Atelier (French: [uh-teh-lee]) is the private workshop or studio of a professional artist where a principal master and a number of students can work together to produce works of art.
The art studio has been a vision in the making for many years and just launched it's opening in 2019! Ever since owner Amanda Gress was a small child she knew she wanted to be an artist and a teacher so she has worked for years to obtain this goal. Spending eight years on her own art education at Laguna College of Art & Design, mastering her skills and acquiring knowledge, Amanda became an efficient and passionate artist. Inspired by her own college professors, she began to train as a teacher during her graduate studies and really developed a love for art education. Now with sixteen years of art teaching experience, Amanda continues to help and inspire students to accomplish their own personal artistic goals.
what we offer
Gress Art Studio is a small ateleir specializing in classical drawing and painting instruction. Students have the opportunity to study many different art media such as oil paint, acrylic, watercolor, chalk pastel, pen and ink, charcoal and graphite pencil. Techniques range from the old masters to contemporary studio practices. All levels of artist are welcome from beginners to advanced. Class sizes kept small for quality instruction.
Amanda's main goal as an art educator is to enrich the lives of her students through the joy and freedom of being creative. Our mission is to train and equip each student with the skills and techniques that will carry them through their artistic journey. The studio strives to cultivate an inspiring atmosphere where students feel challenged in advancing their skills, yet are encouraged in a nurturing environment.
Instructor Amanda Gress
Amanda Gress is a contemporary figurative artist working in Colorado. After being raised in Colorado, Amanda moved to Southern California for her art training in 2001. Educated at Laguna College of Art and Design, she received her BFA in 2005 and completed her MFA in 2008. Her classical training in both drawing and painting are rooted in historical techniques covering several media including oil paint, watercolor, chalk pastel and sculpture. Her work has been widely exhibited and collected throughout the western United States. Amanda has spent time as an artist-in-residence in both Japan and Italy. Besides creating and exhibiting her work, Amanda has dedicated her time as an art instructor both privately and academically for the past sixteen years. Leaving the Los Angeles area in 2016, she now resides back in her hometown of Loveland, Colorado creating art and teaching out of her studio.
Pat Pilkington is a skilled classical oil painter who is fascinated in capturing the natural world. Whether it is painting a landscape, portrait or arranged still life, Pat strives to capture the beauty and essence of her painted subjects. After graduating with a Certificate of Fine Arts from the Schissler Academy in Loveland, Colorado she has focused on exhibiting her artwork and has started teaching art to children. When creating art, Pat focuses on composition, tone and color and enjoys the entire process from the initial sketch to the final brush strokes.