“What is that thing they do, and how do they do it? IN PAINT!” Are you wondering if the GCA approach to painting is right for you? Are you ready to try your hand at oil painting? This class serves as an overview of the Grand Central Atelier’s sculptural approach to painting from life and as a friendly introduction to the intimidating medium of oil paint. This class has been specifically developed to require as few materials as possible in order to allow you to dip your toe into the practice of painting without a major cost commitment. For the first time we are offering a painting class dedicated to a survey of the concepts that are specific to the theoretical thinking employed in executing that GCA ‘look’. This will help you decide if you want to continue learning our methods, how our methodology is dissected into digestible parts and how to construct a comprehensive plan for which classes to take next. Presenting some of the most fundamental aspects of painting from life through an emphasis on lecture, example and demonstration, this class will illustrate the concepts universally applied to any curriculum offered at the Grand Central Atelier. Strict practitioners of academic art would tell you that you need to hear the same concept multiple times in order to incorporate it into your thinking. One of the most compelling reasons to study at the GCA is the continuity of instruction across the entire curriculum. This class aims to familiarize you with our core concepts, as you will hear the same concepts again and again in any class you take, online or in person. Thus, building a solid understanding of the ideas and applicable vocabulary will help you get more out of future instruction. Each class will consist of an hour of lecture and demo, followed by critique. There will be homework for each class (including an assignment to be completed in advance of Week 1) and students will be expected to devote some time outside of class to mastering the principles.