Workshops

Gage offers workshops to fit your busy schedule. Weekend and weeklong programs available in drawing, painting, mixed media, and beyond!

Classes are either labeled as “Gage 360 Online” or “In-Person” under their date and time.

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A standard workshop will meet for the first couple hours of the day for lecture, demo and questions. The group will then break to work on projects and have lunch. Instructor will be available for questions during this time and may set up individual critiques. The group will meet at the end of the day for group critiques and share final thoughts. This schedule may vary depending on the instructor/class.

Family Workshop: Watercolor Sunsets
with Willow Heath

Saturday | May 8 | 10:00am-1:00pm
Gage 360 Online

Bring the family together for Mother’s Day to learn different approaches to painting magical watercolor sunsets. Create two small sunset scenes while exploring techniques, color mixing, and watching live demonstrations from artist and children’s book illustrator Willow Heath.

$75
All Ages!
Gage 360 Online

Developing Your Visual Language 
with Hiroshi Sato

Mon – Fri | May 10 – May 14 | 9:30am-4:30pm
Gage 360 Online

This course is designed for intermediate/ advanced students looking to develop their own language in expressing their ideas that will eventually lead to a cohesive and unique body of work.

The class consists of a lecture given by the instructor and devotes the remainder of the time to constructing and planning a visual language and body of work. Students should have a technical understanding of drawing and painting.

$550
Intermediate/Advanced
Gage 360 Online

Contemporary Still Life Painting
with Larine Chung

Sat & Sun | May 15 – May 16 | 9:30am-4:30pm
Gage 360 Online

Still life set up offers the most effective way to learn drawing and painting through intensive observation from life. In this workshop, students will learn how to start a painting with a color wash, and then develop their painting with expressive brushwork, thoughtful application of color, and close study of texture. We will also look at various still-lifes in history, as we form our own interpretation of what constitutes a contemporary still-life.

$265
All Levels
Gage 360 Online

F is for Fake: Art and Authenticity in the Age of Deception with Caterina Pierre

Fri – Sun | May 21 – May 23 | 9:30am-12:30pm
Gage 360 Online

In this workshop we will study famous cases involving fakes and forgeries in art. While many dubious artworks were created after the Renaissance, we will look at many specific authenticity cases across historical periods. The workshop will focus on teaching the three main skills for discovering inauthentic artworks: traditional connoisseurship, or the science of looking at works of art by a specific artist and developing a knowledge of their process; provenance research, or the historical study of the ownership of a work of art; and the use of new scientific tools, used to test the actual material matter of an object to properly place it in the correct historical context in which it was made. Lectures will focus on the production of the most well known forgers of the last one hundred years, including but not limited to Han van Meegeren; Eric Hebborn; Elmer de Hory; and Wolfgang Beltracchi. Students will also have the opportunity to discover styles and formal qualities of artworks so as to develop their connoisseurship skills.

$130
All Levels
Gage 360 Online

Master Skin Tones in Oil with the Poster Sketch
with Patricia Watwood

Sat & Sun | May 22 – May 23 | 9:00am-4:00pm
Gage 360 Online

This two-day workshop will teach the Poster Study, to understand the relationship of color and value mixing in skin tones and capture the “Key of the Light.” We will work with reference models—light, medium and dark, to understand the special qualities of various complexions. Color gets all the credit in vibrant painted skin, but value does all the work. You’ll learn how to get the most accurate and pleasing color notes, and understand Watwood’s palette colors and mixing tips. This workshop is well suited to all painting levels, and the information is useful to both an academic or expressive style artist. When you learn to see planes and the direction of the light, your expressive potential is your own. The instructor will share photo references, materials list and instruction info ahead of the workshop.

$295
All Levels
Gage 360 Online

Personalizing Your Work with Visual Metaphor
with Perin Mahler

Tues, Wed, & Thurs | Jun 1- Jun 17 | 1:00pm-4:00pm
Gage 360 Online

Use your drawing skills to create compositions that deliver personal content through the use of visual metaphor.  In this class you will develop strategies that translate individual experiences into imagery.  Using figures and symbolic objects as well as the spaces that contain them, you will create pictures that communicate psychological depth and narrative complexity.  Starting from sketches and digital compositions, the workshop will result in a large finished drawing of a personally significant subject.

$550
All Levels
Gage 360 Online

Floral Painting in Oil
with Larine Chung

Sat & Sun | Jun 5 – Jun 6 | 9:30am-4:30pm
Gage 360 Online

We will learn how to paint beautiful flowers by first studying Fantin-Latour master works. These exercises will improve your sense of perception. We will then recreate a floral still life and paint from life. Through close observation, we will cover topics such as abstract value composition, gestural dynamics, flower shape, and flower texture.

$265
All Levels
Gage 360 Online

Mixed Media Image Layering
with Patrick LoCicero

Sat & Sun | Jun 5 – Jun 6 | 9:30am-4:30pm
Gage 360 Online

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.

