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: Slide Lectures, Introduction of Concepts, Demonstrations; Afternoons are group or independent studio time, and consultations.

Thursday Morning Sessions:  Figure Drawing and Demonstrations; 

Afternoons are open figure drawing, independent studio time, and consultations.

Independent Studio Time: This program is for self-motivated learners who can dedicate themselves to creating a sustainable art practice. Students will be most successful if they can reserve at least one full, additional day of studio work. A regular, committed practice is best for integrating the lessons.

Term-by-Term Curriculum:

Fall Term: Value | Form & Design

During the Fall term, students will focus on building form through observed value relationships on the life-model and still-life objects. Students will engage with pictorial design by studying the compositions of historical painters such as Caravaggio, Velázquez, Rembrandt, and Vermeer as well as Cubism. Form and Design will be explored and integrated through a series of exercises and independent projects. 

Winter Term: Temperature | Complement Sets | Color-Blocking

Winter Term will focus on the Modernist lineage of color and the method of color-blocking. Students will engage with temperature as a concept to help articulate observed color relationships on the life-model and still-life set-ups. Students will gain a deep understanding of complement sets and limited palettes through a rigorous series of exercises.  Students will create a dictionary of color charts and develop a practical and personal relationship to color. 

Spring Term: Chromatic Palette | Process & Narrative | Independent Projects

Spring term will focus heavily on individual studio projects and the development of advanced concepts in color organization. Students will create a series of paintings that explore personal, narrative concepts with guidance and consultations from of all instructors. 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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