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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 2, 3, 4 or 5-day workshop with a 2, 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 March 1st. Extended!
Painting Boot Camp: Take all 6 weeks (4 workshops) Save an extra $150 off the total.
Scholarship Application due March 1st. Extended!
Teen Boot Camp: Take all 3 weeks (3 workshops) Save an extra $75 off the total.
Scholarship Application due March 1st. Extended!

  • 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 March 1st. Extended! 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 March 1st. Extended! 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: 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 March 1st. Extended! 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: 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 March 1st. Extended! 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: 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 March 1st. Extended! 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 March 1st. Extended! 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: The Structure of the Human Body: A Drawing Workshop w/Colleen Barry - Registration Full

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

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

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

    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.

  • 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:

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