Workshops at Gage Academy of Art

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

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April



Printmaking and The Landscape – Abigail Drapkin

Saturday | 4/18-4/25 | 10:00 A.M.-3:00 P.M.

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Learn to transform and reproduce your landscape drawings and photographs as experimental prints. Using the local landscape as inspiration, we will first discuss how to break down complex scenes into shapes, values, and colors. Back in the printshop, translate these sketches into prints using mark-making, line, color, collage, and gestural brushstrokes. Printmaking processes of monotype and ink transfer drawing using oil-based printmaking inks will be introduced.

$195
All Levels Welcome
Gage Capitol Hill



Introduction to Sumi Painting – Lois Yoshida

Saturday & Sunday | 4/18-4/19 | 9:30 A.M.-4:30 P.M.

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Experience serenity of expression through the techniques of sumi painting. Students will explore creative forms of self-expression using traditional materials and tools. Sumi (black ink) will be used to interpret images as well as changes in color through tonal value. Basic brush strokes are introduced through the four traditional subjects of bamboo, wild orchid, chrysanthemum, and plum blossom.

$230
All Levels Welcome
Gage Capitol Hill



The Art of True Ephemera Collage – Patrick LoCicero

Saturday & Sunday | 4/25-4/26 | 9:30 A.M.-4:30 P.M.

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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



Pet Portraits in Watercolor – Willow Heath

Sunday | 4/26 | 9:30 A.M.-4:30 P.M.

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Learn magically easy techniques to creating expressive watercolor pet/animal portraits. Paint with a lose illustrative strokes or hone in on your bush details while painting realistic eyes. Artist Willow Heath will guide you through the step by step process of painting 1-3 bright and expressive watercolor animal illustrations that capture the likeness and character of your animal with ease. *No painting experience necessary and no pet necessary, just come with a sense of humor and willingness to experiment and paint animals.

$130
All Levels Welcome
Gage Capitol Hill



Drawing the Figure in Ink – Geoff Flack

Saturday & Sunday | 4/25-4/26 | 9:30 A.M.-4:30 P.M.

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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.

$255
All Levels Welcome
Gage Capitol Hill

May


Gestural Sculpting and Drawing the Figure – Mardie Rees
Saturday-Sunday | 5/2-5/3| 9:30am-4:30pm

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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



Sumi Painting: Landscape – Lois Yoshida

Saturday & Sunday | 5/2-5/3 | 9:30 A.M.-4:30 P.M.

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Experience the flowing techniques of Japanese sumi painting and explore creative forms of self-expression while addressing landscape subjects. Traditional materials and tools will be used. Sumi (black ink) will be used to interpret images as well as changes in color through tonal variation. Students will simplify visual elements by using minimal brush strokes and are encouraged to experiment in expressing their individual interpretations of the various subjects. Previous sumi experience recommended.

$230
Intermediate
Gage Capitol Hill



Brushstrokes, Edges and Painting Loosely – Valerie Collymore

Saturday & Sunday | 5/2-5/3 | 9:30 A.M.-4:30 P.M.

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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 Welcome!
Gage Capitol Hill



Color Field Painting with Watercolor – Linda James

Saturday & Sunday | 5/9-5/10 | 9:30 A.M.-4:30 P.M.

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In this workshop, 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 $25 supply fee for all paper and handouts will be collected in class.

$230
Intermediate
Gage Capitol Hill



Encaustic Painting – Hamid Zavareei

Saturday & Sunday | 5/16-5/17 | 9:30 A.M.-4:30 P.M.

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Investigate the different characteristics and effects achieved by employing beeswax as a medium for painting. Learn the basics of the ancient and luminescent encaustic medium as you explore a range of applications from the simple application of clear hot wax on a painting surface to the layering, incising, transferring and imbedding of images. The course will cover techniques for heating, mixing and application of layers as well as different methods of working into the wax layers. $25 partial materials fee payable to instructor.

$230
All Levels Welcome
Gage Capitol Hill



Alla Prima Pastries and Flowers – Juliette Aristides

Saturday-Sunday| 5/16 – 5/17 | 9:30 A.M.-4:30 P.M.

