The great painters of the nineteenth century such as Sargent, Sorolla, and Repin had the ability to move from idea to image. They could construct figures from their imagination and create a powerful visual narrates. This was expected of graduates of ateliers in the late 19th century. The Golden Gate Atelier believes it is time to restore this training. Just as we use the Bargue drawings, we have created a composition program based on nineteenth century instructional manuals. We use a series of composition exercises beginning with still life and landscape, and then move to multi-figure composition. Students study narrative and visual communication. In their final year, they make a large diploma painting. The only way for classical tradition to come alive is for young painters to make meaningful images for our time. The Golden Gate Atelier aims to give them the tools and the inspiration to do just that.

2019 Winter trimester: Figure in the Interior

Fridays 11am – 3pm
Jan 18, Feb 1, Feb 15, Mar 1, Mar 8, Mar 15

Join us for the Golden Gate Atelier composition course as we follow in the masters’ footsteps and learn to create a mood or tell a story in our paintings. Draw and paint a clothed human figure from life, then practice placing it in a believable environment. Copy a master painting and practice composition sketches at home. Through this study, you will begin to understand how the various elements of a successful composition – line, value, and color – can contribute to your artistic vision.

Lectures on shape arrangement, value orchestration, perspective, and color will be offered. Each student will receive individual instruction by Sean Forester. Some experience in drawing and painting is recommended.

There will be homework for each session.
Tuition: $600  (deposit $200) / it is waived for full-time atelier students.