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Grand Central Atelier

Study - Classes: Weekends

Evening and Weekend Studios are for serious artists of drawing, painting, and sculpture who share the Grand Central Atelier’s ideals, and who aspire to high artistic fluency.

As in the Grand Central Atelier, the studio program is progressive. Evening and weekend participants are encouraged to begin in the cast hall. For those who are passionate and ambitious, this is an exciting introduction to the study of nature through the lens of classical realism. Cast drawing artists will rapidly learn a tremendous number of complex and interrelated ideas. Only after this are they encouraged to explore the figure, portrait, and still life, all of which expand on those early foundations.

Additionally, evening and weekend studios provide portfolio opportunities for artists applying to the Grand Central Atelier, which views careful drawings as a sign of focused dedication.

Take a weekend workshop that overlaps with your weekend class & save 5% off your workshop. Take classes on both Saturdays & Sundays and save 10% off your workshop. Discount refunded after final payment.

The winter session of classes will open for registration for new students on Wednesday, November 1st. Most classes will start the weekend of Jan. 13th/14th. Any exceptions are noted on the specific class pages.

  • Saturdays: Painting Light and Color with Devin Cecil-Wishing - Winter Registration Full

    Saturdays 1-5pm
    Lead by artist Devin Cecil-Wishing

    Fall Session Fee: $375
    9 weeks -Sept. 16, 23, 30
    Oct. 21, 28; Nov. 4, 18; Dec. 2, 9
    No classes on Oct. 7, 14 & Nov. 11, 25

    Winter Session Fee: 250
    6 weeks  - Jan. 6, 13, 27
    Feb. 3, 10, 17
    No class on Jan. 20

    Download the schedule at the bottom of the page.

    Limit: 8-10 students

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

    In this course 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.

    Materials list is accessible via a link at the bottom of this page.

  • Saturdays: Long Pose Portrait Drawing and Painting: Gregory Mortenson - Winter Registration Opens 11/1

    Instructor: Gregory Mortenson

    This studio is offered either as an all day studio or artists can take just the morning or the afternoon session. For the fall, a different model poses in the morning and the afternoons. 

    Fall: 12 weeks: Sept. 16 - Dec. 9
    No class on Nov. 25

    Winter: 10 weeks
    January 13 - March 17
    Download full calendar at the bottom of this page.

    Saturdays Mornings: 9:00-12:00pm (3 hours) 
    Lunch break: 12-1pm
    Saturday Afternoons: 1:00-5:00pm (4 hours) 

    Winter Morning class: $315 

    Winter Afternoon class: $415

    Spots are extremely limited. Please email mariya@grandcentralatelier.org if you are a new student wishing to register. 

    In this studio, artists will learn the fundamentals of drawing and painting the portrait with an emphasis on accurate observation.  The same model and pose will be worked on for a series of sessions as artists strive to capture the likeness of the model first in the linear block-in drawing and finally in modeling the effect of light over the form.  Studies will begin with pencil on paper and move on to paint as participants demonstrate greater proficiency. Beginning to advanced artists are welcome. 

    It is recommended that artists have trained in the cast hall before taking portrait.

    Materials list is available 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 and must be for the full amount. Installment plans are available using a credit card only and are divided up into two payments separated by one month.No installment payment plans are available the week before a class begins.

    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

    Spots are extremely limited. Please email mariya@grandcentralatelier.org if you are a new student wishing to register. 

    To Pay for the AM session:

    Class payment
      Number of payments 2
      Start payments At checkout
     
    Due*Amount
    At checkout $157.50 USD
    Every 1 month (x 1) $157.50 USD
    Total $315.00 USD
    * We calculate payments from the date of checkout.
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    Spots are extremely limited. Please email mariya@grandcentralatelier.org if you are a new student wishing to register. 

    To Pay for the PM session:

    Class payment
      Number of payments 2
      Start payments
     
    Due*Amount
    At checkout $207.50 USD
    Every 1 month (x 1) $207.50 USD
    Total $415.00 USD
    * We calculate payments from the date of checkout.
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  • Saturdays: Portrait Sculpture w/ Zoe Dufour - Winter Registration Opens 11/1

    Instructor: Zoe Dufour
    Winter: 10 weeks

    Saturdays Mornings: 9:30am-12:30pm (3 hours)
    January 13 - March 17 (10 weeks - two model poses)
    Download full calendar at the bottom of this page.

    Winter: $315 (payable in two monthly installments at the bottom of the page. Materials cost of $40 included in first payment)
    Armatures and Clay cost: $40. $15 refund if armarture returned clean within 48 hours of last class.

    Come sculpt the portrait from life Saturday mornings!  

    Enjoy your coffee in our sunlit sculpture studio, while learning sculpting techniques informed by antique, Renaissance, and 19th century practices. 

    Our is approach based around close observation from life, and an emphasis on anatomical structure and form relationships.  Studying form relationships in the portrait will inform students on how to think three-dimensionally, judging likeness with volume and mass, and learning to read depth.   

