Art Info

Grand Central Atelier

Study - Fall Classes: Weekday Afternoons & Evenings

Afternoon, Evening and Weekend Studios are for artists in drawing, painting, and sculpture who share the Grand Central Atelier's ideals, and who aspire to high artistic fluency.

As in the full-time apprenticeship, the training is progressive. Evening and weekend participants are encouraged to begin in the cast hall. For those who are passionate and ambitious, this is an exciting introduction to the study of nature through the lens of classical realism. Cast drawing trainees will rapidly learn a tremendous number of complex and interrelated ideas. Only after this are they encouraged to study the figure, portrait, and still life, all of which expand on those early foundations.

This accessible avenue also allows the artist entry to other programs at the Grand Central Atelier encouraging interaction between the entire community. Additionally, evening and weekend programs provide portfolio opportunities for those interested in full-time apprenticeship, which views careful drawings as a sign of focused dedication.

The winter session of classes will open for registration for new students on Wednesday, November 1st. Most classes will start the week of January 8th, 2018. Any exceptions are noted on the specific class pages.

  • Tuesday Afternoons: Alla Prima Master Copies with Rodrigo Mateo - Registration Open

    Tuesdays  1:00 – 5:00pm
    Lead by artist Rodrigo Mateo

    Fall: 11 weeks
    September 12 - December 5
    No class on November 24th
    Download full calendar at the bottom of this page.

    Fee: $460 (payable in two monthly installments by credit card only.)

    Limit: 10 artists - Registration Open. Artists may start the session late.

    By studying the masters, artists will employ a painterly approach in order to concentrate on the craft of painting while absorbing the lessons from the great paintings of the past. 

    Artists will be provided with an assortment of master copies to choose from such as Vermeer, Velazquez, Caravaggio, Titian, Rubens, John Singer Sargent, Frederick Church and Bouguereau.

    The focus will be to break down each image to its essentials in order to understand the underlying structure of each painting or drawing and examine the fundamentals about picture making. Students will be encouraged to complete a small oil sketch or graphite drawing per session in order to familiarize themselves with composition, value structure, paint handling, brushwork, color mixing and overall harmony of design. This practice will help provide artists with more insight and control to deepen their own process.

    This class is tailored for all levels of ability from beginner to more experienced artist.

    Materials list is accessible via a link at the bottom of this page.

    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 with credit card:

    Class payment
      Number of payments 2
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    At checkout $230.00 USD
    Every 1 month (x 1) $230.00 USD
    Total $460.00 USD
    * We calculate payments from the date of checkout.
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  • Evening Still Life Painting with Justin Wood & Devin Cecil-Wishing - Registration Full

    Instruction: Tues, Wed, Thurs
    Uninstructed: M, F
    Tues w/Devin
    Wed w/Justin
    Thurs alternate Justin & Devin
    6:00 - 9:00pm

    Fall Session: September 13 - December 7
    No class Nov. 20-24
    Download the full schedule at the bottom of this page.

    Please note the first class is on Wednesday September 13th
    Fee: $875 - payable via 3 automatic installments via the link at the bottom of this page. The first is $275, the subsequent are $300/each.

    **Attendance not required at every session except the first class. After the first day, you may also arrive late, as your schedule allows.
    Please note this class is held/taught concurrently with the evening cast class. 
    Class is full.

    This workshop will teach traditional methods and concepts used to create realistic still life paintings. Using direct observation, historical conventions, and imagination, artists will compose, draw, and paint a still life. We will look at still life painting from different times and places in history in an effort to develop our aesthetic sensibility and to familiarize ourselves with the processes involved with the practice.
    Upon selecting a subject, the artist will create a composition, execute an accurate line drawing on paper with pencil, and then transfer the drawing onto the painting surface. The painting will consist of two layers. The first layer is the grisaille, which can be characterized as a transparent, brown and white version of the painting. The grisaille will establish the general tonal range needed to describe each object in the composition using only brown and white paint. When this is finished and dry, the artist will, in full color, paint each part to completion using their acquired understanding of light, color, and form.

    Materials list at the bottom of this page.
  • Thursday Afternoons: Still Life with Justin Wood - Registration Full

    Thursdays  1:00 – 5:00pm
    Lead by artist Justin Wood

    Fall: 11 weeks
    September 14 - December 7
    No class on November 26th
    Download full calendar at the bottom of this page.

    Fee: $460 (payable in two monthly installments by credit card only.)

    Limit: 10 artists 

    Class full. Email to be added to the wait list.

    Participating artists will compose, draw, and paint a still life using direct observation along with historical techniques and conventions. The incredible variety of available objects, materials and textures and the endless combinations in which they can be arranged, offers the contemporary painter an inexhaustible source for inspiration and study. 
    Each artist will bring in their own still life objects. Justin will assist each participant in the design of their composition. Once the arrangement is finalized, a careful linear drawing will be executed on paper with pencil and ultimately transferred to the painting surface. Next, we will begin a color or monochrome underpainting which will establish the general color and/or tonal relationships of the picture. Once dry, each part will be painted to finish in full color.
    Materials list is accessible via a link at the bottom of this page.
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