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 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

Classical Figure Drawing and Painting

Instructor: Andrew Ameral

August 3 – 5 (drawing) and 10 – 12 (painting)
Fri – Sun 10am – 4pm
Tuition: $700 per weekend, $1100 for both

Still Life Painting

Instructor: Sean Forester

September 6 – 9 and 13 – 16
Thu – Sun 10am – 4pm
Tuition: $790

Foundations Workshop

Instructor: Tess White

May 6 – June 17
6 Sundays 9:30am – 4:15pm
Tuition: $950