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Workshops

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

All classes are Gage 360 Online unless marked otherwise.

All artwork on this page is by the respective class instructor. We encourage you to check out their websites and instagrams and see all of the incredible work!

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Weekend Workshops

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 Holiday Card Painting
with Willow Heath

Sun | 11/22 | 1:00pm-3:00pm

Bring the family together to paint watercolor holiday greetings from the comfort of your own home. Learn simple painting techniques, create a miniature PNW landscape, paint happy little trees, and winter woodland themes with artist and children’s book illustrator Willow Heath. Invite family or friends who live in other states to join you and create art together from afar!

$50
All Levels
Gage 360 Online

Color for Painters
with Al Gury

Sat-Sun | 12/12-12/13 | 9:30am-4:30pm

This two day workshop will provide practical insight and experience for the painter in color and value, color and palette choices for capturing light and temperature, color in landscape painting, color in portraits, Fauvist and expressive color. Students will produce a number of exercise paintings. The workshop will be introduced with an overview of color usage in painting and followed by group critiques on Zoom. Three Zoom meetings will take place, one the evening before, and one at the end of each of the two days. Questions and discussions are highly encouraged and a goal is developing a personal approach to color.

$255
All Levels
Gage 360 Online

Figure Drawing Workshop
with Ryan Weatherly

Sat & Sun | Jan 9 – Jan 10 | 9:30am-4:30pm

Gain technical mastery and intuitive understanding on depicting the human form. 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.

$265
All Levels
Gage 360 Online

The Landscape in Winter
with Suze Woolf

2 Saturdays | Jan 9 & Jan 16 | 9:30am-4:30pm

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.

$265
All Levels
Gage 360 Online

Intro to Portrait and Figure Painting with the Zorn Palette
with Dominique Medici

Sat & Sun | Jan 16 – Jan 17 | 9:30am-4:30pm

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 a weekend will help to sharpen your observation, and take your skill to a new level.

$265
All Levels
Gage 360 Online

Watercolor Galaxy Painting
with Willow Heath

Saturday | Jan 16 | 10:00am – 12:00pm

Bring the whole family and invite your friend from afar to this online galaxy painting workshop. Learn different techniques for painting magical watercolor galaxies. Paint a galaxy night scene as well as a galaxy that conforms to a shape such as a galaxy whale, a galaxy cat, or a galaxy in a jar. Learn watercolor tips, tricks, and special effects the whole family will enjoy.

$50
All Levels
Gage 360 Online

Contemporary Still Life
with Larine Chung

Sat & Sun | Jan 30 – Jan 31 | 9:30am-4:30pm

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 develop the painting with brush handling, color and texture. We will study various still-lifes in history as we form our own interpretation and meaning of contemporary still-life.

$265
All Levels
Gage 360 Online

Magical Valentine Card Making for the Family
with Ray Mack

Sunday | Feb 6 | 1:00pm-3:00pm

This Valentine’s Day, send your friends and family a little love the old fashioned way: through the mail! In this how many virtual workshop, Ray Mack will teach you how to make mailable valentines that fold, pop-up, move, transform, and most importantly, surprise the folks you care about with a little extra love this February. Bring the family together to create these magical valentines! All ages and skill levels are welcome. 

$50
All Ages!
Gage 360 Online

Start with the Basics! Introduction to Still Life Drawing
with Gary Faigin

Sat, Sun, & Mon | Feb 13 – Feb 15 | 9:30am-12:30pm

In art, everything starts with the ability to draw and render simple shapes, like the egg, the lemon, and the wine bottle. In this introductory class, Gage co-founder Gary Faigin clearly explains how to accurately draw a set of simple household objects, lit by a side-mounted spotlight. Each day Faigin will demonstrate one of the basic tools artists employ in creating accurate and convincing drawings: mapping, rendering, and employing perspective to capture subject matter like books and vases with round tops. Student critiques will proceed in the same manner as a Gage studio class (everyone gets a critique once a session), and the materials list – charcoal and an 18” x 24 “ pad – is simple and inexpensive. An excellent class for a beginner or someone wanting to brush up on their skills.

$195
All Levels
Gage 360 Online

Winter Wonders in Watercolor
with Kathleen McKeehen

Sat & Sun | Feb 20 – Feb 21 | 9:30am-4:30pm

Winter offers the botanical artist a selection of unique subjects, as they don’t wilt and change quickly as most plant materials do. Students are encouraged to select a subject of their choice from the many options, and while cones are perhaps the most challenging subject, even beginners can make good progress under the guidance of botanical illustrator and artist Kathleen McKeehen. Over the course of the two-day workshop, you will learn and practice various wash and dry-brush techniques leading towards an accurate and realistic depiction of your subject. Costs of materials can be minimized by purchasing small amounts of necessary paints and paper from instructor. 

