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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.

Boot Camp Scholarships available for adults and teens.
Application open from Feb. 1 - March 31.
Notification by April 10th.
Adults: Apply by clicking here.
Teens: apply by clicking here.

We’ve arranged several packages for intensive study this summer.
Sign up and pay the deposits by Feb. 28th and save!*
*Take 4 consecutive 5-day workshops save 20% off the total cost.
*Take 3 consecutive 5-day workshops save 15% off the total cost.
*Take 2 consecutive 5-day workshops save 10% off the total cost.
*Take 2 consecutive 3-day + a 5-day workshop save 10% off the total cost.
*Take 2 consecutive 3-day workshops or a consecutive 3-day + 5-day save 5% off the total cost.

We also offer some night and weekend classes in the Summer.
Those will be announced in April 2017. *Discounts taken off the full price cost for a workshop. Only one type of discount or scholarship will be given per workshop.

  • June: Architectural Ink Wash with Anthony Baus

    June 5 - 9, 2017 (5 days)  
    10am - 5pm • Monday - Friday

    $625 ($312.50 deposit)

    Limit: 10 artists.
    Registration Open. Deposit due upon registration. Final Balance due by May 1, 2017

    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 the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument located on Manhattan’s Upper West Side in Riverside Park. This Beaux Arts structure provides the perfect subject for all skill levels. 

    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 Architectural Wash
  • June Sketch: A.P. Floral Sketch w/ Patrick Byrnes

    June 5 - 7, 2017 (3 days)
    10am - 5pm (lunch 12-1pm) • Monday - Wednesday

    $425 (Deposit $212.50)

    Limit: 10-12 artists
    Registration full. Deposit due upon registration. Final balance by May 1, 2017.
    To be added to the wait list. Please email: mariya@grandcentralatelier.org

    Package Suggestions: Follow with Still Life Sketch, Portrait Sketch and Figure Sketch.
    Or follow with Alla Prima Still Life and additional Still Life workshops.
    Discounts available read details on our main page.

    In this three-day workshop inspired by the masterful paintings of Henri FantinLatour, 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 three 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. 

  • June Sketch: The Alla Prima Still Life with Dale Zinkowski

    June 8 - 10, 2017 (3 days)
    10am - 5pm (lunch 12-1pm) • Thursday - Saturday

    $425 ($212.50 deposit)

    Limit: 10 artists
    Deposit due upon registration. Final balance by May 1, 2017.

    Package Suggestions: Begin with A.P. Flower Sketch, Follow with Portrait Sketch and Figure Sketch.
    Or begin with A.P. Flower Sketch and follow with Still Life workshops.
    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 Alla Prima Still Life with Dale
  • June Sketch: Portrait Sketch MBA with Ted Minoff & Patrick Byrnes

    June 12 - 16, 2017 (5 days)
    Mondays - Fridays • 10:00 - 5:00 pm (lunch 1-2pm)

    $650 ($325 Deposit) 
    Registration open. Deposit due upon registration. Final Balance due by May 1, 2017.
    Limit: 12-14 students

    *MBA Minoff/Byrnes/Art

    Package Suggestions: Begin with A.P. Floral Sketch and Alla Prima Still Life and/or follow with Portrait Sketch. Discounts available. More details on our main worksohp page.

    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.

    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 Portrait Sketch w/Patrick & Ted
  • June Sketch: Sketching the Figure in Paint and Clay with Jessica Artman & Charlie Mostow

    June 19 - 23, 2017 (5 days)
    10am - 5pm (lunch 12-1pm) • Monday - Friday

    $650 ($325 deposit)

    Limit: 10 artists
    Deposit due upon registration. Final balance by May 1, 2017.

    Package Suggestions: Begin with Portrait Sketch. Discounts available. More details on our main page.

    The goal of this course is to create an accurate representation of the figure’s gesture and proportion in clay, and light on form in paint. Our main focus will be on understanding the figure in space. The outcome of this course will be a stronger mental conception of the human figure and closer mental connection between sculpture and painting.

    During this workshop students will complete two sculptures and two paintings or drawings. The first model will pose for 3 days and the second model will pose for 2 days. The same model will pose for both sculpture and painting. 

    In the sculpture sessions students will focus on capturing the gesture and proportion in an accurate and dynamic approach. We will sculpt at 24” scale with water based clay. In the painting sessions students will be encouraged to capture the light effect when considering the gesture and proportion of the figure by using a limited palette. Drawing the figure is acceptable. Students of all skill levels and backgrounds are encouraged to participate. 

