Winter’20 Adult Programs








Drawing

Morning
 

Portrait Drawing: Beyond the Basics – Aron Hart
Monday | 1/13-3/16| 9:30 A.M.-12:30 P.M.


As the next step from Beginning Portait Drawing, you begin working to achieve realistic portraits drawn from the model with gradually increasing timed poses. You will study facial anatomy, proportion, volume, and form and uncover solutions to common drawing challenges such as foreshortening, facial expression, and shading. Lectures, demonstrations, and group critiques will supplement in-class teaching. Prior portrait drawing experience recommended.

$490
Live Model
Intermediate Level
Gage Capitol Hill

 

Botanical Drawing – Kathleen McKeehen
Monday | 1/13-3/16| 9:30 A.M.-12:30 P.M.


Beginning with measurement techniques, observational skills, and the unique requirements of botanical art; learn to use line to accurately portray plant subjects, then move on to understanding light’s effect on form and how to use shading for three-dimensionality. While focusing on plants, the skills you acquire apply to any realistic drawing effort and are an excellent preparation for learning botanical watercolor as well. Intermediate students are welcome and may take on more advanced plant subjects.

$490
All Levels Welcome
Gage Capitol Hill

 

Perspective Drawing – Geoff Flack
Tuesday | 1/14-3/17| 9:30 A.M.-1:30 P.M.

Geoff Flack

Explore methods for creating pictorial space using perspective with Core Drawing Atelier instructor Geoff Flack. Drawing from the imagination and observation, you will learn to use one- and two-point perspective and constructive techniques to incorporate perspective into your drawing. In-class drawing exercises, discussions, and one-on-one mentorship are part of each session.

$490
All Levels Welcome
Gage Capitol Hill

 

Beginning Drawing – Kristin Frost
Wednesday | 1/15-2/12| 9:30 A.M.-12:30 P.M.

In this introductory fundamentals class, learn key concepts and artistic principles in order to accurately render line, shape, proportion and negative space while working from simple objects and the still-life. Students explore various drawing media, including charcoal and graphite, as you progress from simple lines toward a nuanced understanding of tonal description.

$265
Beginner
Gage Capitol Hill

 

Next Level Drawing- Kristin Frost
Wednesday | 2/19-3/18| 9:30 A.M.-12:30 P.M.

Expand your drawing skills to the next level in this class designed for students with some previous drawing experience. Emphasis will be placed on increasing your ability to use line, shape, space, value, and light together to create dynamic compositions. Working with graphite, charcoal, and ink, you will learn to translate your interpretation of our world onto a 2D surface. Topics explored will include still life, perspective, landscape, and imagined spaces. Through observation and in class demonstrations, you will become comfortable talking about and producing artwork in a supportive studio environment. Develop your technical and observational skills to a more advanced level in this drawing class.

$265
Intermediate
Gage Capitol Hill

 
Afternoon
 

The Sketchbook Habit – Steven Reddy
Tuesday | 1/14-2/11| 1:30-4:30 P.M.


The sketchbook is a tool for artists of any medium, as useful and necessary as paintbrushes or clay. Yet many artists find the sketchbook a challenge to maintain. In this class you’ll practice compelling techniques for building a unique and personal sketchbook habit. Steven Reddy, author of Everyday Sketching and Drawing has published five artbooks compiled from hundreds of sketchbooks filled over several decades. This class explores dozens of inspiring ideas to motivate artists to use the sketchbook as a direct record and expression of concepts and images that can birth larger, more developed artistic projects, or can be viewed as complete artworks on their own.

$265
All Levels Welcome
Gage Capitol Hill

 

Figure Structure Drawing – Geoff Flack
Tuesday | 1/14-3/17| 1:30-4:30 P.M.

