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:

  • 15% discount on any class or workshop throughout the year 
  • Free admission to all lectures, noon-time professional development seminars and art talks, both online and in-person. 
  • Free attendance to Open Studios 
  • Library: Students may check out books from the art library in the Capitol Hill office. 
  • Studio spaces, if available for their Atelier program

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

Gage Academy of Art is committed to social justice in a diverse democracy

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