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

GGA Museum Visit Winter 2018

led by Sean Forester

Haggin Museum in Stockton
Saturday March 3


this trimester will focus on a 3/4 length portrait from life

instructor: Sean Forester
Saturdays 10am - 2pm
January 13 - Intro lecture and discussion
January 27
February 10, 24
March 10

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 Spring 2018. Please inquire.