    Students will come away with a developed understanding of the mechanics of the human body and the major masses in space. Through sculpture students will explore the the relationship between the pelvis, ribcage and skull in 3 dimensions. While painting students will approach these relationships with a global understanding of light on the form.

    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 Figure Sketch with Jess & Charlie
  • June Still Life: Trompe L'Oeil w/Justin Wood

    June 12 - 16, 2017 (5 days)
    10am - 5pm (lunch 12-1pm) • Monday - Friday

    $650 (Deposit $325)

    Limit: 10-12 artists
    Registration open. Pay the deposit upon registration. Final balance due by May 1, 2017

    Package Suggestions:
    Begin with A.P. Flower Sketch & Alla Prima Still Life and follow with additional Still Life workshops.
    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 Trompe L'Oeil with Justin
  • June Still Life: Exploring Chardin: The Origins Of The Modern Still-life with John Morra

    June 18 - 22, 2017
    10:00am-5:00pm (lunch 1-2pm)
    Sunday - Thursday

    $650 ($325 deposit)

    Class limit: 10 students.
    Workshop full. Email mariya@grandcentralatelier.org to be put on the wait list.
    Final balance by May 1, 2017 

    Package Suggestions: Begin or follow with additional still life workshops. Discounts available. View more details on our main workshop page.

    Many artists consider Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin (1699-1799) one of the greatest still-life painters of all time, to the point of dividing the genre into into “Before Chardin and after!”  This intense yet fun workshop is going to explore just why this is so. Students will select a Chardin painting and use it as a compositional framework for their own painting. Then, after arranging their still-life in homage to the master, students will paint from life and incorporate as many “Chardinesque” elements as possible : simplicity in design, dreamy atmospheric effects, melting contours, sculptural modeling,richness of color..and that “extra something” that has seduced artists for centuries. To further accentuate the spirit of the 18th century, each student will use  a “faux stone” tabletop and background. The class will conclude, appropriately, with a sumptuous petite fête française!

  • June Still Life: Still Life Painting with Tony Curanaj

    June 23 - 27, 2017 (5 days)
    Friday - Tuesday • 10:00 - 5:00 pm (lunch 1-2pm)

    $650 ($325 deposit)

    Limit: 10 artists 
    Registration Open. Deposit due upon registration. Final balance by May 1, 2017.

    Package Suggestions: Begin or follow with additional Still Life workshops. 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 Still Life with Tony
  • June Still Life: Still Life Painting with Sarah Lamb

    June 28 - 30, 2017 (3 days) 
    10am - 5pm (lunch: 1-2pm) • Wednesday - Friday

    $475 (Deposit $237.50)
    Limit: 12 students. 

    Workshop Full. Deposit due upon registration. Final balance by May 1, 2017.
    To be put on the wait list please email info@grandcentralatelier.org

    In this intensive 3-day course, Sarah will demonstrate how to paint a quick still-life from start to finish. She'll discuss how to choose the subject matter, composition and lighting. There will also be a brief demonstration on how to execute a "poster study" which is a small sketch of color and value only. It will be to the students advantage to have skills in drawing and painting experience.

    All levels welcome but some prior drawing & painting experience recommended.

  • July Still Life: Floral Studies with Katie Whipple

    July 1 - 3, 2017 (3 days)
    10am - 5pm (lunch 12-1pm) • Saturday - Monday

    $425 (Deposit $212.50)
    Deposit due upon registration. Full Balance due by June 1, 2017.

    Registration full.

    Limit: 10-12 artists 

    Package Suggestion: Take Still Life workshops before or Color workshops after. Discounts available. See details on the main workshop page.

    In this three day workshop, each student will complete a small still life painting of flowers.Students will learn how to compose a simple painting with interesting and elegant design, create an “open-grisaille” underpainting, and render a finished oil painting with a full color palette.

    During the workshop we will also discuss painting nature and working with natural light. Each student will get to select his or her own subject matter from flowers, vases, and fabric provided by Katie.

    All levels of experience welcome.

  • July Color: Painting Light & Color with Devin Cecil-Wishing

    July 5 - 9, 2017
    10am - 5pm (lunch: 1-2pm) • Wednesday - Sunday

    $650 ($325 deposit)

    Registration full. Deposit due upon registration. Final balance due by June 1, 2017. Please email mariya@grandcentralatelier.org to be put on the wait list.

    Limit: 10-12 students
    Package suggestions: Follow with Monochrome Portrait & Zorn Palette. Discounts available. View details on our main workshop page.