Advance your understanding of the human figure’s complex construction while heightening your ability to draw and sculpt a figure from observation. This class is designed to bridge the gap between standard life drawing practices and anatomical studies of the figure. Working from the model you will systematically draw the figure to fit landmarks within a set proportion system. Simultaneously, you will further your understanding of the figure’s anatomical structure by breaking down the forms of the figure into geometric concepts and posing them in space. To complement your studies in drawing, you will build small three-dimensional structures for reference. Emphasis on perspective, gesture, balance and proportion will be stressed throughout to aid in the illusion of credibility with the posed figures. You should leave this class with a better understanding of the figure’s key landmarks, form sense and construction as well as a greater ability to render a figure from life and from memory. No sculptural experience needed, some life drawing experience recommended. Class price includes both a model and clay.

$520
Live Model
Intermediate/Advanced
Gage Capitol Hill

 

Inking Techniques – Steven Reddy
Tuesday | 2/18-3/17| 1:30-4:30 P.M.

Explore and practice different inking techniques. Learn to use dip pens, brushes, technical pens, brushpens, fine-liners, Uniballs, and Microns to create high-contrast, reproducible drawings made of contours, hatching, ink-washes and solid blacks. Steven Reddy, author of Everyday Sketching and Drawing shares techniques and strategies for creating eye-catching drawings from life, photos, and the imagination.

$265
All Levels Welcome
Gage Capitol Hill

 

Drawing Nature – Kathleen Moore
Tuesday | 2/18-3/17| 1:30-4:30 P.M.

The beauty of nature stirs the emotions and inspires the spirit. Develop an intimate understanding of plant structure while conveying an emotional, aesthetic response to what you see. Each week, you will evaluate the compositional possibilities of a landscape with quick notan (a Japanese word meaning “light-dark balance”) sketches, then settle in for a sustained drawing period focusing on both distant and close-up plant forms.

$265
All Levels Welcome
Gage Capitol Hill

 

Expressive Figure Drawing: The Five Basic Elements – Barbara Fugate
Wednesday | 1/15-2/12| 1:30-4:30 P.M.

In this Expressive Figure Drawing class, you will explore the five basic art elements: Line, Shape, Volume, Mass, Texture. One element is focused on each week of this five-week course, as you draw near life size on 24×36” paper. Gesture drawing is also practiced during each session to hone your ability to see form first, draw quickly and expand your own individual expression of the figure. Some figure drawing experience is recommended.

$265
Live Model
Intermediate
Gage Capitol Hill

 
Evening
 

Fantasy and Sci-Fi World Development – Brian Snoody
Monday | 1/13-3/16| 6:00-9:00 P.M.


Learn to develop and render complete sci-fi and fantasy worlds from the ground up, using traditional techniques. Learn the challenge of developing and rendering complex environments. Develop the characters and creatures that inhabit the environments, using basic anatomical structures and principles, and then render them into finished designs. The class will focus on development and rendering, using traditional techniques of pencil, pen & ink, marker and gouache paint. Your instructor, Brian Snoddy has worked in the sci-fi and fantasy creation world for over 2 decades, collaborating with household brands such as Magic the Gathering, Dungeons & Dragons, Warhammer 40k and Star Wars.

$490
All Levels Welcome
Gage Capitol Hill

 

Intermediate Figure and Portrait Drawing – Nicholas Enevoldsen
Monday | 1/13-3/16| 6:30-9:30 P.M.


Go beyond the basics to achieve realistic portraits and figures drawn from the model, starting with short gesture poses and working your way up to longer poses. You will study anatomy, proportion, volume, and form, and uncover solutions to common drawing challenges such as foreshortening, facial expression, and the placing the figure in an environment. Lectures, demonstrations, and group critiques will supplement in-class teaching. Students will work both at home and in class to finish their pieces.

$490
Live Model
Intermediate Level
Gage Capitol Hill

 

Foundation Figure Drawing: Artistic Anatomy – Aron Hart
Tuesday/Thursday | 1/14-3/19| 6:30-9:30 P.M.


Foundation Figure Drawing: Artistic Anatomy focuses on anatomy, structure, and form, and how these studies relate to the concepts and techniques of figure drawing. You will progress from graceful gestural drawings to highly finished renderings of the nude model under the guidance of instructor Aron Hart, an award-winning portrait artist. The class builds on the study of life drawing addressed in part one of the Foundation Figure Drawing course.

