About our School

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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Let the student abandon himself to the study of Nature, of the living model. Let him study, and measure, and penetrate into its secrets. Leon Bonnat, Paris 1874

Student Life and Work

Golden Gate Atelier students are of all ages and backgrounds. They come from San Francisco, around the United States, and from as far away as China. Our students have one thing in common: dedication to their art and desire to be part of a thriving artistic community. Could the Golden Gate Atelier be right for you?
Meet Rob and Karen in our student profiles.

I studied figurative art for years, but never found what I was looking for until I discovered the program at Golden Gate Atelier. Tess-Marie White, GGA Student

Bay Area Anatomy / Ecorche Class with Andrew Ameral

Registration is now open!

Class begins Monday October 10, 2016 6-10pm

Summer Workshops

Classical Figure Drawing and Painting

Drawing: Sep 6 - 9
Painting: Sep 13 - 16
Instructor: Andrew Ameral

GGA Youth 10-day Intensive Summer 2016

The GGA Summer Youth Program will introduce students between the ages of 12 and 18 to the traditional methods of academic drawing.

Youth Summer 10-day Intensive
July 12 - 22
Instructor: Tess-Marie White