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Atelier BACAA

Bay Area Classical Artist Atelier


345 Quarry Rd., San Carlos, California, United States

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BACAA offers weekly Art Classes, Workshops, Intensive Summer Programs, and Open Studios for artists of all abilities who desire to study drawing and painting in the tradition of Contemporary Classical Realism. We are located 30 minutes south of San Francisco in mid peninsula's beautiful town of San Carlos CA, County of San Mateo. The New BACAA studio has 50 ft wide north facing window and 20 ft high ceiling, which provide the ideal environment for classical study. Please visit the About us page for local accommodations and affordable housing. BACAA (Bay Area Classical Artist) on

Linda Dulaney, Founder of BACAA, is a lifelong artist who manifested her desire to bring a school to life in the San Francisco Bay Area, based on the ateliers of 19th century Paris. Starting in the mid 1990s, Linda developed a clear understanding of the style and type of instruction she wanted in an atelier.

Linda's teaching experience and artistry comes from years of study with some of the greatest realist artists. Her most influential teachers were Tony Ryder, Ted Seth Jacobs and Michael Grimaldi. Her passion is to teach each student so that they can to learn the principles of working from life. She is passionate and committed to teaching her students to see the beauty that is conveyed working from natural light. She relentless in furthering the students skills to develop their artwork by working from life. Her inspiration is to teach and discover the fascinating human structure form. She currently teaches the ongoing daytime classes at BACAA.


The classes at BACAA offer the opportunity for intensive study, working from nature. Students will learn techniques and process to see and work from life. The process includes structure, proportion and how to correctly block in the outside graphic shape, drawing the contour and modeling the form.

The techniques that Linda Dulaney teaches will help students develop their artwork, conveying the natural organic forms and science of light on the form. Students will have the opportunity to work methodically through a process to compare what they see and draw from nature.

Linda's teaching experience and artistry comes from years of study with some of the greatest realist artists. Her most influential teachers were Tony Ryder, Ted Seth Jacobs and Michael Grimaldi.

During the classes students have the opportunity to further develop their artwork by working from our beautiful cast collection and master copies. Students have the option to work independently to create a portfolio from the model in long pose.

We work from life, live models, drapery, casts, still life.
We do not use photographs as references in our sessions with exception to master copies.

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BACAA offers a variety of different Workshops and Intensive Progams.

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Course languages English
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Bay Area Classical Artist Atelier

345 Quarry Rd.

San Carlos, California, 94070, United States

Justine by Anthony J. Ryder

Ariadne by Ted Seth Jacobs

Heaven and Hell by Dan Thompson

Evan by Linda Dulaney

Figure Painting by Juliette Aristides

17 October 2019 to 21 October 2019

Still Life With Floral Accents Painting Workshop 5 Day Floral Painting Workshop

345 Quarry Rd, San Carlos, CA

780 USD

5 Day Floral Painting Worskhop 

In this 5-day class will focus on painting the floral still life in oils. Florals can be a daunting subject and we will try to make sense of the beautiful forms which have fascinated and frustrated artists for centuries. 

08 November 2019 to 10 November 2019

Justin Wood Still Life Workshop Still Life Alla Prima

345 Quarry Rd, San Carlos, CA

510 USD

This workshop is inspired by the Dutch Breakfast Still Life (Ontbijtjes). This type of still life painting developed in the 17th century and while the word “ontbijtjes” is Dutch for breakfast, it was more thought of as “a light meal taken at any time of day”.