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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.

Read the list of Suggested Workshop Pairings on our blog.

Please note July Landscape workshops will be posted in the new year.

Special Discounts
For every 5-day consecutive workshop you take, save $50 off each workshop.
Workshops that are less than 5-days, save $25 off.
A 10-day workshop has the savings already built in.
There's a max of one discount/$50 off each workshop unless it's the Boot Camp Bonus. If taking a 3, 4 or 5-day workshop with a 3 or 4-day, save $25 off each of these workshops.

Boot Camp Package Bonuses
Drawing Boot Camp: Take all 4 weeks (4 workshops) Save an extra $100 off the total.
Scholarship Application due February 15th.
Painting Boot Camp: Take all 6 weeks (4 workshops) Save an extra $150 off the total.
Scholarship Application due February 15th.
Teen Boot Camp: Take all 3 weeks (3 workshops) Save an extra $75 off the total.
Scholarship Application due February 15th.

  • June: Portrait Sketch w/ Jacob Collins & Ted Minoff - Application Open

    June 4 - 8, 2018 (5 days)
    Monday - Friday • 10:00 - 5:00 pm (lunch 1-2pm)

    $875 ($437.50 deposit)

    Limit: 12-14 artists 

    Registration is by application. Artists at every level in their training & practice are encouraged to apply. 
    Deadline to apply is February 1st. Apply here.

    Submitting an application does not guarantee acceptance. We anticipate more interest than spots in the workshop. Notification will be a few weeks after the deadline.

    Deposit due upon acceptance. Full payment due by May 1st, 2018.

    Please note: No discounts are available for this workshop.

    Each day will bring a new pose, building towards painting convincing and lifelike portrait sketches. We will approach the portrait sketch through a series of pedagogical steps beginning with portrait drawing in pencil, then grisaille and finally we will spend the concluding days on portrait sketches in oil using a full color palette. There will be an emphasis on drawing throughout, discussing concepts of flat shape block-in, anatomy, structure and perspective as they relate to the portrait. Paint handling and color mixing will be discussed as the workshop graduates to oils. The studio will employ a combination of demonstrations by the instructors and individual critiques to guide artists to meet individual goals.

    All levels of artists are welcome & encouraged to apply.

  • June: Still Life Painting w/ Tony Curanaj - Registration Open

    June 4 - 8, 2018 (5 days)
    Monday - Friday • 10:00 - 5:00 pm (lunch 1-2pm)

    $650 ($325 deposit)

    Limit: 10 artists 
    Registration Open. Deposit due upon registration. Full payment due by May 1st, 2018.

    Package Suggestions: Follow with Justin Wood's Trompe L'Oeil Still Life workshop.
    Discounts available. View more details on our main workshop page.

    Still Life Painting is an important genre of art and a proven tool for teaching artists of every skill level the disciplines needed to create successful, beautiful paintings.

    The class will concentrate on many of the fundamentals of good picture making, from the technical to the conceptual with still life as the subject matter. The class will have lectures and demonstrations focusing on different topics as well as individual critiques while the student paints his or her own still life set up. For those who wish to focus on the simple fundamentals of drawing and painting, there will be a set up consisting of geometric shapes & colors.  Some of the principles discussed will be composition, accuracy in drawing, color and color theory, understanding form and modeling, edge control, glazing/scumbling techniques, lighting, materials and good studio practice. 

    An all levels workshop but some experience drawing or painting is recommended. 

    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:

  • June: Architectural Ink Wash w/ Anthony Baus - Registration Open

    June 11 - 15, 2018 (5 days)  
    10am - 5pm • Monday - Friday

    $650 ($325 deposit)

    Limit: 10 artists.
    Registration Open. Deposit due upon Registration.
    Full balance due by May 1, 2018.

    Package Suggestions: Follow with Anthony's Architectural Painting workshop. 
    Discounts available. View more details on our main workshop page.

    The key to drawing architecture is acquiring the ability to capture the essence of what you are seeing in front of you, without having to delineate every minute detail. The importance of this essence cannot be overstated. With this in mind, we begin our workshop by breaking down the individual forms of architecture and their relation to the whole.

