NUMU Atelier, Los Gatos

NUMU PROFILEAfter three successful years teaching at Cloud Castle Art Studio in downtown Saratoga, artist/instructor Gabriel Coke has been invited to join New Museum Los Gatos as it moves to its expanded location in downtown Los Gatos.

Gabriel is helping to design a brand new studio in the basement of the old library building on East Main Street in the Los Gatos Civic Center. He is delighted to be a part of this exciting new artistic community, and looks forward to helping it thrive.



The NUMU Atelier Tait Avenue Studio

Fall 2015 classes and workshops will continue to be held at our Tait Avenue Studio (the “Old” Museum Los Gatos) a charming historic building on the corner of Tait and Main that was the first fire house in Los Gatos.

We’re teaching here whlle the new studio at the museum is being finished. It’s a marvelous space, with a large airy studio, a private courtyard and dedicated parking. You’ll love it.

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Atelier Program Director Gabriel Coke

Gabriel Coke was born in Colorado and spent his early years in the Midwest, but considers the west coast his home. He graduated from high school in Oregon, studied in Washington, and for many years lived and painted in a large studio in Arcata, California. For the past 15 years he has lived and taught in the south bay area. He currently lives with his family in an old farmhouse among the redwoods in the mountains near Santa Cruz.

Gabriel’s artistic passion is the classical style of drawing and painting taught by the old masters. The combination of art and science that goes into the accurate rendering of form in space appeals to his keen and curious mind.


Old Arcata Creamery Studio, 1999

Although he studied painting and drawing in college, Gabriel was not satisfied with his artistic progress until he started to meet and study with his real teachers – the masters who were willing to share their experience and knowledge with him directly.

As an educator, Gabriel’s sense of purpose comes from passing on this knowledge to the next generation. He enjoys helping young artists develop their portfolios for applying to art schools or pursuing other creative fields.

Gabriel believes that work in any medium benefits from the perceptual skills that are developed by classical study, and that the only way to learn them is by working closely with a master.

Cloud Castle Art Studio, Saratoga, 2013

Cloud Castle Art Studio, Saratoga, 2013

The invitation from New Museum Los Gatos to create a contemporary classical teaching atelier as one of its innovative new programs was a dream come true. By doing so NUMU has restored fine art education to its rightful place, happily coexisting with modern art and other current media.

Gabriel is inspired by the idea of this new studio shaping the creative future of many young artists, while giving families an inspiring place for artistic community. He is humbled and thankful to be included in this adventure, and looks forward to welcoming a new generation of students to the NUMU Atelier.