Portrait Painting in Oil
with Aron Hart
Artwork by Aron Hart
Expressive Watercolor Portraits
with Willow Heath
Artwork by Willow Heath
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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.

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Portrait Painting in Oil
with Aron Hart

Mondays | Apr 12 – Jun 14 | 9:30am-12:30pm

There’s something magical about creating a likeness of your model in paint.  In this class, you will learn how to both achieve a resemblance, and how to bring that resemblance to life using light, color, and painterly technique.  Aron will clearly demonstrate the stages in creating a compelling portrait, so that you leave the class with a new understanding of fundamental skills like mixing flesh tones, and the convincing rendering of critical details like the eyes.  

$440
All Levels
Gage 360 Online

Color Theory Via the Masters
with Jas Knight

Mondays | Apr 12 – Jun 14 | 3:30pm-6:30pm

The course aims to present a practical color theory for painters with varying levels of experience while grounding their painting in reliable and solid technique. The students will sharpen their powers of perception and confidence in handling through weekly engagement in master copying. 

$490
All Levels
Gage 360 Online

Intro to Character Design 
with Suzanne Head

Tuesdays | Apr 13 – June 15 | 1:30pm-4:30pm

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. 

$490
All Levels
Gage 360 Online

Intro to 3D for Illustration
with Brett Nuckles

Tuesdays | Apr 13 – June 15 | 6:00pm-9:00pm

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. 

$490
All Levels
Gage 360 Online

Abstract Composition with Watercolor
with Linda James

Tuesdays | Apr 13 – May 11 | 9:30am-12:30pm

There is no hard and fast formula for creating good abstract composition, but there are guidelines to help develop your critical perception of what works and what doesn’t. In this workshop, we will explore design principles that can bring a painting to life, using compositional tools that artists have deployed for centuries. Through individual and group critiques, we will explore how these principles can be applied to your own work, giving you the solid foundation you need to continue your own explorations, long after the class is over.  Examples by noted water media artists will be shown throughout the workshop. 

$265
Intermediate
Gage 360 Online

Still Life Painting in Oil
with Michael Friel

Tuesdays | Apr 13 – May 11 | 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

Advanced Watercolor
with Tom Hoffmann

Tuesdays | Apr 13 – Jun 15 | 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

Atelier Primer
with Tiffany Dae & Riley Doyle

Tuesdays, Thursdays | Apr 13 – Jun 17 | 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

Beginning Watercolor
with Tom Hoffmann

Wednesdays | Apr 14 – Jun 16 | 9:30am-12:30pm

This step-by-step, watercolor basics class is designed for students with little to no knowledge of watercolor techniques. Hoffman will familiarize you with the materials as well as the approaches you need to get up to speed in the medium, including color mixing, brush technique, and painting on wet vs. dry paper.  You will also learn how to arrange your work area, and control details like buckling paper.  This introductory course is recommended as part of instructor Tom Hoffman’s Watercolor Series (Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced).

$490
Beginner
Gage 360 Online

Intermediate Watercolor
with Tom Hoffmann

Wednesdays | Apr 14 – Jun 16 | 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 Mentoring
with Klara Glosova

Thursdays | Apr 15 – Jun 17 | 9:30am-12:30pm

Are you ready to start creating your own body of work, based on your own original ideas?  If you are, nothing is more helpful than having input and advice from an experienced arts professional, acting as your own personal mentor.  This class includes exercises designed to help jump-start your own creative process, as well as group critiques, assigned readings, and one-on-one meetings. Your instructor Klara Glosova works in a wide variety of media, and she will help you choose the right materials for your particular project. By the end of the class, you will be well on your way to producing independent, original work.  

$490
Intermediate
Gage 360 Online

Painting Metaphors: Georgia O’Keeffe and Susan Rothenberg
with Barbara Fugate

Thursdays | Apr 15 – Jun 17 | 4:00pm-7:00pm

Artwork by Georgia O’Keeffe.

A visual metaphor is an image that the viewer is meant to understand as a symbol for something else.  While their painting technique is widely different, Georgia O’Keeffe and Susan Rothenberg both transformed ordinary images into personal metaphors in their paintings.  You will study the paint application, color, and composition of each artist, while you develop your own visual metaphors.  Both O’Keeffe and Rothenberg bridged the gap between representation and abstraction.  For example, O’Keeffe does this by altering the scale of objects and flowers, and Rothenberg’s gestural brushwork merges with a flat image, blurring the line with a vigorous physical and kinetic energy.  In this ten-week course, you will make two main paintings and several short studies in the manner of O’Keeffe and Rothenberg.  This class steps you from representational painting into expressive abstraction.  Intermediate to Advanced painting experience required.  Oil or Acrylic paints.

$490
Intermediate
Gage 360 Online

From East to West: an introduction to water-based media with Timothy Hyunsoo Lee

Fridays | Apr 16 – June 18 | 1:30pm-4:30pm

This course is an introduction to water-based mediums, with a particular emphasis on watercolor paintings and ink drawings. Students will learn the foundations of watercolor painting and ink drawings, with a survey of modern color theory and applications of water-based mediums. The course is grounded in an exploration of materiality of surfaces, technical rendering versus abstraction, and critical discourse of historical and contemporary influences in water-based mediums. Inspirations for projects will draw from both Western masters and East Asian calligraphers, and students will leave the course with a finished series of imagined landscape paintings.

$490
Intermediate
Gage 360 Online

Out of the Shadows of Men: Rediscovering Women Artists of the Past with Susan Brangers

Fridays | Apr 16 – May 14 | 9:30am-11:00am

Artwork by Artemisia Gentileschi. 

For centuries, the work of women artists had been misattributed or only acknowledged in relation to the work of men. An effort has been underway since the later 20th century to identify, study, and bring to the public’s attention the work of these often overlooked or forgotten women. In this class, we will rediscover the works of a few of these great women artists, including Artemisia Gentileschi, Judith Leyster, and Rosa Bonheur.

$125
All Levels
Gage 360 Online

Introduction to Oil Painting
with Michael Friel

Fridays | Apr 16 – Jun 18 | 9:30am-12:30pm

If you’re just starting out in oil painting, still life is an ideal place to begin.  The simplicity of the subject matter allows you to concentrate on learning the basics of paint – how to mix colors, how to handle your brush, and how to create an illusion of three-dimensional form.  Friel’s step-by-step approach, in which you start with a tonal underpainting and then add color, helps you to analyze and then successfully render your subject.  Friel starts each class with a lecture and demonstration, a weekly guided tour through all the stages of his painting process.  You will finish the class much more confident in your ability to meet the challenges of oil painting, no matter what the subject.

$490
Beginner
Gage 360 Online

Abstract Watercolor
with Willow Heath

Thursdays | Apr 22 – Jun 17 | 9:30am-11:30am

Deepen your understanding of watercolor through traditional and nontraditional techniques. While in a relaxed online studio environment, explore color mixing, dry brush, wash, wet on wet, glazing special effects, and more. Sharpen your skills and understanding of value, technique, and composition. Each class will start with a demonstration followed by discussion and painting time.

$490
All Levels
Gage 360 Online

Intro to Digital Painting 
with Suzanne Head

Mon & Fri | May 3 – May 28 | 1:30pm-4:30pm

This workshop 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.

$500
All Levels
Gage 360 Online

Demystifying Watercolor: Foundational Technique with Linda James

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

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

Expressive Watercolor Portraits
with Willow Heath

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

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

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

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

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

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

Flora and Fauna
with Kristin Frost

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

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