    Artists will be guided through the approach and technique of ink wash and the development of an architectural drawing from life over the course of five days. Daily individual critiques will be aimed at satisfying the goals of each artist. Linear perspective will be discussed at length as it pertains to simple geometry and the constructed environment. Discussions on composition, aesthetics, value hierarchy and line quality will be continuous throughout.

    This workshop will be held outdoors at Bryant Park focusing on the New York Public Library. On rainy days, the workshop may be held in the studios at Grand Central Atelier. Students will be notified in advance.

    Materials list is accessible via the 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 by credit card:

  • June Still Life: Trompe L'Oeil w/ Justin Wood - Registration Open

    June 11 - 15, 2018 (5 days)
    10am - 5pm (lunch 12-1pm) • Monday - Friday

    $650 (Deposit $325)

    Limit: 10-12 artists
    Registration open. Deposit due registration. Final balance due by May 1, 2018

    Package Suggestions: Begin with Tony Curanaj Still Life and follow with John Morra's Spanish Still Life. Discounts available read details on our main page.

    Trompe L'oeil paintings deceive the eye by making a painted flat surface appear three-dimensional. In this workshop, participating artists will design, draw and paint their own trompe l'oeil. We will discuss the history of the genre and examine different trompe l'oeil paintings from various times and places with the purpose of better understanding the subject and methods used in their production.
     
    It is recommended that set-ups not be too complex or large. Any format more or less within the range of 8x8 and 17x17 will be fine. 

    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:

  • June: Introduction to Architectural Painting w/ Anthony Baus - Registration Open

    June 18 - 22, 2018 (5 days)  
    10am - 5pm • Monday - Friday

    $650 ($325 deposit)

    Limit: 10 artists.
    Registration Open. Deposit due upon Registration.
    Full balance due by May 1, 2018.

    Package Suggestions: Begin with Anthony's Architectural Ink Wash workshop. 
    Discounts available. View more details on our main workshop page.

    This Workshop will serve as an introduction into painting architecture from life. Our subject will be the NY Public Library located at Bryant Park. When painting architecture it is important to know the individual forms before attempting to tackle the entire building. We will spend the week on several architectural details, completing small oil paintings of each detail.   

    The importance of accurate drawing will be encouraged throughout the week. We will use comparative measuring in addition to knowledge of classical canons to solve for proportion, drawing directly on the canvas. Color will be applied in subsequent layers of alternating warms and cools. Each painting will consider the use of historical convention as well as the effects of careful and humble observations.

    Rainy days will be spent in the GCA studios if necessary, where we will study, in oil, the works of Panini and Robert Hubert. 

    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:

  • June: Spanish Still Life w/ John Morra - Registration Open

    June 18 - 22, 2018 (5 days)
    Monday - Friday • 10:00 - 5:00 pm (lunch 1-2pm)

    $650 ($325 deposit)

    Limit: 10 artists 
    Registration Open. Deposit due upon registration. Full payment due by May 1st, 2018.

    Package Suggestions: Begin with Justin Wood's Trompe L'Oeil Still Life workshop and/or follow with Dale Zinkowski's Alla Prima Still Life. Discounts available. View more details on our main workshop page.

    What is it about Spanish still-life that sets it apart from Flemish, Dutch or French still-life? Have you wondered how painters like Cotan, Zurbaran, Pereda and Melendez transformed the ordinary contents of a kitchen pantry into stunning little baroque theaters? In this class, you'll design and paint your own Spanish still-life that makes full use of dramatic, typically Spanish conventions— those that turn something like onions or ordinary pantry items into something beautifully mysterious.  We’ll be emphasizing the paintings of Juan Sanchez Cotán; each student will have use of a “Spanish Cotán box” for their set-up. Additionally, students will draw their still-life through a framed grid of strings — in the tradition of Alberti and Durer — to further enhance the quality of Spanish naturalism.

    This is an intense five-day class , but it’s as much fun as it is eye-opening. So, naturally, the class will end with Tapas and Rioja!  

