Art Info

Grand Central Atelier

Study - Four-year Core

Lasting up to four years, the full-time core studies are composed of three consecutive segments. The first year is a drawing program. The second year is a painting program. Then there is a third and fourth year resident studies program. The first year or the first and second years are offered as potential standalone programs. Admission into each subsequent segment will be based on the achievements of the previous year.

Artists study and practice drawing, painting, and sculpture from life. To ensure a deep understanding of classical form, design, practice, and discipline, artists work in a structured, organized studio with the hands on guidance of the studio's principle artists.

To be considered eligible, artists must show, through an online application and interviews: a serious work ethic, a sincere desire to learn, and a commitment to make fine art their career.

Studio sessions take place Monday through Friday, from 8:30am - 12:30pm and 1:00pm - 5:00pm. Core students have after hours studio access as well as discounts for evening and weekend classes.

Fees are $11,500 for the Drawing Year. Merit-based studio prizes towards the next year's fees are awarded annually.

  • Programs

    First Year Drawing Program

    A one year drawing program in which the students progress from rigorous cast drawing and linear “block-in” drawing through structural analysis of the figure, perspective, and sculpture. The year ends with a series of highly finished long pose figure drawings. These drawings are the heart of our teaching as they have always been the crucible of draftsmanship.

    Second Year Painting Program

    A yearlong accelerated course in figure painting. Artists will begin with a thorough introduction to theory of tonal value. Painting the casts “en grisaille” will be followed by portrait and figure painting in gray scale. The second half of the year begins with a weeklong course in color theory followed by intensive portrait and figure painting in limited and full palette.

    Students may apply to enter a Third/Fourth Year Resident Studies program.

  • Apply


    We strongly encourage artists to visit the GCA studios before applying.
    Tours are scheduled for Tuesdays and Thursdays at 12:30pm. Other times by request.

    September Entry
    Applications are due by February 1 (early admission), or April 15th.


    Click here for an application. Email with any questions.

    Please submit, to the extent possible, work samples done from life as opposed to from photographs. Work from photographs can be submitted but it is the studio's preference to see work done from life.

    If your application passes review, you will be invited to interview. We prefer that candidates interview in person. Phone interviews may possibly be arranged by special request.


    February 1st applicants: March 1st
    Tuition Deposit due: April 1st

    Some applicants from the February 1st deadline may not receive early action but be added to the April 15th applicant pool. All students will be notified of their application status by March 1st.

    April 15th applicants: May 15th
    Tuition Deposit due: June 15th


    Annual Fees: $11,500. Monthly or bi-annual installment plans offered.

    Payment Methods
    We accept credit card, check and (cash*) payments

    • Credit card: there is a 3% processing fee on top of tuition payment
    • Checks: please make payable to Grand Central Atelier
      Mail to: GCA, 4606 11th Street, Queens, NY 11101
    • Cash: please check with the office if you need to pay in cash

    A $35 per week late fee will be charged for late payments.
    $35 late fee will be charged for checks returned by the bank.

    If an artist wishes to terminate participation, the office must receive written notice. In the event of early withdrawal, artists will forfeit their paid fees.

    Please note: fees are subject to change.