Complete Classical Training for the Realist Artist

The Golden Gate Atelier offers a one of a kind experience for artists looking to master the craft of traditional drawing and painting. Click below to learn more about our Full-Time Program.

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Our Programs

Full Time

The Golden Gate Atelier Full-Time program is dedicated to the highest standards of drawing and painting. Through rigorous project work, and daily mentorship and support, students progress from the foundations through to mastery at a pace that is optimized for them.

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Anatomy & Écorché

Écorché sculpture is a visually based, practical 20 – 24 week course where students are taught the bony and muscular structures they need to learn in order to master drawing, painting, and sculpting the human figure.

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The Golden Gate Atelier offers a number of workshops, including figure, landscape, and still-life painting for those interested in having a hands-on experience in classical methods.

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News & Upcoming Events

Foundations Workshop

October 13  – November 17, 2019

The Golden Gate Atelier Foundations Workshop is a once weekly class that aims to give students an introduction to classical atelier methodology taught in the full-time atelier program.

This Fall we welcome a new instructor: John Peck

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Composition Class

October 11 – November 15, 2019

In this Composition Class students will create narrative composition sketches working from live models. This is in the tradition of the nineteenth century ateliers where students made small sketches and studies for the Prix de Rome.

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Full Time Program - Winter 2020

January 6 – March 19, 2020

We are now accepting applications for our Winter 2020. Click below to learn more.

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About the Atelier

Our curriculum is devoted to a disciplined study of the human figure. Students draw and paint from life using sight-size, the technique Sargent learned in Paris. In addition, they receive a thorough grounding in constructive drawing and artistic anatomy.

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Our Faculty

Every member of our faculty has gone through the same rigorous classical training that they teach, in addition to their diverse backgrounds from the humanities, commercial, and fine arts. Click below to learn more.

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Schedule a Visit

We would love to have you come by the studio and see for yourself what studying at the Golden Gate Atelier is like. Meet our director and talk to our passionate students.

Schedule a visit to see if our Full-Time program is the right fit for you.

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