Welcome to Gage Summer Programs for Teens & Kids!
Get hands-on art experience working with talented instructors in fully-equipped art studios — and have fun, too! Whether your teen or child has artistic talent or they’re just curious about art, they’ll find a welcoming environment to explore and expand at Gage.
What to expect:
- Classes are organized by age with groups for ages 6-11 and ages 12-18.
- Classes run throughout July and August with new sessions starting every week.
- Students (both new and returning) must submit a required waiver.
- Each class ends with an art show, performance and both parents or guardians can come and celebrate the joy of creativity.
- Gage supports kids and teens creativity with the Youth scholarships! We offer two types of scholarships:
General Youth Scholarship
Independent Minor Scholarship
- CREATIVE CARE: Gage offers fun and educational Creative Care, our before and after school program for young artists. Kids ages 6-11 may be signed up for daily or weekly slots of supervised playtime and structured recreational activities. You can pre-enroll by the week or pay by the day at the door!
Morning Session: 8:00 A.M. – 9:30 A.M.
Afternoon Session: 3:30 P.M. – 5 P.M.
Please Note:No Creative Care on Friday Afternoons. Students must be picked up at 3:30pm; Creative Care is FREE to scholarship students, ages 6-11; Gage charges a non-negotiable $1 per minute fee for parents who drop off their children before 8:00am and/or pick them up after 5:00pm.
Summer programs for kids at Gage inspire young artists with challenging and fun opportunities for creative expression. Our Workshops are led by professional teaching artists in a safe and supportive environment. Gage Summer Workshops in art and movement are your child’s pathway to new artistic adventures. Each week, students explore new artistic territory fueled by imagination and collaboration. Young artists gain confidence and develop creative skills as they discover traditional and contemporary techniques. All Summer Workshops feature an Art Show & Performance on the final day, where the whole family is invited to enjoy a performance and celebrate the joy of creativity!
Kids Daily Schedule:
8:00 am-9:30 am:
Creative Care (optional, parents must register).
9:30 am-12:15 pm:
6-8-year-olds: Movement Class in room 2029-11-year-olds: Art Class in room 200 (switch classrooms at 10:45am).
Lunch and Recess.
1:00 pm-3:30 pm
6-8-year-olds: Art Class in room 2009-11-year-olds: Movement Class in room 202(Switch classrooms at 2:10pm).
3:30 pm-5:00 pm:
Creative Care (optional, parents must register).
FRIDAYS at 3:00 pm:
Kids Art Show & Performance! (No Creative Care)
Stop, Drop & Yoga + Creative Comics – Jess Klein
7/1-7/5 | 9:30 A.M.-3:30 P.M. | Ages 6-11
Bollywood Dance + Animation – Jess Klein + Nantz McMillen
Experience the amazing world of yoga. During creative games and play you will learn to stretch, laugh, dance and breathe. Practice poses to develop strength and flexibility, learn proper alignment and anatomy, and make fun sequences of your own. It’s time to stop, drop and yoga! +Engage in all aspects of comic making, including narrative, sequence, layout, composition and creating a dynamic style.We wil work on developing characters, narrative and make comic strips and short stories.
7/8-7/12 | 9:30 A.M.-3:30 P.M. | Ages 6-11
Dance Trends Through Time + Animal Stampede! – Jess Klein + Ray Mack
Discover the excitement of Bollywood dance and song through movement games and dynamic choreography. You will build confidence and strength as you learn to dance with skill and expression in this fun-filled week of movement! + Come learn creative approaches to storytelling through sequential art and animation. Students will learn the fundamentals of animation by making hand drawn, cut out, and clay animation. Students will make a final project that will be a music video for the live Bollywood dance performance on the final day.
7/15-7/19 | 9:30 A.M.-3:30 P.M. | Ages 6-11
Physical Poetry + Endangered Wildlife Art – Alice Gosti + Willow Heath
Explore a wide variety of dance styles and develop your personal expression as a dancer. In this class you will learn dances of the 40’s and 50’s including Swing and the Bunny Hop, discover the magic of the 70’s with Disco, and practice awesome flashback moves of the 80’s and 90’s. You’ll learn the best dance trends of the 2000’s and put it all together in a fun, final mash up performance. +Learn the basics of paper mache sculpture, mask making, and costumery during a week dedicated to disguising ourselves as animals.
7/22-7/26 | 9:30 A.M.-3:30 P.M. | Ages 6-11
Street Style Dance + Ocean Art Studio – Amelia Bolyard + Ray Mack
Explore graceful or groovy dance moves to strengthen your body, lift your spirits and invite your imagination. We will work with a broad variety of movement styles and cultures past and present, learning their histories as well as their moves. + Explore the animal kingdom both fierce and cute while learning how to draw, paint, and sculpt endangered animals. Learn about animals such as pangolins, leopards, sea turtles, and narwhals while creating animal art and your own series of endangered species trading cards.
