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The Atelier Studio Program of Fine Art


5-Day Figure Drawing Workshop with Mackenzie Swenson


with Mackenzie Swenson

Calendar Mar 25, 2019 at 9 am

Figure Drawing with Emphasis on Structure and Conceptualized Form

Over a period of five days, students will create a figure drawing from life on toned paper using graphite, charcoal, and white chalk. They will be guided through the process clearly and methodically. This will include a discussion of how to analyze the pose before beginning, how to create a block-in that emphasizes gesture, accurate proportion and key structural and anatomical points, and finally how to render the form based on the light source and a sculptural understanding of the model. Class size is limited to 10 participants. 

March 25-29, 2019, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (1-hour lunch break at 12:00) $500 for entire workshop. Limit 10 students. 

Materials List: 

  • Drawing Board
  • Artists Tape or Masking Tape
  • Knitting needle or skewer for measuring
  • Black mirror/mirror
  • General's Charcoal
  • Pencils: Medium and Hard
  • General's White Chalk
  • Pencils, Staedtler or brand of choice: 1x2B, 2xB, 2xHB, 2xH, 2x2H, 1x4H
  • Kneaded Eraser
  • Mono ROUND Zero Pencil Eraser
  • Xacto Knife (for sharpening)
  • Sanding Block
  • 1 Sheet of toned Aristico Fabriano Hot Press 140lb watercolor paper, cut down to 18"x 24" (Suggested tone: watered down sepia ink, applied in broad strokes with a brush at least 4 inches in width. One or two coats is sufficient.)
  • Other 18x24 Paper: for backing and studies

Mackenzie Swenson (b. 1992) currently resides in New York City as an artist and instructor. She is a 2018 graduate of the Grand Central Atelier core program, having previously studied at The Atelier in Minneapolis, MN. Mackenzie is a 2015 Hudson River Fellow and 2017 Resident of the La Napoule Art Foundation in France. Mackenzie is the recipient of many awards and scholarships including the Alice M. Stolpe Foundation, the Grand Central Atelier, the Morris and Alma Shapiro Fund, and a first place scholarship from the Art Renewal Center. She has exhibited in galleries throughout the United States, including Eleventh Street Arts and Robert Simon Fine Art in New York City. Mackenzie's work hangs in collections throughout the United States and abroad.

Basic Drawing Workshop


with Judy Buckvold

Calendar Mar 11, 2019 at 9 am, runs for 1 week

Students begin by drawing a plaster cast or still life in charcoal, developing their ability to render accurate proportions and value relationships. As students progress, they are introduced to the fundamentals of oil and/or pastel techniques, composition and color.

Brian Stewart: A Celebration of His Life and Teaching

Calendar Feb 1, 2019 at 7 pm

Featuring a Video of His Last Lecture at The Atelier

Please join us at The Atelier to Celebrate the life and teachings of Brian Stewart.

Brian died September 28, 2018 after complications with abdominal surgery. Brian was one of the founders of the modern "plein air" movement, where artists paint outdoors and on location. His passion took him all over the world to paint. Brian taught several outdoor and indoor plein air workshops at The Atelier and was scheduled to teach again this February. In place of his scheduled workshop we will show a two-hour video of the last lecture he gave at The Atelier in November 2016. We will have Brian's book An Artist's Journey...Via Catalina for sale and some of his paintings on display. Students and Friends can also share memories and stories.

DATE: FRIDAY, February 1, 2019
TIME: 7:00 PM
Suggested Donation to The Atelier: $10
PLEASE RSVP so we have a head count. Seating limited to 60 people for the video.

Brian Stewart
After a successful 25 year career in advertising, Brian became a painter. The journey has given him a lifetime of experiences, travels and memories, not to mention a few accolades and recognition along the way. He re- ceived his early training at The Art Center in Los Angeles and later at Atelier LeSueur in Minneapolis where he learned the classic, academic fundamentals as they were taught in Paris a century ago. An emeritus member of the Plein Air Painters of America and the American Society of Marine Artists, this visual raconteur is known and collected for his genre and scene paintings as well as his landscapes. A native Californian who made his home in Minnesota with partner Jo Anne Lorenz, he could be found playing banjo when not painting. His talents and teachings are missed.

Full Day Workshops

Calendar Mar 11, 2019 at 9 am, runs for 1 week

Full day workshops consist of both Basic Drawing and Life Drawing.

Save $15! There is a discount for registering for full days rather than individual workshops.

Instructors: Judy Buckvold, Laura Tundel, & Cyd Wicker

Life Drawing Workshop

Calendar Mar 11, 2019 at 1 pm, runs for 1 week

Life drawing is at the core of any serious program of fine arts. In the class, students draw from the figure in pencil. Each drawing is created over a period of several sessions, developing the student's eye for accurate proportions, gesture and anatomy.

Instructors: Laura Tundel & Cyd Wicker

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