Thank you Atlanta! Winter Session Master Classes begin January 8, 2020


Master Classes

Next Session Dates to be Announced Soon

Welcome Atelier South - Atlanta’s first classical training atelier where fine art and artists are celebrated.  Founder, Director and Principal Instructor George Anthony Morton   will teach time-honored techniques and methods in the Classical-Realist tradition honed through the centuries culminating in the Renaissance and celebrated throughout the 19th century Beaux-Arts French Academies. Inaugural curriculum will focus on the building blocks to future great paintings: the ability to draw accurately by discerning value, shape and relative proportion. In true atelier style, the exceptionally small class size, (6 students) will allow each student to receive personalized instruction throughout tailored to their individual needs and abilities.   Subscribe for updates to be first to receive class info and priority registration.

The studio is located near downtown in an atmospheric renovated building that is owned and managed by  The Goat Farm Arts Center as part of its collection of arts-centric properties. Registered students will receive building access and location. 

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Academic Methods and Approaches Session 1

Wednesdays 9:15 - 12:15




George Anthony Morton

 This  class is an on-going exploration of the techniques and concepts central  to the core of the academic approach to creating fine art. Through  learning a steady progression of skills and techniques aimed at honing  an artist’s drawing skills, students will learn to discern and evaluate  subtle shifts in shapes and values: the key to the illusion of light, a  hallmark of classical realism. Time  honored techniques will be explained and demonstrated, including, among  others, the “sight size" and comparative measurement methods.  These  comprehensive sessions are for students of all levels – the rate of  progression through the various disciplines dependent upon the student’s  prior experience and interests. While beginning in graphite and  charcoal, students, depending on prior experience and/or instructors’  consent, may progress to painting mediums. These will be small-group  ongoing sessions that over time may have each student working on  different levels and mediums. Each student will receive individual  attention commensurate with their abilities and interests. 

Included methods and approaches:

Bargue  and Cast Drawing: Students explore the academic methods by first  rendering 19th century painter Charles Bargue’s drawings from his  influential treatise, “Cours de Dessin”. By using the sight-size method  to copy a Bargue drawing, students learn to truly see and render the  comparative differences in size, shape and value in a simplified manner.  Students may also draw from plaster anatomical casts as well as casts  of antique statues where they will learn to capture the fall of light  over a three-dimensional white surface. Without the distraction of  color, students focus on seeing, and rendering, subtle value shifts and  forms. Critical to the classical training method, Bargue and cast  drawing train the eye and optical perception to a degree that cannot be  matched by the use of any other optical tools, such as a camera, which  ultimately contain lens distortion. Once trained, the human eye and  brain can detect errors in the smallest details, quicker and more  reliably than any other methods.  Though learning and absorbing these  skills is time consuming, once achieved, the artist’s ability to capture  the subject with accuracy and speed is vastly improved.

Master  Copies: Here students will work to complete a copy of a painting from a  Master Artist. The student is, in effect, doing intense study of all  the qualities that earned the original artist the title of Master. In  the process, a great deal of what animates the original work is revealed  to the student, along with many secrets of technique and method. 

Still  Life: a culmination of the previous progression of skills ends with the  creation of a still life. Students will, for the first time, design  their own composition with 2-3 objects using a still life box, and  controlling the light.   

8 Sessions / 6 Students    

Wednesdays   9:15-12:15  /  Dates To Be Announced Soon

Cost: $475

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Drawing the Figure and Portrait From Life

Wednesdays 1:15 - 4:15 / JAN 8,15,22 , 29 FEB 26, MAR 4,11,18



George Anthony Morton

Suitable for intermediate, advanced, and beginning students who have completed Fundamentals of Drawing, or with permission of instructor. 

 Medium: Graphite/Charcoal on Paper. Other mediums, including oil paint, with consent of instructor.

Drawing the Portrait & Figure From Life continues building  on the techniques and methodologies explored through Bargue and Cast drawing. Drawing from life involves capturing not only the contour, proportion and form, but the gesture as well. Sometimes more felt than seen, the gesture can be described as the spark that animates the subject. The ability to impart that animating spark into one’s paintings is what distinguishes an artist. In classical realism, the artist is tasked with accurately portraying three dimensional figures in flat, two dimensional shapes, as faithful to nature as possible. A successful portrait or figure drawing is one where the subject integrates seamlessly and believably into the space around it.  Students will learn using  a myriad of techniques developed from the Renaissance and formalized in the Beaux-Arts Academies of the 19th century, including sight size and comparative measurement methods.  The instructor  will  guide students from start to finish through class demos and easel to easel individual attention  according to each student’s  needs and abilities.  The class size will be limited to 6 students in order to create a more intensive apprenticeship-like experience for all students. 

8 Sessions / 6 Students

Wednesdays   1:15 - 4:15

JAN  8,15,22 , 29  FEB  26,  MAR  4,11,18

Next Session Dates to be Announced Soon

Cost: $575


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