$265
All Levels
Gage 360 Online

Watercolor on the Move: Practical Plein Air at Bloedel Reserve with Suze Woolf

Sat & Sun | Jun 12 – Jun 13 | 9:30am-4:30pm
In-Person class

Bring more freshness – and challenge – to your work through painting outdoors from life! From Thomas Moran to David Hockney, exhibitions often pair the artists’ large studio paintings with their preparatory studies, highlighting the vibrancy of the plein air studies. They may be smaller, less grandiose and less accurate—but plein air studies are more direct, personal and free. Plein air painting is something to practice regularly. Note: Class size will be kept small so students can socially distance, masks required.

The price point of this workshop includes entry fees to Bloedel Reserve on both Saturday and Sunday.

$335
All Levels
Locations Specified by Instructor

Expressive Flesh: The Figure in Oil
with Miguel Carter-Fisher

Mon – Fri | Jun 21 – Jun 25 | 9:30am-4:30pm
Gage 360 Online

In this workshop, students will explore how paint viscosity, translucency, and texture can be used to enrich the expressive potential of their figurative paintings. We will discuss painting as the simultaneous expression of light and physical substance as we experiment with glazing, scumbling, brushes, and mediums. Both traditional and experimental techniques will be utilized. We will also discuss the relationship between form and subject matter as the genesis of content. At the end of the workshop, each student will have a work that reflects their own aesthetic interests.

$600
All Levels
Gage 360 Online

Intro to Digital Painting
with Suzanne Head

Tues & Thurs | Jun 29 – Jul 22 | 1:30pm- 4:30pm
Gage 360 Online

This workshop series is an introduction to drawing and painting using Procreate on the iPad. We will begin with demonstrations and guided tutorials: first, rendering basic shapes, then moving on to a full-color portrait. The course will wrap-up with students working on their own ideas. Best practices will also be discussed: including brushes, color pallets, and file size. Students will need an iPad, drawing stylus, and the ProCreate app.

$355
All Levels
Gage 360 Online

Architectural Illustration
with Sofya Belinskaya

Sat & Sun | Jul 10 – Jul 11 | 9:00am-4:00pm
Gage 360 Online

Learn to draw architectural forms from photographic references and bring them to life with watercolor. This weekend workshop will cover the fundamentals of perspective drawing, and feature demos for a variety of illustrative watercolor techniques.

$265
All Levels
Gage 360 Online

The Great Modern Movements in Painting: Impressionism, Post Impressionism, Fauvism and Modernist Painting 
with Al Gury

Sundays | Jul 11 – Aug 1 | 11:30am -1:30pm
Gage 360 Online

In this informative workshop, students will learn and discuss the ways these paintings were made, the color and palettes used in them and their use in contemporary painting. Each of four two hour presentations on Zoom will include the historical and social context of each movement, background on the great painters of each approach, their methods and color palettes, a demo video of each method made by Al, and Q & A discussion. Examples of the great works of these periods will be presented and discussed. Not a hands-on workshop, this visual and interactive presentation provide a stimulating reference for decisions about your personal painting approaches as well as providing enrichment and background about art history and painting methods.This workshop is open to artists, students and interested persons of all art experience.

$130
All Levels
Gage 360 Online

Studying the gaze
with Timothy Hyunsoo Lee

Sunday | Jul 18 | 9:30am-12:30pm
Gage 360 Online

In this intermediate workshop in rendering the human gaze, students will use watercolor to capture the nuances of the human eye and the expressive gestures of looking. This one day workshop assumes students have a strong foundation in drawing; the day will be devoted to capturing the likeness of eyes with watercolor and exploring expressive gazes.

$165
Intermediate
Gage 360 Online

Working with Images: Mixed Media
with Timothy Hyunsoo Lee

Mon – Wed | Jul 19 – Jul 21 | 10:00am-12:00pm
Gage 360 Online

Work with found images and texts to expand the narrative of your works with this workshop in mixed media arts. Over the period of three days, students will work with images – either found or computer-printed – and apply techniques in image transfer, collaging, and stenciling to create a mixed-media work of art on the topic of identities. Demonstrations will be facilitated alongside a discussion of technique and looking at examples of works by leading contemporary artists who incorporate a mixed-media approach to their practice. 

$165
All Levels
Gage 360 Online

Contemporary Still-Life Painting 
with Larine Chung

Sat & Sun | Jul 24 – Jul 25 | 9:30am-4:30pm
Gage 360 Online

Still life painting offers great opportunity for developing solid painting techniques and refining artistic vision with direct observation. In this weekend workshop, students will first learn from selected master copy, learning about formal elements such as composition, value structure and color arrangement. We will then design our own still life set up and apply the painting concepts we have learned.

$265
All Levels
Gage 360 Online

The Structure of the Figure
with Geoff Flack

Mon – Fri | Jul 26 – Jul 30 | 9:30pm-4:30pm
Gage 360 Online

Advance your understanding of the human figure’s complex structure while heightening your ability to draw a figure from observation. This workshop 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 construction by breaking down the major mass concepts of the figure into geometric impressions, while rendering them as they are posed in space. Emphasis on gesture, balance and proportion will be stressed throughout to aid in the illusion of credibility posed figures. You should leave this workshop with a better understanding of the figure’s key landmarks, structural concepts and construction as well as a greater ability to render a figure from life and from memory. 

