Tours are scheduled Tuesdays/Thursdays at 12:30pm. Other times possible by request.
Grand Central Atelier The GCA is a collaborative workspace for the study and practice of drawing, painting and sculpture. To ensure a deep understanding of classical form, design, practice and discipline, artists-in-training work in a structured, organized studio with hands on guidance from the studio's principal artists. To educate the public about classically inspired art, the studio sponsors full time and part time training, lectures, artistic competitions and exhibitions.
Eleventh Street Arts Eleventh Street Arts is a gallery space adjacent to the GCA. The space offers a program of professional solo and group exhibitions, lectures and social events. The goal is to promote and celebrate the best contemporary talents working in a classically inspired representational mode. The space is a hub for education, conversation and connoisseurship in the Long Island City arts scene.
Resident Artist Program Artists who have been through GCA's core program have the opportunity to share studio space with colleagues who are also developing their professional career. A studio fee covers year-round personal studio space and access to all studio resources.
Hudson River Fellowship Fellows gather for a three-week long collaborative fellowship to paint the landscapes that drew the Hudson River School painters in the 19th Century including Thomas Cole, Asher B. Durand, George Inness, Sanford Gifford, Jasper Cropsey and Albert Beirstadt. The HRF provides all accepted students with full tuition and free housing in shared rental houses.
Artistic Competitions GCA hosts a series of live, studio competitions for draftsmen, painters and sculptors. Students as well as professionals are invited to apply.
Core Program Lasting up to four years, the full-time core studies are composed of three consecutive segments. The first year is a drawing program. The second year is a painting program. Then there is a third and fourth year resident studies program. The first year or the first and second years are offered as potential standalone program. Admission into each subsequent segment will be based on the achievements of the previous year.
The full-time program is not accredited. Artists do not earn a degree or college credits.
Annual tuition is $10,500. Merit-based studio prizes towards next year's fees are awarded annually.
First Year Drawing Program A one year drawing program in which students progress from rigorous cast drawing and linear "block-in" drawing through structural analysis of the figure, perspective and sculpture. The year ends with a series of highly finished long posed figure drawings. These drawings are the heart of our teaching as they have always been the crucible of draftsmanship.
Second Year Painting Program A year long accelerated course in figure painting. Artists will begin with a thorough introduction to theory of tonal value. Painting the casts "en grisaille" will be followed by portrait and figure painting in gray scale. The second half of the year begins with a weeklong course in color theory followed by intensive portrait and figure painting in a limited and full palette.
Students may a pply to enter a Third/Fourth Year Resident Studies program.
Core Schedule Full-time studios are open September through May. Attendance is required Monday through Friday, 8:30am-5pm. There are two daily studio sessions. The morning session is 8:30am-12:30 pm. The afternoon session is 1:00-5:00pm. Core artists have access to studios in the evenings and weekends. A studio share is offered in summers.
Admissions Artists are accepted into the program with different levels of experience and training. In reviewing applications, principal studio artists give serious consideration to applicants with little training if they show a serious work ethic and a sincere desire to learn and a commitment to make fine art their career. Applicants who have done their "homework", who are familiar with the GCA and what it offers artists are also appreciated. We recommend that artists visit the studio to tour the facilities and speak to some artists before applying. Artists who enroll in an evening or weekend studio, or for a daytime workshop will have the invaluable opportunity to experience the training first hand and meet other artists.
Applications are due on February 1 (early admission) or April 15.
Applications submitted throughout the year will be considered as space allows.
Application Requirements Artists must show through an online application (which includes a portfolio of their work) and an interview, a serious work ethic, a sincere desire to learn, and a commitment to make fine art their career. High school diplomas are not required. In-person interviews are preferred, but long-distance applicants may request a phone interview.
In addition to a Statement of Intent and two recommendations, the application requires that 7 works be submitted. All works should be done from life (not from photos). Works should be a good representation of the different types of representational, figurative art that the applicant likes to make. For example: While cast drawing is a valuable exercise, please do not submit a group of only recent cast drawings.
Part Time Training Opportunities GCA offers weekly evening and weekend classes that typically last 8-10 weeks. Shorter full day intensive workshops are offered year-round and last anywhere from one to twenty days.
Many of the artists who teach in our full time studio also teach in weekend, evening and daytime workshops offered in the summer. Artists will be exposed to the same pedagogy and curriculum that is imparted to artists in our core program.
Are you new to classical drawing, painting or sculpture? For beginners, or artists who want a serious dose of GCA training, GCA offers several bootcamps throughout the year offering an introduction to the drawing, painting and sculpture curriculum at GCA.
For beginners who live in the area, we suggest a taking an evening or weekend cast-drawing studio. This studio is an introduction to the basic skills and vocabulary that will be used in successive study.