Workshops at Gage Academy of Art

Gage offers workshops to fit your busy schedule. Weekend and weeklong programs available in drawing, painting, sculpting, printmaking, and more!

Please click on our weeklong workshops to see the listing!

Fall 2019 Weekend Workshops

November
 

Mixed Media Image Layering – Patrick LoCicero
Saturday-Sunday| 11/16-11/17 | 9:30 A.M.-4:30 P.M.

Learn the process and skills needed to energize and make the surfaces of paintings more complex, nuanced and rich with meaning. Through the process of mixed media, found object and collage, explore various background layering techniques.

The dates have changed to 11/16-11/17

$230
All Levels Welcome
Gage Capitol Hill

 

Color and Texture with Acrylics: The Fruits of Winter – Terry Furchgott
Friday-Sunday| 11/15-11/17 |6:30-9:30 P.M. (Friday), 9:30 A.M.-4:30 P.M.

Juicy oranges, the deep glow of purple grapes, crisp green apples – the rich medium of acrylic paint is perfect for capturing the bold colors and subtle textures of winter fruit arranged in inspiring set-ups including glazed ceramics, and brightly patterned drapery. Starting with an introduction to use of a wet palette and color mixing, you next master subtler techniques to do with brushwork, edges, smooth transitions, and the use of color layering. Completing multiple studies and one finished work you learn to simplify and capture the essence of what you see, creating dynamic images with a balance of bold spontaneity and finished detail. $15 fee payable to Instructor for additional materials supplied in class (these are in addition to those on the Student Supply List which are the students’ responsibility).

$280
All Levels Welcome
Gage Capitol Hill

 

Cards for the Holidays with Linocuts – Nikki Barber
Sunday| 11/24 | 9:30 A.M.-4:30 P.M.

Make original, holiday cards to send to your friends and family. All skill levels welcome from experienced printmaker to complete novice. Class participants will get one on one assistance in designing and carving their own stamps to be printed for as many cards or postcards as they like or can print on their own purchased paper material. Cardstock (limit 50 per participant), blocks, tools, ink, and everything you need to make your own cards to take home are provided, while enjoying a festive atmosphere.

$130
All Levels Welcome
Gage Capitol Hill

 

Winter 2020 Weekend Workshops

December
 

Winter Watercolor Greetings – Heath Willow
Sunday| 12/8| 9:30 A.M.-12:30 P.M.

Create winter-themed watercolor cards for your holiday handouts. Learn simple painting techniques in watercolor for illustrating the Holiday Season spirit with your very own beautiful cards. Paint evergreens in the snow, winter woodland themes, and birds perched on a snowy branch in time to share with your friends and loved ones.

$75
All Levels Welcome
Gage Capitol Hill

 

Printmaking: Holiday cards – Klara Glosova
Saturday | 12/14 | 9:30 A.M.-4:30 P.M.

Make holiday cards with linocut relief prints. Linocut is a basic printmaking technique where artists use tools to carve marks in the surface of a plate. Linocut produces results similar to woodcut except plates are made of soft rubber or linoleum, therefore easier to carve. This is both a great introduction to printmaking and a creative way to personalize your holiday cards this year!

$130
All Levels Welcome
Gage Capitol Hill

 

Gestural Sculpting & Drawing the Figure – Mardie Rees
Saturday-Sunday| 12/14-12/15 | 9:30 A.M.-4:30 P.M.

Capture the human figure in motion with award-winning and internationally recognized artist Mardie Rees. We will capture the gesture using line drawings and then by modeling the figure three-dimensionally. Focus is on gesture drawing and learning to sketch poses in clay by breaking down and re-building a new gesture during each class. By analyzing the figure both through drawing and gestural sculpture, students will come away with a unique approach to working from life and will be able to make more compelling works.

$265
Live Model
All Levels Welcome
Gage Capitol Hill

 
January
 

Introduction to Monotype Prints – Klara Glosova
Saturday/Sunday | 1/11-1/12| 9:30 A.M.-4:30 P.M.