    We will cover basic “block-in” technique, learning how to accurately establish the large relationships of the portrait, before moving on to modeling and finishing techniques for clay. 

    The class will include sculpting demonstration, constructive critiques, and lecture. No experience is necessary, teaching will be tailored to individuals. 

    Armatures and Clay cost: $40. $15 refund if armarture returned clean within 48 hours of last class.

    Recommended tools:

    Sculpture House double wire end modeling tool #204

    "Knife like" 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 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:

    Class payment
        Number of payments 2  
    No.Due*Amount
    1 At checkout $197.50 USD
    2 after 4 weeks $157.50 USD
    Total $355.00 USD
    * We calculate payments from the date of checkout.
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  • Saturdays: Cast Drawing and Painting with Justin Wood - Winter Registration Opens 11/1

    Saturdays  10:00 – 4:00pm 
    Lead by artist Justin Wood

    Fall: 12 weeks
    September 16 - December 9
    No class on November 25th

    Winter: 10 weeks
    January 13 - March 17

    Download full calendar at the bottom of this page.

    Fee: Winter: $490 (payable in two monthly installments by credit card only.)

    Limit: 15 artists

    This studio will serve as an introduction to the concepts of drawing and painting.  We will start by covering the basics of how to approach an initial linear drawing, or “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 artists 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.

    Everyone works at their own pace. Attendance at every session or for the whole session is not required.
     
    This is the foundation for most of our other studios/workshops, and is highly recommended to take first.
     
    Materials list available via a 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 and must be for the full amount. I

    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:

    Class payment
      Number of payments 2
      Start payments
     
    Due*Amount
    At checkout $245.00 USD
    Every 1 month (x 1) $245.00 USD
    Total $490.00 USD
    * We calculate payments from the date of checkout.
    Sign up for
  • Saturdays: Painting the Architectural Capriccio with Anthony Baus - Winter Registration Opens 11/1

    Saturdays  1:00 – 5:00pm
    Lead by artist Anthony Baus

    Fall: 12 weeks
    September 16 - December 9
    No class on November 25th

    Winter: 10 weeks
    January 13 - March 17
    Download full calendar at the bottom of this page.

    Fee: $415 (payable in two monthly installments by credit card only.)

    Limit: 8-10 artists

    This studio will serve as an introduction to the concepts of drawing and painting architecture, specifically in the genre of the architectural capriccio. We will be studying the compositions of Hubert Robert, Giovanni Paolo Panini, Marco Ricci and Viviano Codazzi.

    For the first six weeks our focus will be composition and tonal pictorial arrangement. We will achieve this through master copies of these artists from quality reproductions. Quick one-day copies will teach artists to quickly mix colors and absorb the lessons of picture making.

    The next six weeks will be spent on lengthier studies. Here, we will focus on details and careful drawing. We will complete studies in oil and ink wash of the orders to better understand the individual parts that make up the whole. Here, time will also be spent on perspective theory as understood in the Renaissance as a tool of the constructed environment.

    Our-long term goal for this course is to apply these lessons to painting on-site in the Spring of 2018. Although there is a trajectory for this course students will be encouraged to work at their own pace. Attendance for the whole session or for the entire session is not required.

    Materials list is accessible in a 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 with credit card:

    Class payment
      Number of payments 2
      Start payments
     
    Due*Amount
    At checkout $207.50 USD
    Every 1 month (x 1) $207.50 USD
    Total $415.00 USD
    * We calculate payments from the date of checkout.
    Sign up for
  • Sundays: Alla Prima Still Life with Dale Zinkowski - Winter Registration Opens 11/1

    Sundays  1:00 – 5:00pm
    Lead by artist Dale Zinkowski

    Winter: 7 weeks
    Jan 7, 14, 21, 28
    Feb. 4, 11, 18

    Download full calendar at the bottom of this page.

    Full session Fee Winter: $290

    Limit: 9 artists

    Each week, artists will complete a four-hour still life painting from start to finish. The class will examine how to combine the right color, values, edges, and paint handling, (without second guessing), to accomplish the goal of completing an aesthetic, and naturalistic painting. There will be a strong focus on sound drawing, composition, and shape design. Through individual critiques, daily demonstrations and thorough explanations, Dale will guide each artist in meeting their individual goals.

    All levels 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 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:

  • Sundays: Cast Drawing & Painting with Devin Cecil-Wishing - Winter Registration Opens 11/1

    Sundays  10:00 – 4:00pm
    Lead by artist Devin Cecil-Wishing

    Fall: 12 weeks
    September 17 - December 10
    No class on November 26th

    Winter: 10 weeks
    January 14 - March 18
    Download full calendar at the bottom of this page.

    Winter Fee: $490(payable in two monthly installments by credit card only.)

    Please arrive ontime to the first session if you are new to the cast studio.

    Limit: 15 artists

    This studio will serve as an introduction to the concepts of drawing and painting.  We will start by covering the basics of how to approach an initial linear drawing, or “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 artists 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.

