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Grand Central Atelier

Study - Spring 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.

  • Saturdays: Long Pose Portrait Drawing and Painting: Gregory Mortenson

    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. In the winter and spring, it will be the same model in both the morning and afternoon.

    Winter: 10 weeks: Jan. 7 - March 11
    Spring: 8 weeks: March 25 - May 20 - No class April 15 - Registration Opens on March 1st

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

    Spring Morning class: $250 (1 payment) 
    Spring Afternoon class: $335 (payable in two automatic monthly installments via the link at the bottom of this page.)

    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

    To Pay for the AM session:

     

    To Pay for the PM session:

    Class payment
      Number of payments 2
      Start payments At checkout
     
    Due*Amount
    At checkout $167.50 USD
    Every 1 month (x 1) $167.50 USD
    Total $335.00 USD
    * We calculate payments from the date of checkout.
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  • Saturdays: Cast Drawing and Painting with Justin Wood

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

    Spring: 8 sessions: March 25 - May 20 - No class April 15th 
    Fee: $375

    Summer: 10 weeks: June 10 - August 26. No classes May 27, June 3, July 1, 8
    Special discounted summer vacation fee: $375 (2 free classes!)
    Registration opens May 1st for new students.

    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 for the summer: (new students may register May 1st)

    Class payment
      Number of payments 2
      Start payments At checkout
     
    Due*Amount
    At checkout $187.50 USD
    Every 1 month (x 1) $187.50 USD
    Total $375.00 USD
    * We calculate payments from the date of checkout.
    Sign up for
  • Sundays: Cast Drawing & Painting with Devin Cecil-Wishing

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

    Spring: 8 weeks: March 26 - May 21 No class April 16 - Registration March 1st
    Fee: $375

    Summer: 10 weeks: June 11 - August 27. No classes May 28, June 4, July 2, 9
    Special discounted summer vacation fee: $375 (2 free classes!)
    Registration opens May 1st for new students

    Please arrive ontime to the first session if you are new to the cast studio. Limited availability. Please email mariya@grandcentralatelier.org if you're interested in this class. 

    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.

    If you are a new student, please email mariya@grandcentralatelier.org to be sure there is room in the class first. Current students have first priority to continue.

    To pay by credit card for the summer:

    Class payment
      Number of payments 2
      Start payments At checkout
     
    Due*Amount
    At checkout $187.50 USD
    Every 1 month (x 1) $187.50 USD
    Total $375.00 USD
    * We calculate payments from the date of checkout.
    Sign up for
  • Sundays: Foundations of Figure Drawing with Jessica Artman

    Sundays  1:00 – 5:00pm
    Lead by artist Jessica Artman

    Winter: 10 weeks: Jan. 8 - March 12
    Fee: $415 - payable in two automatic monthly installments via the paypal link below.

    Spring: 8 weeks: March 26 - May 21 - no class April 16
    Fee: $335 - payable in two automatic monthly installments via the paypal link below.

    Limit: 12 artists 

    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.  

    For the winter session of this class, any new beginner level students will be encouraged to start drawing from Bargue plates for the first 2 weeks before moving on to a block-in with the live model. 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.

    Students who are continuing from the Fall will work on 4-hour block-ins the first 4 weeks to continue to develop their eye in gesture, rhythm and proportion from the live model.  

    The last 6 weeks of the course will be devoted to one long pose each class where we will introduce modeling concepts.  form modeling. Critiques will transfer from a 2d gesture, shape and proportion discussion to a 3-dimensional interpretation through structure, anatomy and form. 

    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 pay with credit card:

    Class payment
      Number of payments 2
      Start payments At checkout
     
    Due*Amount
    At checkout $167.50 USD
    Every 1 month (x 1) $167.50 USD
    Total $335.00 USD
    * We calculate payments from the date of checkout.
    Sign up for
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