    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:

  • June: The Alla Prima Still Life with Dale Zinkowski - Registration Open

    June 23 - 25, 2018 (3 days)
    10am - 5pm (lunch 12-1pm) • Saturday - Monday

    $450 ($225 deposit)

    Limit: 10 artists
    Deposit due upon Registration. Final balance due by May 1, 2018. 

    Package Suggestions: Take John Morra's Spanish Still Life workshop before and follow with Katie Whipple's Painting Peonies. Discounts available read details on our main page.

    A great still-life painting is more than just placing a few objects on a table, and painting them as you see it.  It is about creating a space through the careful arrangement of values, edges, color and composition.  It is a story, narrated by the artist, and while it may seem spontaneous and fresh in appearance, there are many calculated steps along the way.

    The key to any quick still-life painting is to be prepared.  A proper setup, the right tools, and the right mindset are all that is required to complete a small painting in 6 hours.  In this workshop we will paint three paintings over the course of three days.  Various techniques, such as brush drawing, comparative measure, and sight-size will be discussed and practiced which will all aid in completing the task at hand.

    Composition, color, paint handling, and proper materials will all be discussed and explored.  Using the direct method (wet-on-wet), participants will compose and paint a small still-life, from start to finish in 6 hours.

    All levels workshop but previous drawing and painting skills are encouraged.

    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:

  • June: Painting Peonies w/ Katie Whipple - Registration Full

    June 26 - 29, 2018 (4 days)  
    10am - 5pm • Tuesday - Friday

    $550 ($275 deposit)

    Limit: 10 artists. 

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

    Full balance due by May 1, 2018.

    Package Suggestions: Take Dale Zinkowski's Alla Prima Still Life workshop before. Discounts available read details on our main page.

    In this workshop Katie will discuss the ins and outs of her method for painting peonies.

    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.

    We will begin the days of peony exploration with drawing. Using graphite and white chalk on toned paper, we will focus on the graphic qualities of each flower. Without worrying about color and brushstrokes, we are better able to study the form, anatomy, and petal formation.

    After the first day of drawing, we will move on to painting.

    Katie will explain how to create informed peony studies in oil, with accurate floral anatomy, light effect, and color. Starting with a simple drawing and underpainting, we will talk about how to take steps to make an accurate study while using time efficiently to record all necessary information.

    Students will focus on painting and drawing 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.

    Floral painting experience recommended for this class.

    Katie will provide flowers, and GCA provides ball jar vases but students are also welcome to bring their own. 

  • July: Summer Drawing Boot Camp Week 1: Cast w/Justin Wood - Registration Open

    July 2 - 7, 2018 (5 days) 
    10am - 5pm • Monday - Saturday
    No class on Wednesday, July 4th

    $650 ($325 deposit)*
    Registration Open. Deposit due upon registration. 

    Final Balance due by June 1, 2018.

    Limit: 12-15 students. 

    Apply for a scholarship to take all 4 weeks! Applications accepted through February 15th. Apply here.

    *Take all 4 Drawing Boot Camp workshops save $200 plus a bonus $100 off the total cost: $2300
    *Take 3 consecutive Drawing Boot Camp workshops save $150 off the total cost: $1800
    *Take 2 consecutive Drawing Boot Camp workshops save $100 off the total cost: $1200
    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 in the evenings throughout the rest of boot camp.

    By working in the controlled setting of the cast hall, students wil be given an opportunity to focus on the fundamental concepts of depicting light and form, which are at the heart of the entire Grand Central Atelier's method of drawing and painting.  We will start by discussing how to approach an initial linear drawing (the “block-in”) focusing on the various techniques that we can employ as we strive for accuracy in shape, proportion and gesture.   We will then move straight in to modeling form, three dimensionally, as we discuss the fundamentals and nuances of how light works as well as how to depict it on a two dimensional surface.  During this time students will learn to think about their drawings in sculptural terms by utilizing a conceptual understanding of light fall which will allow for a greater sense of depth and realism in their finished drawings and paintings. 
     
    Time will also be spent discussing materials as well as ways to set yourself up for success before you begin your drawing.
     
    Artists will be trained to think sculpturally, to make more accurate decisions, and to create drawings and paintings that are true to life.

