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Program areas at Gage Academy of Art
Adult programs: the backbone of its comprehensive year-round program of adult instruction is foundational Art; painting, drawing sculpture and new media. Gage programs offer something for everyone interested in advancement of their personal, technical and artistic goals. Programs for adults focus on the practical applications of Art, exploring both the techniques and the aesthetic issues of Art making with a proven framework to accelerate the growth of artistic skills. This includes the distinguished atelier program. Gage's atelier program has grown to 7 programs, both full and part time. Georgetown house 3 of the 7 atelier. In addition to the atelier programs, Gage offers an annual studio arts intensive program. This is a year-long program which prepares students to jump into the professional or higher arts education programs. This program is a valuable program for the arts community. Studio arts intensive (sai) is one of only a few programs in the country that offer this curriculum, and at a truly affordable tuition. Over 5,000 adult students were served through a year round program that included: - four 5 or 10-week quarters of adult classes taught by top quality northwest teaching artists. - adult workshops which included weekend, weeklong 5 day intensives with visiting guest artists as well as our 2 week studio concentrations featuring a notable teaching instructor. - 7 atelier programs, ranging from part time to full time, contemporary to classical. Gage has one of the only sculpture ateliers on the west coast.- hundreds of open studio sessions, almost daily. - studio arts intensive - an 8 month program structured for students to prepare themselves for their next step in the Art world, whether higher education, the professional realm or to expose & challenge themselves to other Art disciplines and techniques.
Free or low cost programs & community involvement: Gage has expanded beyond its facility to actively engage with the public, largely through free community programs, partnership and engaging in seattle area celebrations. Gage offers our resources to the community and works with other arts organizations to reach people of all ages in innovative new ways across the city. The community programs include exhibitions, free artist tool-kits, Art talks, lectures, drawing jam, the best of Gage as well as many colorful community projects. Gage draws over 5,000 individuals and families to these events annually. - free or low cost educational programs - these programs run monthly throughout the academic year: 1) artist toolkits: feature local arts professionals discussing all aspects of the business of being a professional artist. These discussions vary from photographing your Art to grant writing, to gallery relationships.2) lectures: topics vary from a series on Art history to anatomy. The lecturers are experts in their fields and offer insight that is not readily available to the general public. 3) free exhibitions: Gage curates exhibitions by students, teaching instructors as well as invited artists throughout the year. 4) Art talk: these are lively, fascinating talks either with a panel or individual. 5) drawing jam - for 18 years, Gage has opened its doors & classrooms to the community on the first saturday in december. Gage loves to give back to the community and engages it with free Art materials, live models, live music, demonstrations by amazing artists, children and family activities which include painting, drawing, crafting, sculpting, block printing, etc. Food is available onsite so no one has to leave the campus and can draw all day! Drawing jam not only encourages individuals from 5 to 105 to tap into their artistic side (approximately 1,000 attendees), as well as the community to come in and see the school and understand Gage's mission. 6) best of Gage - this event is held mid-june of each year and signifies the end of the academic year. We celebrate this with a student exhibition & sale, a juried Art show and student award ceremony. Best of Gage generates approximately 800 students, friends, family, alumni and community members who attend to appreciate & celebrate the student work and purchase some amazing, one of a kind, pieces of Art. 7) annual fundraising gala - in early march, Gage held its annual Gage collectors gala it the spectacular fremont studios. The artists who donate their amazing work for this fundraiser is a testament to their belief in Gage. - community: Gage is involved in numerous community events & projects around the city including, but not limited to amazon, downtown seattle organization, adobe, seattle and town hall.
Youth programs: Gage young artists program offers various avenues to engage young artists at different and pivotal phases in their arts engagement education: - weekend workshops throughout the year. - teen Art studio (tas), 13 - 19, weekly, year around in three locations. Now in its 16th year, Gage continued its popular free friday night teen Art studios at the Gage campus and bellevue Art museum third location in southpark catering to spanish speaking youth. Tas offers monthly themes including classical anatomy, sculpture, illustration & storytelling, collage, block printing, drawing and more. The tas program includes free materials and the same off-the-chart instruction that all our programs receive. - summer at Gage offers our younger artists 10 weeks of workshops/classes, serving 4 age groups from 6 to 18. These young artists are instructed in fine Art, applied Art and movement-based Art led by professional teaching artists who use foundational painting, drawing, printmaking and sculpture techniques in kid-friendly classes like robot creation, animal Art, silkscreen, collage, teen intensives and digital Art. - intensives: as part of the summer youth program, Gage offers several two-week drawing intensive & painting intensive classes. For the teen looking for more challenge, a 5 week teen portfolio class is available. This is a pre-college, portfolio building program which culminates in an exhibition for the student artists. This year the program added digital painting to its roster.