Weeklong Workshops

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

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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