Workshops

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

Weekend Workshops

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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.

Abstract Composition in Watercolor
– Linda James

Sat/Sun| 5/30 – 5/31 | 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. 

$230
All Levels Welcome
Gage 360 Online

Portrait Drawing in Trois Crayon
– Grace Flott

Sat/Sun | 6/6 – 6/7 | 9:30 A.M.-4:30 P.M.

Trois crayon is a historic combination of three materials — charcoal, white chalk, and red conté — that when woven together can capture beautiful warmth and depth in a human face. Discover the fundamentals of observational drawing by working with a live model and leave class with a knowledge of skull anatomy, proportions, and basic principles of form rendering.

$255
All Levels Welcome
Gage 360 Online

Watercolor of and in the Landscape
– Suze Woolf

Saturdays | 6/13 – 6/20 | 10:00 A.M.-3:00 P.M.

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.

$215
All Levels Welcome
Gage 360 Online

Mixed Media Image Layering
– Patrick LoCicero

Saturday | 6/13 | 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 360 Online

Relief Printing by Hand: Summer Postcard Printmaking Workshop
– Nikki Barber

Saturday | 6/27 | 10:00 A.M.-4:00 P.M.

Fun, easy, at home printmaking through this one day online workshop! Make original, postcards to send to your friends and family. All skill levels welcome from experienced printmaker to complete novice. Class participants will get one on one assistance in designing and carving their own stamps to be printed on as many postcards (or cards) as they like, while enjoying a fun, summer atmosphere.

$115
All Levels
Gage 360 Online

Large Scale Figurative Painting
– Tenaya Sims

Sat – Mon | 6/27-6/29 | 9:30 A.M.-12:30 P.M.

In this 3-day workshop, Tenaya shares the system and techniques he developed specifically for creating large-scale figurative paintings. Though a progression of lectures, demos, class exercises and work-alongs, Tenaya takes students along a deep-dive tour of developing the critical components needed to create a large-scale figurative painting.

$195
Intermediate
Gage 360 Online

Gestural Sculpting and Drawing the Figure – Mardie Rees

Sat/Sun | 6/27-6/28| 9:30am-4:30pm

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
All Levels
Gage 360 Online

Writing a Killer Artist Statement: A Key Element Of Your Artist Profile
– Vicki Halper

Saturdays | Jul 11 & Jul 18 | 9:30 A.M.-12:00 P.M.

 

Taught by freelance curator Vicki Halper, a widely published author and former modern art curator at SAM. Vicki is an insightful writer and critic, and is excited to share her knowledge of developing and perfecting these statements. Like it or not, artists are currently required to write original, well-crafted statements that reflect their artistic goals and methods. These statements accompany applications for juried shows and grants, and submissions to galleries. They are often hung alongside their art in exhibitions. Art critics ALWAYS read these statements for the insights that provide as to the artist’s intentions.

$50
All Levels
Gage 360 Online

Interiors and Still life
– Juliette Aristides

Sat/Sun | July 11 – July 12 | 9:30 A.M.-4:30 P.M.

Working from the interiors of your home, you will follow traditional ideas and techniques as you develop vital tools for creating skillful, luminous still-life paintings in oil. Learn to create thoughtful, interesting arrangements and examine the relationships between masses of value, color and intensity in your still-life painting.                                                                The instructor will send out instructions to the class the week prior to the workshop. The group will meet in the mornings for demo, lecture and questions, then break to work on assignments. There will be both individual and group critiques throughout the workshop.

$325
All Levels
Gage 360 Online

Create your own handmade card with Botanicals  – Crystal Soojeong Shin

Saturday | July 18 | 10:00 A.M.-2:00 P.M.

Create your own handmade card with botanicals in colored pencils! We will draw botanicals on white blank card stock in a casual illustrative, loose style with colored pencils and pens. You can draw those beautiful wild flowers blooming in summer or any garden flowers that you find in your garden or yard, and turn them into your original handmade card! You could scan later and print copies of your creation to make multiple cards.

