This is a HYBRID program; class sessions will mostly be held online, but the class will meet in-person for plein air painting days roughly once every other week.

Plein Air Sessions: Spring and Fall terms will have 6 scheduled plein air days, every other week. Winter term will have 3 scheduled days, every three weeks. Students are permitted to miss up to two group plein air sessions per term as long as they make up the sessions independently. Painting locations will be decided based on weather conditions and curriculum focus. All locations will aim, to the best of the instructor's ability, to provide bathrooms, parking, and a reasonable distance from your car. Locations will be chosen as centrally as possible, but will be kept within King County. 


2024/25 Full: Coming Soon

Program Content & Objectives

The Contemporary Landscape Atelier is a multi-year program, focusing on landscape painting, both in-studio, and on-location. Interested students will be dedicated to studying the art of landscape painting, with a strong emphasis on working outdoors, from life. The program is a hybrid program, with virtual sessions consisting of demos, lectures, assignments, critiques and one-on-one time with the instructor, as well as in-person plein air sessions. 

Fall and Spring terms will have a stronger commitment to outdoor painting, and the winter term will switch to studio painting practices and exercises. 

Students will build a regular plein air practice as well as a strong studio practice, harmonizing the two modes of landscape painting to create a dynamic workflow. The hybridity of the program itself acts as a preview and training regiment for the nature of landscape painting. Working in the field and in the studio will expose the students to the strengths, weaknesses, and nuances of working from life, photo references, sketches, memory, and imagination, and will result in fewer limitations and much more visual exploration. 

We will begin by acquiring a comfort with and understanding of materials as well as exploring the building blocks of image-making as it relates to creating a successful illusion of depth with paint. We will then expand on those foundational principles by exploring different ideas around landscape painting, such as time, through observational painting, and how landscape concepts can merge with other genres like still lifes or figure painting. We will also push our plein air practice by making multi-session plein air work, or exploring more extreme painting conditions like time of day and duration of a painting. In the end, we will be developing a personal hybridized and limitless work process to develop a painting, with the freedom to move beyond traditional landscapes, all the while continuing to build a visual and experiential library to pull from. 

Time Commitment

Students are expected to commit at least 20 hours per week, working in their studio and/or on-location at least 2 days per week plus additional time on their own. They are expected to sign up for individual check-ins at least once per week. 

Class sessions are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30am-4:30pm with scheduled in-person plein air group sessions on select Thursdays. Virtual class days are broken up by scheduled one-on-one meetings, and group class sessions for lectures / demos / critiques / assignments.

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

Additional Requirements

-Students are required to have their own space to work inside for studio assignments
-Students are only able to miss 2 in-person plein air sessions per term which must be made up with independent outdoor painting sessions
-Students are required to have or arrange their own transportation to and from plein air locations; not all locations will be easily accessible via public transportation
-Students are required to have their own plein air painting equipment
-This is an oil painting program, though other mediums are allowed in addition to oils

Riley Doyle

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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