    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 a combination of quick color mixing exercises and 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.

  • July Color: The Monochrome Portrait w/Kevin Müller Cisneros & Dale Zinkowski

    July 10- 12, 2017 (3 days) 
    10am - 5pm • Monday - Wednesday

    $425 ($212.50 deposit)
    Registration Open. Deposit due upon registration. Final balance due by June 1, 2017.

    Limit: 12 students. 
    Package Suggestions: Begin with Light & Color and follow with The Zorn Palette. Discounts available. View details on our main workshop page.

    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 Monochrome Portrait with Dale & Kevin
  • July Color: Portrait Painting: The Zorn Palette w/ Patrick Byrnes

    July 13- 15, 2017 (3 days) 
    10am - 5pm • Thursday - Saturday

    $425 ($212.50 deposit)
    Registration Open. Deposit due upon registration. Final balance by June 1, 2017

    Limit: 12 students. 
    Package Suggestions: Begin with Light & Color and Monochrome Portrait. Discounts available. View details on our main workshop page.

    In this three 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:
    July Color Zorn Palette with Patrick
  • July Summer Drawing Boot Camp Week 1: Cast with Justin Wood

    July 5-9, 2017 (5 days) 
    10am - 5pm • Wednesday - Sunday

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

    Limit: 10-12 students. 

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

    *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.

    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 Boot Camp Cast with Justin
  • July Summer Drawing Boot Camp Week 2: Portrait with Katie Engberg

    July 10-14, 2017 (5 days) 
    10am - 5pm • Monday - Friday

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

    Limit: 10-12 students. 

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

    *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.

    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 Boot Camp Portrait with Katie
  • July Summer Drawing Boot Camp Week 3: Figure with Jessica Artman

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

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

    Limit: 10-12 students. 

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

    *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: Perspective Drawing for Artists w/Anthony Baus

    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 students. 

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

    *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.

    Building upon the figure drawings made in Week 3, this workshop will teach artists to create convincing spatial relationships, useful for paintings and compositions. 

    We will be discussing and practicing the basics of linear perspective. Artists will learn how to draw basic geometric forms and be able to place them within a constructed environment. Concepts of the picture plane, horizon line and vanishing points will be discussed at length.

    Continuing with the drawing made in Week 3, we will apply these basic perspective concepts to constructing an environment. Artists will learn how to find and manipulate the scale that is already present in their figure drawings, how to place the figure flat upon a surface and how to embellish that surface with designs of your choice. 

    For anyone unable to take Boot Camp Week 3 or Jon deMartin's workshop please bring in a previously completed figure 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 Boot Camp Perspective with Anthony
  • July: Essential Landscape Painting - from Technique to Poetic Expression with Ken Salaz

    July 14 - 16, 2017 (3 days) Friday-Sunday
    8:30am - 4:30pm
    Location: Tarrytown, NY
    40-50 minute train ride from Grand Central Station
    Transportation not included in workshop fee.
    Meet-up location will be emailed closer to the workshop date.
    Ride shares within Tarrytown may be arranged with the instructor. 

    $425 ($212.50 deposit)
    Deposit due upon registration. Balance due by June 1, 2017.

    Limit: 12 artists - Registration open.

    The instructor will approach the landscape by breaking it down into the fundamental elements of Drawing, Value, Composition, and Color. This will be enhanced by a demonstration of atmospheric perspective, edge control, quality of light source, and paint application. There will be a detailed explanation of how to approach the different textures of Water, Trees, Sky and Landmass.   

    In addition to these elements,  participants will be guided through the process of developing a painting by the following steps: A small color study,  a Plein Air Study, and a Light Effect study. The workshop will conclude with the teaching of the idea of Light Effect and what decisions are necessary for achieving a powerful light effect directly from Plein Air work.  

    Personalized and daily critiques are a foundation of this workshop.  Each participant is encouraged to bring one sample of previous work.  Bonus instruction: Mr. Salaz will be doing Sunset paintings for many of the evenings.  Participants are welcome to join and paint if they desire. Mr. Salaz will be demonstrating his technique in capturing these fleeting moments of light.

    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: 

    July Landscape with Ken
  • July: Short & Long Pose Drawing w/Jon deMartin

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

    $650 ($325 deposit)
    Registration Open. 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

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

    $650 ($325 deposit)

    Limit: 12 students
    Registration Open. Deposit due upon registration. 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.

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

    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

    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.

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

    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

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

    $650 (Deposit $325)
    Limit: 12 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

    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

    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

    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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