Painting & Digital

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!

Classes are either labeled as “Gage 360 Online” or “In-Person” under their date and time.

Learn more about Gage Academy of Art Online Classes:
https://www.gageacademy.org/getting-started/

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Expressive Watercolor Portraits
with Willow Heath

Tuesdays | May 18 – Jun 15 | 9:30am-11:30am
Gage 360 Online

Are you fascinated by the idea of painting portraits, but nervous about doing it in a media as potentially unforgiving as watercolor?  Successful watercolor portraits combine energy and spontaneity with a strong image of the portrait subject.  Watercolor expert Willow Heath takes the mystery out of the process, with weekly demonstrations clearly showing you how to start, render, and finish your portrait.  Her method begins with loose, more expressive brushstrokes, and finishes with more controlled, layered paint.  Along the way you will learn the basics of handling the attractive and challenging medium of watercolor, the most portable and convenient of all our art materials.

$265
All Levels
Gage 360 Online

Digital Still Life Painting
with Misa Steinmetz

Wednesdays | May 19 – Jun 16 | 6:30pm-9:30pm
Gage 360 Online

This class will teach basic foundation digital painting skills with Photoshop, and bridge the gap between digital and traditional art. We will work on still life painting in different lighting scenarios to better understand color, composition, and using digital tools. This class is great for beginners and intermediate level digital painters.

$265
All Levels
Gage 360 Online

Demystifying Watercolor: Foundational Technique with Linda James

Thursdays | May 20 – Jun 17 | 6:30pm-9:30pm
Gage 360 Online

This workshop is designed for the beginning watercolor student. 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. Over the five sessions, we will cover best practices for Handling a Brush, Controlling Water and Pigment, Mixing and Layering Colors, and Creating Textural Effects. 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
Beginner
Gage 360 Online

Telling Stories With Images
with Daniel Duford

Thursdays | May 20 – Jun 17 | 1:30pm-4:30pm
Gage 360 Online

This class is a mixed level course from intermediate to advanced. The class would look at different storytelling strategies from comics to suites of images to illustrated essays. The first half of the class would use short exercises to explore different media and strengths and weaknesses of each strategy. Students would then propose and develop a short project that uses pictures to tell stories. The heart of these classes is visual storytelling. This course capitalizes on the centrality of stories to shape understanding. Facts and statistics have the most power in the context of stories. The combination of images and words is perhaps a person’s most persuasive and powerful tool. Even if a student comes to class without a story in mind to tell we can draw from a well of folk stories.

As this is a studio class we will look at a lot of art work from many different times and cultures and we will draw all the time. We learn through doing. How as an artist do you generate new images? How can you trick yourself out of old habits to find new material? This course connects everyone’s innate creative spark with storytelling and straightforward drawing exercises. Oral storytelling, themed readings and image making exercises are braided together throughout the session.

$265
Intermediate/Advanced
Gage 360 Online

Flora and Fauna
with Kristin Frost

Fridays | May 21 – Jun 18 | 9:30am-12:30pm
Gage 360 Online

Learn to paint the flora and fauna of the natural world in this relaxed and exciting watercolor and mixed media class. Each week will highlight a new organic theme, including flowers, plants, birds, mammals, and sea life. Just as each of these natural subjects has its own individual qualities, so we will explore using different techniques to render them.  Certain textures are best portrayed with a combination of watercolor and colored pencil, while others benefit from laying down carefully shaped, individual marks. Along the way you will also learn about glazing and color mixing, while closely observing the fascinating and beautiful forms of nature’s architecture.

$265
All Levels
Gage 360 Online

A Study of Extremes: Hellenistic Sculpture and Its Influence with Susan Brangers

Fridays | May 21 – Jun 18 | 9:30am-11:00am
Gage 360 Online

The Hellenistic period of Greek art saw a shift from Classical sculpture’s serene perfection to studies of the extremes of human nature—of age, emotions, and desires. The discovery of Hellenistic sculpture in Rome during the Renaissance introduced new possibilities for depicting the figure in painting and sculpture. In this class, we will examine Hellenistic sculpture, its qualities, and its influence on later painters and sculptors, especially Michelangelo.

