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The Decorus Atelier of Figurative Art
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Decorus Atelier of Figurative Art offers a rigorous training program in classical methods of drawing, painting, and sculpture, following the traditions of the great masters. Students can attend part-time or full-time and will receive instruction in a variety of subjects, including figurative anatomy, narrative thinking, and philosophy.

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The Decorus Atelier of Figurative Art

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Drawing Improvement Through Bargue Copying

The Decorus Atelier of Figurative Art @ 117 57th St., Brooklyn, NY

Master the art of drawing and bring your skills to the next level at The Decorus Atelier of Figurative Art. Discover the secrets of light, shadow, and form through the revered Charles Bargue master drawings. This hands-on class will sharpen your eye and teach you effective drawing techniques that will leave you amazed at your progress.

(150) All levels 16 and older
$180
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+1800 pts
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Introduction to Écorché: Portrait Anatomy (Sculpture)

The Decorus Atelier of Figurative Art @ 117 57th St., Brooklyn, NY

Master the complex forms of the human face through the art of Écorché sculpture. Build a life-size anatomical sculpture of the human head, starting with a plaster cast skull and sculpting the unique facial muscles on top. Explore the anatomy of the head through lectures, textbooks, and hands-on practice in this immersive workshop.

(150) All levels 16 and older
$400

4 sessions

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+4000 pts
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Accelerated Portraiture Drawing

The Decorus Atelier of Figurative Art @ 117 57th St., Brooklyn, NY

Unlock the secrets of portraiture at The Decorus Atelier of Figurative Art. Discover the art of constructing the face, mastering proportions, and understanding the intricacies of the human skull. Develop your drawing skills and gain newfound confidence in capturing the essence of the human form.

(150) All levels 17 and older
$35
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+350 pts
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Classical Canine Portraiture

The Decorus Atelier of Figurative Art @ 117 57th St., Brooklyn, NY

Discover the rich history of canine artistry as you learn the techniques to create stunning, lifelike portraits of our four-legged companions. Join us at The Decorus Atelier of Figurative Art for an immersive class that will teach you the secrets of classical canine portraiture. Unleash your creativity and bring these beloved animals to life on canvas.

(150) All levels 15 and older
$290

4 sessions

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Accelerated Introduction to Drawing

The Decorus Atelier of Figurative Art @ 117 57th St., Brooklyn, NY

Discover the secrets of starting a drawing with confidence and improving your technique in this intensive class at The Decorus Atelier of Figurative Art. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced artist, this course will teach you the basic principles of light, shadow, and shading. Take the first step towards creating stunning artwork with this one-time opportunity.

(150) All levels 16 and older
$45
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+450 pts
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Introduction to Drawing for Teens

The Decorus Atelier of Figurative Art @ 117 57th St., Brooklyn, NY

Unleash your artistic potential and gain mastery in drawing techniques at The Decorus Atelier of Figurative Art. Discover the secrets of capturing three-dimensional form with accuracy, creating powerful compositions, and understanding the effects of light. Join our Introduction to Drawing class designed exclusively for teens aged 13 to 17.

(150) All levels 13 - 18 years old
$40
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Cast Drawing and Developing Drawing Accuracy

The Decorus Atelier of Figurative Art @ 117 57th St., Brooklyn, NY

Master the art of creating lifelike drawings in this hands-on class at The Decorus Atelier of Figurative Art. Learn essential techniques such as block-in construction, accurate proportions, and capturing the effects of light. With personalized instruction and helpful tips, you'll gain the skills to bring your drawings to life.

(150) All levels 16 and older
No upcoming schedules
$300

4 sessions

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Introduction to Drawing and Critical Drawing Techniques

The Decorus Atelier of Figurative Art @ 117 57th St., Brooklyn, NY

This class will serve as a fantastic introduction class for those begining their journey as an artist or wishing to improve and to master their skills in drawing. It is designed for those wishing to better understand critical drawing techniques that are essential to capturing what you see as an artist with accuracy, and with a much more realistic description of three dimensional form.  This class will discuss basic concepts in drawing...

(150) All levels 16 and older
No upcoming schedules
$280

4 sessions

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The Art of Portrait Sculpture (from live model)

The Decorus Atelier of Figurative Art @ 117 57th St., Brooklyn, NY

The Art of Portrait Sculpture “In the footsteps of the Masters” This intimate workshop will introduce you to the art of portrait sculpture. During the four sessions we will complete a portrait bust in  (oil based) plasteline clay while learning how to work from a live model as well as with picture references of the same model. The students will: Improve their capability of seeing and understanding human form. Gain a better understanding...

(150) All levels 16 and older
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$400

4 sessions

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2 Day Portrait Drawing Workshop With Zimou Tan

The Decorus Atelier of Figurative Art @ 117 57th St., Brooklyn, NY

Decorus Atelier instructor/ master artist Zimou Tan, a prize winner in the 2015 OPA and ARC Salon competition finalist will instruct an exciting workshop on portraiture drawing from an art model for those who wish to excel in portraiture and improve their technique.  Seats/ easels are limited so make sure to reserve your seat now!

