Inspired by the Studios of
19th Century France

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. Art history, humanities, and composition complete our program.

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

Fine Art Models

Models are essential to the artistic process. If you are interested in modeling for a portrait or nude please contact us.

John Singer Sargent at the Legion of Honor Museum

The exhibition "Houghton Hall: Portrait of an English Country House" features some great portraits.

Figure Composition Workshop

The Golden Gate Atelier is excited to host Repin Institute trained artist Iliya Mirochnik for a 3- day workshop: January 23- 25, 2015