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Grand Central Atelier

Study - Winter & Spring Workshops

Workshops offer intense, all-day studios in drawing, painting, and sculpture. They cover a wide range of subjects and share Grand Central Atelier’s artistic philosophy. Participants will gain exposure to GCA’s studio training and community. 

2 Scholarships available for 50% off the total studio fee for taking the full Winter Boot Camp. Deadline to Apply for the Winter Scholarship: November 1st at 12pm EST Notification: by November 10th

View & Submit the Scholarship application.

Take a weekend workshop that overlaps with your weekend class & save $25 off your workshop. Take classes on both Saturdays & Sundays and save $50 off your workshop. Discount refunded after final payment.

We also offer part-time classes January - March. These will be listed and open for registration under Winter Classes on our website in early November.

Please note we don't offer workshops in April & May. We do offer classes during these months. Enrollment for those will open early February 2018.

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  • January: Winter Drawing Boot Camp Week 1: Cast w/Devin Cecil-Wishing - Registration Full

    January 8-12 2018 (5 days) 
    9am - 4pm • Monday - Friday

    $650 ($325 deposit)*
    Deposit due upon enrollment

    Limit: 12-15 students. 

    *Take all 4 Boot Camp workshops save 20% off the total cost: $2080
    *Take 3 Boot Camp workshops save 15% off the total cost: $1657.50
    *Take 2 Boot Camp workshops save 10% off the total cost: $1170
    Discount given after final payment.
    2 Scholarships available. See details at the top of the main workshop page or on our blog.

    Priority is given to students taking the full boot camp but there are a few ala carte spots available in each week. There is also a special event each week of the boot camp. For Week 1: There is a 90 minute tour given by Devin of The Met starting at approximately 5:30pm on the Friday. 

    Please note: students taking cast and continuing onto other boot camp workshops, may continue to work on their cast projects during M-F from 4-6pm and receive periodic critiques during the day from their current instructors.

    Workshop full. Please email mariya@grandcentralatelier.org to be added to the wait list. 

    By working in the controlled setting of the cast hall, students wil be given an opportunity to focus on the fundamental concepts of depicting light and form, which are at the heart of the entire Grand Central Atelier's method of drawing and painting.  We will start by discussing how to approach an initial linear drawing (the “block-in”) focusing on the various techniques that we can employ as we strive for accuracy in shape, proportion and gesture.   We will then move straight in to modeling form, three dimensionally, as we discuss the fundamentals and nuances of how light works as well as how to depict it on a two dimensional surface.  During this time students will learn to think about their drawings in sculptural terms by utilizing a conceptual understanding of light fall which will allow for a greater sense of depth and realism in their finished drawings and paintings. 
     
    Time will also be spent discussing materials as well as ways to set yourself up for success before you begin your drawing.
     
    Artists will be trained to think sculpturally, to make more accurate decisions, and to create drawings and paintings that are true to life.

    This workshop will include demonstrations/lectures on each step of the process as well as frequent one on one critiques from the instructor. Students will work at their own pace and will spend the majority of the time working on their own drawings.  However, due to the short time frame, emphasis will be put on fully learning and understanding concepts, rather than creating completely finished works of art. This workshop will be a great opportunity to learn many of the key concepts taught at GCA in a short, condensed time frame.
     
    Ideal for beginners or artists looking to hone and strengthen foundational skills.
  • January: Winter Drawing Boot Camp Week 2: Portrait w/ Katie Engberg - Registration Full

    January 16-20, 2018 (5 days) 
    9am - 4pm • Tuesday - Saturday
    No class on Monday, Jan. 15th MLK Day

    $650 ($325 deposit)*
    Limit: 10-12 students. 

    *Take all 4 Boot Camp workshops save 20% off the total cost: $2080
    *Take 3 Boot Camp workshops save 15% off the total cost: $1657.50
    *Take 2 Boot Camp workshops save 10% off the total cost: $1170
    Discount given after final payment.

    2 Scholarships available. See details at the top of the main workshop page or on our blog.

    Priority is given to students taking the full boot camp but there are a few ala carte spots available in each week. There is also a special event each week of the boot camp. For Week 2: TBD either a lecture or open sketch night.

    Workshop full. Please email mariya@grandcentralatelier.org to be added to the wait list. 

    Building off the lessons in week 1 with the cast, participants will draw the portrait from a single pose lasting a total of 30 hours over the course of five days. After completing a highly developed linear block-in with instruction emphasizing proportion, structure, line quality and likeness, artists will proceed to rendering the portrait in graphite in the "window shading" style. Completing one form at a time, students will be guided by detailed explanation of the physical properties of light on form.

