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!

Check out our weeklong workshops!
 



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. $230
Intermediate
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. 

$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 | 6/13 | 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



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

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

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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.

$265
All Levels
Gage Capitol Hill



Large Scale Figurative Painting – Tenaya Sims

Saturday – Monday | 6/27-6/29 | 9:30 A.M.-12:30 P.M.

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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 Capitol Hill

 

Weeklong Workshops



Studio Concentration: Composition – Margaret Davidson

Monday – Friday | 6/15-6/26 | 9:30 A.M.-12:30 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.

$650
All Levels Welcome!
Gage Capitol Hill



Painting Light and Color – Devin Cecil-Wishing

Monday – Friday | 6/15-6/19 | 9:30 A.M.-12:30 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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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 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



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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Study with a master who is a recipient of the First Prize Portrait Award from The National Portrait Gallery in London, England and has been commissioned to paint actor Sir Ian McKellen’s portrait.
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 you work 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



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