$125
All Levels
Gage 360 Online

Indirect Painting
with Miguel Carter-Fisher

Mondays | Jun 28 – Jul 26 | 9:30am-12:30pm
Gage 360 Online

One of the most misunderstood aspects of traditional painting is indirect painting or glazing as it is commonly known. In this course I will guide students through the stages of traditional figurative painting (drawing, grisaille, dead coloring, and final glazes) and demystify the process. Topics covered include methods, materials, and the techniques of both historical and contemporary painters. 

$265
All Levels
Gage 360 Online

Alla Prima Portrait Painting 
with Al Gury

Mondays | Jun 28 – Jul 26 | 1:00pm-3:00pm
Gage 360 Online

In this workshop, students will learn how improve their portrait painting skills.

Included will be presentations on portrait structure and anatomy, direct painting techniques, how to get a likeness, color and color mixing in portrait painting, composition and expression.

The instructor will provide video demos of the class topics as well as visual discussions of the history of portrait painting, images of contemporary portrait painting and styles, and strategies for developing your own style.

Open to all media and levels of experience.

$195
All Levels
Gage 360 Online

Materiality of Portraiture
with Anthony White

Mondays | Jun 28 – Jul 26 | 11:00am-2:00pm
Gage 360 Online

There is much to explore in the depiction of a portrait. Why was it made of that specific material? Was it driven by intent? Many artists have mastered their craft through careful thought and consideration which has led them towards innovative practices and/or finite ways of creating an image. This observation is found in the infinite number of black tones used by Kerry James Marshall, within the strikingly vibrant quilted portraits by Bisa Butler and in the perfectly gradiented mixed media assemblages by Devan Shimoyama. Legacy Russell’s most recent manifesto, ‘Glitch Feminism’ examines the identity of self, and how one’s avatar/portrait exists online and AFK (Away From Keyboard). This course will consist of lectures revolving around intent, materiality and their relationship to portraiture. The class will consider materials that compliment and/or contrast narratives within portraiture, and begin experimenting with materials while generating ideas for the creation of their own ‘portrait’. There will also be assigned readings about identity and the role of the virtual avatar by the likes of Hito Steyerl and Legacy Russell. The class will aim to complete a portrait by the end of the 5 weeks, and share their intent behind the material of their choosing.

$295
All Levels
Gage 360 Online

Intro to Character Design 
with Suzanne Head

Mondays | Jun 28 – Jul 26 | 6:30pm-9:30pm
Gage 360 Online

By using photographs for reference, we will learn how to exaggerate the anatomy and facial features of figures and animals. We will examine different styles and methods of drawing characters which convey emotion and personality. Following a series of lectures and demonstrations, students may work on their own ideas, and receive feedback from the class. Students may work with traditional drawing media on paper, or choose to paint digitally using a tablet and accompanying software.

$265
All Levels
Gage 360 Online

Intro to Digital Painting
with Suzanne Head

Tues & Thurs | Jun 29 – Jul 22 | 1:30pm- 4:30pm
Gage 360 Online

This workshop series is an introduction to drawing and painting using Procreate on the iPad. We will begin with demonstrations and guided tutorials: first, rendering basic shapes, then moving on to a full-color portrait. The course will wrap-up with students working on their own ideas. Best practices will also be discussed: including brushes, color pallets, and file size. Students will need an iPad, drawing stylus, and the ProCreate app.

$355
All Levels
Gage 360 Online

Color for Painters
with Al Gury

Tuesdays | Jun 29 – Jul 27 | 1:00pm-3:00pm
Gage 360 Online

This hands-on workshop is a comprehensive look at the major color techniques and history of color in western painting.

Students will learn: the history of color, the materials of color, the palettes of color and their uses, color and tonality, direct observational color and color choices and matching, glazing, Impressionist color and Fauvist color.

Students will complete several guided class projects to understand concepts of color in painting.