    Demonstrations and discussions on establishing an accurate value range, anatomy, perspective, and materials will accompany individual critiques.

    Beginning to advanced artists are welcome. 

  • January: Winter Drawing Boot Camp: Week 3: Figure w/ Brendan Johnston - Registration Full

    January 22 - 26, 2018 (5 days) 
    9am - 4pm • Monday - Friday

    $650 ($325 deposit)*
    Deposit due upon registration. Final Balance due by December 8, 2017

    Limit: 10-12 students. 

    *Take all 4 Boot Camp workshops save 20% off the total cost: $2080
    *Take 3 Boot Camp workshops save 15% off the total cost: $1657.50
    *Take 2 Boot Camp workshops save 10% off the total cost: $1170
    Discount given after final payment.

    2 Scholarships available. See details at the top of the main workshop page or on our blog.

    Priority is given to students taking the full boot camp but there are a few ala carte spots available in each week. There is also a special event each week of the boot camp. For Week 3: TBD either a lecture or open sketch night.

    Workshop is full. Please email mariya@grandcentralatelier.org to be added to the wait list. 

    The figure boot camp is an intensive class focused on helping the student to further develop the skills necessary for live figure drawing. The week will begin with several short poses to warm up. Then a single pose will be held for the remainder of the workshop, allowing every student to develop a single completed drawing. Together we will work through each step of a figure drawing: beginning with a dynamic sense of gesture, moving on to developing an accurate ‘block-in’ and finally modeling form. Through both demonstrations and one-on-one critiques, Brendan will help explain varying concepts and approaches such as comparative measuring, proportional relationships, basic anatomy, light and form.  

  • January: Winter Drawing Boot Camp Week 4: Studio Figure w/Anthony Baus - Registration Full

    January 29 - February 2, 2018 (5 days) 
    9am - 4pm • Monday - Friday

    $650 ($325 deposit)*
    Deposit due upon registration. Final Balance due by December 8, 2017

    Limit: 10 students. 

    *Take all 4 Boot Camp workshops save 20% off the total cost: $2080
    *Take 3 Boot Camp workshops save 15% off the total cost: $1657.50
    *Take 2 Boot Camp workshops save 10% off the total cost: $1170
    Discount given after final payment.

    2 Scholarships available. See details at the top of the main workshop page or on our blog.

    Priority is given to students taking the full boot camp but there are a few ala carte spots available in each week. There is also a special event each week of the boot camp. For Week 4: Opening of The Still Life Show (title tbd) at our adjacent gallery Eleventh Street Arts on Thursday, February 1st and a pizza party on Friday, February 2nd.

    During this final week of Boot Camp, we go beyond the human figure to include the studio setting. Emphasis will be placed on the application of perspective and value hierarchy in regards to composition through careful observation. Over the course of one week artists will learn to complete a carefully rendered drawing of the live model within a studio setting. Artists will be working on toned paper (made in class) with graphite and white chalk. 

    Throughout the week, both demonstration and one-on-one critiques will help students develop an understanding of spatial relationships, construction of depth and the use of visual cues. All necessary elements of a healthy composition. The theory of linear perspective will be also be introduced as it was known in the Renaissance as a tool of the constructed environment. 

    This workshop is ideal for beginners or intermediate level artists looking to hone and strengthen foundational skills of perspective in regards to the figural composition. 

  • February Demo: White Rose Floral Painting w/Katie Whipple - Registration Open

    Saturday, February 10, 2018
    9:00am - 4:00 pm (lunch 12-1pm)

    $85 register before 12/31/17
    $100 after 1/1/18

    Limit: 20 participants.
    Registration Open. Full payment due upon registration.

    This is a six hour demo including Q&A. Participants will not be painting their own projects.
    Cancellation policy follows our workshop cancellation policy. Link on the main workshop page.

    Join Katie for a one day floral painting demo. During the demo she will paint one white rose start to finish. Katie is a “one flower a day” painter, so she will be able to thoroughly explain her process over the course of the demo. This is exciting because the demo will be twice as long as a typical workshop demo, allowing much more insight into her process.

    Katie will discuss all the materials she uses, from panel surface to paint brands to brushes. Over the course of the demo we will cover many painting techniques, including: how to make the most useful underpainting for your subject, when and how to use medium, control of paint texture, impasto effects, value compression, color temperature control, and accurate rendering of a light source. She will briefly touch on botany and important ideas to keep in mind while painting flowers. Katie will also talk about her process for making larger more complicated floral paintings.

    If you’re interested in taking a workshop with Katie, this demo would be a great place to start to become acquainted with her process for floral painting. A handout will be provided to all attendees of Katie’s process.

