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Painting

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.

Classes marked with  are asynchronous. Class consists of both prerecorded demos and scheduled class meetings.

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

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Watercolor Landscapes
with Willow Heath

Thursdays | Jan 14 – Mar 25 | 9:30am-12:30pm

Create a series of small Pacific Northwest inspired nature scenes 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, evergreens, and trees in the mist. Harness your inner Bob Ross and paint some happy little trees in a relaxed online studio environment. Artist and wilderness survivalist Willow Heath will guide you through demonstrations with humor and plenty of wilderness stories.

NO CLASS February 18

$440
All Levels
Gage 360 Online

Digital Landscape Painting
with Misa Steinmetz

Asynchronous Class

This class is fully asynchronous. Misa will send students a new demo every week and work remotely to deliver students both individual and group critiques throughout the week via email.

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.

$490
All Levels
Gage 360 Online

Advanced Watercolor
with Tom Hoffmann

Tuesdays | Jan 19 – Mar 23 | 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 will assist 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

Landscape Painting: Land and Water
with Kathleen Moore

Asynchronous Class
Thursdays | Jan 21 – Mar 25 | 1:00pm-3:00pm

This class is Asynchronous: The class will consist of a weekly recorded demo + 2 hours in class on Zoom.

You will be working on your own paintings, using your own photo references. Each class will focus on a specific aspect of water and how to represent it in paint. Kathleen will give a detailed demonstration, then you will have the opportunity to ask questions and discuss your work during class. The class will consist of a weekly recorded demo + 2 hours in class on Zoom + Email Critiques.

$490
All Levels
Gage 360 Online

Atelier Primer
with Tiffany Dae & Riley Doyle

Tues & Thurs | Jan 19 – Mar 25 | 6:00pm-9:00pm

The Atelier Primer is a part-time program modeled after the Georgetown Atelier’s full time curriculum. This 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.

$775
Intermediate
Gage 360 Online

Mentored Studies in Abstraction
with Jeffrey Simmons

Wednesdays | Jan 20 – Mar 24 | 9:30am-12:30pm

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 for 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. 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.

$490
Intermediate/Advanced
Gage 360 Online

Beginning Watercolor
with Tom Hoffmann

Wednesdays | Jan 20 – Mar 24 | 9:30am-12:30pm

This step-by-step, watercolor basics class is designed for students with little to no knowledge of watercolor and oil painting techniques. This course is recommended as part of instructor Tom Hoffman’s Watercolor Series (Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced).

$490
All Levels
Gage 360 Online

Intermediate Watercolor
with Tom Hoffmann

Wednesdays | Jan 20 – Mar 24 | 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

Creative Portraiture
with Adam Rodgers

Wednesdays | Jan 20 – Mar 24 | 1:30pm-4:30pm

In this class, students will develop confidence and proficiency in creating unique portraits in a plethora of media. 

We will begin with strengthening fundamentals of representational portraiture by honing your sense of proportion, value, likeness, realism, and composition, but the heart of this class will be aiding in the development of your own unique style, learning to convey mood and ideas. 

This will be achieved through planer/Loomis head studies, value studies, peer portraits, self-portraits, master studies, critiques, and class discussion on means to achieve a style.

By the end of this course, students should expect to gain greater proficiency in:

Proportion and scale

Gauging value

Composition 

Transferring sketches to canvas 

Implementing new techniques

Stylistic choice 

Critiquing work

$490
All Levels
Gage 360 Online

Modern Realist Figure Painting
with Nicholas Enevoldsen

Wednesdays | Jan 20 – Mar 24 | 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 painters as well as those with prior experience.

$490
Intermediate
Gage 360 Online

Portrait Painting in Oil
with Aron Hart

Thursdays | Jan 21 – Mar 25 | 1:30pm-4:30pm

Working from portrait models, you will study the essential techniques and concepts of proportion, line, value, volume, structure and composition. You will 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.

$490
All Levels
Gage 360 Online

Intermediate Expressive Figure Painting: 
Suzanne Valadon and Frida Kahlo
with Barbara Fugate

Thursdays | Jan 21 – Mar 25 | 4:00pm-7:00pm

Artwork: Suzanne Valadon, The Blue Room, 1923

Suzanne Valadon (France) and Frida Kahlo (Mexico) were painters in the early 20th century. While their painting styles greatly differ and they were from vastly different countries, they both transformed the female image in Modern Art. The paintings of women by Valadon and Kahlo are unidealized, candid and bold. Their work also questions and explores personal experiences and identity using the female form as allegory. In this class you will make two main figure paintings, one in the manner of Suzanne Valadon and the other of Frida Kahlo. The painting techniques and concepts of each artist will be discussed and act as guides for the paintings made in this class. You will make several painting sketches and two long studies on canvas with either Oil or Acrylic paints. Intermediate to Advanced Levels.

$490
Intermediate
Gage 360 Online

Introduction to Oil Painting
with Michael Friel

Fridays | Jan 22 – Mar 26 | 9:30am-12:30pm

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
All Levels
Gage 360 Online

Color Field Painting with Watercolor
with Linda James

Fridays | Jan 22 – Feb 19 | 9:30am-12:30pm

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. 