Video demos will be provided for each topic as well as lectures by the instructor and helpful documents and explanatory images.

Individualized and group critiques will be conducted.

Open to all media and levels of experience.

$195
All Levels
Gage 360 Online

Intro to 3D for Illustration
with Brett Nuckles

Tuesdays | Jun 29 – Jul 27 | 6:00pm-9:00pm
Gage 360 Online

Boost the realism and dynamic qualities of your 2D art using free, easy-to-learn 3D software! This class is all about using Blender — a totally free 3D modeling program for PC and Mac — to plan scenes and create props for 2D illustrations. We will learn a variety of introductory 3D modeling and lighting techniques, as well as other skills like posing 3D mannequins to stage characters in your scene. We will also learn how to use your 3D scenes to create final 2D illustrations, using digital painting and photo-overlay techniques

$265
All Levels
Gage 360 Online

Abstract Painting
with Christian Breed

Tuesdays | Jun 29 – Jul 27 | 6:30pm-9:30pm
Gage 360 Online

Where does one begin and end in making an abstract painting? What makes an abstract painting “good”? In this course, we will tackle these questions by using the materials ourselves, experimenting with oil-based and water-based paints, and understanding the techniques of the great masters of abstraction firsthand. Students will be introduced to a wide range of painting techniques as they move towards finding their own voices. Each week, we will begin with a group critique of the student work from the previous session, and we will continue with an analysis of an abstract painter’s approach and technique, ranging from Joan Mitchell to Hans Hoffman. Students will leave the course with an understanding of the structure and logic of abstract painting, what makes an abstract painting “hold up”, and the ability to talk about an abstract work of art. This course is open to art students and artists of all levels. 

$265
All Levels
Gage 360 Online

Figure in Color                 
with Miguel Carter-Fisher

Tuesdays | Jun 29 – Jul 27 | 9:30am-12:30pm
Gage 360 Online

Most art students have spent far more time studying drawing than painting, and translating what they have learned from drawing into painting can be a daunting task. Students know how brightness and darkness convey form, but what about color temperature and intensity? The purpose of this course is to bridge the gap between these two disciplines. Students will work from the live model with pastels in increasingly complex lighting conditions. The pastels will act as a transitional medium between drawing and various forms of painting. Ultimately a synthesis between color theory and life drawing, this course will provide a holistic approach to color that can be applied to any subject or medium.

$265
All Levels
Gage 360 Online

Abstracting the Still Life
with Tarran Sklenar

Wednesdays | Jun 30 – Jul 28 | 9:30am-12:30pm
In-Person class

Many paintings today exist somewhere between representation and abstraction. 

Learn to create dynamic personalized and expressive paintings from still life. You will learn the basics of oil painting including brushes, mediums, color mixing, and composition. Using direct observation, we will explore strategies of abstracting the still life using color, light, and simplified form. This class is great for beginning and intermediate level painters. 

$265
All Levels
In-Person class

Abstracting the Figure in Space
with Tarran Sklenar

Wednesdays | Jun 30 – Jul 28 | 6:30pm-9:30pm
In-Person class

Learn to paint the figure using a more personal and intuitive approach. Through the use of color light and simplified geometry, you will learn techniques that are applicable to both traditional painting and personalized styles. Painting from the model in space, you will be guided to a broader understanding of what figure painting can be. 

$265
All Levels
In-Person class

Intro To Acrylic Portrait Painting
with Nicholas Enevoldsen

Wednesdays | Jun 30 – Jul 28 | 1:30pm-4:30pm
Gage 360 Online

Learn to paint the portrait using the versatile medium of acrylic paint. Students will develop original portrait paintings from professional art model photographs and discover essential techniques for capturing a model’s likeness with accuracy. Nicholas Enevoldsen will present live demonstrations, individual critiques, and a series of lectures designed to equip students with techniques for mixing flesh tones, color theory principles, paint application, and how to imbue their work with a compelling sense of light, atmosphere, and form. 