This class is an introduction to monotype. Monotype is a basic printmaking technique with which artists draw, paint, use stencils, and otherwise manipulate the smooth surface of a printing plate (typically acrylic or copper) to create an image which is then transferred onto a sheet of paper by pressing the two together. Monotype produces a unique print, it is a versatile medium closest to painting. Monotype doesn’t require special chemicals and extensive technical knowledge, it is therefore one of the most accessible printmaking techniques. Recommended for those who want to start explore printmaking or painters looking to learn more about breakdown and structure of images (such as color and composition).

$255
All Levels Welcome
Gage Capitol Hill

 

Develop Your Painting Concept from Start to Finish – Tiffany Dae
Saturday/Sunday | 1/11-1/12| 9:30 A.M.-4:30 P.M.

In this workshop we’ll be focusing on the elements and stages needed to compose a painting from start to finish. We’ll start with gathering reference material, then look at design/composition guidelines, create thumbnails, and finally make color studies, all while keeping the overall narrative in mind. The workshop will include demos, lectures, as well as individual student critiques. Students will have the opportunity to work both with traditional media, and digital programs. Students will be required to work either with oil paints, or digitally, some experience with one or the other is required. Please bring to class some initial concepts or ideas that you’d like to develop into a painting composition, and additional reference/print outs to aid in this narrative are welcome. This workshop will be held in the Gage Georgetown location.

$230
All Levels Welcome
Gage Georgetown

 

The Art of True Ephemera Collage – Patrick LoCicero
Saturday/Sunday | 1/18-1/19| 9:30 A.M.-4:30 P.M.

Calling artists who love all things paper! In this collage course we will discover the many varied nuances of making art through collage, glued paper, fabric materials. You will have the chance to work on different surfaces, including rag paper and panel, as well as in various artistic styles. Explore techniques like layering, overlap, isolation, repetition, composition, and surface manipulation on various substrates.You will also study the history of collage, from Kurt Schwitters and Pablo Picasso, to modern day contemporary artists that use collage as their main art form.

$230
All Levels Welcome
Gage Capitol Hill

 

Demystifying Watercolor: Basic Technique – Linda James
Saturday/Sunday | 1/18-1/19| 9:30 A.M.-4:30 P.M.

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 two days, 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. All paper will be supplied. A $25 supply fee for paper and handouts will be collected in class.

$230
All Levels Welcome
Gage Capitol Hill

 

Demystifying Watercolor: Color Focus – Linda James
Saturday/Sunday | 1/25-1/26| 9:30 A.M.-4:30 P.M.

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. All paper will be supplied. A $25 supply fee for paper and handouts will be collected in class.

$230
All Levels Welcome
Gage Capitol Hill

 

Portrait Drawing – Gary Faigin
Saturday/Sunday | 1/25-1/26| 9:30 A.M.-4:30 P.M.

Working from live portrait models, study the essential tech­niques and concepts of proportion, line, value, volume, structure, and composi­tion. Our focus will be on the basic con­cepts of drawing applied to the human form, and visual processing – trans­lating what you see into a compelling portrait using simple techniques.

$255
Live Model
All Levels Welcome
Gage Capitol Hill

 

Encaustic Painting – Patti Bowman
Saturday/Sunday | 1/25-1/26| 9:30 A.M.-4:30 P.M.

Learn how to paint with pigments in wax. In this workshop you will combine techniques in novel ways to create representational imagery, add architectural elements to encaustic painting and use graphic shapes and silhouettes to enrich your conversation with this beautiful painting medium. Work with masking techniques in addition to traditional encaustic painting practices—incised line, transfer paper and stencils to add sharp edges, clean lines and geometric shapes.

$230
All Levels Welcome
Gage Capitol Hill

 
February
 

The Landscape in Winter- Suze Woolf
Saturday/Sunday | 2/8-2/9| 9:30 A.M.-4:30 P.M.

What’s a Northwest painter to do when it’s too cold, too wet and just too grey out there? Through watercolor, we can still convey the spirit of the outdoors in strong, bold paintings — local whites
and greys are opportunities begging for color! Under the guidance of watercolorist extraordinaire Suze Woolf, and by means of studio exercises using still life, photographic notes, or previous paintings, we’ll explore ways to make fresh, spontaneous, and spirited landscape paintings without having to stand out in the rain.