$775
Live Model
Intermediate Level
Gage Capitol Hill

 

Printmaking and The Figure – Abigail Drapkin
Tuesday| 1/14-3/17| 6:30-9:30 P.M.

In this introductory course, students will gain technical skills in observational drawing of the live nude model, then learn to transform and reproduce their drawings as experimental prints. Each week will alternate between figure drawing sessions and sessions without the model in the printmaking studio, where students will use their life sketches as inspiration and reference. Techniques in observational and expressive charcoal drawing as well as processes of monotype, ink transfer drawing, and relief printing using oil-based printmaking inks will be introduced. Experimentation in composition, mark-making, layering, and texture is encouraged.

$520
Live Model
Beginner Level
Gage Capitol Hill

 

Drawing For Fun – Kathleen Moore
Tuesday| 1/14-2/11| 6:30-9:30 P.M.

Pumpkins & Gourd

Have you ever thought “I’d like to draw, but ….” or “I used to draw, but it’s been years (or maybe decades!).” This class offers a no-stress environment for you to relax and enjoy drawing. Learn how to handle charcoal, pencil, and pen while working with composition, value, and form. You may discover that you already know a lot about drawing and find your confidence growing as you build more skill. A little art history and a lot of fun included!

$265
Beginner Level
Gage Capitol Hill

 

Drawing For Fun – Kathleen Moore
Tuesday| 2/18-3/17| 6:30-9:30 P.M.

Pumpkins & Gourd

Have you ever thought “I’d like to draw, but ….” or “I used to draw, but it’s been years (or maybe decades!).” This class offers a no-stress environment for you to relax and enjoy drawing. Learn how to handle charcoal, pencil, and pen while working with composition, value, and form. You may discover that you already know a lot about drawing and find your confidence growing as you build more skill. A little art history and a lot of fun included!

$265
Beginner Level
Gage Capitol Hill

 

Illustration Program – Brian Snoody
Wednesday| 1/15-3/18| 6:00-9:00 P.M.

Designed for classical and industry artists alike, the Illustration Program teaches how to create realistic imagery from the ground up, beginning in black and white using traditional materials such as graphite, ink, and gouache. Techniques include layering, blending, and rendering various types of surfaces, such as wood, metal, rusted metal—to name a few. After establishing core abilities, students learn more advanced techniques in color building in scope and complexity over time. This class is an ongoing program with a one-year curriculum cycle. Note- This programs takes place at the Gage Georgetown location.

$490
All Levels Welcome
Gage Georgetown

 

Figure Drawing for Illustration – Kai Carpenter
Wednesday| 1/15-3/18| 6:30-9:30 P.M.

Learn to create dynamic figures with illustrator Kai Carpenter. This course will draw from mid-century illustration techniques to familiarize students with a structural approach to the figure, working from the inside out. Students will first learn to create and work with a sketch “mannequin” (not the wooden kind!); using that structure, students will then learn to accentuate the figure to complement the gesture’s mood and narrative.

By working with both model and “mannequin,” students will come away with a powerful figure drawing methodology, an understanding of how to plan figurative illustrations from imagination, and how to imbue their figures with life and emotion at any stage of finish. The class will include live demonstrations and individual critique.

$490
Live Model
All Levels Welcome
Gage Capitol Hill

 

Drawing From a Different Angle – Bruce Morser
Wednesday| 1/15-3/18| 6:30-9:30 P.M.

Everyone can learn to draw and everyone is creative. Drawing is as much a “mindset” as a “skill”. Many judge skill first and never try to progress. This class is divided into three parts to tackle that conundrum: we’ll open the mindset with several specific exercises and drawings, then focus on simple strategies for converting an increasing visual awareness. After that, you will progress to more complex topics like composition and expression to insure drawing is an exciting endeavor. This class is about a joyful process, rather than a series of tight finished products. Drawing should be about pleasure and a desire to do more, not worry or doubt – you’ll feel that. Whether you have no prior experience or are refocusing on drawing, this is your class.