$265
All Levels
Gage 360 Online

Making the Dreamscape
with Sofya Belinskaya

Thursdays | Jul 1 – Jul 29 | 10:00am- 1:00pm
Gage 360 Online

In this class, students will learn techniques to create paintings and drawings that tell stories by manipulating, combining and reframing images sourced from photographic references. Students work towards developing a final project that tells a personal, political, or imagined narrative. Students have the option to work in graphite pencil or watercolor, or experiment with combining mediums. This class brings together art history, technical demonstrations (offered in watercolor and pencil) and class critiques. The class will look at works of contemporary artists who transform the meaning of images and discuss techniques of how narratives are made. Each student will create their unique visual inventory through found or made photographs, and create drawings or paintings that combine elements of their inventory by experimenting with collage and sketch techniques. The classes will have time committed to lectures/demos and time for working on the projects and it will culminate with presentations of final independent projects and group discussion.

$265
Intermediate / Advanced
Gage 360 Online

Alla Prima Landscape Painting
with Al Gury

Thursdays | Jul 1 – Jul 29 | 1:00pm-3:0pm
Gage 360 Online

This hands-on workshop will address the core elements of color, brushwork, depth, composition and development of a personal approach to direct landscape painting.

Students will learn practical strategies for improving their landscape painting skills.

Students will complete landscape paintings which will be critiqued by the instructor online.

Included will be video demonstrations of approaches by the instructor and presentations of the history of landscape painting, the materials colors and palettes of landscape painting and practical strategies for improving your painting. Presentations of historic and contemporary artwork and informative documents will occur in each session.

Open to all media and levels of experience.

$195
All Levels
Gage 360 Online

History of Abstraction
with Christian Breed

Thursdays | Jul 1 – Jul 29 | 6:30pm-9:30pm
Gage 360 Online

Artwork by Jackson Pollock.

Where does abstract painting come from? A focus of this course is tracing the American abstractions of Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, and Mark Rothko back to their European origins, analyzing the ways in which painting in 1500s Renaissance Venice paved the way for what is called “modern art” today. We will look at Japanese prints and their flattening effect on Impressionist and Post-Impressionist French painting of the 1800s, which opened the door for abstract art in Europe. We will deeply consider the traditions of West African abstraction, which preceded European Modernism by centuries, and the ways in which abstraction permeates many aspects of West African society. We will also look at the Islamic use of abstraction, its basis in ancient Greek geometry, its use of the written word, and the ways in which Moroccan tiles allowed Henri Matisse to create an abstract painting style that is purely focused on color. This course involves in-class discussions, optional readings, and talks by the professor. By the end of this course, students will be able to identify, understand, and speak about a range of abstract art from around the world and across different time periods. This course is open to students of all levels of familiarity with abstract art. 

$175
All Levels
Gage 360 Online

See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil: Painting Human Features in Oil with Manu Saluja 

Fridays | Jul 2 – Jul 30 | 10:30am-1:30pm
Gage 360 Online

Have you struggled to paint eyes, ears, mouths and noses with dimension and beautiful skin tones? Join Manu Saluja for a class that will cover the structure behind features of the portrait and key principles to achieving luminous color in oil paint. During morning lectures and demonstrations on Zoom, (supplemented with links to YouTube videos), we’ll cover major forms and planes related to these features, how to translate light and shadow to color, and approaches to neutralizing skin tones. In your home studio, you’ll create 1-2 small oil paintings each day using digital photographic reference provided. Personalized feedback is offered each afternoon.

$265
All Levels
Gage 360 Online

Intro to Figure Painting
with Aron Hart

Fridays | Jul 2 – Jul 31 | 6:30pm-9:30pm
In-Person class

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
In-Person class

Beginning Oil Painting
with Aron Hart

Mondays | Aug 2 – Aug 30 | 9:30am-12:30pm
In-Person class

In a step-by-step process, learn the methods of oil painting while exploring the still-life genre. Addressing the foundations of value, warm and cool relationships, and color, Aron Hart will teach methods for self-correction and problem solving.

