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!

Winter 2020 Weekend Workshops

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

 

 

Winter 2020 Weeklong Workshops

January

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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