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Join us for a rare, two day, alla prima painting workshop with Gage’s celebrated atelier instructor, Juliette Aristides. Painting from colorful flowers and/or pastries, you will dive into color in this fun, fast-paced still life immersion. Painting quickly and directly teaches the student how to capture the most essential qualities of the subject, using a direct approach. Learn to create thoughtful, interesting arrangements and examine the relationships between masses of value, color and intensity in your still-life painting. Bring your own pastries to paint and try not to eat them on your way to class!

$255
All Levels Welcome
Gage Capitol Hill



Bouguereau’s Painting Methods – Tenaya Sims

Saturday-Monday| 5/23 – 5/25 | 9:30 A.M.-4:30 P.M.

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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



Abstract Composition in Watercolor – Linda James

Saturday/Sunday | 5/30 – 5/31 | 9:30 A.M.-4:30 P.M.

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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

 

June



Portrait Drawing in Trois Crayon – Grace Flott

Saturday & Sunday | 6/6-6/7 | 9:30 A.M.-4:30 P.M.

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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 Capitol Hill



History Comics – Gina Siciliano

Saturday & Sunday | 6/6-6/7 | 9:30 A.M.-4:30 P.M.

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More than ever before comics are gaining acceptance into the fine art world, and serving as educational tools in all kinds of schools and institutions. No one knows this better than Seattle artist Gina Siciliano, whose graphic novel I Know What I Am: the Life and Times of Artemisia Gentileschi was published by Fantagraphics last fall. Siciliano’s comics about the Italian Renaissance were displayed alongside the Seattle Art Museum’s ‘Flesh and Blood’ exhibition, and most of her work is made with only the simple ball-point pen. For this workshop Siciliano will be sharing insight on creating non-fiction/historical comics– choosing important subjects, setting deadlines, doing research, working in different mediums (including ball-point pen), balancing text with images, using source materials, and designing engaging, beautiful pages that draw viewers in. Students will look at and discuss a variety of examples, plus work on setting up and beginning their own comics.

$230
All Levels Welcome
Gage Capitol Hill



Why Watercolor? – Suze Woolf

Saturday & Sunday | 6/13-6/14 | 9:30 A.M.-4:30 P.M.

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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 cooperates, 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.

$230
All Levels Welcome
Gage Capitol Hill



Mixed Media Image Layering – Patrick LoCicero

Saturday/Sunday| 6/13-6/14| 9:30 A.M.-4:30 P.M.

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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



Contemporary Still life – Larine Chung

Friday – Sunday | 6/19-6/21 | 9:30 A.M.-4:30 P.M.

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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.

$330
All Levels Welcome
Gage Capitol Hill

 

Weeklong Workshops



Strange Encounters – Storytelling with Clay Figures – Alessandro Gallo

Monday – Friday | 6/15 – 6/19 | 9:30 A.M.-4:30 P.M.

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Join us for “Narrative in Clay”, a six-day, figurative ceramic sculpture workshop with Alessandro Gallo.
Alessandro Gallo will share his sculpting process, from hand-building a figure using solid clay construction to painting the figure realistically after firing. Throughout the immersive, six-day workshop, every participant will be encouraged to develop one small to medium-size figure (15–20” in height). With the help of demonstrations and videos, the workshop will cover all stages of Alessandro’s process including:
• Concept and narrative
• Hand-building a solid piece using a pipe armature
• Roughing in clay, identifying main shapes, planes and volumes
• Defining progressively the piece in all its parts
• Cutting the solid piece in sections
• Hollowing and reassembling
• Firing and Post-firing, glues and tools
• Painting and finishing techniques

$750
All Levels Welcome!
Gage Capitol Hill



Large Scale Figurative Painting – Tenaya Sims

Monday – Friday | 6/15-6/19 | 9:30 A.M.-4:30 P.M.

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In this 5-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.