$115
All Levels
Gage 360 Online

Dramatic Landscapes
– Mark Kang-O’Higgins

Sat/Sun | July 18 – July 19 | 9:30 A.M.-4:30 P.M.

“In this on-line two day workshop students will learn how to portray dramatic lighting when painting the landscape. Students can work from a pre-set landscape image or bring their own material to class. 

Atelier instructor Mark Kang-O’Higgins will demonstrate how to start, build up and finish a dramatic landscape painting. 

Topics will include: Subject matter and mood choice, the use of colored grounds, composition and using value and color to create a focal point, mark-making and basic perspective, color mixing and value contrast to create atmosphere, symbols and the politics of the landscape.

Students will have the option of painting along step-by- step on a shared image or bringing their own source materials to class. 

Each morning will start with topic discussions/lectures and a demonstration of landscape painting technique. Students will be given time to paint their own landscape working on the workshop principles with feedback/direction from the instructor. “

$255
All Levels
Gage 360 Online

Still life painting: Wipe Out Underpainting – Larine Chung

Saturday | July 25 | 9:30 A.M.-4:30 P.M.

Bring life to your paintings with this one day workshop! You will learn the classical process to create a wipe-out underpainting of a master copy. Using a glaze, highlights are created by wiping and shadow by layering. This underpainting layer provides a generalized map of light, mid-tone, and shadow that will guide you through the rest of your painting. This tactile, subtractive method allows you to dive right in to the painting while keeping things general and bringing a warm life to the painting. There will be lecture, demo, hands-on working time and critique.  

$130
All Levels
Gage 360 Online

Brushstrokes, Edges and Painting Loosely – Vallerie Collymore

Sat/Sun | Aug 1 – Aug 2 | 9:30 A.M.-4:30 P.M.

Learn the physics of paint manipulation and what each brush or palette knife can do for you while you review French Impressionist masterworks to examine brushwork and edge techniques. Each day you will learn five ways to manipulate paint. we will prepare a monochrome underpainting using the instructor’s reference material (or your own), premix quantities of colors using the Munsell Color System made user-friendly, and apply the newly learned brushwork techniques, using an innovative technique to help with edge mastery and achieving a loose painting style.

$230
All Levels
Gage 360 Online

Still Life Painting: Setting Up Still Life and Creating Color Poster Study – Larine Chung

Saturday | Aug 1 | 9:30 A.M.-4:30 P.M.

Learn how to avoid mistakes in your work by taking advantage of doing a poster study prior to your final work! In this one day workshop we will learn how to set up our own still life with the guidance of old masters paintings, working out the composition and gaining familiarity with the subject. We will then learn to capture accurate color and value relationships with a color poster study. There will be lecture, demo, hands on working time and critique.

$130
All Levels
Gage 360 Online

Creating Images Through Collage & Transfers – Barbara Noah

Sat/Sun | Aug 1 – Aug 2 | 9:30 A.M.-4:30 P.M.

A studio exploration of image-making through collage and transfers, including possibilities for mixed media, 2D, relief, and 3D surfaces and the use of a variety of collage materials, transfer techniques, and adhesives. We will look at the work of other artists using these techniques to present a variety of content and image options, and then you will create your own work, using the images, concepts, and materials most engaging to you. You will be able to work representationally or abstractly, with an initial plan or an open-ended intuitive approach. You may also include drawing and/or painting techniques along with the other materials, if you wish.

Saturday – 3 hours in the morning as a group, and then individual appointments in the afternoon for 3 hours. 

Sunday – individual appointments in the morning for 3 hours, and then a 3 hour group session in the afternoon.

$230
All Levels
Gage 360 Online

Drawing the Figure in Ink
– Geoff Flack

Sat/Sun | Aug 1 – Aug 2 | 9:30 A.M.-4:30 P.M.