    This workshop will include demonstrations/lectures on each step of the process as well as frequent one on one critiques from the instructor. Students will work at their own pace and will spend the majority of the time working on their own drawings.  However, due to the short time frame, emphasis will be put on fully learning and understanding concepts, rather than creating completely finished works of art. This workshop will be a great opportunity to learn many of the key concepts taught at GCA in a short, condensed time frame.
     
    Ideal for beginners or 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: Summer Drawing Boot Camp Week 2: Portrait w/ Katie Engberg - Registration Open

    July 9 - 13, 2018 (5 days) 
    10am - 5pm • Monday - Friday

    $650 ($325 deposit)*
    Deposit due upon registration. Final Balance due by June 1, 2018.

    Limit: 12-14 students. 

    Apply for a scholarship to take all 4 weeks! Applications accepted through February 15th. Apply here.

    *Take all 4 Drawing Boot Camp workshops save $200 plus a bonus $100 off the total cost: $2300
    *Take 3 consecutive Drawing Boot Camp workshops save $150 off the total cost: $1800
    *Take 2 consecutive Drawing Boot Camp workshops save $100 off the total cost: $1200
    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. 

    Building off the lessons in week 1 with the cast, participants will draw the portrait from a single pose lasting a total of 30 hours over the course of five days. After completing a highly developed linear block-in with instruction emphasizing proportion, structure, line quality and likeness, artists will proceed to rendering the portrait in graphite in the "window shading" style. Completing one form at a time, students will be guided by detailed explanation of the physical properties of light on form. 

    Demonstrations and discussions on establishing an accurate value range, anatomy, perspective, and materials will accompany individual critiques. 

    Beginning to advanced artists are welcome. 

    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: The Monochrome Portrait w/Kevin Müller Cisneros & Dale Zinkowski - Registration Open

    July 14 - 16, 2018 (3 days) 
    10am - 5pm • Saturday - Monday

    $450 ($225 deposit)
    Registration Open. Deposit due upon registration. Final balance due by June 1, 2018.

    Limit: 12 students. 
    Package Suggestions: Take Katie Engberg's Portrait Drawing workshop before and Katie Engberg's Portrait in a Costume after.

    Students will use a limited palette of three colors to achieve an under-painting that can stand on its own as a finished portrait, or be used as a strong foundation to continue a full-color painting in the future. Through individual critiques and demonstrations by both instructors, artists will learn to emphasize the beginning stages of a painting by addressing concepts of the block-in and form modeling.

Anatomy and structural points relating to the head will be discussed throughout the three days.
     
    The first day will consist of a charcoal block-in drawn directly onto the canvas or panel. The drawing will then be spray-fixed to begin the wipe-out on the second day. As the third day arrives, students will proceed with the finishing pass by using a range of neutrals to push the under-painting toward a thoroughly elaborate work of art.

    Day One:
    Materials lecture ( explanation of palette )
    Demo of charcoal drawing 
    Examples of monochrome portraits shown
    Charcoal drawing directly onto canvas or panel.  A finished drawing is the goal on the first day, so the second day can be devoted to the wipe-out and underpainting.  Drawing will be spray-fixed for the next days use

    Day Two:
    Neutrals explained further in depth ( different combinations that can be used )
    Demo of wipe-out techniques 
    Students will tone their canvases with raw umber, and proceed with a wipe-out, the goal being to finish before lunch, in order for the painting to "set-up", and proceed with the finished pass.

    Day Three:
    Students will use their range of neutrals to push their underpainting to a more finished stage.
     

    It is recommended that the student has had prior experience drawing the portrait.

     

    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: Painting Boot Camp Week 1: Value with Sam Hung - Registration Open

    July 16 - 20, 2018
    10am - 5pm (lunch: 1-2pm) • Monday - Friday

    $650 ($325 deposit)

    Registration Open. Deposit due upon registration. Final balance due by June 1, 2018. 
    Limit: 10-12 students

    Apply for a scholarship to take all 6 weeks of Painting Boot Camp! Applications accepted through February 15th. Apply here.