7/29-8/2 | 9:30 A.M.-3:30 P.M. | Ages 6-11
Dance is a celebration of the body, and we will explore improvisational expressions through hip-hop, vogue, waaking and house dance. + Explore the human and animal worlds found on the ocean shores as we use found objects, clay, cardboard, and our imaginations to build a real life ocean party.
Show Off! + Enchanted Creature Art – Willow Heath + Juliet Pruzan
8/5-8/9 | 9:30 A.M.-3:30 P.M. | Ages 6-11
Movers and Shakers + Personalizing Art History – Ray Mack + Amelia Bolyard
Create and perform an original short performance. Starting with a story, fairy tale, or a blank story, campers will work collaboratively, plays lots of theater games, and create a short play! + Imagine gnomes, fairies, dragons, griffins, fantastical creatures, and more. Draw and paint mythical creatures,while your ears are filled with the sweet sounds of Ms. Willow’s fairy tales and fantastical stories.
8/12-8/16 | 9:30 A.M.-3:30 P.M. | Ages 6-11
Musical Theater Dance+ Build your own Museum- Ray Mack + Amelia Bolyard
Create and relay stories using shape, dance, moves, percussive and melodic instruments and text. All dance styles will be at your disposal and our time together will conclude with a student guided composition.+ Learn more about art history and then make it your own by re-working master works to reflect our own personal stories and lives.
8/19-8/23 | 9:30 A.M.-3:30 P.M. | Ages 6-11
Capoeira + Self Portraits – Silvio Aleixo dos Reis + Maria L. Guillen Valdovinos
Drawing inspiration from current and past Broadway hits, we will dance, sing and choreograph our own musical theater piece to be performed for parents and guardians on the final day. + Come help build our own mini-museums and fill them with handmade objects that to immortalize what each student finds most important.
8/26-8/30 | 9:30 A.M.-3:30 P.M. | Ages 6-11
In this class the students will have an introduction in Capoeira, the Afro-Brazilian martial art, learning the basic movements, how to play the capoeira percussion instruments and sing songs in Brazilian Portuguese. Practicing Capoeira develop the students self-esteem, team work and body awareness. + Use multimedia tools to create a digital and visual stories. We will focuses on pen and pencil drawing & digital editing, water coloring & graphic stencil designs, acrylic painting for a multimedia project. Projects will be shared in a collaborative art show.
Summer programs for teens at Gage offer unique opportunities for creative expression, skill-building, and portfolio development. Add new medium to your creative arsenal, building on existing skills, or experimenting with new techniques, Gage Summer Workshops for Teens provide inspiration and guidance you need to grow as an artist! Guided by professional Teaching Artists, our Summer Workshops feature a variety of ways to experience art-making, including one-or two-week Workshops, Skill Set Intensive or our annual Portfolio Intensive.
Teen Daily Schedule:
9:30 am-12:15 pm:
12-14 year olds: Art in Rooom 300
15-18 year olds: Art in Room 308
12:15 pm-1:00 pm:
Lunch and Recess
1:00 pm-3:30 pm:
12-14 year olds: Art in Rooom 300
15-18 year olds: Art in Room 308
FRIDAYS at 3:30 pm:
Teen Art Show!
Collaborative World-Building Through Comics + Expressive Multi-Media Arts – Taylor Dow + Laura Friedman
7/1-7/5 | 9:30 A.M.-3:30 P.M. | Ages 12-18
Drawing Intensive – Sarah Bixler+Kyle Abernethy
Come create a massive, continuous map of our shared world. As the week progresses, we will create comics that add details to our world-map, zooming in on individual cities, habitats, legends, characters, and forbidden places. Every comic students create will be tied to a specific part of the world-map, and will be marked as such. The week concludes with an art show, allowing attendees to explore the landscape of our collective imagination. + Using an experiential and approach, we will use painting, sculpture, and collage as ways into our artistic processes. Together we will explore unique approaches, judgement free, of our creative expression and surprise ourselves with where we might land. We will use a variety of materials, experiment with found objects and abstraction, and get our hands a bit dirty.
7/1-7/12 | 9:30 A.M.-3:30 P.M. | Ages 12-18
Painting Intensive – Sarah Bixler+Kyle Abernethy
Students will work from observation, learning from structured exercises that allow them to explore line and value using traditional media. Students will learn the properties of drawing materials and their uses. Each student will have the opportunity to create a still-life drawing in graphite and/or charcoal as well as a large multi-day charcoal drawing incorporating their own creative elements. They will work loosely from the model and spend time on more sustained drawings from still lifes. The basics of linear perspective will be covered and students will get to practice drawing perspective outdoors. Students will spend a day visiting a museum learning to see like an artist: sketching and discussing the artwork they see. Throughout the class, they will be shown examples from contemporary and historic artists and explore the decisions these artists made in creating their work.