$265
Intermediate
Gage 360 Online

Roman Wall Painting: Pompeii, Raphael, and David
with Dr. Susan Brangers

Fridays | Jan 22 – Feb 19 | 9:30am-11:00am

Artowork: Raphael, The School of Athens, 1511

When Mount Vesuvius erupted on August 24 in the year 79, it buried the city of Pompeii, creating a time capsule of Roman life. Since its excavation, Pompeii and its art have become sources of knowledge for archaeologists and inspiration for countless artists. In this class, we will examine the ancient city of Pompeii, the discovery of Roman wall paintings, and their influence on Raphael, Robert Adam, and Jacques-Louis David.

$125
Lecture Series
All Levels
Gage 360 Online

Painting the Natural World
with Kathleen McKeehen

Mondays | Jan 25 – Mar 22 | 1:30pm-4:30pm

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!).

$440
All Levels
Gage 360 Online

Demystifying Watercolor: Color Focus
with Linda James

Mondays | Feb 22 – Mar 22 | 6:30pm-9:30pm

Learn how to make the most dynamic use of color in abstract watercolor painting. Using color theory principles, you will learn the best methods for color mixing and layering- how to mix beautiful grays, blacks and neutrals; and how to identify and replicate colors from nature or other sources. We will examine our emotional responses to a selection of paintings and delve into what makes one artist’s use of color more impactful than another. Students will be encouraged to be daring in their color expression. Basic watercolor experience is helpful. 

$265
All Levels
Gage 360 Online

Food Illustration in Watercolor
with Willow Heath

Tuesdays | Feb 23 – Mar 23 | 9:30am-12:30pm

Create a series of watercolor food illustrations of your favorite meals, baked goods, or recipes from your grandmother. Learn watercolor techniques, food styling tips, and how to illustrate delicious looking recipes from watercolor artist and illustrator Willow Heath. Take the class with a friend in New York or your sister in Tacoma, all from the comfort of your home! A wonderful excuse to finally put together that family recipe book or illustrate recipes from The Great British Bake Off. Fuzzy slippers optional.

$265
All Levels
Gage 360 Online

Still Life Painting in Oil
with Michael Friel

Tuesdays | Feb 23 – Mar 23 | 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 will begin each class with a short lecture/demonstration, and devote the remainder of the class time to painting. Students should have basic drawing skills.

$265
All Levels
Gage 360 Online

Watercolor Painting
with Edie Everette

Thursdays | Feb 25 – Mar 25 | 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

The Symbolism of Everyday Objects: Bosch to Vermeer
with Dr. Susan Brangers

Fridays | Feb 26 – Mar 26 | 9:30am-11:00am

Artwork: Hieronymus Bosch, Tondal’s Vision

Dutch and Flemish paintings of the Northern Renaissance and Baroque frequently delight viewers with their intimate and detailed scenes. Not as readily apparent is the symbolism of everyday objects that carried moral and religious significance. In this class, we will examine paintings by artists such as Robert Campin, Jan van Eyck, Hieronymus Bosch, and Johannes Vermeer and explore the symbolism of everyday objects.

$125
Lecture Series
All Levels
Gage 360 Online

Flora and Fauna
with Kristin Frost

Fridays | Feb 26 – Mar 26 | 9:30am-12:30pm

Learn to paint the flora and fauna of the natural world in this relaxed and exciting watercolor class. Each week will highlight a new organic theme, including flowers, plants, birds, mammals, and sea life. Through live demonstration of transparency layering, color mixing, and textural mark making, students will build technical and expressive skills in watercolor. Composition, process, and the specific and unique details of each subject will be explored as we discover the living world together.

$265
All Levels
Gage 360 Online

Design and Composition of a Contemporary Painting
with Clive Smith

Fridays | 2/26 – 3/26 | 9:30am-4:30pm

Over a 5-week period, Clive Smith will work with you on how to take various elements — the figure, still life, interior and exterior space — and bring these elements together to create a painting. Either working from life or photographs, the workshop will show you how to incorporate early sketching ideas and photo/sketch collage into the design of a painting. If you have digital photoshop skills, he will work with you individually on how to use those skills in developing photomontages into the painting. Clive will show you the tools needed to tell stories in your work by bringing and thinking about different elements into a finished painting using both universal and personal concepts. The workshop will start with a group chat and presentation talking and showing how and why contemporary artists combine different elements of the world into their paintings. From this, students will either work from one of the presented artists concepts or from ideas and thoughts of their own to create paintings. Clive will then meet and work with each student over zoom once a week to discuss their progress, help set up their home studios and guide them through the different steps and techniques as they paint. Working once a week with Clive over 5 weeks vs a 5 consecutive day workshop will give each student the time needed in-between each session to build their painting layers and be able to have him answer questions that arise as they work. Each week, all the students will be invited to a group get together to show how their work is progressing so we feel still part of a class even though we will be working remotely.

$550
Intermediate
Gage 360 Online