

$265
All Levels
Gage Capitol Hill



Painting the Hand – Aron Hart

Thursday| 5/21-6/11 | 1:30pm-5:00pm

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Hands are one of the most difficult parts of the figure to paint, even more so when you consider all the emotion they can express. Building on the previous hand drawing class, we’ll move forward to painting the hand in oil, depicting all the subtly and nuance of the form. Beginning with large masses and planes, we’ll slowly develop into detail one of the most expressive parts of the human figure in oil paints.

$265
All Levels
Gage Capitol Hill

 
Evening Classes



Atelier Primer – Tiffany Dae & Riley Doyle

Tuesday/Thursday| 4/21-6/11 | 6:00pm-9:30pm

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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
Gage Georgetown



Modern Realist Figure Painting – Nicholas Enevoldsen

Wednesday| 4/22-6/10 | 6:00pm-9:30pm

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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
All Levels
Gage Capitol Hill



Intermediate Expressive Figure Painting: El Greco and Alice Neel – Barbara Fugate

Thursday| 4/23-6/11 | 6:00pm-9:30pm

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Through the works of El Greco and Alice Neel this class will explore Byzantine, Mannerist and Modern concepts of abstracting the figure. You will make two paintings, beginning in the manner of El Greco and then in the manner of Alice Neel’s expressive portraits. El Greco’s work is rooted a spiritual reality, departing from this earthly space with elongated figures who seem to float in air defying gravity. El Greco’s concepts will be discussed as you abstract the figure from a live model. Alice Neel’s portrait paintings have many crossovers with El Greco’s in the way Neel abstracts her models and flattens space. This second painting will also be made from a live model exploring Neel’s concepts and techniques of figurative abstraction. Oil or Acrylic Paint. Painting experience recommended.

$490
Intermediate
Gage Capitol Hill


Anatomy: Lecture Series – Mike Magrath
Thursday | Start Date TBD | 7:00 P.M.-8:00 P.M.

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Explore a clear and intuitive method for seeing form and understanding the structure of the human body as a foundation of artistic expression, allowing for more accurate drawing and composition. Discussions include anatomical detail as to the working of bones and musculature as well as overall shapes and general principles of construction and action as exhibited on the model.

Pay-What-You-Can Pricing
All Levels
Gage Capitol Hill


Questions?

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countess@gageacademy.org