Portfolio Intensive at Gage

Painting Intensive student with here self-portrait. Photo by Spectrum House

Painting Intensive student with her self-portrait. Photo by Spectrum House

Each summer, I take some time away from collegiate teaching to work with the teenagers at Gage Academy of Art. For the last four years, Jethaniel Peterka and I have been team-teaching intensive programs for teens at Gage. We were paired up like a buddy-cop-comedy: Jethaniel, a classically-trained realist, and me, a representational painter with Modernist tendencies. He teaches painstaking protocols descended from the French Academy. I teach abstract seeing and color theory from the top rung of a stepladder. This complementary approach has been immensely satisfying for us, and it keeps the students on edge.
Drawing Intensive, photo by Spectrum House

Drawing Intensive, photo by Spectrum House

This year, we've been asked to take up the mantle of Tenaya Sims and Kimberly Trowbridge and teach the Portfolio Intensive Program. This is five-week program designed for young people, aged 16-18, to help them develop outstanding drawing and painting portfolios. Students will spend two weeks of intensive drawing training with Jethaniel in the "Classical Studio," followed by two weeks of oil painting with me in the "Contemporary Studio." The program culminates with a fifth week of critiques, museum visits, and an exhibition of student work. (This happens throughout July and the fist week of August.)
Painting Intensive student with self-portrait, photo by Spectrum House

Painting Intensive student with her self-portrait, photo by Spectrum House

I am deeply proud of the work we do with young people in these programs. Every year I push the students, imparting the most valuable things I've learned in the studio. Every year, the students surprise and impress me with their dedication, insight, and character. I wrote last year, "My small tribe of teenagers has courageously endured nearly a month of my verbal abuse, haphazard demonstrations, and esoteric metaphors. They are champions. On Friday afternoon we look at their work, and I finally tell them how proud they've made me." Young artists: Get your applications in. Let's get to work. Friends of young artists: Help them get their applications in. Below, a few more images of work done by youth in my Gage programs, who, are here nameless and uncredited because they were minors:
Drawing Intensive, Narrative  Portrait

Drawing Intensive, Narrative Portrait

Painting Intensive, Still-lifes

Painting Intensive, Still-lifes

               
Color Drawing, Portrait Study

Color Drawing, Portrait Study

Painting Intensive student with his portrait of a model

Painting Intensive student with his portrait of a model

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