$265
All Levels
Gage 360 Online

Crystals and Gemstones
with Willow Heath

Saturday | Feb 27 | 9:30am-12:30pm

Learn how to paint watercolor crystals and gems from artist, rock collector, and illustrator Willow Heath. Learn step-by-step in a live interactive demonstration how to paint crystals in watercolor while learning new watercolor techniques, tips, and tricks. Invite your friends for a virtual paint date and learn in a relaxed online studio environment.

$75
All Levels
Gage 360 Online

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

Sat & Sun | Feb 27 – Feb 28 | 9:00am-4:00pm

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

The Art of True Collage
with Patrick LoCicero

Sat & Sun | Mar 27 – Mar 28 | 9:30am-4:30pm

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, and 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. 

$265
All Levels
Gage 360 Online

Weeklong Workshops

Topics in Abstract Painting: 
Visionaries and Outliers
with Jeffrey Simmons

Mon – Fri | 11/30 – 12/4 | 9:30am-12:30pm

A number of artists have been left out of the standard history of abstraction, either because they were working in obscurity, had idiosyncratic motives and objectives, or simply failed to fit into the conventional narrative arc as it has been written. Happily, recent scholarship has reacquainted us with Hilma af Klint, Georgiana Houghton, and others.  

For this workshop, we will examine works by these visionaries as well as comparable artists of today. Paint with a group of motivated peers for painting sessions in which you complete work in progress, start new work, or develop new ideas. Slide presentations and online discussion will supplement independent work and private critique. 

Students are encouraged free to bring images of work-in-progress, or make work in response to the topic.

$450
All Levels
Gage 360 Online 

Mastercopy Drawing: Michelangelo
with Tony Ryder

Mon – Fri | 11/30-12/4 | 9:30am-4:30pm

The workshop is a contemporary analysis of the one of the greatest drawings of all time. Michelangelo is a founding ancestor in the lineage of drawing in the Western tradition. His figure studies for the Sistine Chapel ceiling demonstrate the highest level of craft in shape, line and shading. The clarity of his expression in red chalk conveys his sublime sculptural vision. The careful study of his work cannot but impart some of this craft and vision to us.  

This workshop will review basic figure drawing, beginning with the envelope and block-in. Each day will start with a two-hour instructor demo, which will cover shape, movement, form and light. Then students will spend the rest of the day working on their own master copies with guidance from Tony. 

Anthony Ryder studied painting and drawing with Ted Seth Jacobs in New York City and in France from 1983 to 1989. In 1998 he wrote and illustrated The Artist’s Complete Guide to Figure Drawing (Watson-Guptill, 2000). His work is based on a synthesis of observation and painting theory. 

This workshop will review basic figure drawing, beginning with the envelope and block-in. Each day will start with a two-hour instructor demo, which will cover shape, movement, form and light.

Anthony Ryder studied painting and drawing with Ted Seth Jacobs in New York City and in France from 1983 to 1989. In 1998 he wrote and illustrated The Artist’s Complete Guide to Figure Drawing (Watson-Guptill, 2000). His work is based on a synthesis of observation and painting theory.

$650
All Levels
Gage 360 Online

Portrait Drawing in Pencil: 
Block-in Boot Camp
with Tony Ryder

Mon – Fri | 12/7 – 12/11 | 9:30am-4:30pm

The errors that distort a portrait drawing begin with the very first pencil strokes, and express misconceptions about the subject of the drawing. Discover an approach to basic block-in construction, including point-to-point vision, measuring length and tilt by eye, looking for the non-parallelism of the two sides of the form, avoidance of horizontals and verticals and more. Students work on one-day poses with the focus on block-in rather than the finished drawing.  

Anthony Ryder studied painting and drawing with Ted Seth Jacobs in New York City and in France from 1983 to 1989. In 1998 he wrote and illustrated The Artist’s Complete Guide to Figure Drawing (Watson-Guptill, 2000). His work is based on a synthesis of observation and painting theory. Portrait Drawing in Pencil: Block-in Boot Camp is your unique chance to learn from a modern master. 

$650
All Levels
Gage 360 Online

Munsell Color Theory
with Graydon Parrish

Mon – Fri | 1/11 – 1/15 | 9:30am-4:30pm

This course will teach both novice and experienced painters confused about color how to precisely mix every color available in the gamut of oil paint and how to apply them to every day painting situations. By using the color notation system created by Albert Munsell, artist and educator, students will understand the nuances of color, how color has the separate properties of hue, value and chroma, and why artists past and present choose specific pigment for painting problems. We will explore palette organization, study light, halftone and shadow and learn the important skill of bracketing.

$550
All Levels
Gage 360 Online

Portrait Drawing
with Dale Zinkowski

Mon – Fri | 1/11 – 1/15 | 9:30am-4:30pm

In this 5-day, virtual workshop, participants will have the opportunity to work “alongside” the instructor as he draws the portrait from a live model over an extended pose (5days) and will discover a clear and straightforward way to approach drawing the portrait, with an emphasis on accurate drawing and observation, particularly the subtlety that the model presents.