    Please note: This is a special event held in our studios for registered participants only. The demo will not be streamed live or recorded. 

    Please fill out the registration form accessible via the link below whether you are paying by cash, check or credit card. Cash or checks must be received within a few days to hold your spot.

    Make checks payable to Grand Central Atelier. 
    They must be received within 1 week of sign-up to hold your spot. 
    Mail to: Grand Central Atelier; 4606 11th Street; Long Island City, NY 11101

    To pay by credit card:

  • February: Minimalist Still Life Painting w/ Sam Hung - Registration Open

    February 24 - 28, 2018 (Saturday - Wednesday) 5 days
    9am - 4pm (lunch 12-1pm)

    $650 (Deposit: $325)
    Registration open. Deposit due upon Registration. Full balance due by February 1, 2018
    Also take Justin Wood's workshop and save $100 off your total cost. 

    Limit of 10 artists

    This 5 day workshop will be focusing on the fundamentals of still life painting. Priority will be given to only one or two objects - learning how to draw it accurately, understanding the light effect, and modeling the form according to the direction of light and the objects' surroundings. We will discuss color theory and learn the process of mixing accurately through adjusting the hue, value, and chroma. There will be daily demos and individual critiques to help each student achieve a more thorough understanding of the subject and a highly executed painting.

    Please fill out the registration form accessible via the link below whether you are paying by cash, check or credit card. Cash or checks must be received within a few days to hold your spot.

    Make checks payable to Grand Central Atelier. 
    Mail to: Grand Central Atelier; 4606 11th Street; Long Island City, NY 11101

    To pay by credit card:

    Minimalist Still Life Sam Hung
  • March: 17th Century Dutch Still Life painting w/ Justin Wood - Registration Full

    March 1 -5, 2018 (Thursday - Monday) 5 days
    9am - 4pm (lunch 12-1pm)

    $650 (Deposit: $325)
    Registration full. Deposit due upon Registration. Full balance due by February 1, 2018
    Also take Sam Hung's workshop and save $100 off your total cost. 

    Limit of 10 artists. Workshop is full. Please email mariya@grandcentralatelier.org to be added to the wait list. 

    This workshop is inspired by the Dutch Breakfast Still Life (Ontbijtjes). This type of still life painting developed in the 17th century and while the word "ontbijtjes" is Dutch for breakfast, it was more thought of as "a light meal taken at any time of day". The Breakfast Still Life is characterized by the display of everything from common everyday foods and items to rare delicacies and luxury goods such as roemers (wine glasses), silver/gold goblets, and chinese porcelain bowls. Still life paintings in this genre ranged from small and simple to large and complex with a variety of meanings, both literal and symbolic. The range of meanings included straight forward tributes to nature and finely crafted wares to moral and religious warnings against excess. 
     
    The paintings were created using very specific procedures. They first executed a careful and accurate line drawing of the scene. This drawing was transferred to canvas or a panel and then toned a light gray or brown. The artist then completed the dead coloring (dood-verf) which was a transparent underpainting that would establish the general tones and colors needed to describe each object. Some artists did their dead coloring with full color and some did it with just brown and white. We will use the latter method and limit our palette to brown and white. Once this layer is dry, the process of "working up" (opwerken) began. In this stage, the artist precisely defined each form to completion. They were careful "not to apply paint too heavily, but thin and sparingly, elegantly laid, glowing and pure." If, when this layer dried, some revisions and final touches were needed, they would do it at this time. There were, of course, different interpretations and versions of this method, but generally, most of the still life artists of that time period worked in some variation of the previously described process.
     
    Due to the time limitations and the importance of experiencing the entire production process, I want everyone's still life to be simple. The size of the painting should be between 8x10 and 11x14.  I recommend you choose a few pieces of produce (lemons, oranges, grapes, olives, etc.) with a bowl, plate or cup, etc. Metal objects (steel, silver, pewter, copper) are great but avoid high polish. Bread works well too and comes in many varieties. You can also include a piece of fabric, such as a white napkin or tablecloth. If your fabric has a pattern, it should not be too complex. 
     
    We will spend the first day setting up our compositions, drawing and transferring. The second day will be used to complete the grisailles. The remainder of time will be spent completing each part with color. I will work with everyone individually throughout the week and will paint alongside the artists on my own still life.
     
