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Gage Holiday Gift Guide!

The holidays are right around the corner, give the gift of Art! By Gage Academy of Art

Drawing Jam is our annual community event, a high-energy gathering of artists and art lovers that takes place at our Gage Capitol Hill campus. Throughout the day, you can engage with costumed models, drag artists and performers—fun for artists of every age. Art supplies, access to art instructors, drawing demonstrations, DJs, live bands and solo performers are included! There will be plenty of food, including Off the Rez food truck, breakfast bites and coffee. With the holidays right around the corner, you’ll love the creative selection of gift ideas at our Holiday Bazaar and Small Works Sale. The event takes place Saturday, December 7, 9am to 6pm at Gage Capitol Hill, located at 1501 10th Avenue East in Seattle.

Work on yourself this holiday season or buy a staycation for a friend! Anthony (Tony) Ryder is an able and energetic instructor with over 30 years of experience teaching drawing and oil painting from life. Ryder studied painting and drawing with Ted Seth Jacobs in New York City and in France from 1983 to 1989. He is the author of “The Artist’s Complete Guide to Figure Drawing” (Watson-Guptill, 2000). His work is based on a synthesis of observation and painting theory. His unique instructional style combines careful personal attention to each student with abundant class demonstrations. He lives in Santa Fe with his wife and fellow artist Celeste, but we are lucky to have him in Seattle for not one but two workshops coming up in December! Buy a gift for yourself with one then get 20 percent off his second workshop!

Ryder’s first workshop, Figure Drawing in Pencil: From Block-In to Expressing the Fullness of Forms, will be held Monday, December 2 through Friday, December 6, 9:30am to 4:30pm each day at Gage Capitol Hill.

In this workshop you develop your patience, craft, observation and understanding of drawing principles. Ryder introduces you to a refined, articulate method of developing drawings through four linear and tonal stages: the envelope (a foundational shape encompassing the entire figure); the block-in (the abstract shapes of the figure); the contour (a specific linear description of the figure’s silhouette); and “drawing on the inside” (a tonal description of the body’s form within the contour). The cost is $750 and includes a love model. All levels are welcome.

The second workshop, Portrait Drawing in Pencil: Block in Boot Camp, will be held Monday, December 9 through Friday, December 13, 9:30am to 4:30pm each day at Gage Capitol Hill. Discover an approach to basic block-in construction, including point-to-point vision, measuring length and tilt by eye, looking for the non-parallelism of the two sides of the form, avoidance of horizontals and verticals, and more. Students work on one-day poses with the focus on block-in rather than the finished drawing. Portrait Drawing in Pencil: Block-in Boot Camp is your unique chance to learn from a modern master. Cost is $750 and includes a live model. All levels are welcome.

You can view Ryder’s work online at

Where were you 30 years ago?

Were you searching for a place for your creativity to call home? Gage Academy of Art co-founders Gary Faigin and Pamela Belyea did. They were dreaming up a school that would touch, challenge, transform and empower students.

Thirty years ago, Gage was a two-person staff operated out of our founders’ home. Today, we are a team of 20 dedicated faculty and administrative staff and over 100 amazingly talented artist instructors who, every day, bring the joy of painting, drawing, sculpting and printmaking to the communities in and around Seattle, be it our Capitol Hill headquarters, our satellite state-of-the-art studios in Georgetown, and at any of our three Teen Art Studios locations in Capitol Hill, Bellevue and South Park. There would be no Gage today without that initial dream and without donors like you who, over the years, have infused love and support through your generosity!

Tell us how Gage has impacted you when you donate. We want to hear your story about a class or workshop you or your child or grandchildren attended or the community of friends you met at one of our events.

The traditional gift for a 30th anniversary is pearls. Be our pearl this fall. Give to Gage today to help us dream up the next 30 years!

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For additional information about Gage Academy of Art, visit,, instagram @gageacademy, email or call 206.323.4243.

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