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.

Only 1 space is still available!


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

 
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

 

Egg Tempera and Gold Leaf Mastercopies – Domenique Medici
Monday-Friday| 1/6-1/10 | 9:30 A.M.-4:30 P.M.

An exceptionally beautiful painting medium dating back to ancient Egypt, Egg Tempera was practiced in 14-15 century Italy during the Renaissance by virtuoso painters like Giotto, Fra Angelico, Botticelli. In recent times, American painter Andrew Wyeth gave new life to the medium. We will walk in the shoes of the studio apprentice and learn how to make genuine traditional gesso panels using glue and chalk; prepare handmade toned paper for silverpoint drawing; grind and emulsify egg tempera paint; practice painting techniques; make handmade transfer paper; and paint your first egg tempera painting. Egg Tempera painting is a patient and meditative process of carefully building up successive layers of very thin paint. It is a natural medium for those that love drawing and the technical process of painting. A finished Tempera painting has a delicate translucency and radiance that is unparalleled by other painting mediums.

$600
All Levels Welcome!
Gage Capitol Hill

 

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