Art Info

Grand Central Atelier

Study - 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.

  • Tuesdays/Thursdays: Elements of Classical Architecture w/ Steve Bass - Winter Registration Opens 11/1

    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:

  • Tuesdays/Thursdays: Ornamental Drawing w/ Emily Bedard - Winter Registration Opens 11/1

    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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