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Grand Central Atelier

Study - Summer Workshops

Workshops offer intense, all-day studios in drawing, painting, and sculpture. Lasting anywhere from three days to four weeks, they cover a wide range of subjects and share Grand Central Atelier’s artistic philosophy. Participants will gain exposure to GCA’s studio training and community.

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

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

  • 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
    Workshop is full.
    Please email mariya@grandcentralatelier.org to be put on the wait list.

    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. 

    Note: GCA provides the flowers and ball jars for a vase. If you'd like to use your own vase, please bring it with you. Please only use the flowers the instructor provides.

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

    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. 

  • 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

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

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

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

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

  • August: 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: 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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