$490
All Levels Welcome
Gage Capitol Hill

 

Dynamic Detail in Ink & Watercolor – Steven Reddy
Thursday| 1/16-2/13| 6:30-9:30 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.

$265
All Levels Welcome
Gage Capitol Hill

 

Urban Sketching – Steven Reddy
Thursday| 2/20-3/19| 6:30-9:30 P.M.

Go on location and create detailed interior drawings. Urban sketch artist, Steve Reddy, will teach a step-by-step process to avoid being overwhelmed by complex indoor scenes. Begin with how to select a scene, and learn tips for breaking down complex interiors into basic shapes and contours. Then, bring work to life with ink washes and learn graphic shading techniques to refine the details. The first set of classes will meet at Gage Capitol Hill, and then be on location at nearby indoor spaces, as determined by class and instructor.

$265
All Levels Welcome
Gage Capitol Hill

 

Painting

Morning
 

Watercolor Foundations and Exploration – Willow Heath
Monday | 1/13-2/10| 9:30 A.M.-12:30 P.M.


Build your understanding of watercolor and the tools, techniques, and insights that will help you on your artistic journey. Learn about color mixing, color theory, and color charts. Learn techniques such as wash, wet on wet, and dry brush, along with some special effects that border on magical. After gaining the foundations of watercolor, you will then apply that knowledge to different styles, subjects, and approaches to painting in watercolor.

$265
All Levels Welcome
Gage Capitol Hill

 

Alla Prima Portraits with the Zorn Palette – Dominique Medici
Tuesday| 1/14-2/11| 9:30 A.M.-12:30 P.M.


The most efficient way to develop your observation and intuition simultaneously is to practice Alla Prima painting. 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, these elements hold the power and personality within a painting. Your instructor will provide frequent demos and break down the process of painting into clear and consecutive steps. You will receive critique and instruction each session. Since simplicity is one of the goals, you will be using a limited palette of 4 colors. Practicing this way over the course of the weekend will help to sharpen your observation, and take your skill to a new level.

$265
Live Model
All Levels Welcome
Gage Capitol Hill

 

Advanced Watercolor – Tom Hoffmann
Tuesday| 1/14-3/17| 9:30 A.M.-12:30 P.M.

As an experienced watercolor painter seeking to refine your practice and strengthen your personal style, you are invited to work under the close mentorship of Tom Hoffmann to develop independent painting projects according to your own artistic vision. Hoffmann assists you in your mastery of advanced techniques and innovative approaches to increasingly complex compositions. Class time includes group discussions and critiques. Completion of INTERMEDIATE WATERCOLOR or instructor permission required. New students welcome.

$490
Advanced
Gage Capitol Hill

 

Beginning Watercolor – Tom Hoffmann
Wednesday| 1/15-3/18| 9:30 A.M.-12:30 P.M.

Develop an understanding of transparent watercolor that allows you to make conscious choices regarding color, value, wetness and composition, before the brush ever touches the paper. You focus on awareness skills as well as technical skills.

$490
Beginner
Gage Capitol Hill

 

Color for Painters – Kimberly Trowbridge
Wednesday| 1/15-3/18| 9:30 A.M.-12:30 P.M.

Atelier Director, Kimberly Trowbridge, will guide students through a series of rigorous, painted exercises directed at building one’s knowledge of color interactions. Exercises will include analyzing master-works, color-charting, and observing simple, 3-D models. Students will learn to observe contrasts in value, temperature, and intensity as a means for creating rhythmic compositions. This course will profoundly influence the way you see and think about color.

$490
All Levels
Gage Capitol Hill

 

Winter Watercolor – Willow Heath
Thursday| 1/16-3/19| 9:30 A.M.-12:30 P.M.

Create a series of small winter nature scenes and close-up vignettes in watercolor while fine tuning your technical skills and experimenting with color and expression. Learn how to paint a night sky, snowy branches, the northern lights, birch trees in the snow, winter evergreens, and trees in the mist. Harness your inner Bob Ross and paint some happy little trees in a relaxed studio environment. Artist and wilderness survilalist Willow Heath will guide you through demonstrations with humor, warm tea, and plenty of wilderness stories.

