In GCA's core program, 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 for a core position, 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. Mornings in the first and second years are structured around rigorous pencil drawings and grisaille paintings of antique casts. The afternoon focus is on master copies in pencil and cast copies in clay, before advancing to the live model. The third and fourth years are structured around either figure painting in oil, or figure sculpture in clay. A weekly evening session addresses perspective, anatomy, color theory, composition, and art history.
Fees are $8,500 per year. Merit-based studio prizes towards the next year's fees are awarded annually.