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Grand Central Atelier

Study - Summer Workshops

Workshops offer intense, all-day studios in drawing, painting, and sculpture. Lasting anywhere from three days to four weeks, 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.

We’ve arranged several packages for intensive study this summer.
*Take 4 consecutive 5-day workshops save 20% off the total cost: $2080
*Take 3 consecutive 5-day workshops save 15% off the total cost: $1657.50
*Take 2 consecutive 5-day workshops save 10% off the total cost: $1170
*Take 2 consecutive 3-day + a 5-day workshop save 10% off the total cost: $varies
*Take 2 consecutive 3-day workshops or a consecutive 3-day + 5-day save 5% off the total cost: $varies.

We also offer some night and weekend classes in the Summer.
Those will be announced May 1, 2017. *Discounts taken off the full price cost for a workshop. Only one type of discount will be given per workshop. Please note: Exception: There is no discount available for Colleen Barry's June Structure workshop.

  • July Summer Drawing Boot Camp Week 3: Figure with Jessica Artman - closed to registration.

    July 17-21, 2017 (5 days) 
    10am - 5pm • Monday - Friday

    $650 ($325 deposit)*
    Limited availability. Full payment due now.

    Limit: 10-12 students. 

    *Take all 4 Boot Camp workshops save 20% off the total cost: $2080
    *Take 3 Boot Camp workshops save 15% off the total cost: $1657.50
    *Take 2 Boot Camp workshops save 10% off the total cost: $1170
    Discount given after final payment.

    Priority is given to students taking the full boot camp but there are a few ala carte spots available in each week. 

    Please note: students taking cast and continuing onto other boot camp workshops, may continue to work on their cast projects during M-F from 5-9pm and receive periodic critiques during the day from their current instructors.

    The figure boot camp is an opportunity to immerse yourself in learning from the live model. Students will work on one drawing to better comprehend the process of drawing the figure from life from start to finish. Concepts such as gesture, comparative measure, proportional relationships, and form will be discussed through sculptural and anatomical approaches. 

    During the week, both demonstration and one-on-one critiques will help students develop the skills needed to render a figure drawing from the live model. The goal will to have developed a convincingly 3 dimensional figure drawing through the conceptualization of the entire figure and its parts in relation to the light. Together we will work through each step of a figure drawing, starting with an engaging and informative block-in to the “finish’ or rendered figure, all the while striving for accuracy and nuance.

    The first morning will include several short poses followed by a single pose for the remainder of the workshop. This workshop is Ideal for beginners or intermediate level artists looking to hone and strengthen foundational skills.

    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:

    July Boot Camp Figure with Jessica
  • July Summer Drawing Boot Camp Week 4: Studio Figure w/Anthony Baus - available

    July 24 - 28, 2017 (5 days) 
    10am - 5pm • Monday - Friday

    $650 ($325 deposit)*
    Deposit due upon registration. Final Balance due by June 1, 2017.

    Limit: 10-12 students. 

    *Take all 4 Boot Camp workshops save 20% off the total cost: $2080
    *Take 3 Boot Camp workshops save 15% off the total cost: $1657.50
    *Take 2 Boot Camp workshops save 10% off the total cost: $1170
    Discount given after final payment.

    During this final week of Boot Camp, we go beyond the human figure to include the studio setting. Emphasis will be placed on the application of perspective and value hierarchy in regards to composition through careful observation. Over the course of one week artists will learn to complete a carefully rendered drawing of the live model within a studio setting. Artists will be working on toned paper (made in class) with graphite and white chalk. 

    Throughout the week, both demonstration and one-on-one critiques will help students develop an understanding of spatial relationships, construction of depth and the use of visual cues. All necessary elements of a healthy composition. The theory of linear perspective will be also be introduced as it was known in the Renaissance as a tool of the constructed environment. 

    This workshop is ideal for beginners or intermediate level artists looking to hone and strengthen foundational skills of perspective in regards to the figural composition. 

    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:

    July Boot Camp Perspective with Anthony
  • July: Short & Long Pose Drawing w/Jon deMartin - closed to registration.

    July 17- 21, 2017 (5 days) 
    10am - 5pm • Monday - Friday

    $650 ($325 deposit)
    Registration Closed.. Deposit due upon registration. Final balance due by June 1, 2017.

    Limit: 12 students. 

    Package Suggestions: Follow with Pespective for Artists or Drawing the Portrait in Three Colors. Discounts available. View details on our main workshop page.

    Whether it’s a long pose or a short pose, a drawing starts with the action. Without action the work is immediately compromised. In this five-day intensive workshop the longest pose will be twenty minutes.  The emphasis will be on finding the action and constructing the figure convincingly in three-dimensional space by using strong geometric and perspective concepts.  Structural landmarks relating to the skeleton will be used as guidelines for tracking the figure’s movements in space. The ability to capture fleeting movements while thinking three-dimensionally will enable the artist to represent the figure in poses that would otherwise be impossible for the model to hold for a longer amount of time. This skill will increase an artist’s creative freedom in narrative figure work.

