Artists from Gage and the community are invited to work independently from a live costumed or nude model at Gage Capitol Hill practicing drawing, painting, or sculpting the figure. No formal instruction. A studio monitor is present to time the model and set poses. Sessions last around 3 hours!

There are three different types of Open Studios at Gage Academy of Art:
1) Weekend Open Studios; 2) Hosted Open Studios; 3) Reserved Sculpting Studios

Please scroll down for more information on each Open Studio type.

Weekend Open Studios

Gage has open studios sessions available every Saturday (9:30am - 12:30pm) and Sunday (1:30pm - 4:30pm) for drawing and painting. Saturdays are short poses, starting with 1-, 2- & 5-minute poses on 1st Saturdays; 5-, 12.5, & 25-minutes poses on 2nd Saturdays; 25-minute poses on 3rd Saturdays; and a single long pose on 4th & any 5th Saturdays. Sunday sessions are always single long poses. All sessions are nude unless clearly specified on the listing as clothed/draped/costumed.

Hosted Open Studios

Hosted open studio sessions occur during the weekdays and are hosted by Gage instructors. These sessions are for students who want access to instructors for guidance and advice. Instructors vary from quarter to quarter.

Reserved Sculpting Studios

In the tradition of all professional art schools, Gage offers drop-in sculpture studios Wednesdays during the academic year. Artists work independently from the model on a drop-in basis, gaining hands-on practice in sculpting the figure.



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Open Studio Classes

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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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