Class Levels 

How to determine if a class level is appropriate for you!


Core Drawing is Gage’s “front door”. This is an introduction to core concepts, materials, and techniques used in observational drawing. These skills underlie virtually all classes and activities taught at Gage. We recommend this class to every student who wishes to study at Gage, to anyone for whom it’s been a minute, and to those who want a comprehensive and strong grounding or refresher in core competencies. 


Beginner / Level I 

Just starting out or unfamiliar with this particular medium? These classes will introduce you to the subject matter or medium. You may have prior experience in core concepts and other creative practices, but you would like to brush up on or broaden your skills.  


Intermediate / Level II 

You have prior experience and comfort in both the subject matter and the medium. We all have questions and gaps in our knowledge that instructors are happy to address; however, the instructor will not plan to set aside class time for detail on basic practices. 


Advanced / Level III 

Instructor will expect a working knowledge and comfort of the subject matter and medium. Class will focus on themes of advanced technical development and theoretical instruction.  


All Levels 

Expect to be surrounded by students of different levels and experience. The instructor may assume that you have a rudimentary understanding of tools and media, as well as core concepts, but will offer detailed instruction on specific skills and techniques appropriate to the class. 


Please feel free to email or call 206.323.4243 for assistance or advice in deciding what level is best for you! 

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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