The Golden Gate Atelier offers a complete classical training for the realist artist. Students draw and paint the human figure from life using sight-size. In addition, they receive a thorough grounding in constructive drawing, anatomy, and perspective. Our oil painting program is dedicated to craftsmanship and to the skillful use of materials and techniques. Students work in all genres: still life, landscape, portraiture, and figurative art.

The Golden Gate Atelier challenges students to make meaningful images for our time and gives them the tools to do so. Our visually-based anatomy and écorché program is one of the finest in the country. Our composition program includes both decorative design and narrative painting. Art history and humanities courses introduce the great paintings and ideas of the Western tradition. Every graduate produces a diploma painting that is a culmination of their time at the atelier. As a result, Golden Gate Atelier graduates are well placed to succeed as professional artists.