    *Take all 6 consecutive weeks of Painting Boot Camp workshops save $300 plus a bonus $150 off the total cost: $3500
    *Take 4 consecutive weeks of Painting Boot Camp workshops save $200 off the total cost: $2400
    *Take 3 consecutive weeks of Painting Boot Camp workshops save $150 off the total cost: $1800
    *Take 2 consecutive weeks of Painting Boot Camp workshops save $100 off the total cost: $1200
    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 workshop. 

    This week long workshop will be structured for all levels of artists who want to improve their perception of value in painting. Students will learn how to see value in any given color and mix the appropriate value range to model form. Understanding value relationships among different colors will set up the correct value relationships early on and avoid wasted time in modeling in the wrong range.

    The class will begin with mixing a range of neutral grays and tubing them to use both in class and future paintings. After a series of initial exercises, more advanced students can finish with poster studies of still life set ups, plaster casts, or master copies. There will be daily lectures and individual critiques.

    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:

  • July: Summer Drawing Boot Camp Week 3: Figure w/ Savannah Cuff - Registration Open

    July 16 - 20, 2018 (5 days) 
    10am - 5pm • Monday - Friday

    $650 ($325 deposit)*
    Deposit due upon registration. Final Balance due by June 1, 2018.

    Limit: 12-14 students. 

    Apply for a scholarship to take all 4 weeks! Applications accepted through February 15th. Apply here.

    *Take all 4 Drawing Boot Camp workshops save $200 plus a bonus $100 off the total cost: $2300
    *Take 3 consecutive Drawing Boot Camp workshops save $150 off the total cost: $1800
    *Take 2 consecutive Drawing Boot Camp workshops save $100 off the total cost: $1200
    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 in the evenings throughout the rest of boot camp.

    Participants in the Figure Drawing Boot Camp will develop and strengthen a skill set for drawing the live model. The class will begin with a series of short poses, leading into a long pose that will last for the remainder of the week. Savannah will guide participants through the figure drawing process with demonstrations and in-depth critiques. The process begins with the “block in”, which aims for a dynamic gesture as well as accurate proportion and shapes. After, participants will move into modeling form through an understanding of the light source. Basic anatomy, materials, comparative measuring, light and form will be discussed.

    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: Painting the Portrait in a Costume w/ Katie Engberg - Registration Open

    July 17 - 21, 2018 (5 days) 
    10am - 5pm • Tuesday - Saturday

    $650 ($325 deposit)
    Registration Open. Deposit due upon registration. Final balance due by June 1, 2018.

    Limit: 12 students. 

    Package Suggestions: Take Katie Engberg's Portrait Drawing & Dale & Kevin's Monochrome Portrait workshops prior to this.

    In this five day workshop, artists will work through the process of creating a fully composed gallery-ready painting. We will start by drawing the model dressed in a classic 19th century Edwardian costume, and then transferring the drawing to canvas. The following days will be divided between painting the portrait and capturing the different textures of the costume. This workshop will not only go in depth on creating the illusion of form on the portrait and costume, but also on creating the feeling of space and a striking composition.  

    All levels workshop but some experience painting recommended. 

    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: Painting Boot Camp Week 2: Painting Light & Color with Devin Cecil-Wishing - Registration Open

    July 23 - 27, 2018
    10am - 5pm (lunch: 1-2pm) • Monday - Friday

    $650 ($325 deposit)

    Registration Open. Deposit due upon registration. Final balance due by June 1, 2018.
    Limit: 10-12 students

    Highly recommended artists begin with Sam Hung's Value workshop. 

    Apply for a scholarship to take all 6 weeks of Painting Boot Camp! Applications accepted through February 15th. Apply here.

    *Take all 6 consecutive weeks of Painting Boot Camp workshops save $300 plus a bonus $150 off the total cost: $3500
    *Take 4 consecutive weeks of Painting Boot Camp workshops save $200 off the total cost: $2400
    *Take 3 consecutive weeks of Painting Boot Camp workshops save $150 off the total cost: $1800
    *Take 2 consecutive weeks of Painting Boot Camp workshops save $100 off the total cost: $1200
    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 workshop. 

    Whenever we are painting, regardless of the subject matter, what we are really painting is light.  

