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.

Click to watch a video introduction to the atelier.

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 Biz and Jaime 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

Anatomy & Ecorche Sculpture

is a visually based, practical 20 - 24 week course.

This course is excellent for painters, sculptors, illustrators, and digital artists who are passionate for the human form and looking to improve their understanding.
Class 2017 - 2018 begins October 2. Registration is now open.

GGA Part-time Program

offers an excellent alternative to students who are unable to commit to our full-time atelier.

Class meets one day per week during each academic trimester and introduces students to the basics of the classical atelier drawing and painting methodology.
A few spots are still open this Fall. Apply today!

Full-time Atelier Program

offers a complete classical training for the realist artist.

Class meets Monday through Thursday / 11 weeks per trimester / 3 trimesters per academic year.
Accepting applications for Winter 2018. Please inquire.