$600
Intermediate
Gage Capitol Hill



Portrait in Pastel – Ellen Eagle

Monday – Thursday | 6/15-6/18 | 9:30 A.M.-4:30 P.M.

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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. Following initial brief sketching sessions, there will be one model, one pose for the mornings, and a second model in a single pose for the afternoons.

$540
All Levels Welcome!
Gage Capitol Hill



Studio Concentration: Composition – Margaret Davidson

Monday – Friday | 6/15-6/26 | 9:30 A.M.-4:30 P.M.

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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.

$990
All Levels Welcome!
Gage Capitol Hill



Painting Light and Color – Devin Cecil-Wishing

Monday – Friday | 6/15-6/19 | 9:30 A.M.-4:30 P.M.

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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 Welcome!
Gage Capitol Hill



Portrait Drawing on Toned Paper – Dale Zinkowski

Monday-Friday| 6/22-6/26 | 9:30 A.M.-4:30 P.M.

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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



Drawing from Observation – Ron Milewicz

Monday – Friday | 6/22-6/26 | 9:30 A.M.-4:30 P.M.

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In this one-week intensive course, students will draw the human form from a live model in charcoal, pencil, and black and white acrylic paint . Students will learn how drawing the figure and the surrounding space from observation can be an act of deep creative invention, where the orchestration of light, form, and space are used as metaphors for the physical and emotional experience of life. Students will engage in a process of ‘seeing’ that admits both a rational analysis and an intuitive understanding of the motif. Each student will learn how to develop a unique, pictorially intelligent response to their drawing as it begins to take its place on the paper. Particular emphasis will be placed on the use of tone, not only as a means of interpreting light but also to investigate the fundamental relationships that give a drawing its form – scale, rhythm, measure, sequence, shape, and space. Tone will also be discussed as a basis for making color decisions in painting. Other aspects of picture making will be introduced in focused exercises to further help students learn to create images that integrate structure with expression. Continual reference will be made to historic works of art to help clarify the issues being considered.

$600
All Levels Welcome!
Gage Capitol Hill



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

Monday-Sunday| 6/22 – 6/28 | 9:30 A.M.-4:30 P.M.

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This is a workshop in visual aesthetics sensitivity-training by way of many exercises in color, composition, structure, scale, spacial relations and paint application. All are necessary to be in harmony to produce a complete painting to suggest a specific experience in seeing. In addition we search for that “additional reality” which is a frequent effect in a work of art.

Seeing the difference between a referential painting and an experiential painting is much like the difference between a game of Chinese checkers and a game of chess. The first one is more of a picture of an expected effect while the latter is an actual experience while viewing the painting. A basket of puppies panders for emotion by referencing a familiar situation, while a particular Rothko may elicit a deep and genuine spiritual response through colors and scale. This emotion is in all major arts, no matter what style and period as in Vermeer, Picasso, Matisse, Rembrandt, Byzantine, Titian and Cubism among many others, if you know how to see and how to read a two dimensional work of art. Craft and technique are necessary, but not enough alone to produce art. Paintings, not pictures or decorations is what we will pursue through lectures, analysis of successful and unsuccessful examples, the hows and whys along with specialized exercises. The goal is to be aware and able to see. Traditional along with experimental methods are explored and done as we move closer to understanding. Along with traditional great works and what makes them great, the new and now are included.

Prior basic painting skills are required for this workshop. A class fee of $25.00 will be collected for additional materials and reproductions. An open mind and adventurous curiosity is a must. The words “What If” become our mantra. Acrylic or oil paints, with a dryer for oils and an extender for acrylics. Please pay close attention to the supplies list. As an experienced painter you will have the basics, but there are many surfaces made clear on this list as well most likely, particular brushes to get.

$850
Intermediate
Gage Capitol Hill



Contemporary Portrait Painting in Oil – Clive Smith

Monday-Friday| 7/13-7/17 | 9:30 A.M.-4:30 P.M.

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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| 8/17-8/21 | 9:30 A.M.-4:30 P.M.

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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.

$600
All Levels Welcome!
Gage Capitol Hill



Questions?

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