In-person at Gage Georgetown @ Equinox Studios (6520 5th Ave S) in the historic Georgetown neighborhood in South Seattle.


2024/25 Full: $9,950

Program Content & Objectives

The Georgetown Atelier is a classical drawing and painting program, which also recognizes the critical role that imaginative realism plays within the classics.

This program is taught by Tenaya Sims (ARC Salon Best in Show 2016 award), and program graduates Happy D. and Scott Allen.

At the Georgetown Atelier, students first learn core subjects, such as constructive anatomy, value studies, perspective, cast drawing, etc., working from observation. Then students learn how to extend beyond observation into the inventive. The 'Rock Project' is one such example of a bridge between the observational and the imaginative. Here, students first draw a rock from observation, and study its visual properties (planar vs. round, quality of texture, lighting, etc). Then students draw a rock from 'imagination', informed by their observational studies of the real rock.

The curriculum is divided into: Drawing, Painting I, Painting II, and Professional Development. This last pillar (Professional Development) is the culminating stage of the program, where students build a cohesive body of work under the mentorship of the instructors and cultivate their 'inner vision'.

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Time Commitment

Fall: Start date in September.
Winter: Start date in January.
Spring: Start date in April.
Exact Start Dates TBD at instructors' discretion.

Tenaya Sims

Teaching Artists

Happy D.

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Scott Allen

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Gage Academy of Art acknowledges the Coast Salish Peoples as the original inhabitants of this area and connecting waterways. We understand the land that Gage occupies is unceded territory and that today many Indigenous peoples live here and without their stewardship, we would not have access to this space. We honor the Coast Salish Peoples’ sovereignty, rights to self-determination, culture and ways of life. Since time immemorial, Indigenous peoples have called this territory their sacred land. We commit to learning, educating others and repairing the legacy of historically harmful relationships between non-Native and Native peoples in King County. In doing so, we will be honest, and recognize the experiences of Native peoples to include genocide, forced relocation, forced assimilation, and land theft. We also acknowledge Native peoples are survivors, present in today’s world, thriving. We encourage everyone here today to ask themselves: what can I do to support Indigenous communities?

In an effort to be transparent, Gage is contemplating this call to action and re-working how to best support Indigenous communities.

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