There will be a three hour demonstration each day, and after a break, participants will be encouraged to either work from a live model, or from themselves (using a mirror), each participant will then get an individual critique virtually, and we will work together to achieve a finished portrait drawing.

Participants can work on white, or toned paper, and may utilize various dry mediums such as colored pencils, graphite, and white chalk.

Participants will 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”

$550
All Levels
Gage 360 Online

Design in Still Life
with Hiroshi Sato

Mon – Fri | 1/25-1/29 | 9:30am-4:30pm

In this intermediate Still Life course, learn to improve design and composition in still life working with Hiroshi Sato, a contemporary realist oil painter who draws influence from past and present artists. Sato’s work shows his interest in geometric design principles of the old masters. 
 

Students will learn fundamentals of design and composition to further the intent of their own work. Each workshop day will consist of a short lecture/demonstration by the instructor with the remainder of the time devoted to painting and explore with the lecture/demo topics in mind. Students should have a basic understanding of drawing and painting. 

Sato has a Masters in Fine Art from the Academy of Art University, San Francisco. His work has been featured in various publications such as Fine Art Connoisseur, Juxtapoz Magazine, Visual Art Source and Art Business News Magazine. Sato has exhibited work nationally and locally, including a recent exhibit at the Harris Harvey Gallery in Seattle.

$500
All Levels
Gage 360 Online

Mixed Media Drawing
with Daniel Duford

Wednesdays | 1/27 – 3/17 | 1:30pm-4:30pm

How as an artist do you generate new images? How can you trick yourself out of old habits to find new material? This course connects everyone’s innate creative spark with storytelling and straightforward drawing exercises. Oral storytelling, themed readings and image making exercises are braided together throughout the session. Everyone has a unique drawing voice. (NEW PARAGRAPH)In this studio class we will look at a lot of artwork from many different periods and cultures and we will draw all the time. By the end of the class I want you to feel confident that you can draw and express yourself visually and look at artworks with a new appreciation. Using a variety of media approaches, the course will concentrate on constructing images and compositions from disparate sources. Some exercises will be straightforward using observational techniques others will create new images from collage and found images. Examples of exercises include overlaying images from sources such as comic panels, old photographs, and master painters; or creating of a collage that is dissected and redrawn several times until a completely new image arises.  (NEW PARAGRAPH)This class is a mixed level course from beginner to intermediate. 

$450
Beginner/Intermediate
Gage 360 Online

Design and Composition of a Contemporary Painting
with Clive Smith

Fridays | 2/26 – 3/26 | 9:30am-4:30pm

Over a 5-week period, Clive Smith will work with you on how to take various elements — the figure, still life, interior and exterior space — and bring these elements together to create a painting. Either working from life or photographs, the workshop will show you how to incorporate early sketching ideas and photo/sketch collage into the design of a painting. If you have digital photoshop skills, he will work with you individually on how to use those skills in developing photomontages into the painting. Clive will show you the tools needed to tell stories in your work by bringing and thinking about different elements into a finished painting using both universal and personal concepts. The workshop will start with a group chat and presentation talking and showing how and why contemporary artists combine different elements of the world into their paintings. From this, students will either work from one of the presented artists concepts or from ideas and thoughts of their own to create paintings. Clive will then meet and work with each student over zoom once a week to discuss their progress, help set up their home studios and guide them through the different steps and techniques as they paint. Working once a week with Clive over 5 weeks vs a 5 consecutive day workshop will give each student the time needed in-between each session to build their painting layers and be able to have him answer questions that arise as they work. Each week, all the students will be invited to a group get together to show how their work is progressing so we feel still part of a class even though we will be working remotely.

$550
Intermediate
Gage 360 Online

The Spiritual, The Absolute and The Sublime in Abstract Painting
with Charles Emerson

Mon – Fri | 3/29 – 4/2 | 9:30am-4:30pm

Starting with Theosophical based ideas of Hilma af Klimt, Kandinsky and Mondrian, we trace it in Pollock, Rothko and Still as well as the addition of Native American studies. Rothkos’ early statements about art as well as Still’s, the movement toward American rather than French painting before and after World War Two. The influence of Surrealism and Suprematism. Current art searching once more for the sublime as was The Hudson River School. Contemporary influence of native genuine African (not American Black Art, or the art of the Cubists) for a contemporary Spiritual Art for our time with other not main stream genuine influences in works by Morandi, Agnes Martin, Wolfgang Laib, Beuys, Richter and Anselm Keifer. El Anatusi moving toward installation art with others. New, current and creative ideas in addition to art school familiars.

$TBD
Intermediate/Advanced
Gage 360 Online

Portrait Painting
with Charles Miano

Mon – Thu | 4/26 – 4/29 | 9:30am-4:30pm

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$550
Beginner/Intermediate
Gage 360 Online

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

Mon – Fri | 6/21 – 6/25 | 9:30am-4:30pm

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