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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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  • 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: 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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