    In this workshop students will learn how to convincingly paint light and form in full color.  Through simple still life paintings students will learn how to take the mystery out of color painting.  Students will learn how to accurately mix color, how to avoid “dead” “muddy” or “chalky” color and most importantly, how to begin thinking of color not as a set of isolated pigments but rather as an interconnected series of relationships.

    This class will include in depth lectures and demonstrations by the instructor on the properties of color and the physics of light, as well as detailed demonstrations and explanations of how to approach each step of the painting process from beginning to end.

    In addition to learning about color and light, this course will serve as an opportunity for students to become familiar with each step of the process of creating finished paintings.  By keeping their subject matter simple, students will be able to take their paintings to a high level of finish and become comfortable with each step of the process, from the initial drawing all the way to adding the final touches at the end.

    Whether you are a beginning student looking for an introduction to color painting or a more advanced painter looking to refine your understanding of light and color, this class will be a great opportunity to take your understanding to the next level. It's highly recommended that you begin with Sam Hung's Value workshop the week before.

    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: Summer Drawing Boot Camp Week 4: Studio Figure w/Anthony Baus-Registration Open

    July 23 - 27, 2018 (5 days) 
    10am - 5pm • Monday - Friday

    $650 ($325 deposit)*
    Deposit due upon registration. Final Balance due by June 1, 2018.

    Limit: 10 students. 

    Apply for a scholarship to take all 4 weeks! Applications accepted through February 15th. Apply here.

    *Take all 4 Drawing Boot Camp workshops save $200 plus a bonus $100 off the total cost: $2300
    *Take 3 consecutive Drawing Boot Camp workshops save $150 off the total cost: $1800
    *Take 2 consecutive Drawing Boot Camp workshops save $100 off the total cost: $1200
    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. 

    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:

  • August: Painting Boot Camp Weeks 3 & 4: Portrait Drawing & Painting with Gregory Mortenson - Registration Open

    July 30 - August 10, 2018
    10am - 5pm (lunch: 1-2pm) • Monday - Friday

    $1200 (Deposit $600) $100 savings off two 1-week workshops.

    Registration Open. Deposit due upon registration. Full balance due by July 2, 2018.

    Limit: 12-14 students

    Apply for a scholarship to take all 6 weeks of Painting Boot Camp! Applications accepted through February 15th. Apply here.

    *Take all 6 consecutive weeks of Painting Boot Camp workshops save $300 plus a bonus $150 off the total cost: $3500
    *Take 4 consecutive weeks of Painting Boot Camp workshops save $200 off the total cost: $2400
    *Take 3 consecutive weeks of Painting Boot Camp workshops save $150 off the total cost: $1800
    *Take 2 consecutive weeks of Painting Boot Camp workshops save $100 off the total cost: $1200
    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 workshop. 

    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.

    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:

  • August: Summer Boot Camp for Teens Week 1: Portrait Drawing w/ Liz Beard - Registration Open

    July 30 - August 3, 2018 (5 days) 
    10am - 5pm • Monday - Friday

    $650 ($325 deposit)*
    Deposit due upon registration. Final Balance due by July 2, 2018.
    Limit: 12 students. 

    Apply for a scholarship to take all 3 weeks! Applications accepted through February 15th. Apply here.

    *Take all 3 Teen Boot Camp workshops save $150 plus a bonus $75 off the total cost: $1725
    *Take 2 consecutive Drawing Boot Camp workshops save $100 off the total cost: $1200
    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. 

    Students will learn or more fully develop the fundamentals of portrait drawing. Through identifying the relationship of shapes in space, they will develop an understanding of the human head and features. Students will work with the same model and pose during the course of the workshop to emphasize form modeling, line and mass drawing, proportions, and structural points of the skull.  

    Note: The portrait model is fully clothed.

    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: Short & Long Pose Drawing w/Jon deMartin - Registration Open

    August 6 - 10, 2018 (5 days) 
    10am - 5pm • Monday - Friday

    $650 ($325 deposit)
    Registration Open. Deposit due upon registration. Final balance due by July 2, 2018.

    Limit: 12 students. 

