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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: Painting Light and Color with Devin Cecil-Wishing

    Lead by artist Devin Cecil-Wishing

    Spring: 7 classes: April 1-May 20

    Updated Schedule:
    April 1, 8,15 & 22 class will be held 12-5pm.
    There is no class on April 29 with Devin out of town.
    For the month of May, class will be held the regular time 1-5pm.

    Fee: $335

    Limit: 8-10 students

    Class full. Please email to be put on the wait list.

    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.

    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:
    Only students with confirmed registration should pay via this link since the class is sold out.

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    At checkout $167.50 USD
    Every 1 month (x 1) $167.50 USD
    Total $335.00 USD
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  • Sundays: A.P. Portrait Sketch with Patrick Byrnes

    Instructor: Patrick Byrnes
    1:00 - 5:00pm

    Winter: Jan. 8 - March 12- 10 weeks

    Spring: March 26 - May 21 -- no class April 16- Registration opens March 1
    Fee: $335 - payable in two monthy installments via the paypal link below.
    Class full. Please email to be put on the wait list.

    In this weekly Sunday workshop, participating artists will learn to create alla prima portraits that evince the beauty and humanity of the model with freshness, sensitivity and lively detail. Using a lucid step-by-step approach, participants will paint a four hour portrait sketch from a new model at each session. Patrick will guide artists with demonstrations and in-depth personal critiques through each stage of the process – from creating a strong likeness with accurate drawing, to color mixing, modeling form and finishing details. Cranial anatomy, materials, paint handling, and the physics of light will also be discussed throughout each session. While this workshop is mainly geared towards painters with some previous experience in oils, artists who prefer to create portrait drawings in graphite or charcoal are also encouraged to participate.  

    Each session invites a new model to pose for a four-hour portrait. Workshop instruction combines guided group demonstrations with personalized one-on-one critiques. 

    Supply list available via link at the bottom of this page.

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