$490
All Levels Welcome
Gage Capitol Hill

 

Moving Towards Abstraction – Julie Devine
Thursday| 1/16-3/19| 9:30 A.M.-12:30 P.M.

Are you a representational painter who wants to push your work towards abstraction? This three-day abstract painting workshop is for you! You will approach each day with a new strategy to get you thinking differently about the way you paint your subjects. Add new methods to your toolbox including using a palette knife for a brush to increase speed and immediacy. This class is perfect for all levels and styles of painters. Students may work in your painting media of choice, instructor will be using oils.

$490
All Levels Welcome
Gage Capitol Hill

 

Portrait Painting – Jim Phalen
Friday| 1/17-3/20| 9:30 A.M.-12:30 P.M.

Discover the art and practice of portraiture as you learn to compose from observation, acquire strategies for organizing visual information and study historic precedent while you work to render convincing and compelling likenesses of the model in oil.

$490
Live Model
All Levels Welcome
Gage Capitol Hill

 

Painting the Figure in Space – Justin Duffus
Friday| 1/17-3/20| 9:30 A.M.-12:30 P.M.

Painting from direct observation, learn to describe the figure and its relationship to the interior space. You will construct and balance a composition using large shapes of color to create a sense of light and gravity in space. With an emphasis on color temperature to create atmosphere, you will learn painting techniques to describe a variety of forms and edges. Justin will provide weekly demonstrations using the Alla Prima method as a starting point and will offer a variety of approaches to describe the depth of our visual experience with paint.

$490
All Levels Welcome
Gage Capitol Hill

 

Color Field Painting with Watercolor – Linda James
Friday| 2/21-3/20| 9:30 A.M.-12:30 P.M.

In this 5-week class, we will focus on color as the primary element in abstract expression. Using examples of prominent color field painters from the mid 20th Century to the present, we will examine the use of color in terms of its emotional and spiritual content. We will also look at the relationship between color and music, and how both resonate with us on a personal level. Exercises will include color experimentation using variations in form, harmony, contrast, balance, repetition, and juxtaposition. Some experience with watercolor is required. All paper will be supplied. A $30 supply fee for all paper and handouts will be collected in class.

$265
Intermediate
Gage Capitol Hill

 
Afternoon
 

Painting the Natural World – Kathleen McKeehen
Monday | 1/13-3/16| 1:30-4:30 P.M.

Learn the botanical artist’s classic method of dry-brush watercolor to paint all types of natural subjects, from birds to bones to botanicals. Explore the influence of basic dry-brush and wash methods on subjects ranging from winter’s cones and branches to birds, or bugs, shells, or bones. The instructor can provide specimens or you may bring your own (so start collecting!).

$490
All Levels Welcome
Gage Capitol Hill

 

Portraits in Watercolor – Hamid Zavareei
Monday | 1/13-3/16| 1:30-4:30 P.M.

Experimenting with traditional watercolor techniques including various washes, glazes, and scumbles, you will stretch the boundaries and experiment with looser approaches and different color palettes for flesh tones. Studying from a live model, you will focus on head, facial structures, and proportion and emphasize the economy of line. You will capture the essentials of the human face with simple contours, but without shading or value, allowing the watercolor to build the volume and structure of the head and face and render the values.

$490
Live Model
All Levels Welcome
Gage Capitol Hill

 

Paint a Portrait in 5 Weeks Start to Finish – Domenique Medici
Tuesday | 1/14-2/11| 1:30-4:30 P.M.

Learning how to break down a portrait into manageable steps is essential to the success of a painting. During this 5 day pose artists will complete one portrait painted from life. Your instructor will break down the process of painting into 5 steps and work systematically on one step per day. Working this way brings clarity and confidence when working from life.

$265
Live Model
All Levels Welcome
Gage Capitol Hill

 

Intermediate Watercolor – Tom Hoffmann
Wednesday | 1/15-3/18| 1:30-4:30 P.M.

