Kang-O'Higgins Atelier at Gage Academy of Art

The Kang-O'Higgins Atelier emphasizes drafting and painting skills to empower students with the language and technical skills they need to achieve full visual expression.

The Kang-O'Higgins Atelier at Gage Academy of Art atelier is a figure-drawing and -painting boot camp that emphasizes hard work, hands-on practice and a sense of urgency and concentration when creating. The atelier focuses heavily on life drawing and life painting. To that end, a model is available three weeks out of every month during the mornings. In the afternoons, you work on site in the studio, continuing assigned and personal projects.

Kang-O’Higgins gives slide presentations, lectures and technical demonstrations help you add to your arsenal of skills as you learn to place your work into a wider historical and contemporary context. Topics covered include line and tone, light and shadow, color theory and mixing, and proportion and anatomy, as well as the different approaches for drawing and painting from life. There are two formal life-drawing teaching days and an instructed afternoon studio session each week. The atelier also includes group outings and field trips and hosts guest speakers during the year.

A sampling of work from this years KOH Atelier

Great painting by Madeline Owen at the KOH Atelier

Kang-O'Higgins Atelier show at Axis Gallery!

Opening Reception, Thursday, May 5th, 5pm-9pm. Please join us at Axis Gallery, located at 308 1st Ave S, in historic Pioneer Square.

A still life study from 2nd year student Andrew Fricke.. Oils on canvas.

2nd year student Cyn Wessling's tribute to Ziggy Stardust in an abstract Word of the Week project..

A new self portrait from 2nd year Atelier student Ieva Ansaberga. Oils on canvas.

A self portrait study from 2nd year student Andrew Fricke. Excellent use of light! Oils on canvas.

New work from 2nd year student Kavita Subramanian. Beautiful work, Kavita!

Charcoal on paper.

Michelle Friars


Michelle Friars was in our program for two years, and while she is not in the Atelier this year, we are incredibly proud of her and the work she has been producing. We would also like to congratulate her on her recent spread in Art Ascent Magazine. Please check out her website and the beautiful work she makes.

michellefriars.com Michelle Friars

Wise words from Chuck Close.

"The advice I like to give young artists, or really anybody who'll listen to me, is not to wait around for inspiration. Inspiration is for amateurs; the rest of us just show up and get to work. If you wait around for the clouds to part and a bolt of lightning to strike you in the brain, you are not going to make an awful lot of work. All the best ideas come out of the process; they come out of the work itself. Things occur to you. If you're sitting around trying to dream up a great art idea, you can sit there a long time before anything happens. But if you just get to work, something will occur to you and something else will occur to you and something else that you reject will push you in another direction. Inspiration is absolutely unnecessary and somehow deceptive. You feel like you need this great idea before you can get down to work, and I find that's almost never the case." -Chuck Close

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