$265
All Levels
In-Person class

The Great Modern Movements in Painting: Impressionism, Post Impressionism, Fauvism and Modernist Painting 
with Al Gury

Sundays | Jul 11 – Aug 1 | 11:30am -1:30pm
Gage 360 Online

In this informative workshop, students will learn and discuss the ways these paintings were made, the color and palettes used in them and their use in contemporary painting. Each of four two hour presentations on Zoom will include the historical and social context of each movement, background on the great painters of each approach, their methods and color palettes, a demo video of each method made by Al, and Q & A discussion. Examples of the great works of these periods will be presented and discussed. Not a hands-on workshop, this visual and interactive presentation provide a stimulating reference for decisions about your personal painting approaches as well as providing enrichment and background about art history and painting methods.This workshop is open to artists, students and interested persons of all art experience.

$130
All Levels
Gage 360 Online

Abstracting the Still Life
with Tarran Sklenar

Mondays | Aug 2 – Aug 30 | 1:30pm-4:30pm
In-Person class

Many paintings today exist somewhere between representation and abstraction. 

Learn to create dynamic personalized and expressive paintings from still life. You will learn the basics of oil painting including brushes, mediums, color mixing, and composition. Using direct observation, we will explore strategies of abstracting the still life using color, light, and simplified form. This class is great for beginning and intermediate level painters.

$265
All Levels
In-Person class

Abstract Painting
with Christian Breed

Tuesdays | Aug 3 – Aug 31 | 1:30pm-4:30pm
Gage 360 Online

Where does one begin and end in making an abstract painting? What makes an abstract painting “good”? In this course, we will tackle these questions by using the materials ourselves, experimenting with oil-based and water-based paints, and understanding the techniques of the great masters of abstraction firsthand. Students will be introduced to a wide range of painting techniques as they move towards finding their own voices. Each week, we will begin with a group critique of the student work from the previous session, and we will continue with an analysis of an abstract painter’s approach and technique, ranging from Joan Mitchell to Hans Hoffman. Students will leave the course with an understanding of the structure and logic of abstract painting, what makes an abstract painting “hold up”, and the ability to talk about an abstract work of art. This course is open to art students and artists of all levels. 

$265
All Levels
Gage 360 Online

Intro to 3D for Illustration
with Brett Nuckles

Tuesdays | Aug 3 – Aug 31 | 6:00pm-9:00pm
Gage 360 Online

Boost the realism and dynamic qualities of your 2D art using free, easy-to-learn 3D software! This class is all about using Blender — a totally free 3D modeling program for PC and Mac — to plan scenes and create props for 2D illustrations. We will learn a variety of introductory 3D modeling and lighting techniques, as well as other skills like posing 3D mannequins to stage characters in your scene. We will also learn how to use your 3D scenes to create final 2D illustrations, using digital painting and photo-overlay techniques

$265
All Levels
Gage 360 Online

Portrait Painting in Oil
with Aron Hart

Tuesdays | Aug 3 – Aug 31 | 6:30pm-9:30pm
In-Person class

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.

$265
All Levels
In-Person class

Materiality of Portraiture
with Anthony White

Tuesdays | Aug 3 – Aug 31 | 11:00am-2:00pm
Gage 360 Online

There is much to explore in the depiction of a portrait. Why was it made of that specific material? Was it driven by intent? Many artists have mastered their craft through careful thought and consideration which has led them towards innovative practices and/or finite ways of creating an image. This observation is found in the infinite number of black tones used by Kerry James Marshall, within the strikingly vibrant quilted portraits by Bisa Butler and in the perfectly gradiented mixed media assemblages by Devan Shimoyama. Legacy Russell’s most recent manifesto, ‘Glitch Feminism’ examines the identity of self, and how one’s avatar/portrait exists online and AFK (Away From Keyboard). This course will consist of lectures revolving around intent, materiality and their relationship to portraiture. The class will consider materials that compliment and/or contrast narratives within portraiture, and begin experimenting with materials while generating ideas for the creation of their own ‘portrait’. There will also be assigned readings about identity and the role of the virtual avatar by the likes of Hito Steyerl and Legacy Russell. The class will aim to complete a portrait by the end of the 5 weeks, and share their intent behind the material of their choosing.