    All levels although some prior experience drawing & painting is helpful.
  • March: Spring Flowers Workshop w/ Katie Whipple - Registration Full

    March 10-12, 2018
    9:00am - 4:00pm (lunch 12:00-1:00pm) • Saturday - Monday

    $450 ($225 deposit)

    Limit: 10 artists
    Deposit due upon Registration. Full balance due by February 1, 2018

    Workshop full. To be placed on the wait list email mariya@grandcentralatelier.org

    In this three day workshop Katie will discuss the ins and outs of her methods for painting spring blooms. Working with Katie’s “petal-by-petal” technique, students will learn to create true floral portraits. We will work to slow down our painting process to observe the beautiful nuances of each flower.

    Katie will explain how to create informed floral studies with accurate floral anatomy, light effect, and color. Starting with a simple drawing and underpainting, we will talk about what steps to take for making an accurate study while using time efficiently to record all necessary information.

    Students will focus on painting just blooms, rather than a more formal still life setup. This narrowed focus will allow us to really dive into discovering the nuances of floral painting.

    All levels of experience welcome!

    Katie will provide flowers, but students are also welcome to bring their own. 

  • March: Portrait Drawing w/ Colleen Barry- Registration Full

    March 13, 14, 15, 2018 
    9am - 4pm (lunch 12-1pm)
    Tuesday - Thursday

    $475 ($237.50 deposit)
    Take both Colleen's Drawing & Painting workshops in March and save $50 off your total cost.
    ($25 off/each)

    Limit 10-12 artists. Workshop is full. Please email mariya@grandcentralatelier.org to be added to the wait list. 

    Balance due by Feburary 1, 2018.

    In this three day workshop artists will learn the fundamentals of portrait draftsmanship. With an emphasis on structure and anatomy, Colleen will aid participants in understanding facial character through the careful analysis of key skeletal landmarks, basic muscular structure and the unique shapes that help to create a likeness of the model.

    Artists will also learn how to create a three dimensional quality to their drawing through the in-depth analysis of the light source and how it effects the forms on the face. There will be one pose for the entire three days.

  • March: Elements of Landscape Painting w/ Emilie Lee - Registration Open

    March 16, 17, 18 2018 
    9am - 4pm (lunch 12-1pm)
    Friday - Sunday

    $425 ($212.50 deposit)
    *Sign up before December 1st and save $25 - price will rise to $450 on the 1st.
    **If you are taking one or both of Colleen Barry's workshops & sign up for this, you can save $25 off the cost of this workshop. Discount taken off of the final payment.

    Limit 10 artists. Registration Open.

    Balance due by Feburary 1, 2018.

    This workshop prepares students for the summer landscape painting season by introducing a strategic approach to working "en plein air." When faced with constantly changing light, weather (and limited energy, let's be honest!) being confident and decisive is the key to a happy and productive painting session. 
     
    Working in the controlled setting of the studio, Emilie will guide artists through composing an imagined landscape, from sketch to grisaille to finished painting. Work by traditional landscape artists will be on hand for reference as we learn about common patterns found in nature, optical illusions and how to avoid them, and the use of atmospheric perspective. We will also discuss how to use compositional elements that will lead the viewer's eye through the painting and how to create the illusion of depth. Traditional practices such as glazing and scumbling will be taught at the final stages of the painting. 
     
    Finally, endless enthusiasm and advice about finding inspiration and actually painting outside will be rained down upon you, including what Emilie's learned about painting while camping, road tripping, traveling in airports, and being prepared for a spontaneous painting session in every-day life! 

    Please fill out the registration form accessible via the link below whether you are paying by cash, check or credit card. Cash or checks must be received within a few days to hold your spot and must be for the full amount.

    Make checks payable to Grand Central Atelier. 

    They must be received within 1 week of sign-up to hold your spot. 
    Mail to: Grand Central Atelier; 4606 11th Street; Long Island City, NY 11101

    To pay by credit card: 

    Landscape with Emilie Lee
  • March: Portrait Painting w/ Colleen Barry - Registration Full

    March 20, 21, 22, 2018 
    9am - 4pm (lunch 12-1pm)
    Tuesday - Thursday

    $475 ($237.50 deposit)
    Take both Colleen's Drawing & Painting workshops in March and save $50 off your total cost. 
    ($25 off/each)

    Limit 10-12 artists. Workshop is full. Please email mariya@grandcentralatelier.org to be added to the wait list. 

    Balance due by Feburary 1, 2018.

    In this three day portrait painting workshop students will be encouraged to draw directly onto the canvas with either charcoal or brown paint. The portrait will be built up in layers from a broad two or three tone origin to a multi tone finish in full color. Colleen will assist the students as they engage the structure of the head, the likeness of the model and the use of color zoning. The purpose of this workshop is to teach students to see the large pictorial effect and to achieve a likeness of the model by drawing with the brush.

    Materials list coming soon!

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