7/15-7/26 | 9:30 A.M.-3:30 P.M. | Ages 12-18
Portfolio Intensive – Scott McCall+Mari Shibuya
Students will work from observation, learning from structured exercises that allow them to explore color, value and abstraction. Students will work primarily with oils, learning daily through their own experience and guided instruction. They will learn to use their palette knives, brushes, and paints, in different ways and spend time working with both limited and full palettes. Much of class will be spent working alla prima, however, students will be able to work on multi-day paintings during the second week. They will work from 3d and 2d sources, including a clothed model, still life objects, and photographs. Students will spend a day visiting a museum learning to see like an artist: sketching and discussing the artwork they see. Throughout the class, they will be shown examples from contemporary and historic artists and discover how these artists communicated through their compositions.
7/8-8/9 | 9:30 A.M.-4:30 P.M. | Ages 15-18
Graphic Shape in Art – Scott McCall+Erin Shigaki
Work with teens ages 15–18 to discover our own artistic expression while learning comprehensive skills in graphite, charcoal and oil-paint by working from live nude models, master works and still life. Through incremental exercises the curriculum will utilize hands-on practice, drawing and painting exercises, instructor demonstrations, lectures, critiques, and an off-site field trip to develop and inspire young artists. (Students will work with a nude figure model all 5 weeks.) Students will be introduced to the fundamentals of material handling, color theory, figure drawing/painting, art history, and the importance of value with the goal of expanding our understanding of how to use art materials to actualize our creative vision.
7/15-7/19 | 9:30 A.M.-3:30 P.M. | Ages 12-18
Squish And Press: An Intro to Ceramics and Printmaking – Klara Glosova + George Rodriguez
If you’re drawn to strong color palettes, clean lines, and dynamic compositions this class is for you! Learn how to manipulate shape, line, color and composition to create striking imagery that moves the viewer. Studying the work of artists such as Elsworth Kelly, Gerard Tsutakawa, and Frank Stella we will produce, collages, paintings, screen prints and mini sculptures inspired by these Art Pioneers.
7/29-8/2 | 9:30 A.M.-3:30 P.M. | Ages 12-18
DIRT: Eco stories in Digital Media – Nantz McMillen
This class is an introduction to monotype. Monotype is a basic printmaking technique where artists draw, paint, use stencils, and otherwise manipulate smooth surface of a printing plate. The plate is then run through a press and produces a unique print. This versatile method is closest to painting, it allows artists to intuitively work through a succession of visual ideas, it is especially useful for experimenting with color. In a sequence of steps you will learn to deconstruct an image (this can be a drawing or a photograph) and produce a series of unique prints. + Welcome to ceramic sculpture. In this introductory class we will explore various building techniques to create free standing forms in clay. We will begin with a solid block of clay and transform the material into figures, animals and abstract creations. The majority of the class will be spent on building and modeling our sculptures with our hands and a select number of tools. We will end the class by painting and coloring our creations.
*please note that pick up of artwork will happen the week following the class in order to allow time to fire the ceramic sculpture.
7/29-8/23 | 9:30 A.M.-3:30 P.M. | Ages 12-18
Dive into to the digital, art and environmental world with hands-on collaborative learning and multimedia projects. Students will go on field trips and participate in guest-led artist workshops to gain a deeper understanding of the natural and urban environment in the Pacific Northwest. Over the course of four weeks, youth will create content fuelled art in a variety of media; eco- art and sculpture, film and animation, and drawing and painting. Students will have the ability to gain a wide array of skills and techniques in each platform. As the course progresses youth will have the opportunity to make larger in-depth projects, such as animated documentaries, interactive eco-sculpture, and Botanical Illustrations.
Sketch Outside – Sarah Bixler+Grace Flott
8/12-8/16 | 9:30 A.M.-3:30 P.M. | Ages 12-18
Paint Everywhere – Sarah Bixler+Grace Flott
Sketch outside and discover Seattle from a new visual perspective! With your new artist’s eye, learn to see and draw the contours of the buildings around you, the sunlight falling on a flower, or a misty view of the mountains. We will cover the basics of observational drawing in the classroom and then apply these skills in the wilds of our natural and urban environments. Through daily demonstrations and field trips, you will never see Seattle the same again! Sunscreen recommended!
8/19-8/23 | 9:30 A.M.-3:30 P.M. | Ages 12-18
Uncover the secret to painting landscapes in this field trip-filled workshop. Using an opaque watercolor-like medium called gouache we will learn to see and describe our natural and urban environment like a painter. Quick-drying and portable, gouache lends itself to both short gestures and longer studies. Beginning drawing, value, and color mixing exercises combined with on location demonstrations will give students the tools to paint anything, anywhere.
Gage offers a creative and structured environment for before and after program care. You can pre-enroll by the week or pay by the day at the door!
AM session: 8:00am-9:30am | PM session: 3:30pm-5:00pm
FEES: $25 per day or $100 per week
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