Introducing the newly reimagined Studio Arts Intensive (SAI) program! Gage Academy of Art welcomed its new Director of Programming, Antonio Pulgarín in the winter of 2021 and since his arrival, he & his team have dreamed up a revitalized new SAI program that you do NOT want to miss starting in September. Antonio has brought a fresh new look and perspective to all of our programs and his team has worked tirelessly to develop a unique and innovative program that combines a broad range of studio courses with newly designed courses that place emphasis on extensive mentorship and portfolio development. This year-round program was thoughtfully crafted and empowers students to develop strong skill-sets and further refine their artistic practices.
Small class sizes ensure an intimate cohort experience and a class setting which fosters one-on-one instructional time. The first half of the program begins with a focus on developing foundational skills in drawing, painting (both traditional and digital), and sculpture and then broadens your skill sets even further with printmaking, abstraction, collage, and watercolor. The majority of the learning takes place in the studio through the personalized guidance of the teaching artists. The latter half of the program focuses deeply on both portfolio and professional development. Students will receive feedback on their work from leading professionals in the field; which includes curators, gallerists, and current exhibiting artists.
Teaching artists in this year’s SAI program represent the highest standards of professionalism, creativity and artistic pedagogy. Under their guidance, YOU will find inspiration, support and community while building foundational skills, & developing techniques and best practices to serve you as you navigate a career in the arts. At the culmination of the program, SAI graduates will exhibit their final works with one of our partner galleries and receive a certificate of completion.
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.