in partnership
Our creative process began with making paper collages in our sketchbooks. From there we moved on to thumbnail sketches and finally pastel drawings. (Image: Melanie Biehle/Seattle Refined)

To Do: Fine Art Workshops at Gage Academy of Art

To say that the Abstract Composition: Color Studies weekend art workshop taught by Julia Ricketts at Gage Academy of Art changed my (art) life would be an understatement. I had more "a-ha" moments in those two days of collage-making and pastel drawing than I've had in the past two years of working primarily alone on my own pieces. Julia taught me an entirely new method of creating art that has changed the way that I'll approach most of my work in the future.
Julia's class marked my first visit to Gage Academy of Art, which is housed in the beautiful landmark St. Nicholas Building on top of Capitol Hill next to Saint Mark's Cathedral. The school offers fine art classes and programs for teens and adults.
If you're not sure where to start, check out Gage's one-day Quick Start Studios that run from September 8th to 13th. You can sample a variety of classes without committing to an entire quarter. Gage Academy of Art also offers weekend and weeklong workshops if you're looking for something a little more substantial than just one day. You'll also find art exhibitions, interactive art events like Drawing Jam, and informative public talks with working artists.
Our weekend workshop consisted of less than 10 students, which was the perfect size for learning from each other as well as our instructor. There was plenty of time for Julia to walk around and provide us with some individual feedback and work with the class as a whole.
I won't subject all of you to the details here, but if you're interested in reading more about how Julia's class impacted my own creative process you can read about it on my website. I loved her teaching style so much that I signed up for her Abstract Painting I class that begins on September 16th!
Now I get to use the words that I never thought I'd say at my age - I can't wait for fall quarter to start. Do I get to go back-to-school shopping too?