Inspired by the Studios of
19th Century France

Our curriculum, based on the ateliers of 19th century France, 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, artistic anatomy, and perspective.

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

Composition: Figure in the Interior

Instructor: Sean Forester

Fridays 11am – 3pm
Jan 18, Feb 1, Feb 15, Mar 1, Mar 8, Mar 15
Tuition: $600

Anatomy for the Artist / Ecorche

Instructor: Andrew Ameral

Course begins October 8
Mondays 6 - 10pm
Tuition: $2800

Atelier tours

with GGA Director, Andrew Ameral

Please email to schedule a visit
Tuesdays and Thursdays 11 - 4