Explore a variety of effects that ink can give in a drawing – from soft atmospheric illusions of light and space, to bold textural renderings of form. Working form a model each day students will study the figure in its environment, first using slow studies in ink wash, then work on rendering the subtleties of the figure with pen and ink.                                                     Instructor will meet with the class through Zoom first 3 hours of each day for lecture, demo and questions. Students will then work on their own with the ability to ask the instructor questions and critiques.

$255
All Levels
Gage 360 Online

Watercolor Portraits 
– Abigail Drapkin

Saturdays | Aug 1 & Aug 8 | 10:30 A.M.-2:00 P.M.

This online workshop provides the tools and step-by-step guidance to paint a watercolor portrait from your own photographic reference. Learn to measure proportions of the head and draw the face, shape by shape, to capture a likeness. Practice mixing color, blending, and layering washes to build depth and volume in your portrait. Detailed demos and individual instruction makes this workshop accessible for watercolorists of all levels.

$175
All Levels
Gage 360 Online

Alla Prima: Painting What’s On Your Kitchen Counter – Larine Chung

Saturday | Aug 8 | 9:30 A.M.-4:30 P.M.

When you look around your home where can you find a fun and colorful subject to paint? How about the kitchen counter! In this painting workshop, we will work with found still-life objects and paint directly from life in a fast and furious style. Formal elements such as composition, value and color relationship will be addressed. There will be discussion, demo, hands on working time and critique. 

$130
All Levels
Gage 360 Online

Beginning Figure Drawing 
– Ryan Weatherly

Saturdays | Aug 8 & Aug 15 | 9:30 A.M.-4:30 P.M.

Gain technical mastery and intuitive understanding on depicting the human form in this online workshop. Working from quick gesture drawings to longer, more considered poses, you will learn proportion and anatomy; use light and shade to depict volume; and line and tone to describe planar changes in the body.

$255
All Levels
Gage 360 Online

Printmaking Processes at Home
– Abigail Drapkin

Saturdays | Aug 22 & Aug 29 | 10:30 A.M.-2:00 P.M.

Learn to create experimental prints at home without a press. Bring your drawings and photos as inspiration to create painterly monotypes, detailed ink transfer drawings, and textured prints with found materials. We’ll discuss how to translate your images into print using the fundamentals of line, shape, value, and color. This class includes detailed live demos and individual guidance to create a series of multiples.

$175
All Levels
Gage 360 Online

Weeklong Workshops

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In a standard Weeklong Workshop, the class will meet daily in the mornings for lecture, demo and questions. The group will break from Zoom to work on assigned projects and the instructor will be available for questions throughout the day. The instructor will set up both individual and group critiques throughout the workshop. Schedule may vary depending on instructor/class.

Studio Concentration: Composition
– Margaret Davidson

Mon – Fri | Jun 15 – Jun 26 | 9:30 A.M.-12:30 P.M.

This Studio Concentration will be held online, with class meetings in the morning.

Here is a subject that is fundamental and necessary to every kind of art, with ideas and techniques that can be simple or complex, personal or universal, and applicable to any medium. But where do you begin? In this class we will answer that question by studying and then recreating compositional structures, starting with simple ones like the three formats and their power centers, and then setting up and drawing still lifes that show various eye pathways. Next we will do the same with Pythagorean layouts, the armature of the rectangle, and the z-axis. Composition in one form or another is the basis of all good art from realistic work to complete abstraction. Learning how to see the structures within existing art, and then how to create them for your own work is what this workshop will be focusing on. We will work in pencil on paper to begin with, and will add in color in the second week, if possible.”

$650
All Levels
Gage 360 Online

Painting Light and Color
– Devin Cecil-Wishing

Mon – Fri | Jun 15 – Jun 19 | 9:30 A.M.-1:30 P.M.