$650
All Levels
In-Person at Georgetown Campus

Fast Figures – Expressive Sculpture Workshop
with Mike Magrath

Sat & Sun | Aug 7 – Aug 8 | 9:30am-4:30pm
Gage 360 Online

Figurative artists such as Michelangelo, Bernini, Degas and Brancusi all made quick studies in preparation of their larger work. They employed time honored methods to understand the figure in the round, to work out composition and for pure idea generation. The resulting figures are often appreciated as more dynamic, expressive and compelling even than the finished sculpture.  In this two day workshop we learn many of these largely forgotten approaches for thinking in clay, wax, plaster and a variety of media. We work from the model to develop quick studies that can stand on their own, or be the foundation for later work. This class is a must for serious students of the figure and a great introduction to figure sculpture for beginners.

$265
Beginner/Intermediate
In-Person at Capitol Hill Campus

Presence / Absence – Playing with Space in Drawing with Sofya Belinskaya

Sat & Sun | Aug 7 – Aug 8 | 9:00am-4:00pm
Gage 360 Online

Sometimes less is more – this workshop will explore the narrative mechanism of omission in drawing and the power of the open ended story. Working with graphite pencils from photographic references, students will experiment with articulating and excluding visual information. Additionally, students will be asked to consider how the quality of mark and gesture of drawing directs the narrative of the image. Students are encouraged to bring their own photographic references, and some images will be provided as needed. The class will include drawing demos, lecture and discussion of works by contemporary artists, and will culminate with sharing and critiquing projects.

$265
All Levels
Gage 360 Online

Watercolor on the Move: Practical Plein Air at Bloedel Reserve with Suze Woolf

Sat & Sun | Aug 14 – Aug 15 | 9:30am-4:30pm
In-Person class

Why do people want to paint landscapes? What does a painting do that a photograph can’t? Why is watercolor such a frequent medium for these paintings? We’ll examine possible reasons, I will demonstrate some of my answers, and together we will practice some of the skills that underlie the discipline. If the weather and virus restrictions cooperate, we will move from indoor studio exercises to the most difficult and rewarding practice of all – painting outdoors from life. If it’s too inclement, we’ll discuss ways of working indoors from sketches and photos that keep the results bold, fresh and lively. 

Assuming we still must practice social distancing, we will do some initial exercises online first. If the weather is good and restrictions on city parks have been lifted, we will go on to paint outside (“plein air”).

If not, we’ll continue to work indoors and online in alternating online meeting/demo periods and personal work time during which I’ll be available to answer questions. We will regroup in the last hour of each day to discuss our progress and results. I will contact everyone signed up during the week beforehand. If we can’t go outside, have available some photos of locations that inspire you, and I will have some you can use as well. We’ll spend some time on different skills for painting from life versus photographs.

Besides continuing the work we started on session 1, I will offer some interim activities and we will rejoin each other on session 2 to make further progress.

The price point of this workshop includes entry fees to Bloedel Reserve on both Saturday and Sunday.

$335
All Levels
Gage 360 Online

Painting Foliage 
with Larine Chung

Sat & Sun | Aug 21 – Aug 22 | 9:30am-4:30pm
Gage 360 Online

Painting greens and flowers is one of the most relaxing and fun ways to spend a summer weekend while developing solid painting techniques and refining artistic vision. Through direct observation students will first learn from selected master copy, learning about formal elements such as composition, value structure and color arrangement. We will then design our own Floral/ foliage set up and apply the painting concepts we have learnt. 

$265
All Levels
Gage 360 Online

Working with Images: Mixed Media 
with Timothy Hyunsoo Lee

Mon – Wed | Aug 23 – Aug 25 | 10:00am-12:00pm
Gage 360 Online

Work with found images and texts to expand the narrative of your works with this workshop in mixed media arts. Over the period of three days, students will work with images – either found or computer-printed – and apply techniques in image transfer, collaging, and stenciling to create a mixed-media work of art on the topic of identities. Demonstrations will be facilitated alongside a discussion of technique and looking at examples of works by leading contemporary artists who incorporate a mixed-media approach to their practice. 

$165
All Levels
In-Person class

Expressive Animals in Ink 
with Kristin Frost

Sat & Sun | Aug 28 – Aug 29 | 10:00am-1:00pm
In-Person class

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$130
All Levels
In-Person class

Studying the gaze
with Timothy Hyunsoo Lee

Sunday | Aug 29 | 9:30am-12:30pm
Gage 360 Online

In this intermediate workshop in rendering the human gaze, students will use watercolor to capture the nuances of the human eye and the expressive gestures of looking. This one day workshop assumes students have a strong foundation in drawing; the day will be devoted to capturing the likeness of eyes with watercolor and exploring expressive gazes.

$165
Intermediate
Gage 360 Online