$230
All Levels Welcome
Gage Capitol Hill

 

Still-Life Painting: Metal & Glass – Larine Chung
Saturday/Sunday | 2/15-2/16| 9:30 A.M.-4:30 P.M.

If you want to learn how to paint surfaces like the transparency of glass and shiny metals this workshop is for you! You will learn to reproduce the surfaces of metals and glassware to enhanse any still-life you do.. We will learn from doing master copies, starting by painting quick studies and work up to longer still-life set ups.

$230
All Levels Welcome
Gage Capitol Hill

 

Dynamic Detail in Ink & Watercolor – Steven Reddy
Saturday/Sunday | 2/15-2/16| 9:30 A.M.-4:30 P.M.

Capture highly detailed scenes and learn how to create contour drawings, grisaille underpaintings, and watercolor glazes. Simplify complex scenes into initial sketches that are light and loose. Then, learn how to create a grisaille underpainting that brings extraordinary dimension to work. We will use a limited watercolor palette to enhance their work with harmonious color.

$230
All Levels Welcome
Gage Capitol Hill

 

Still-Life Painting: Ceramics & Fabrics – Larine Chung
Saturday/Sunday | 2/29-3/1| 9:30 A.M.-4:30 P.M.

If you want to learn how to paint different matte surfaces in a still life, this workshop is for you. Students will learn to paint ceramics and different fabrics as the class progresses. We will start with a master copy in the beginning of the class and work up to painting interesting still lives from life.

$230
All Levels Welcome
Gage Capitol Hill

 
March
 

Figure Drawing for Beginners – Ryan Weatherly
Saturday/Sunday | 3/7-3/8| 9:30 A.M.-4:30 P.M.

Gain technical mastery and intuitive understanding of depicting the human form. We’ll work from quick gesture drawings to longer, more considered poses and drawings and
learn how to incorporate proportion and anatomy; use light and shade to depict volume; and use line and tone to describe planar changes in the body.

$255
Live Model
All Levels Welcome
Gage Capitol Hill

 

Abstract Composition in Watercolor – Linda James
Saturday/Sunday | 3/14-3/15| 9:30 A.M.-4:30 P.M.

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 concepts of balance and contrast, using value, scale, color, texture, transparency and edges as variables. Then, through observation and critique, we will examine ways to solve compositional problems. Examples by noted water media artists will be shown throughout the workshop. All paper will be supplied. A $25 supply fee for paper and handouts will be collected in class.

$230
All Levels Welcome
Gage Capitol Hill

 

Bouguereau’s Painting Methods – Tenaya Sims
Saturday-Monday| 3/21-3/23| 9:30 A.M.-4:30 P.M.

In this 3-day crash course, students learn a painting workflow similar to those used by historical artists David, Ingres, and Bouguereau. The instructor will lecture and demo these concepts, and work in tandem with students from the same image source to exemplify the major stages of this process.

$330
All Levels Welcome
Gage Georgetown

 

Mixed Media Image Layering – Patrick LoCicero
Saturday/Sunday| 3/28-3/29| 9:30 A.M.-4:30 P.M.

Learn the process and skills needed to energize and make the surfaces of paintings more complex, nuanced and rich with meaning. Through the process of mixed media, found object and collage, explore various background layering techniques.

$230
All Levels Welcome
Gage Capitol Hill

 

Fall 2019 Weeklong Workshops

December
 

Studio Concentration: Painting from Life – Max Ginsburg
Monday-Friday| 12/2-12/13
| 9:30 A.M.-4:30 P.M.