$295
All Levels
Gage 360 Online

Artist Citizen / Citizen Artist
with Kristen Ramirez

Wednesdays | Aug 4 – Sep 1 | 6:30-9:30pm
In-Person class

Artist Citizen / Citizen Artist introduces students to both public art and arts activism. We will look at a range of artists and art movements, then do our own ideation to create statements and works of art. We will create a range of expressions that include pennant flags, large-scale flags, mock-ups for public artworks, and so forth. The class will wrap up with a ‘zine or newspaper to show all the work of the students. 

$265
All Levels
In-Person class

Abstracting the Figure in Space
with Tarran Sklenar

Wednesdays | Aug 4 – Sep 1 | 9:30am-12:30pm
In-Person class

Learn to paint the figure using a more personal and intuitive approach. Through the use of color light and simplified geometry, you will learn techniques that are applicable to both traditional painting and personalized styles. Painting from the model in space, you will be guided to a broader understanding of what figure painting can be. 

$265
All Levels
In-Person class

Bridging Digital Media and Watercolor Painting
with Sofya Belinskaya

Thursdays | Aug 5 – Sep 2 | 10:00am-1:00pm
Gage 360 Online

* No Class on August 19th. Class will be on Monday, August 16th instead.

Learn to manipulate images with digital media and bring digital sketches to life with watercolor painting. Take advantage of the non-destructive methods of working in Photoshop to experiment image manipulation before diving into the committed world of watercolor painting. Students will play with manipulating color, value and hue, textural filters and color combinations using sourced photographs. Students can choose to work from provided or selected image sources. The second portion of the class will task students to bring those digital sketches to life with watercolors, further pushing the images through this fluid medium. Class will combine demonstrations in digital and watercolor techniques, feature class critiques and discussions. Students can choose to work in long form projects or short term experiments.

$265
All Levels
Gage 360 Online

History of Abstraction
with Christian Breed 

Thursdays | Aug 5 – Sep 2 | 1:30pm-4:30pm
Gage 360 Online

Artwork by Jackson Pollock.

Where does abstract painting come from? A focus of this course is tracing the American abstractions of Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, and Mark Rothko back to their European origins, analyzing the ways in which painting in 1500s Renaissance Venice paved the way for what is called “modern art” today. We will look at Japanese prints and their flattening effect on Impressionist and Post-Impressionist French painting of the 1800s, which opened the door for abstract art in Europe. We will deeply consider the traditions of West African abstraction, which preceded European Modernism by centuries, and the ways in which abstraction permeates many aspects of West African society. We will also look at the Islamic use of abstraction, its basis in ancient Greek geometry, its use of the written word, and the ways in which Moroccan tiles allowed Henri Matisse to create an abstract painting style that is purely focused on color. This course involves in-class discussions, optional readings, and talks by the professor. By the end of this course, students will be able to identify, understand, and speak about a range of abstract art from around the world and across different time periods. This course is open to students of all levels of familiarity with abstract art. 

$175
All Levels
Gage 360 Online

Indirect Painting
with Miguel Carter-Fisher

Fridays | Aug 6 – Sep 3 | 1:30pm-4:30pm
Gage 360 Online

One of the most misunderstood aspects of traditional painting is indirect painting or glazing as it is commonly known. In this course I will guide students through the stages of traditional figurative painting (drawing, grisaille, dead coloring, and final glazes) and demystify the process. Topics covered include methods, materials, and the techniques of both historical and contemporary painters. 

$265
All Levels
Gage 360 Online

Painting Summer Florals
with Kristin Frost 

Fridays | Aug 7*– Sep 3 | 9:30am-12:30pm
In-Person Class

*First class will be on Saturday, August 7.

The following 4 classes will be on Fridays.

$265
All Levels
In-Person Class