    Package Suggestions: Follow with Jon Brogie and Jessica Artman's Figure Painting or with Colleen Barry's Figure Structure. 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:

  • August: Summer Boot Camp for Teens Week 2: Figure Drawing w/Kevin Müller Cisneros - Registration Open

    August 6 -10, 2018 (5 days) 
    10am - 5pm • Monday - Friday

    $650 ($325 deposit)*
    Deposit due upon registration. Final Balance due by July 2, 2018.

    Limit: 12 students. 

    Apply for a scholarship to take all 3 weeks! Applications accepted through February 15th. Apply here.

    *Take all 3 Teen Boot Camp workshops save $150 plus a bonus $75 off the total cost: $1725
    *Take 2 consecutive Drawing Boot Camp workshops save $100 off the total cost: $1200
    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. 

    Students will learn or more fully develop the fundamentals of figure drawing. The workshop begins with several short poses to examine gestures of the human form. It progresses to a single long pose that will last for the remainder of the class. Students will initially complete an accurate block-in of the figure and then move onto form modeling. The instructors will emphasize the principles of artistic anatomy and proportions of the human body.

    Note: The figure model will be wearing a bathing suit.

    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 Weeks 5 & 6: Figure Drawing & Painting w/Jon Brogie & Jessica Artman

    August 13 - 24, 2018
    10am - 5pm (lunch: 1-2pm) • Monday - Friday

    $1200 (Deposit $600) $100 savings off two 1-week workshops.

    Registration Open. Deposit due upon registration. Full balance due by July 2, 2018.

    Limit: 12 students

    Apply for a scholarship to take all 6 weeks of Painting Boot Camp! Applications accepted through February 15th. Apply here.

    *Take all 6 consecutive weeks of Painting Boot Camp workshops save $300 plus a bonus $150 off the total cost: $3500
    *Take 4 consecutive weeks of Painting Boot Camp workshops save $200 off the total cost: $2400
    *Take 3 consecutive weeks of Painting Boot Camp workshops save $150 off the total cost: $1800
    *Take 2 consecutive weeks of Painting Boot Camp workshops save $100 off the total cost: $1200
    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 workshop. 

    In this workshop students will develop a figure drawing and painting, working from a live model, over the course of a single 2-week pose. This process will cover each step in creating a naturalistic figure painting, from initial block-in, to transferring the drawing onto canvas, to rendering form in oil paint.

    The drawing portion lead by Jon Brogie will cover gesture, proportion, composition and important structural landmarks of the figure. When painting, Jessica Artman will go over the colors on her palette and discuss a systematic way to organize your visual impressions of hue value and chroma to a concept that relates to your palette. Topics surrounding color, such as color theory, form and zoning will be discussed to elevate sensitivity when translating our optical experience. 

    Throughout the workshop, instructors will provide demonstrations and personal critiques and reference historical masterworks. It is recommended that artists have some experience painting with oils. 

    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: Summer Boot Camp for Teens Week 3: Still Life Painting w/Rodrigo Mateo - Registration Open

    August 13 - 17, 2018 (5 days) 
    10am - 5pm • Monday - Friday

    $650 ($325 deposit)*
    Deposit due upon registration. Final Balance due by July 2, 2018.

    Limit: 10 students. 

    Apply for a scholarship to take all 3 weeks! Applications accepted through February 15th. Apply here.

    *Take all 3 Teen Boot Camp workshops save $150 plus a bonus $75 off the total cost: $1725
    *Take 2 consecutive Drawing Boot Camp workshops save $100 off the total cost: $1200
    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. 

    This workshop will concentrate on the practical aspects of painting through the study of still life. Emphasis will be given to a more painterly apporach. We will strive to balance and maintain the careful color relationships that we see in nature through the knowledge imparted through concepts as well as understanding the more mechanical aspects of drawing and painting, such as paint handling, color mixing, brushwork, surface quality, etc.

    Simple colorful objects such as fruits, vegetables, and cloth are encouraged in order to have a variety of hues and intensity of color. 

