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The Decorus Atelier of Figurative Art

The Decorus Atelier of Figurative Art

Art
Sunset Park, Brooklyn, New York
(82 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

(82 Reviews)
Accelerated Introduction to Drawing

5/21/2022
Alexander S.

Attended: Accelerated Introduction to Drawing


James was a very knowledgeable teacher. He was patient, offered great feedback, and guided me on how to improve. I would highly recommend this class for anyone wanting to be a better artist, including people like me who are just starting out!

Accelerated Introduction to Drawing

4/18/2022
Anonymous

Attended: Accelerated Introduction to Drawing


FANTASTIC intro class. James was an incredible teacher and helped me progress more than I thought possible in a few hours. I highly recommend this course and will be back for more!

Accelerated Introduction to Drawing

2/27/2022
Claudia D.

Attended: Accelerated Introduction to Drawing


This experience surpassed our expectations. It was such high quality, engrossing, and worthwhile. Prof. James spent so much time and took great care to meet us where we are and to inspire us to integrate an artistic practice into our daily lives. He is genuinely committed to the craft of teaching. Very down to earth and comfortable studios.

Accelerated Introduction to Drawing

2/20/2022
Anonymous

Attended: Accelerated Introduction to Drawing


Hi, I learned a lot but was hoping for more people to be in the class. Overall though it was good

Accelerated Introduction to Drawing

2/12/2022
Anonymous

Attended: Accelerated Introduction to Drawing


Lots of fun. Learned a lot and made progress in my drawing.

Accelerated Introduction to Drawing

2/7/2022
Olive C.

Attended: Accelerated Introduction to Drawing


Prof. Barbour is very passionate about teaching all of his students his techniques to the best of his ability. I quite enjoyed picking up several new skills over the course of just a few hours! I was a bit nervous at first because learning a new skill is sometimes very intimidating, but he was kind and eager to teach me the basics. I would highly recommend visiting the Atelier for anyone interested in making art.

Accelerated Introduction to Drawing

1/27/2022
Giulianna P.

Attended: Accelerated Introduction to Drawing


This art class was very helpful. I learned a new technique on how to shade using cross hatching. The instructor was also very informative and provided good criticism. Also, he is a great painter. Have to check them out while you're there. Would definitely recommend!

Accelerated Introduction to Drawing

1/10/2022
John M.

Attended: Accelerated Introduction to Drawing


This class was an excellent plunge into the world of visual arts for someone with enthusiasm but whose skills are rusty. James did a great job of diagnosing patterns in my technique from the outset and giving me tangible advice for which aspects to focus on. I also appreciated his tour of the studio space and his explanation of different pieces and the styles they represent. I would recommend this class to anyone looking to get their feet wet in drawing and anyone seeking a welcoming yet serious environment in which to practice.

Accelerated Introduction to Drawing

12/28/2021
Joe L.

Attended: Accelerated Introduction to Drawing


We spent an amazing time with James. His passion for art is infectious and his skill at teaching his love of art is truly a gift. Our time with him flew by as if transported to another realm, having to be dragged back to reality when we had to leave. In just a few hours our drawings went from mere scribbles to what actually looked like an ear. Most importantly he instilled in us the confidence and desire to continue our path to Art. We visited the MET the next day with a new and valuable perspective. We will definitely visit again.

Accelerated Introduction to Drawing

11/26/2021
John F.

Attended: Accelerated Introduction to Drawing


The Barbours are excellent teachers, each with an extensive history of art-making as well as a current, modern body of work. The class sizes are small and provide individual attention. Anatomy is studied rigourously as well as technique. Homeworks are encouraged. If requested they will also discuss their history with art, how to make money creating art in the digital age, and different materials and implements. In later classes, live models are used, but usually you work from Barque plates, figures, and statues. Great class, and worth your time if you're serious about drawing.

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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

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

Thursday May 26th, 7pm - 9pm Eastern Time

Accelerated Portraiture
Accelerated Portraiture
Next start date:

Thursday May 26th, 7pm - 9pm Eastern Time

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