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Grand Central Atelier

Study - Architecture Classes

Celebrating the collaboration between artists and architects, classes in the art of architecture will follow the methods of the Ecole des Beaux-Arts drawing from classical architecture, art and design.

Instruction will encompass observational drawing, architectural drafting, systematic design methodology, the classical orders, geometry and proportion, traditional methods of architectural wash rendering and drawing, the history and theory of classical architecture, and modeling and sculpting. New York City's architecture offers rich and varied opportunities for on-site observation and field drawing.

Winter Registration Opens November 1st at noon!

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  • February: Elements of Classical Architecture w/Steve Bass - Registration Open

    Meets Tuesdays & Thursdays, 6:00-9:00pm
    Instructed by Steve Bass

    3 weeks (6 classes)
    Feb. 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22
    Winter: $185

    Download calendar and materials list at the bottom of this page.

    Limit: 10 artists 

    The elements of classical architecture form the visual backdrop of western society and play an important role in classical painting.  This course provides detailed instruction for the creation of these architectural elements.  In class we will draw each of the five orders including their bases, column shafts, capitals and entablatures;  and look at basic compositional principles.  We also will look at their proportional relations, geometric constructions and mythic associations.  Students will become familiar with the reference works that describe the elements.  Students should be prepared to draw the elements in class, freehand or drafted to generate a notebook for future reference.

    Students should bring a notebook or loose sheets, minimum 9 x 12, pencils or other dry media, and, if they wish drafting tools such as T-square, triangles, compass, templates or other tools.

    A useful text for the students to have for the class is 'The American Vignola' by William R Ware, published by Dover.

    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:

  • March: Ornamental Drawing w/Emily Bedard - Registration Open

    Meets Tuesdays & Thursdays, 6:00-9:00pm
    Instructed by Emily Bedard

    3 weeks (6 classes)
    Feb. 27, March 1, 6, 8, 13, 15
    Winter: $185

    Download calendar and materials list at the bottom of this page.

    Limit: 10 artists 

    In this class, students will receive an introduction to classical ornamental motifs and their historical uses within classical architecture. Through the mediums of pencil, ink pen, and wash, students will build an understanding of the fluid and calligraphic nature of ornament. Exercises will include proportioned drawings of the acanthus leaf, copying master drawings of ornament, and drawing from historic ornamental plaster casts. Emphasis will be placed on the expressiveness of ornament, encouraging students to lay down quick and confident lines. Through learning several common motifs, and developing the muscle memory to construction them on paper, students will become better equipped to sketch ornate classical spaces, both from observation and imagination.

    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:

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