Fall Youth Classes 2019

Skillset classes meet once a week for five weeks, all supplies are provided and included in tuition.  They are great way to develop art skills and build a portfolio of work during the school year.  Each quarter, classes feature different foundation art concepts and are taught by professional teaching artists. 

This quarter Skillset classes are taught by teaching artist Grace Flott.  Grace Flott is a passionate teacher and skilled artist, who recently graduated from the Juliette Aristedes Atelier.  

“Teaching art is all about supporting and guiding students to find their own answers. Its a joy to witness that process of discovery and a responsibility to encourage it. That kind of energy enlivens my own practice.” — Grace Flott


Gouache is a fantastic painting medium, it’s fast, flexible, you can layer it like oil paint or acrylic and it dries quickly.  Gouache has a robust history, long favored by landscape painters for its quick dry time and ease of use.  Painters like John Singer Sargent, Edward Hopper, Henri Matisse, Thomas Moran… all made work using gouache.   

More recently gouache has been used by illustrators because of its quick drying time and matte finish– in the 70s and 80s this medium made it possible for early concept artists to iterate ideas quickly and the designs behind Blade Runner, Tron and Star Wars were all done in gouache.  

Ages 11-13


Skillset | Imaginary Environments – Grace Flott
Saturday | 9/21-10/19 | 9:30 A.M.– 12:00 P.M. | Ages 11-13
Discover the fundamentals of concept design in this landscape drawing and painting workshop. Working from their imagination, reference materials, and observed objects, students will learn to develop an idea from a thumbnail study into a fully rendered 3D space. Weekly demonstrations on linear and atmospheric perspective, composition, and value relationships will give students the tools to design any environment, real or imagined. Students will also have the option to try a variety of traditional illustration materials like gouache, ink, and watercolor.Price: $260
Gage Capitol Hill

Skillset | Drawing the Human Animal – Grace Flott
Saturday | 10/26-11/23 | 9:30 A.M.– 12:00 P.M. | Ages 11-13

Working from a costumed model, students will learn figure drawing techniques like gestures, measuring proportions, and simplifying value shapes. Students will develop an introductory understanding of human anatomy and learn to use what they see in their own drawings from imagination. Learn how to take your characters and creatures to the next level using observed anatomy and life-drawing techniques. Class is hands on, with technical demos and time for independent observational and imaginative work. No prerequisites required.

Price: $260
Gage Capitol Hill

Ages 14-16

Skillset | Gouache for Beginners – Grace Flott
Saturday | 9/21-10/19 | 1:00 – 4:00 P.M. | Ages 14-16

Gouache is an opaque watercolor-like medium with a history going back over 600 years. Taking still life objects and interior spaces as your subject, you will learn the essentials of painting from observation with a focus on color control and composition. Weekly demonstrations and exercises will cover the basics of drawing from life, value relationships, mark making techniques, and working with a primary palette. Leave with a foundational knowledge of color relationships and several developed paintings.

Price: $295
Live Model
Gage Capitol Hill


Dive deep into figure drawing fundamentals in this exploration of proportion and value relationships. Taking the nude model as your subject, weekly demonstrations will focus on moving from an expressive gesture to a carefully described and anatomically correct drawing. Students will learn to create the illusion of three dimensions by manipulating light and shadow using a reductive/additive method using charcoal, graphite, and white chalk.

Price: $295
Live Model
Intermediate Level
Gage Capitol Hill


For information about registration deposits and fees, transfers and credits and class or workshop cancellation policies, please visit our Financial Terms page.

PLEASE NOTE: All students (BOTH returning and new) registering for a youth summer program at Gage MUST update their information in their student account before taking a class. To create your account or sign in to an existing account, click HERE!


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