CalColor Atelier FAQ

I have zero experience in art and feel like I have no talent towards it, will I do good in the atelier program?

The atelier program teaches a tried and true method of drawing and painting that anyone who is willing to try will gain a grasp on its concept. Like learning mathematics, students of the atelier will be learning the basic formulas and theories of successful drawing. So  long as students put in the patience and time, it is possible to anyone whether if students feel that they have “Talent” or not. Most students who excel in the atelier are usually those who have never held a pencil before and never thought they could be able to draw.

I may not be able to attend all the classes, will there be makeup classes available?

Makeup classes are readily available for students. Please refer to this link for our Makeup Class Policy.

What if I am not as good as everyone else starting out?

Students advance throughout the atelier at their own steady pace. Some students are slower, some are faster, but all will improve and grow at a pace that makes sense to them as individuals. Students who have a slow start tend to excel once they start getting the hang of the assignments, which, comes at a different rate for everyone, but, will definitely happen nonetheless.

What is the class atmosphere like?

Students are taught how to work independently during the start of their atelier classes, the atmosphere of the class is a focused, quiet, and nurturing environment where students will not only be learning from the instructor, but also from each other. Instructor demos will be a constant occurrence students can expect.

Will everyone graduate the Atelier with the same style of art? Will I be allowed a chance to get creative?

Like learning sentence and grammar constructions before coming a writer, the musical notes before composing, or the scientific formulas before inventing, at the beginning, students are taught the language of drawing and painting. Students will be taught on how to “see” and translate what they “see” visually on a two dimensional surface. Students after learning the foundations will be at a high level of skill to do whatever it is that pleases them artistically, and they will find that whatever they are trying to express will come to them a lot easier. The atelier training method is meant to help students gain the tools that they need in order to express themselves, not box themselves in artistically.

I don’t like drawing, Is it alright if I can just skip ahead to painting?

While many prospective students may think of painting as more fun or easy, it is actually the complete opposite. Drawing is the backbone of painting. Students who skip straight to drawing will immediately recognize the difficulties. Students who complete the drawing program will master structure, value, edge control, and composition so that when they advance towards painting, knowledge that needs to be gained after that is foundations of color mixing and theory.


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