(150) All levels 13 and older
No upcoming schedules
$450

2 sessions

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Still Life Painting: An Introduction

The Decorus Atelier of Figurative Art @ 117 57th St., Brooklyn, NY

Still-life paintings created today have the ability to provide a sense of what our time was like, what things we valued, what stories we choose to narrate as well as a testament to our technical proficiency. Having a solid foundation in the rudimentary language of painting can only make for a more formidable artist .    Concerns about composition, juxtaposing imagery, personal and cultural identity, counterpoint, allegory, and narrative...

(150) All levels 16 and older
No upcoming schedules
$280

4 sessions

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The Art of Silverpoint Drawing

The Decorus Atelier of Figurative Art @ 117 57th St., Brooklyn, NY

Learn how to create a silverpoint drawing in the traditional way of the Old Masters. Students will learn the history of the craft, how to prepare the paper, and create a finished drawing in silver. 

(150) All levels 16 and older
No upcoming schedules
$200

4 sessions

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Introduction to Anatomy

The Decorus Atelier of Figurative Art @ 117 57th St., Brooklyn, NY

Within this popular course on anatomy we will focus on better understanding the anatomical constructions of the human body as it relates to its essential skeletal system "architecture" and to its musculature system which provides its "dynamic force." We will start by covering the skeletal system of the body and learning about the various  planes  and  variations  that are essential to providing the structure necessary to the...

(150) All levels 16 and older
No upcoming schedules
$280

4 sessions

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Artistic Dynamics of Light and Form

The Decorus Atelier of Figurative Art @ 117 57th St., Brooklyn, NY

Discover the transformative power of light and form in this immersive art course. Gain a deeper understanding of how light interacts with objects and learn to create stunning, lifelike drawings. Unleash your artistic potential at The Decorus Atelier of Figurative Art.

(150) All levels 16 and older
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Classical Drawing By Candlelight

The Decorus Atelier of Figurative Art @ 117 57th St., Brooklyn, NY

Immerse yourself in the art of figurative drawing by candlelight and discover the beauty of capturing light and shadow in a serene and inspiring environment.

(150) All levels 16 and older
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Master Workshop in Portraiture Painting

The Decorus Atelier of Figurative Art @ 143 Roebling St, Brooklyn, NY

Decorus Atelier instructor/ master artist Zimou Tan, a prize winner in the 2015 OPA and 2014-2015 ARC Salon competition finalist will instruct an exciting workshop on portrait painting for those who wish to excel in portraiture and improve technique.

(150) All levels 16 and older
No upcoming schedules
$150
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Accelerated Introduction to Sculpture

The Decorus Atelier of Figurative Art @ 117 57th St., Brooklyn, NY

Learn the basic fundamentals of beginning a sculpture in clay. Students will learn how to use a variety of sculpture tools, the advantages of sculpting in clay, and how to achieve a likeness.  Required materials for the class are as follows: Basic set of sculpture tools if you have them. If you do not have tools we can supply these for you.  Two blocks of Van Aken Modeling Clay (grey color) in 4 1/2 lb bars. As an alternative...

(150) All levels 16 and older
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Open Figure Drawing-Long Pose

The Decorus Atelier of Figurative Art @ 117 57th St., Brooklyn, NY

Open nude figure drawing and painting session from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM EST. Two hour long pose. There are a limited number of easels and chair available. Feel free to bring your own portable easel or chair. 

(150) All levels 16 and older
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Introduction to Anatomy: The Head

The Decorus Atelier of Figurative Art @ 117 57th St., Brooklyn, NY

Two hour artistic anatomy lecture with James Xavier Barbour. This lecture will focus on the muscles of the head and the human skull.  Learn the anatomy of the head through a series of demonstrations, diagrams, and a real human skeleton. You will have an opportunity to address your questions and to walk away with an improved understanding that will serve you well going forward in your respective field.

(150) All levels 16 and older
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Dia De Los Muertos Theme: Live Model 3 Hour Pose

The Decorus Atelier of Figurative Art @ 117 57th St., Brooklyn, NY

Celebrate the rich cultural tradition of Dia De Los Muertos as you capture the beauty of a live model in this immersive drawing experience. Explore the intricate details and vibrant colors of this festive theme using your preferred art materials. Join us for a unique opportunity to blend artistry and cultural appreciation.