Work with increasingly complex subjects as you expand your understanding and dexterity with watercolor. Working from the still-life, landscapes and photographs, you learn to individualize your painting process, better understand the variables of watercolor painting, use the variables to your creative advantage and take informed risks. Students should have completed Beginning Watercolor or have basic watercolor experience.

$490
Intermediate
Gage Capitol Hill

 

Sumi Painting – Lois Yoshida
Wednesday | 1/15-3/18| 1:30-4:30 P.M.

Experience serenity of expression through the techniques of sumi painting. Students will explore creative forms of self-expression using sumi (black ink) to interpret images as well as changes in color through tonal value. Use of traditional tools, materials, brush methods, and approach to content as well as the mounting process will be taught. Students will be introduced also to Asian brush calligraphy, the ancient art form from which sumi-e (the ancient eastern tradition of self-expression through sumi painting) evolved, and will become familiar with the secrets of sumi-e. You will learn brushwork through studying the Four Paragons (the four traditional subjects of bamboo, wild orchid, chrysanthemum, and plum blossom and branch).

$490
All Level Welcomes
Gage Capitol Hill

 

Landscape Painting: Land and Water – Kathleen Moore
Thursday | 1/16-3/19| 1:30-4:30 P.M.

Try landscape painting with a focus on streams, lakes, and shoreline. Learn composition, color-mixing, and brush-handling while exploring how to paint tranquil ponds, running water, and frothy waves. You will gain an understanding of the effect of light on the water and how to handle reflections in differing situations. Oil or acrylic painters welcome.

$490
All Level Welcomes
Gage Capitol Hill

 

Still Life Painting in Oil – Michael Friel
Saturday | 1/18-3/21| 2:00-5:00 P.M.

In this fundamental oil painting course, you will learn to stretch, prime, and tone canvas, work with a tonal underpainting, mix a full spectrum of colors with limited and full palettes, employ a variety of brush and palette knife effects, and use glazing medium. Over the course of the class, you complete three progressively more complex still life paintings, each designed to improve your comprehension of still life and oil painting techniques. The instructor begins each class with a short lecture/demonstration and devotes the remainder of class time to individual instruction.

$490
All Level Welcomes
Gage Capitol Hill

 

Mentored Studies in Abstraction – Jeffrey Simmons
Sunday | 1/19-3/8| 1:00-5:00 P.M.

Are you an intermediate or advanced student who likes the structure of a class, but want to work on your own projects? Do you enjoy feedback in a supportive and creative environment? The Mentored Studies program is designed or you! Join a group of motivated peers for weekly painting sessions in which you complete work in progress, start new work, or develop new ideas, while mentored by a Gage teaching artist. The group will be led by a different Gage artist each quarter, starting with Jeffrey Simmons in Fall. The four-hour format is designed for adequate in-class work time. Work sessions are supplemented by occasional readings, discussions and critiques of student work.

$510
Intermediate/Advanced
Gage Capitol Hill

 

Oil Painting: Still Life, Figure, and Landscape – Abigail Drapkin
Sunday | 1/19-3/22| 2:00-5:00 P.M.

In this course, students will expand their technical skills and ideas for self-expression through the genres of still life, figure, and landscape in oil. Learn to develop a unique style through choices in composition, subject matter, color, and approach to the painting process. One on one instruction makes this the ideal course for both the complete beginner and those looking for guidance to take their work to the next level.

$490
Beginner
Gage Capitol Hill

 
Evening
 

Old Master series: The Venetian Technique – Hamid Zavareei
Monday | 1/13-3/16| 6:30-9:30 P.M.

