The Decorus Atelier of Figurative Art

The Decorus Atelier of Figurative Art

Art
Sunset Park, Brooklyn, New York
(60 Reviews)

Decorus Atelier of Figurative Art is committed to offering students a solid foundation in classical methods of drawing, painting, and sculpture though a rigorous schedule of traditional training. Students training at Decorus will follow in the traditions of the great masters of art, and concentrate on developing strong technical skill and control. They will learn how to infuse their work with a sense of narrative, and critical thinking essential to fine art and figurative realism today.

Our instructors are dedicated to creating better artistic construction and change in an atmosphere where artists can learn how to fuse technique, and figurative anatomy with an interwoven sense of narrative content, the eternal or universal, and philosophy. We are dedicated to transforming our students and to building the strongest artists possible.

Following the Classical Atelier method of training, students work through cast drawing, cast painting, figure drawing, and figure painting. Students at Decorus Atelier will find a dedication to the study of figurative anatomy, alla prima painting and indirect method painting in the tradition of the old masters.

Students are welcome to attend part time or full time. We work with each student to find the right balance and design a suitable course of study tailored to their individual needs. The Full Time program typically takes 4-6 total semesters of study (2-3 years) to complete the entire program depending on the dedication of the individual student. Students will work through a series of projects at their own pace in a friendly, supportive atmosphere mastering skills to build a solid foundation for creating highly realistic drawings and paintings.

Courses are offered throughout the year by various instructors in Figurative painting, drawing, sculpture, ecorche, anatomy, still life, perspective, plain air landscape, urban and architectural drawing and painting, cast drawing, painting, narrative thinking and philosophy. Master workshops, and open figure drawing/painting sessions are offered regularly.

Reviews of The Decorus Atelier of Figurative Art

(60 Reviews)
Accelerated Introduction to Drawing

9/7/2020
Alianny P.

Attended: Accelerated Introduction to Drawing


Great first class. I was given a wealth of information and techniques that will help me get a solid start on my drawing journey. Professor Javier is very kind and considerate, would definitely come back, worth every dollar.

Accelerated Introduction to Drawing

7/19/2020
Aaron G.

Attended: Accelerated Introduction to Drawing


James took great pains to get me to see that I was working towards a greater artistic goal. He was patient, informative and resourceful. He made form and anatomy a pleasurable subject to study. I would not hesitate to attend his classes.

Accelerated Introduction to Drawing (online)

4/18/2020
Leslie W.

Attended: Accelerated Introduction to Drawing (online)


James is a wonderful teacher. I learned so many techniques for improving and making really great pencil drawings. Highly recommend this class!

Accelerated Introduction to Drawing

3/16/2020
Erin M.

Attended: Accelerated Introduction to Drawing


What a special experience! From the moment I walked in, I felt so welcome, and the level of personal attention and the overall vibe was truly other-worldly. I kept wondering what the catch was, but I left feeling as if I was welcome to come back, but not pressured to. I think that will actually make it so much more likely I'll head back very soon!

Accelerated Introduction to Drawing

2/22/2020
Molly H.

Attended: Accelerated Introduction to Drawing


Great class! Very patient and friendly teacher. Learned a ton

Accelerated Introduction to Drawing

2/19/2020
Hunter L.

Attended: Accelerated Introduction to Drawing


Learning at Decorus has been an absolute pleasure. As I've spent more time there, I've seen how well and thoughtfully James adapts his teaching style to each new student. I've been amazed how much I've improved in the last month and could not recommend more highly.

Accelerated Introduction to Drawing

1/16/2020
Anonymous

Attended: Accelerated Introduction to Drawing


Great class! Hands-on - really helpful to get started with drawing right away!

Introduction to Écorché: Portrait Anatomy (Sculpture)

1/6/2020
Eric M.

Attended: Introduction to Écorché: Portrait Anatomy (Sculpture)


James is an excellent artist and teacher and all around great guy. He is inspiring to work with and seems to truly enjoy getting the best out of his students. This is a great starter starter course but also worth taking if you have some experience sculpting. James is very hands on, not afraid to criticize but also very motivational.

Accelerated Introduction to Drawing

12/29/2019
Lourdes S.

Attended: Accelerated Introduction to Drawing


The school is beautiful, there is amazing art everywhere. The teacher is patient, provides individualized attention, and explains concepts in a way that are easy to grasp and understand. I could not be happier to have found this gem and in my neighborhood! I highly recommend taking a class, great for beginners and all levels, you won’t regret it.

Accelerated Introduction to Drawing

11/30/2019
Anonymous

Attended: Accelerated Introduction to Drawing


I had no drawing experience and James demystified it for me. He helped me identify my habits and gave me advice on how to improve. He also helped me learn how to look at the world so I can become not just a better artist but a better observer. I would definitely take this class again.

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117 57th St 2nd Fl, Brooklyn, New York 11220
The Decorus Atelier of Figurative Art
Sunset Park, Brooklyn
117 57th St 2nd Fl
Brooklyn, New York 11220

Directions:
We are conveniently located just a few blocks away near the 59th station off the N/R train and right next to the ferry stop for the South Brooklyn Ferry coming from Wall Street in Manhattan to Sunset Park Brooklyn. You can find parking right outside or at the Brooklyn Army Terminal next door.

Upcoming Classes at The Decorus Atelier of Figurative Art

Drawing Improvement Through Bargue Copying
Drawing Improvement Through Bargue Copying
Next start date:

Sunday Nov 1st, 3pm - 6pm Eastern Time

Introduction to Écorché: Portrait Anatomy (Sculpture)
Introduction to Écorché: Portrait Anatomy (Sculpture)
Next start date:

Sunday Nov 1st, 6pm - 9pm Eastern Time

Rembrandt Technique Master Copy-All Levels
Rembrandt Technique Master Copy-All Levels
Next start date:

Wednesday Nov 4th, 6pm - 9pm Eastern Time

Cast Drawing and Developing Drawing Accuracy
Cast Drawing and Developing Drawing Accuracy
Next start date:

Friday Nov 6th, 6:30pm - 9:30pm Eastern Time

Accelerated Introduction to Drawing
Accelerated Introduction to Drawing
Next start date:

Friday Oct 23rd, 7pm - 9pm Eastern Time

Introduction to Portraiture and Head Anatomy
Introduction to Portraiture and Head Anatomy
Next start date:

Tuesday Nov 17th, 3pm - 5pm Eastern Time