(150) All levels 18 and older
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Reviews of The Decorus Atelier of Figurative Art

(4.9-star rating across 150 reviews)
  • Accelerated Introduction to Drawing

    Anonymous review on 6/18/2024
    It's incredibly hard to find ongoing beginner classes for adults. James was great and spent a lot of one on one time with me which is pretty unheard of in group classes. Taking more classes and very excited to learn how to draw.
  • Accelerated Portraiture Drawing

    Reviewed by Zarna G. on 5/31/2024
    If you’re looking to improve your artistic ability, look no further. James offers very professional lessons across a wide range of mediums. There were only a few other students in the class, so it felt as if I had a private session. I’ve learned so much from just a few hours working with him. Was a unique and special way to spend my time in New York. Highly recommend.
  • Accelerated Introduction to Drawing

    Reviewed by Meena H. on 5/23/2024
    Great class. James is a wonderful instructor. Gives you a lot of room to grow while giving helpful tips and advice.
  • Accelerated Portraiture Drawing

    Reviewed by Renee C. on 5/22/2024
    It was a really great class; James is really knowledgeable and impressive. During my 3 hours there, I learned new ways of organizing my drawing so I can depict the subject matter with more ease and fluidity. James has taught at schools like Stanford, and he is classically trained; he gave me tips on how to hold my pencil and block out shadows so I can better depict mid tones and highlights. I would definitely go again and I recommend for other people to go.
  • Accelerated Introduction to Drawing

    Anonymous review on 4/1/2024
    What a wonderful experience! The Atelier is a breeding ground for creativity. James provides excellent guidance through the art of drawing, sculpting and painting and highly encourages in depth study of human anatomy. Our class was very intimate and I just loved being surrounded by likeminded intellectuals, discussing art, perspective and philosophy. I will be back
  • Accelerated Introduction to Drawing

    Reviewed by Iktan A. on 3/24/2024
    The experience for my grandson was excellent! His progress was made all the better due to his professor who explained throughly where he could expand his knowledge. I’m looking forward to set up additional classes for him.
  • Accelerated Introduction to Drawing

    Reviewed by Sharise S. on 3/11/2024
    Very informative and beautiful space, makes you motivated to draw and feel out your own skills. James the instructor was so kind and made my sister and I feel right at home and help with drawing pointers. Best art class by far with demonstrations and kind words thay push us to be better.
  • Accelerated Introduction to Drawing

    Reviewed by Albert D. on 3/7/2024
    James was among the best teachers I’ve ever had - patient, passionate, and devoted. Was such a pleasure to take his class!
  • Accelerated Introduction to Drawing

    Reviewed by Abigail D. on 3/5/2024
    Incredible time! James genuinely works with each individual and meets them where they are at. I am an absolute beginner and felt comfortable leaning into the process and thoroughly enjoyed opening myself up to a new skill set!
  • Classical Drawing By Candlelight

    Reviewed by Jakob S. on 3/1/2024
    Amazing! The instructor is inspiring:) and givers one on one attention to you. Highly recommend
  • Accelerated Introduction to Drawing

    Reviewed by Aeden Z. on 2/19/2024
    Passionate teacher, generous with time, answered questions
  • Accelerated Introduction to Drawing

    Anonymous review on 11/21/2023
    Great class - learned a lot in just one session, instructor is very passionate about his work and helping others to reach their potential. It’s a cool, welcoming space as well.
  • Accelerated Portraiture Drawing

    Anonymous review on 11/20/2023
    I can't say enough about how amazing my first class was. James was extremely friendly, intelligible, and genuinely dedicated to helping me exceed. I left the class feeling motivated and excited to learn more.
  • Accelerated Introduction to Drawing

    Anonymous review on 10/10/2023
    James was amazing from the beginning of the class to the end. This is my first time taking drawing classes, I didn't know what to expect, but it was a small group and everyone was friendly and so talented working on their own pieces of art, I learned a lot. I was supposed to stay only two hours but James let me stay longer. I recommend this class, take it, you will not regret!
  • Accelerated Introduction to Drawing

    Anonymous review on 10/1/2023
    James is highly knowledgeable, and provides a relaxed, welcoming environment for all who attend.
  • Accelerated Introduction to Drawing

    Reviewed by Gabriela S. on 9/26/2023
    Wonderful class! Prof. James is very dedicated and experienced.
  • Accelerated Introduction to Drawing

    Reviewed by Michael L. on 8/10/2023
    I loved working with James - he is very generous with his time and clearly has a passion for both teaching and art. It is a very unique space and program that he has set up, simply a one-of-a-kind experience. I will be coming back!
  • Accelerated Introduction to Drawing

    Reviewed by Helaina G. on 8/4/2023
    If you’re interested in learning how to draw- I’d highly recommend this class. James is really good at creating a welcoming environment, is obviously super knowledgeable and most importantly for me at least- really good at giving targeted, transferable and immediately actionable feedback in a firm but positive way. I really felt like he was looking closely at my work and really tailoring advice. The value honestly far exceeded the price and I’ve definitely paid more for less.
  • Accelerated Introduction to Drawing

    Reviewed by Amna A. on 7/28/2023
    The class was great! I am a total beginner with drawing and was able to learn a lot in just one class! Everyone at the school was kind and helpful
  • Accelerated Portraiture Drawing

    Reviewed by Alex C. on 7/17/2023
    Knowledgeable instructor and intimate and friendly environment.
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