Students in the Trowbridge Atelier commit to a minimum of three days per week. Tuesdays and Thursdays are mandatory, plus one additional day of the week for independent studio practice.

Tuesday morning sessions include slide lectures, introduction of concepts, and demonstrations; afternoon sessions are independent studio time and individual consultations.

Thursday morning sessions are figure drawing and demonstrations; afternoon sessions are open figure drawing, independent studio time and individual consultations.

Term-by-Term Curriculum:

Fall Term: Value | Form & Design

During the Fall term, students will focus on building form through observed value relationships as they relate to the planar structure of the life-model and to still-life objects, including: rocks, blocks, folded paper, and fabric. Students will engage with pictorial design by studying the compositions of historical painters such as Caravaggio, Velázquez, Rembrandt and Vermeer.

Form and Design will be explored and integrated through a series of observational still-life paintings that respond to the dynamic compositional lessons of these masterworks.

Winter Term: Temperature | Dyads &Triads | Color-Blocking

Winter Term will focus on the Modernist lineage of color, including the study of the Venetians, Rubens, Delacroix, and into the Impressionist and Post-Impressionist movements. Lectures will highlight the works of Manet, Van Gogh, Gauguin, Monet, Cezanne, Bonnard, and Vuillard.

Students will engage with temperature as a concept to help articulate observed color relationships on the life-model, interior environments, and in still-life set-ups. Students will explore a series of dyad and triad palettes and gain a practical and personal relationship with color. Students will create a dictionary of color charts that document the mixed palettes from each day’s lesson and will begin a series of individual studio paintings.

Spring Term: Process & Narrative: Independent Projects

Spring term will focus heavily on individual studio practice, painting from the life-model, and an introduction to plein-air painting. Students will develop a series of paintings that explore personal, narrative concepts through the use of learned color concepts. Both observation and invention will be used to create compositions that are layered, complex, formal, and poetic. Contemporary painting methods and compositional strategies will be introduced through lectures, demos and painting exercises.




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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