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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: 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 Open

    March 1 -5, 2018 (Thursday - Monday) 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 Sam Hung's workshop and save $100 off your total cost. 

    Limit of 10 artists

    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.

    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:

    Dutch Still Life Justin Wood
  • 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 Painting w/ Colleen Barry - Registration Open

    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. Registration Open.

    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!

    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: 

    Portrait Painting with Colleen Barry
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