In Ginsberg’s two-week Studio Concentration, students will have the opportunity to work with the master for 30 of their workshop hours, with access to a model for 60 hours. In addition, students will have the option of working independently in a shared studio space during the evenings.Students and instructor will paint from life each day with an alla prima procedure, stressing careful observation of the model regarding form, shapes, proportion, gesture, perspective, values and color. Ginsburg’s teaching method will direct students to paint the unique realities of each model. “We will paint what we see, not what we know” (Charles Webster Hawthorn) to capture the poetic beauty of the reality, not some formula.Ginsburg will discuss concepts, expression of concepts, contemporary realism, and the painting of the Old Masters. This Studio Concentration will cover: Head Studies, Figure Studies, the Portrait, Painting the Figure, and a Multi-Figure Composition from life with two models, for which Ginsburg is renowned and highly regarded.Ginsburg will critique each student every day and give painting demonstrations. He will also paint half of each session on his own painting. Max believes that this is an excellent teaching tool, better in many ways than relying only on what the teacher says.

$1,050
Live Model
Intermediate
Gage Capitol Hill

 

Figure Drawing in Pencil: From Block-In to Expressing the Fullness of Forms – Tony Ryder
Monday-Friday| 12/2-12/6 | 9:30 A.M.-4:30 P.M.


In this workshop you develop your patience, craft, observation, and understanding of drawing principles. Ryder introduces you to a refined, articulate method of developing drawings through four linear and tonal stages: the envelope (a foundational shape encompassing the entire figure); the block-in (the abstract shapes of the figure); the contour (a specific linear description of the figure’s silhouette); and “drawing on the inside” (a tonal description of the body’s form, within the contour). Anthony Ryder studied painting and drawing with Ted Seth Jacobs in New York City and in France from 1983 to 1989. He is the author of The Artist’s Complete Guide to Figure Drawing (Watson-Guptill, 2000). His work is based on a synthesis of observation and painting theory.

$750
Live Model
All Levels Welcome!
Gage Capitol Hill

 

Portrait Drawing in Pencil: Block in Boot Camp – Tony Ryder
Monday-Friday| 12/9-12/13 | 9:30 A.M.-4:30 P.M.

The errors that distort a portrait drawing begin with the very first pencil strokes, and express misconceptions about the subject of the drawing. Discover an approach to basic block-in construction, including point-to-point vision, measuring length and tilt by eye, looking for the non-parallelism of the two sides of the form, avoidance of horizontals and verticals and more. Students work on one-day poses with the focus on block-in rather than the finished drawing. Anthony Ryder studied painting and drawing with Ted Seth Jacobs in New York City and in France from 1983 to 1989. In 1998 he wrote and illustrated The Artist’s Complete Guide to Figure Drawing (Watson-Guptill, 2000). His work is based on a synthesis of observation and painting theory. Portrait Drawing in Pencil: Block-in Boot Camp is your unique chance to learn from a modern master.
$750
Live Model
All Levels Welcome!
Gage Capitol Hill

 

Painting the Clothed Figure with Pastel – Terry Furchgott
Tuesday-Friday| 12/10-12/13 | 9:30 A.M.-4:30 P.M.

Explore the richly colored medium of soft pastel and learn techniques for the accurate drawing and painterly representation of the figure, clothing, and household objects, then put it all together in a series of lively alla prima sketches and several finished works of dramatically costumed models in theatrical settings. You study color layering, and the choice and use of a limited palette, and learn to manipulate the relative values and saturation of warm and cool colors to suggest 3-dimensional volume, light, space, and mood. Reviewing the basics of composition and perspective you create strong figurative images with successful visual relationships that also convey mood, personality, and narrative intent. Previous figure drawing experience required. $15 Materials Fee payable to the instructor (this is for additional materials given out in class, in addition to those listed on the Supply List which are the students’ responsibility).

$495
Live Model
All Levels Welcome!
Gage Capitol Hill

 

Winter 2020 Weeklong Workshops

January

The Classical Approach To Figure Painting In Oil – Patricia Watwood
Monday-Friday| 1/6-1/10 | 9:30 A.M.-4:30 P.M.

In this 5-day workshop, American figurative artist Patricia Watwood will teach the steps she uses in painting a model from life. Watwood is a leading figure in the contemporary classical movement, focusing on the figure, most commonly in the nude. She cleverly uses allegory and mythology against urban settings to unite a classical aesthetic with a modern sensibility.
Students will first focus on strategies for composition, design and creativity, including creating a thumbnail sketch of a single pose. Demos will help master to the subtleties of warm and cool relationships and color in skin tones, while students set up their drawing on the canvas, create an under-painting in a limited palette, and make a detailed finish with a final pass in full color. With the theme of simple strategies used in creating complex figurative artwork, we will explore how props and design can inspire work that is “outside the studio” and limited only by your imagination.