    Modeling form is only as successful as the artist’s ability to construct a three-dimensional line drawing. This is the hallmark of classical drawing. Lectures and demonstrations will be given to lead the students through this clear and logical process of drawing. 

    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:
    July Short & Long Pose with Jon
  • July: Drawing the Portrait in Three Colors with Will St. John - full

    July 24 - 28, 2017 (5 days) 
    10am - 5pm (lunch: 1-2pm) • Monday - Friday

    $650 ($325 deposit)

    Limit: 12 students
    Workshop full. Email mariya@grandcentralatelier.org to be put on the wait list.

    Full balance due by June 1, 2017

    Package Suggestions: Follow with Portrait Drawing & Painting. Discounts available. View details on our main workshop page.

    In this week long workshop, artists will learn an historical approach to drawing the portrait using different colored chalks. This method was popularized by Peter Paul Rubens in the seventeenth century and ultimately adopted by French academicians under the term trios-couleurs. The use of three colored chalks (black, red, and white) allows the artist not only to explore light and shade, but also the subtle hue shifts characteristic of living flesh.

    With the goal of completing a finished portrait at the end of the week, the studio will engage directly in the fundamentals of representation including: character likeness, facial anatomy/ structure, and form modeling

    This is an intermediate to advanced level workshop. Some prior experience drawing the portrait is recommended.

  • August: 10-day Portrait Drawing and Painting with Gregory Mortenson - full

    July 31 - August 11, 2017
    10am - 5pm (lunch: 1-2pm) • Monday - Friday

    $1170 ($585 deposit)
    *10% savings off the regular 1-week workshop cost for 2 weeks! 

    Registration Open. Deposit due upon registration. Full balance due by July 1, 2017.

    Limit: 12 students

    Workshop full. Please email mariya@grandcentralatelier.org to be added to the wait list.

    Package Suggestions: Simultaneously take Ecorche Portrait class in the evenings.
    And/Or start with Portrait in Three Colors and/or follow with Structure and Figure Painting workshops.
    Discounts available read details on our main page.

    This workshop will begin with a fully developed graphite drawing on paper, which will then be transferred to canvas.  After establishing the value relationships with a mono-chomatic wipe-out, the painting will be fully developed in color.  The painting process will be aided by a pallete, inspired by the Munsell-color-system.  The same pose will be used for a total of 60 hours with the model. All steps of the portrait will be covered from the initial block-in to the final modeling of form.  The physics of light on form will be discussed, as well as color theory. Portrait demonstrations by the instructor as well as individual critiques will guide the student through the process.

    Skill: An all levels workshop, from beginners to advanced artists.

  • August: Ecorche Portrait Sculpture with Charlie Mostow (evenings) - available

    July 31 - August 11, 2017
    6:00-9:00pm • Monday - Friday

    $740
    While this is two weeks, it counts towards one week for the package discount due to the shorter sessions each day. There will be a discount to take it in combination with Greg Mortenson's drawing & painting workshop that happens during the day.

    This course is an in depth sculptural study of the anatomy of the Head and Neck.

    In the first portion of this course students will sculpt the bones directly from anatomical casts of the scull and skeleton. Students will then develop the muscles working from a combination of artistic anatomy resources including casts, a host of books, photos, and 3D models. A particular emphasis on the sculptural quality of the muscles and bones will be placed.  Some discussion of facial expression will be provided. Daily hands-on critiques will guide the students as they sculpt.

    On the final day of class we will bring in a model and observe anatomy in its complete morphology. 

    The intention of this class is to provide a meaningful sculptural experience and give the participant the basic framework for studying human anatomy. Students will take away a broadened understanding of the human portrait, learn the language of anatomy, and discover the dimension of human form.

    Sculptures will be done at life size in oil based clay. Oil clay doesn't dry and can be left uncovered. Students can take their sculptures home. Armatures will be included in the cost of the class.

    Materials:

    2 Chavant clayette soft (white) and 2 Chavant nsp soft (red/brown)

    *Any oil based clay will work. If a student is already in possession of oil clay they are encouraged to use it. I prefer to use softer clay which can be manipulated with ease. White for the bones and red for the muscles. 

    Sculpture house wire end modeling tool #204

    wooden modeling tool

    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:

    August Ecorche with Charlie
  • August: The Structure of the Human Body: A Drawing Workshop with Colleen Barry - full

    August 14 - 18, 2017
    Monday - Friday 10am - 5pm (lunch: 1-2pm)

    $650 (Deposit $325)
    Limit: 12-14 students 

    Workshop full. Deposit due upon registration. Full balance due by July 1, 2017. Email mariya@grandcentralatelier.org to be put on the wait list.

    Package Suggestions: Start with Portrait Painting and follow with Figure Painting workshops. The same model and same pose will be booked for the Figure Painting workshop. Discounts available read details on our main page.

