The Classical Atelier, at the Gage Academy of Fine Art in Seatte WA, began as a sanctuary for those who love beauty and the great traditions of drawing and painting. This program continues as a vibrant community where students acquire the foundational skills necessary to become artists.
The grand masters of art knew the secret to enduring success depends on not only inspiration, but also disciplined application of vast artistic knowledge. Today it is commonly assumed that the aesthetic principles established by the masters inhibit the artist’s uniqueness or self-expression. However, fluency with tools and technical training liberate the artist to fully realize his unique vision.
Atelier training features an apprenticeship-like course of study in which students receive intensive mentoring from an artist over a period of years. This teacher is committed to giving the student a secure foundation of knowledge upon which the artist could lay the building blocks of his or her artistic future. In an atelier program the artist gives each student new information only as he or she is able to apply it, and theory is always linked to practice.
The results represent the focus, determination, and skill of students who have put in long hours, held themselves to the highest standards, and set aside every distraction in order to master the basics of artistic expression. By so doing, these students ensure that their future works will be limited only by their imaginations.