The general approach of the Venetian masters such as Titian, Veronese and Tintoretto at the height of the Renaissance has come to be known as the Venetian Technique. What characterizes the Venetian technique is a departure from the Florentine tradition which was prevalent and dominant in the High Renaissance. The main distinction between the two schools of painting is what is known as “colorito” versus “Disegno” where the sensual application of paint with expressive quality takes precedence over carefully designed stage of painting central to the Florentine tradition.The resonance and influence of The Venetian approach has stretched throughout the centuries leaving its mark on every master up to this day. The Baroque masters including Rembrandt, Rubens, Velasquez, and beyond to the French Academy and German expressionism partake of the influence of the Venetian masters. This class is an exploration of the Venetian tradition from the initial Imprimatura and developing the underpainting, working up the layers of scumbles with emphasis on paint application and glazes to the final touches and highlights.

$490
All Levels Welcome
Gage Capitol Hill

 

Atelier Primer – Tiffany Doe/Riley Doyle
Tuesday/Thursday | 1/14-3/19| 6:00-9:00 P.M.

The Atelier Primer is a part-time program modeled after the Georgetown Atelier’s full time curriculum. This new and exciting program will teach the classical foundations of drawing and painting from life, and how to extend from the Observational into the Imaginative. Whether you’re a beginner interested in learning the techniques of observational drawing and painting, or you are an intermediate/advanced student who wants to improve or keep your skills sharp, the Atelier Primer is perfect for you. This evening class is ideal for those who cannot attend classes during the day. Tuesday nights focus on skill building from still lives, observational studies from plaster casts and master copies. Thursday nights we apply the same techniques to a live model, and focus heavily on constructive anatomy. Led by instructors Riley Doyle and Tiffany Dae, alumni and instructors of the full time atelier, the Atelier Primer is comprised of by hands-on demos, lectures, and individual critiques. Note- This programs takes place at the Gage Georgetown location.

$770
All Levels Welcome
Gage Georgetown

 

Basics of Oil Painting – Hamid Zavareei
Wednesday | 1/15-3/18| 6:30-9:30 P.M.


Develop a foundational knowledge of oil painting material and technique through hands-on exercises aimed at helping you understand the mechanics of oil painting. Combine your new knowledge with drawing skills to understand the concepts of contour, value, shape, volume, form and perspective for a more comprehensive experience. Principles of paint handling and proper use of material will go hand-in-hand in building skills to render still-life objects progressively from simple to more complex. Turning form and creating space, use of positive and negative space and creating sound compositions are incrementally incorporated.

$490
Beginner
Gage Capitol Hill

 

Modern Realist Figure Painting – Nicholas Enevoldsen
Wednesday | 1/15-3/18| 6:30-9:30 P.M.


Learn to paint the human figure while exploring traditional and contemporary painting methods in oil or water-based media. Working from live models, students will discover essential techniques for capturing a model’s likeness with accuracy and for expressing personal artistic vision with heightened emotive and aesthetic effects. Nicholas will present live demonstrations, individual critiques, and offer a series of lectures designed to equip students with integral knowledge and skills for painting flesh tones and for capturing a compelling sense of light, atmosphere, and form.

$490
Live Model
All Levels Welcome
Gage Capitol Hill

 

Gage Seminars: The Language of Art: High Kitsch – Mike Magrath
Thursday | 1/16-3/5| 6:00-8:00 P.M.

Kitsch is the beautiful lie that eats truth. We chart the evolution of Kitsch from its origins as aspirational culture among the 19th C bourgeois to ubiquitous cultural language of the 21rst C consumer society. Along the way we dig into critical theory as applied to the analysis of mass culture and the development of totalitarian societies and learn tools to critically analyze the symbol stream of contemporary social and political life. Also we come up with a working definition of Art.

$275
All Levels Welcome
Gage Capitol Hill

 

Intermediate Expressive Figure Painting II: Color & Composition – Barbara Fugate
Thursday | 1/16-2/13| 6:30-9:30 P.M.

Learn to build strong and more complex color compositions in your Expressive Figure paintings. This class looks toward Henri Matisse and Richard Diebenkorn’s figure paintings where color, shape, line and pattern are used to create Modernist compositions. Color is the driving force to balance, activate and flatten your paintings while working directly from a live model. Expressive paint application is also emphasized in this class. One main canvas is developed over the course of this 5-week course. Oil or Acrylic Paint. Intermediate to Advanced painting experience.