    With an emphasis on naturalistic proportion and gesture, students will improve their understanding of the figure by incorporating the use of the skeleton, plaster casts (ecorche), and master drawings into their life studies. Over the course of one week students will learn to complete a carefully rendered drawing from the live model. Colleen will lecture and diagram on her own drawing explaining concepts concerning the development of form, value relationships, human proportion and key anatomical landmarks. Colleen will critique each students work illustrating anatomical landmarks, proportional systems, and structural conventions with the aid of masterworks from the Renaissance through to the Ecole des Beaux-Arts. By developing their drawings alongside the skeleton students will develop a conceptual understanding of the body that may be applied to observational drawing as well as studies from memory and imagination. 

    Some prior figure drawing experience recommended.

  • August: Figure Painting w/Ted Minoff & Katie Whipple - available

    August 21 - 25, 2017
    Monday - Friday 10am - 5pm (lunch: 1-2pm)

    $650 (Deposit $325)
    Limit: 12 students 

    Registration Open. Deposit due upon registration. Full balance due by July 1, 2017. 

    Package Suggestions: Start with Portrait Painting and/or Structure. The same model and same pose will be booked for the Figure Painting workshop. Discounts available read details on our main page.

    The workshop will cover both drawing and painting the figure over the course of a single one-week pose, or can be an addition to the Figure Drawing workshop with Colleen Barry as the pose will continue from Colleen's workshop which directly precedes it. We will discuss proportion, gesture, structure, value, chroma, hue, temperature and paint application. We will employ a limited palette to explore the wide range of mixtures possible with fewer colors, also prioritizing unified color.

    Recommended for artists with some experience painting with oils.

    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.

    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:

    August Figure Painting w/Ted & Katie
  • August: Drawing Boot Camp for Teens with Liz Beard & Kevin Müller Cisneros - available

    July 31 - August 11, 2017
    10am - 5pm (lunch: 1-2pm) • Monday - Friday

    For ages 13-18

    $1170 ($585 deposit)
    *10% savings off the regular 1-week workshop cost for 2 weeks! 
    Registration Open. Deposit due upon registration. Full balance due by July 1, 2017.

    Limit: 12 students

    Boot Camp Scholarship application. 
    Apply between Feb. 1 - March 31. 
    Notification by April 10th. 
    Apply by clicking here.

    Package suggestion: Begin with Drawing Boot Camp for Teens and save 20% off the total! (Total 20% discount taken off the cost of 4 weeks at $650, so the workshops would be $2080 instead of $2600)

    In our NEW Drawing Boot Camp for Teens, students will be introduced to the fundamental concepts of drawing over the course of ten days. Mornings and afternoons will be divided into drawing from traditional classical cast sculpture and portrait drawing from the live model, respectively. 

    Mornings

    With cast drawing, under the guidance of our classically trained instructors, students will focus on the fundamental techniques of Grand Central Atelier’s method by studying comparative measuring, light and form using a step-by-step process. Each student will be working from different casts and progress at their own pace. 

    Afternoons

    Students will develop an understanding of the human head and features by way of a long portrait pose and two three-hour portrait sketches working from three different live models. This dynamic structure will allow the students to experience both a measured and conventional manner through the eight-day pose and a more immediate approach during the two portrait sketch sessions. All portrait models are fully clothed.

    Principles introduced in the morning session will be built upon in the afternoon. Subjects include form modeling, line and mass drawing, proportions, and structural points of the human skull. 

    Instructors Liz Beard and Kevin Müller Cisneros will lead the group with demonstrations, lectures and individual critiques each day fostering an environment for discussion, discovery and practice.

    This workshop is ideal for beginners to intermediate skill level artists ages 13-18.

    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:

    August Drawing Boot Camp for Teens
  • August: Painting Boot Camp for Teens with Liz Beard & Kevin Muller Cisneros - available

    August 14 - 25, 2017
    10am - 5pm (lunch: 1-2pm) • Monday - Friday

    For ages 13-18

    $1170 ($585 deposit)
    *10% savings off the regular 1-week workshop cost for 2 weeks!
    Registration Open. Deposit due up registration. Full balance due by July 1, 2017.

    Boot Camp Scholarship application. 
    Apply between Feb. 1 - March 31. 
    Notification by April 10th. 
    Apply by clicking here.

    Package suggestion: Begin with Drawing Boot Camp for Teens and save 20% off the total! (Total 20% discount taken off the cost of 4 weeks at $650, so the workshops would be $2080 instead of $2600)

    Complimentary to the first two weeks of learning to draw, the Painting Boot Camp for Teens first introduces students to the grisaille method of cast painting. The students will then learn concepts of color through one 8 day portrait painting from life. Two portrait sketch sessions in color will also form part of the workshop.

    Subjects discussed throughout the two weeks will include form modeling, linear and volumetric thinking, as well as optical and conceptual differences of light and color. 

    Instructors Liz Beard and Kevin Muller Cisneros will lead the group with demonstrations, lectures and individual critiques each day fostering an environment for discussion, discovery and practice.

    This workshop is ideal for beginners to intermediate skill level artists ages 13-18.

    It is strongly recommended to take the Drawing Boot Camp for teens if the student is looking to get a thorough experience of the Grand Central Atelier’s full-time program.

    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.

    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:

    August Painting Boot Camp for Teens
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