    Everyone works at their own pace. Attendance at every session or for the whole session is not required.
     
    This is the foundation for most of our other studios/workshops, and is highly recommended to take first.
     
    Materials list is accessible via a 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. 

    Make checks payable to Grand Central Atelier. They must be received within 1 week of sign-up to hold your spot.

    To pay by credit card:

    Class payment
      Number of payments 2
      Start payments
     
    Due*Amount
    At checkout $245.00 USD
    Every 1 month (x 1) $245.00 USD
    Total $490.00 USD
    * We calculate payments from the date of checkout.
    Sign up for
  • Sundays: Foundations of Figure Drawing with Savannah Cuff - Drop-in!

    Sundays  1:00 – 5:00pm
    Lead by artist Savannah Cuff

    Fall: 12 weeks
    September 17 - December 10
    No class on November 26th

    Winter: 10 weeks
    January 14 - March 18

    Download full calendar at the bottom of this page.

    Full session Fee Winter: $415 (payable in two monthly installments by credit card only.)
    Drop-in Fee class: $45 - live model starts 10/8

    Limit: 12 artists - Registration Open. Students may sign up and join the class in session. 
    Drop-in registration will open the week before class. 
    Please bring
    or show a copy of the paypal receipt of your payment to class. Payment links for this coming week are at the bottom of this page. Payment must be received before coming to class. There are no refunds or exchanges for dates selected.

    Please note that this description will change for the winter & spring sessions.

    The goal of this weekly class is to introduce the basics of figure drawing to beginners and emphasize the classical training methodology to artists with more experience. There are three distinct sections to the class that will build upon and develop the principles and concepts that artists training at the Grand Central Atelier use to draw the figure.  

    The first 3 weeks are devoted to copying the classical Barque figure plates. The plates from the Charles Bargues drawing course were developed to highlight a figure’s proportion and gesture (character) through the simplest lines, shapes, and tone. They were created in the late 19th Century as an educational model for figure drawing and are still vital exercises today.

    The second 3 weeks will apply the Bargue concepts to working with a live model. Artists will be challenged to establish key structural landmarks on the model through a series of short poses. Each class will consist of eight 5-minute poses, four 10-minute poses, one 20-minute pose with the second half consisting of one long pose. The goal for this section will be for artists to develop confidence in finding accurate proportions and gesture with a simple block-in figure drawing. 

    The next 3 weeks of the course will be devoted to one long pose each class in which students have the time to develop their block-in and move forward into form modeling. The final 3 weeks will be the same model/pose. Concepts will move beyond understanding the figure as a flat 2D shape to understanding and rendering its 3-dimensionality in pencil.


    Materials list is accessible via a 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 drop-in on Sunday, November 19th pay here. If the link no longer works the date is full for that class.

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    To pay for the full winter session:
     
    Class payment
      Number of payments 2
      Start payments
     
    Due*Amount
    At checkout $207.50 USD
    Every 1 month (x 1) $207.50 USD
    Total $415.00 USD
    * We calculate payments from the date of checkout.
    Sign up for
  • Sundays: Portrait Sketch with Sandra Sanchez- Drop-in!

    Sundays  1:00 – 5:00pm
    Lead by artist Sandra Sanchez 

    Fall: 10 weeks
    October 1 - December 10
    No class on November 26th

    Winter: 10 weeks
    January 14 - March 18
    Download full calendar at the bottom of this page.

    Fee to take all 10 weeks: $415 (payable in two monthly installments by credit card only.)
    Drop-in rate: $45
    Drop-in registration opens the Monday before each class each week. See instructions below.
    Save money to take all 10 weeks!

    Limit: 12 artists - Registration Open 

    Drop-in registration will open the week before class.
    Or pay a drop-in fee to attend. 
    Please bring or show a copy of the paypal receipt of your payment to class.
     Payment links for this coming week are at the bottom of this page. Payment must be received before coming to class. There are no refunds or exchanges for dates selected.

    In this intensive class, students will be encouraged to complete lively sketches of the portrait from life within a 4-hour timeframe under natural light. Each week there will be a new model. 

    The class begins with a demonstration, breaking down the inevitable complexities of the human head in a simplified and economical fashion, emphasizing major light and shadow shapes, accurate proportion in relation to the overall portrait, local color mixing, value and chroma hierarchies and compositional design.

    One-on-one instruction will also be provided to meet the student's artistic goals and ensure a thorough understanding of the concepts in this class. Previous experience painting in oils and working from life are recommended, although artists of all skill levels may freely participate. Students may choose to work in oil or graphite.

    Materials list is accessible 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 for Sunday, November 19th. If the link no longer works the class date is full.

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    To pay with credit card for the winter:
    Class payment
      Number of payments 2
      Start payments
     
    Due*Amount
    At checkout $207.50 USD
    Every 1 month (x 1) $207.50 USD
    Total $415.00 USD
    * We calculate payments from the date of checkout.
    Sign up for
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