$265
Live Model
Intermediate
Gage Capitol Hill

 

Sculpting

Morning
 

Sculpting the Human Face – Mardie Rees
Saturday | 2/8-2/29| 9:30 A.M.-4:30 P.M.

Learn to sculpt the portrait and capture likeness and personality in clay. Students will learn to sculpt a full scale portrait in water clay on a fixed armature, while working from a live model. Students will begin by first massing-in the shape of the skull, and learn how to progressively incorporate facial features in relation to this structure. Instruction will include introduction to tools and techniques, proportions, structural anatomy, and learning to closely observe the nuances of the human face, demos, lectures, and individual feedback throughout the class. By the end of the course, each student will have created one portrait from a live model.

$415
Live Model
All Levels Welcome
Gage Capitol Hill

 
Evening
 

Portrait Sculpting – Elijah Evenson
Monday | 1/13-3/16| 6:30-9:30 P.M.

Learn to sculpt the portrait and capture likeness and personality in clay. Focus on sculpting a full-scale portrait in water clay on a fixed armature while working from a live model. Instruction topics include an introduction to tools and techniques, proportions, structural anatomy and learning to closely observe the nuances of the human face. Each student begins by first massing-in the shape of the skull, and learning to incorporate facial features in relation to this structure. Instruction includes demonstrations, brief lectures and individual feedback throughout the class. By the end of the session, create one portrait from a live model.

$520
Live Model
Beginner
Gage Capitol Hill

 

Figure Sculpting Studio – Mike Magrath
Tuesday | 1/14-3/17| 6:30-9:30 P.M.

Experience a clear and intuitive method for mastering the fundamentals of three-dimensional modeling, as well as develop advanced skills that radically improve your ability to see and understand the figure. You work from the same pose for the entire quarter, with the pose also available in the independent Sculpture Reserved Studio on Thursday nights, (enroll separately) — providing you up to 60 hours to develop your work. Class price includes clay and model fees.

$520
Live Model
All Levels Welcome
Gage Capitol Hill

 

Printmaking

Morning
 

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

 

Printmaking: Beyond the Basics – Klara Glosova
Friday | 1/17-3/6| 9:00 A.M.-1:00 P.M.

In this printmaking class students will dive deeper into the printmaking processes. In addition to monotype students will work with drypoint: a printmaking technique of the intaglio family, in which an image is incised or drawn into a plate with a hard-pointed “needle” of sharp metal. Other printmaking methods such as relief print and solar plate etching will be introduced. This class is an opportunity to develop your own projects under the instructor’s guidance. Together we will learn new methods and troubleshoot technical issues to get the results you are looking for as well as some unexpected surprises.

$525
Intermediate
Gage Capitol Hill

 

Landscape Woodcut Prints – Nikki Barber
Saturday | 2/22-3/7| 9:00 A.M.-1:00 P.M.

This course is an introduction to relief printing focusing on landscapes in woodblock. You will develop skill and technique as you create landscapes through reductive relief printing techniques. You will learn how to employ safe wood cutting techniques, use oil-based inks and generate original prints. You will work from photographs or drawings to design, carve and print your own landscape studies. Upon completion you will have an expanded toolkit of visual arts vocabulary and way of thinking artistically through the production of original and contemporary prints.

$195
All Levels Welcome
Gage Capitol Hill

 
Afternoon
 


Printmaking Techniques for Everyone! – Klara Glosova
Friday | 1/17-3/20| 1:30-4:30 P.M.

This class is ideal for artists who love to draw and paint. As an introduction to printmaking, we will focus on monotype – a basic technique incorporating draftsmanship and direct painting with printmaking. Come experiment with colors, textures and materials. Learn to use an etching press, oil based inks and various tools to create one of a kind prints. This class is specifically designed for painters looking to expand their sense of color, gain understanding by working in layers and evolve their images to a higher level. Recommended for all levels of experience, including beginners.

$490
All Levels Welcome
Gage Capitol Hill

 

Weekend Workshop

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

 

Weeklong Workshop

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