    Managing the palette is half the battle in painting. This class will strive to give a clear thinking process in order to dissect what we see in nature and translate it to the language of oil paint. This workshop is good for beginners or artists with more experience and will give participants the tools to approach each canvas with confidence. 

    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: The Structure of the Human Body: A Drawing Workshop w/Colleen Barry - Registration Open

    August 13 - 17, 2018
    Monday - Friday 10am - 5pm (lunch: 1-2pm)

    $750 (Deposit $375)
    Limit: 12-14 students 

    Deposit due upon registration. Full balance due by July 2, 2018

    Package Suggestions: Take Jon deMartin's Short & Long Pose before and take Will St. John's Drawing the Portrait in Three Colors after. 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 highly recommended.

    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 Portrait: Portrait Painting: The Zorn Palette w/ Patrick Byrnes - Registration Open

    August 13 - 17, 2018 (5 days) 
    10am - 5pm • Monday - Friday

    $650 ($325 deposit)
    Deposit due upon registration. Full balance due by July 2, 2018.

    Limit: 12 students. 

    Package Suggestions: Begin with Greg Mortenson's Portrait, follow with Will St. John's Portrait or Patrick Byrnes' Alla Prima Floral Sketch or Charlie Mostow's Portrait Ecorche. Discounts available. View details on our main workshop page.

    In this five day workshop, artists will employ a limited palette inspired by the great Swedish painter Anders Zorn to create a portrait painting from the live model. Using just titanium white, yellow ochre, vermillion, and ivory black pigments, participants will discover how to achieve a surprisingly expansive range of colors by mixing careful modulations of hue, value, and chroma. By limiting the number of pigments, one can explore color space in a controlled manner, gain insight into color relationships, and develop strategies for translating the seemingly elusive colors we perceive in human flesh. Patrick will guide artists with daily demonstrations and in-depth personal critiques through each stage of the process. Cranial anatomy, materials, paint handling, and the physics of light will also be discussed throughout each session.

    Some previous experience with oils is recommended. 

    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: Alla Prima Floral Sketch w/ Patrick Byrnes - Registration Open

    August 20 - 22, 2018 (3 days)
    10am - 5pm (lunch 12-1pm) • Monday - Wednesday

    $450 (Deposit $225)

    Limit: 10-12 artists
    Registration Open.
    Deposit due upon Registration. Final balance due by July 2, 2018.

    Package Suggestions: Start with Patrick's Zorn Palette workshop.
    Discounts available read details on our main page.

    In this three-day workshop inspired by the masterful paintings of Henri Fantin-Latour, participating artists will learn to create an alla prima floral painting from life that celebrates the beauty of flowers with freshness, sensitivity and lively detail. Using a lucid step-by-step approach, participants will paint a small bouquet of their own design using a direct painting method over the course of five days. Patrick will guide artists with daily demonstrations and in-depth personal critiques through each stage of the process – from creating a strong design with careful drawing, to color mixing, modeling form and finishing details. Basic botany, materials, paint handling, and the physics of light will also be discussed throughout each session. 

    Note: Participants are to bring their own flowers and vase for this workshop. GCA also has a few ball jars that can be used as a vase. 

    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: Drawing the Portrait in Three Colors with Will St. John - Registration Open

    August 20 - 24, 2018 (5 days) 
    10am - 5pm (lunch: 1-2pm) • Monday - Friday

    $650 ($325 deposit)

    Limit: 12 students
    Deposit due upon registration.

    Full balance due by July 2, 2018

    Package Suggestions: Take either Patrick Byrnes' Zorn Palette or Colleen Barry's Structure workshop in advance of this.

    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.

    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: Ecorche Portrait Sculpture w/ Charlie Mostow - Registration Open

    August 20 - 24, 2018
    10:00am-5:00pm • Monday - Friday

    $650 ($325 deposit)

    Deposit due upon registration. Final Balance due by July 2, 2018.

    Limit: 8-10 students. 

    Package Suggestions: Take Patrick Byrnes' Zorn Palette & Gregory Mortenson's Portrait Drawing & Painting in advance of this. Discounts available. View our main workshop page.

    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:

    3 Chavant clayette soft (white) and 3 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 kinfe like 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:

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