 

Whenever we are painting, regardless of the subject matter, what we are really painting is light. This workshop will take a “nuts and bolts” approach to understanding how light and color really work and also give students plenty of opportunities to practice putting the knowledge in to practice. In this course students will learn how to convincingly paint light and form in full color. Through a combination of quick color mixing exercises and simple still life paintings students will learn how to take the mystery out of color painting. Students will learn how to accurately mix color, how to avoid “dead” “muddy” or “chalky” color and most importantly, how to begin thinking of color not as a set of isolated pigments but rather as an interconnected series of relationships. This class will include in depth lectures and demonstrations by the instructor on the properties of color and the physics of light, as well as detailed demonstrations and explanations of how to approach each step of the painting process from beginning to end. In addition to learning about color and light, this course will serve as an opportunity for students to become familiar with each step of the process of creating finished paintings

$600
All Levels
Gage 360 Online

Portrait Drawing on Toned Paper
– Dale Zinkowski

Mon – Fri | Jun 22 – Jun 26 | 9:30 A.M.-12:30 P.M.

This will be an online, live from New York workshop! In this intensive workshop, students will watch lectures and demos with the instructor for the first 3 hours of the day. Students will then work on their own projects with individual and group critiques during the afternoon throughout the week.  Students will have the option to work on a self portrait or use a family member as the subject over an extended pose and will discover a clear and straightforward way to approach drawing the portrait tonally, with an emphasis on accurate drawing and observation. You will work on toned paper that you make during the first day and utilizing various dry mediums such as colored pencils, graphite, and white chalk, work to achieve a finished portrait drawing. You will also learn how to capture likeness, and simulate the effects of light washing over the forms presented. Frequent demonstrations and individual critiques given throughout.

$550
All Levels
Gage 360 Online

Contemporary Portrait Painting in Oil 
– Clive Smith

Mon – Fri | Jul 13 – Jul 17 | 9:30 A.M.-4:30 P.M.

 

Study with a master painter who is a recipient of the First Prize Portrait Award from The National Portrait Gallery in London, England and was commissioned to paint actor Sir Ian McKellen’s portrait which now hangs at The National Portrait Gallery.

Discover the art and practice of portraiture as you learn by painting a self portrait from observation and to compose and consider the reasons for painting a portrait from life.  You will also be shown how to use the observational oil sketch when painting from a photograph. Starting with direct sketching on canvas and learning how to take measurements you will paint with a limited color palette that renders lifelike skin tones with direct (all prima) painting while you work to render a convincing and compelling likenesses in oil.  We will also discuss contemporary portrait artists 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
All Levels
Gage 360 Online

Figure Structure Drawing
– Geoff Flack

Mon – Fri | Jul 20 – Jul 24 | 9:30 A.M.-12:30 P.M.

Advance your understanding of the human figure’s construction by geometrically breaking down figures as they are posed in space and drawn from observation. This workshop is designed to bridge the gap between standard life drawing practices and anatomical study. Working from a live model, you will systematically draw the figure to fit landmarks within a set proportion system. Emphasis will be given to gesture, balance, and proportion to aid in the illusion of credibility. Students will leave this class with a better understanding of the figure’s key landmarks, form sense, construction, and gain greater ability to render a figure from life and memory.

$355
Intermediate/Advanced
Gage 360 Online

Observing Abstractly 
– Eric Elliot

Sat – Mon | Jul 25 – Jul 27 | 9:30 A.M.-4:30 P.M.

 

The world is made up of a complex network of interlocking abstract shapes. This workshop will examine the natural world and interpret the shapes and colors all around us. Through still life studies, you will explore various techniques and tools that will help you discover the abstraction in front of you, helping you to translate what you see into a dynamic, observational drawing and painting. The class will look at and draw from images of posed models, provided by the instructor, which will be critiqued in the following class.

$355
All Levels
Gage 360 Online

Studio Concentration: Art & Innovation, Lessons in Seeing and Understanding Painting
– Charles Emerson

Aug 3 – Aug 24 | 9:30 P.M.-12:30 P.M.

