Atelier applications are now open for the 2023- 24 academic year! Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. It's highly encouraged to schedule a tour before or when you apply to connect with the program director. Meetings can also be scheduled over Zoom or phone.
The globally recognized Gage Academy of Art Atelier programs are designed for artists who intend to pursue profound mastery in painting, drawing, or sculpture disciplines under the guidance of internationally renowned teaching artists. Juliette Aristides started the Atelier program at Seattle's Gage Academy of Art where she served as Director of the Aristides Atelier from 1999 to 2022. This tradition of intensive instruction continues today with seven ateliers currently offered at Gage.
Once in an Atelier, students will study and practice in an immersive, stimulating, and communal environment that fosters serious work ethic, the desire to hone and master their craft, and the means to embrace fine arts as a career.
Gage Academy of Art offers atelier programs dedicated to both the classical and modern tradition. By choosing a specific atelier, you dedicate yourself to study with that artist and their students for an academic year. Before choosing your atelier, research their program and determine which is the best fit for you. Once you have determined the atelier that best fits your preference, you can schedule a tour with the instructor or apply for their program.
Requirements for admission are a motivation to learn and a willingness to undertake a long-term commitment of one to four years toward artistic development. Select ateliers do require portfolio submission. However, an advanced portfolio is not crucial. Instead, instructors are looking for artists with the self-discipline and devotion to thrive at Gage.
Students receive the following perks during their time in the Atelier:
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.