The Safehouse Atelier provides a specialized program of study that is heavily based in accurately understanding and representing the visual world and to take the knowledge gained from this study and apply it to work done from the imagination. Classical drawing is learned in tandem with concept design. Classes are taught in a workshop environment where students learn actual studio practices in a hands-on manner directly from instructors who work along with students to demonstrate how the ideas and concepts being learned are put to practical use.
To develop solid draftsmanship, classical methods of drawing and painting are studied on a daily basis. Time honored atelier methods are employed with the students beginning with cast drawing and working their way through cast painting and still-life and then moving on to life drawing, and finally life painting. Other subjects that are addressed on a weekly basis are alla prima painting, gesture drawing, and a.
On the imaginative side, working methods taken from production studios are used as a basis to teach students how to invent designs for characters, monsters, vehicles, and environments. Illustration and personal work of an inventive nature are also addressed. Real world design problems are used as spring boards for developing work and the process of how to work from the initial concept phase on to the final is heavily examined.
When students are accepted, their current level of experience is taken into account. If a student can demonstrate their command of a subject then they will be advanced to more challenging situations. Since all progress is based on personal achievement, all instruction is tailored specifically to an individual. Because of this the class subjects fluctuate depending on the student.
The length of study is dependant on the students own growth with two years being an average duration.
Curriculum for the full-time program includes:
- Cast Drawing
- Cast Painting
- Figure Drawing
- Figure Painting
- Gesture Drawing
- Linear Perspective
- Alla Prima Portrait Painting
- Concept Design and Production Practices
Long-Pose Figure Drawing/Painting:
This class is geared towards students who are at an intermediate to advanced level. Classical methods of drawing and painting will be taught. Emphasis is placed on accurate proportion and understanding how light reveals form on the human body. Poses will begin at the start of the month and continue for its entirety to ensure that enough time for in depth study is allowed.
The Long Pose Class meets twice per week for the entire month on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6:30 to 9:30
This class is geared towards beginning and intermediate students. Classical methods are studied and utilized in order to learn how to obtain accurate proportions and accurate modeling of form. Underlying concepts of how light interacts with form is studied in depth.
This class meets three mornings per week in the mornings from 9 AM to 12 noon