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 23. Registration is now open.


this trimester will focus on integrating the human figure into a landscape.

the class is open to full-time and part-time GGA students.
instructor: Sean Forester
saturdays 10am - 1:30pm
oct 7, 21
nov 11, 25
dec 2

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.