The Trowbridge Atelier is a multi-year, online program that focuses on developing an understanding of color and the method of color-blocking, wherein color is the primary building block for constructing images.

Students learn to analyze color relationships based on value, temperature, hue, and intensity under the guidance of teaching artist Kimberly Trowbridge.

Two sessions per week are with instruction and include: lectures on historical and contemporary paintings, introduction of formal concepts, and demonstrations of studio exercises. Students work from observed still-life objects, master-work compositions, and the figure model. An additional session per week is dedicated to individual studio time. Sessions are interspersed with individual consultations and group critiques.

The Atelier begins in mid-September and ends in mid-June.

Trowbridge Atelier Curriculum Outline


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Trowbridge Atelier students are automatically included in all free programs, exhibitions and sales opportunities at Gage's Capitol Hill campus, as well as Georgetowns Art Walk and Equinox exhibitions.

Program Location: The Trowbridge Atelier is an online program. Students in the Seattle-area can opt to work at the Gage Georgetown location: Equinox Studios, located at 6520 5th Ave S, in the historic Georgetown neighborhood, in South Seattle.

Artists in the Trowbridge Atelier receive the following:

  • 3-day/week, 3-quarter program
  • (September - June) (18 hours/ week)
  • 6 hours/ week of life drawing/ painting
  • 6 hours/ week of independent studio/ critique/ mentoring
  • Access to studio equipment at
  • Equinox Studios, Georgetown
  • Access to Equinox Studios at
  • Gage Georgetown, between fall and winter terms
  • Free access to Gage Open Studios during the terms
  • Free access to Gage ArtTalks, lectures, toolkits

Atelier Schedule: Tuesday, Thursday 9:30 A.M. - 4:00 P.M
Friday (or other Individual Studio Day) 9:30 A.M. - 4:00P.M.  

Tution Fees: $ 6,950

Kimberly Trowbridge

“Kimberly Trowbridge engages her whole self in the creative process and carries a jangling set of keys to this universe with her at all times, unlocking door after door for her students...”

— Shannon Borg, Atelier Student

“Kimberly has the ability to transform what often feels mysterious and difficult into tools and practices that anyone can use. She does this while also communicating the magic of creating, and its role in our survival as humans. She is a gem in our midst.”

— Rhoda Donkin, student for a decade

“I am lucky beyond belief to have found Kimberly to guide my artistic journey. The impact she has made on me is genuinely life altering and I'm not sure I realized that could still happen in my 50's...the impact she's had on me is multiplied by every student she's ever had. We are all living richer, fuller lives due to her teaching...I wake up every day thankful for a world that has the magical, wise, gifted, passionate and hard-working Kimberly Trowbridge in it.”

— Margaret, Atelier Student

“Joining the Trowbridge Atelier has transformed my creative practice. After one year of Kimberly's virtual program, I am in radically different territory. I am deeply immersed in the intimate practice of making art in my own studio, connected to a rich community of fellow painters, and continually inspired to dig deeper through Kimberly's ongoing and personal mentorship. Next year, even though I live in Seattle, I'm electing to keep going virtually because I love benefiting from all the learning while investing in my own space. Being in the Trowbridge Atelier's online classroom has been - and continues to be - the most satisfying and enriching learning experience I've ever had!”

— Kristin Costello, Atelier Student

“My experience as a 2020-2021 Trowbridge Atelier has been incredibly influential on my growth as an artist. I was able to join the program while living full-time in NYC, but I always felt close by. Kimberly was so attentive to my needs as her student, it was as if we were always speaking in person.
The circumstances that pushed us into a virtual realm also required me to carve out a thoughtful home studio space, allowing me to fully integrate my artistic practice into my everyday life. I could not be happier with my experience, and I am thrilled to continue this program virtually again next year.”

— Sonja Haroldson, Atelier Student

“In 2020 when COVID prevented the atelier from meeting in person I had no idea what to expect from virtual learning. After a year and a half of the virtual Trowbridge Atelier, I love remote learning. Kimberly's multi-platform skills combined with her enthusiasm for sharing work and ideas create an exciting virtual classroom where instruction and interaction flow smoothly. Sessions include lectures, painting demonstrations (both live and recorded) and working from a live model in real time with Kimberly and fellow students. There are lots of opportunities for getting feedback by sharing work in class or in a private Facebook group, or one on one consultations with Kimberly. I love to have the opportunity to experiment and try new things in my own space at home yet still have instruction, feedback, mentoring, and community that I get from being in the atelier.”

— Sue Rose, Atelier Student

In recognition of the national examination of systemic racism and injustices, Gage Academy of Art is committed to continued analysis and expansion of our own institutional practices.

Land Acknowledgment: Gage Academy of Art would like to acknowledge that we stand on the traditional ancestral lands of the Coast Salish peoples—specifically the Duwamish People, past and present—and honor, with gratitude, the land itself, the Duwamish Tribe, and their ancient heritage. Without them, we would not have access to this gathering, dialogue and learning space. We ask that we take this opportunity to thank the original caretakers of this land, who are still here.

Non-Discrimination Policy: Gage Academy of Art does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, nationality, gender identity, sexual orientation, ability, age, religion, or ethnic origin in administration of its educational and admission policies, scholarships, and any school administered programs

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