In 2011-2012 St. Louis University Museum of Art, and The Forbes Galleries hosted Watwood’s solo museum exhibit, Patricia Watwood: Myths & Individuals.

$675
Live Model
All Levels Welcome!
Gage Capitol Hill

 

Alla Prima Figure and Portrait Painting with a Limited Palette – Dominique Medici
Monday-Friday| 1/6-1/10 | 9:30 A.M.-4:30 P.M.

The most efficient way to simultaneously develop observation and intuition is to practice Alla Prima painting. Gaining the ability to work quickly, and with precision, is key in your development as a painter. The time restraint forces you to forego detail, see the big picture, and focus on gesture and large masses, the elements which ultimately hold the power and personality within a portrait or figure painting. In this workshop, we will work with a systematic and disciplined technique that is uniquely designed to achieve this aim.

Your instructor will provide frequent demos, breaking down the process of painting into clear and consecutive steps. We will focus on 4 main aspects: Proportion, Value, Color, and Edge, which will help us to accurately capture a likeness within a limited time frame. Since simplicity is one of our goals, we will be using a limited palette — a limited palette of only 7 colors; Titanium White, Cadmium Yellow Light, Cadmium Red Light, Quinacridone Red, Cobalt Teal, Ultramarine and Ivory Black. This palette is very dynamic and will refine our understanding of color relationships. Practicing this way will help to sharpen your observation, and take your skill to a new level.
$650
Live Model
All Levels Welcome!
Gage Capitol Hill

 
March
 

Contemporary Portrait Painting in Oil – Clive Smith
Monday-Friday| 3/23-3/27 | 9:30 A.M.-4:30 P.M.

Discover the art and practice of portraiture as you learn to compose from observation and to consider the reasons for painting a portrait from life vs capturing a likeness with photography. Starting with direct sketching on canvas and understanding the colors that render life like skin tones we will build the portrait through layers of direct (all prima) painting while working to render a convincing and compelling likenesses of the model in oil. We will also discuss and understand the relationship/conversation between an artist and their sitter and how that can affect the outcome to create a living, breathing portrait.

$650
Live Model
All Levels Welcome!
Gage Capitol Hill

 

Using Color Now – Michael Howard
Monday-Friday| 3/23-4/3 | 9:30 A.M.-4:30 P.M.

Color can tell time. As painters, we have the power to place our viewer in the past, present or future. It’s all a question of how light expresses time and how we present experiences of color.
Michael Howard as been teaching for over 20 years throughout the United States. Notably, he was the Associate Professor of Paiting at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design for 10 years. He recently had a solo exhibition at Prographica in Seattle, Washington.

$990
All Levels Welcome!
Gage Capitol Hill

 

Portrait Drawing on Toned Paper – Dale Zinkowski
Monday-Friday| 3/23-3/27 | 9:30 A.M.-4:30 P.M.

In this 5-day, intensive workshop, students will work from the live model, over an extended pose (2.5 days) and will discover a clear and straightforward way to approach drawing the portrait tonally, with an emphasis on accurate drawing and observation, particularly the subtlety that the model presents.

Students will work on paper (that we will tone together) during the first day, and utilizing various dry mediums such as colored pencils, graphite, and white chalk, work to achieve a finished portrait drawing.

Students will also learn how to capture the likeness of the model, and simulate the effects of light washing over the forms presented before them. Through constant demonstrations, and individual critiques, all information covered in this workshop will be thoroughly explained so that each person will meet their individual goals. All levels are welcome.

There will be a model change mid-week, allowing participants to have two finished portraits by the workshop’s end.

Demonstrations will be given on the following:

Toning paper using ink wash

Utilizing the tone of the paper to achieve a desired value range for the drawing

Drawing techniques: block-In, graphite and white chalk on toned paper

$650
Live Model
All Levels Welcome!
Gage Capitol Hill

 

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