Art Info

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: Portrait Sculpture w/ Zoe Dufour - Registration Open

    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  
    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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