Searching for An Additional Reality

An additional reality is a characteristic effect of a work of art. In some paintings we see and sense this immediately – others require intelligent observational skills to see and understand beyond an image or picture. We need to see beyond skillful representation in most contemporary painting relevant to our time. We start with Cezanne, most prominent among others, who taught us to see and appreciate more the fact of painting application as well as the interactions of all the elements whereby one and one make three or more. The sum greater than the parts. An intellectual exercise much like chess; aware of the board and all the possibilities inherent in the interaction of the pieces. Each looking seeing more. You will be guided through a series of exercises to be able to see and understand more of what is actually happening in your and other’s work as in Cubism or Abstract Expressionism. A final emphasis on Bay Area Abstraction Painting as an easier entry. Experience required, intermediate or advanced.

Instructor will meet with students in the morning and set up group and individual critiques throughout the workshop.

$850
Intermediate/Advanced
Gage 360 Online

Painting the Natural World: An Internal Approach – Evelyn Woods

Mon – Fri | Aug 3 – Aug 7 | 10:00 A.M.-4:00 P.M.

 

In this workshop, students will approach the subject material through an “internal” process of observation. This internal and personal connection to nature will be reflected in the student’s art. Nature is alive and has a powerful energy. Students will be encouraged to capture this energy in their painting. We will be exploring how to render  these natural forms using a layering technique to bring to life the form, light, volume, color and texture of these unique structures. Some time will be spent outside, on ones own, absorbing and observing our natural surroundings. Back in the student’s studio, resources for subject material will be brought in from the outside,  and the use of photos. Class will meet daily on Zoom in the morning for demo, lecture and questions. Instructor will set up personal and group critiques throughout the week.

$550
All Levels
Gage 360 Online

Red Chalk Drawing
– Charles Miano

Mon – Fri | Aug 10 – Aug 13 | 9:30 A.M.-4:30 P.M.

Live from his studio in Florida Charles Miano will explain and demonstrate his tried and true methods for creating inspired Portrait Drawings in Red Chalk, in this in-depth, comprehensive, content-rich workshop. Artists will strengthen their ability to quickly represent the spirit of the model. Many fundamental principles will be demonstrated and practiced, such as learning to capture the design, gesture, proportion, structure, anatomy and form.  Participants can expect to learn the Miano Method of building a portrait form the Design to the Finished piece.

You’ll find Charles Miano’s methods and style will offer you the opportunity to experience  refreshing inspiration for your personal artistic exploration. Charles will  explain the techniques that enabled the masters to draw with power. He will break it down to simple, manageable stages that when practiced allow one to create superior works. Each day will be a mixture of demonstrations, group discussions, and personal critiques. This workshop is suitable for all levels of experience.

Artists will strengthen their ability to quickly represent the spirit of the model. Many fundamental principles will be demonstrated and practiced, such as learning to capture the design, gesture, proportion, structure, anatomy and form.  Participants can expect to learn the Miano Method of building a portrait form the Design to the Finished piece.

You’ll find Charles Miano’s methods and style will offer you the opportunity to experience  refreshing inspiration for your personal artistic exploration. Charles will  explain the techniques that enabled the masters to draw with power. He will break it down to simple, manageable stages that when practiced allow one to create superior works. Each day will be a mixture of demonstrations, group discussions, and personal critiques. This workshop is suitable for all levels of experience.

$550
All Levels
Gage 360 Online

Portrait in Pastel – Ellen Eagle

Mon – Thu | Aug 24 – Aug 27 | 9:30 A.M.-12:30 P.M.

 

In this natural light studio workshop, our goal is to observe the model’s form, color, and value relationships with a clear eye, and to distill this complex information into a simply expressed, harmonious construction. Engage in the intense color analysis and develop the skill of comparing shapes, color, and values to weave layers in the brilliant medium of pastel. Eagle will begin the workshop with a portrait demonstration. 

$540
All Levels
Gage 360 Online

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