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 fourteen 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.
Specialty workshop courses are offered at specific times throughout the year focusing in depth on a variety of different topics such as color mixing, beginning/intermediate watercolor, art history, master copies, basic printmaking, botanical illustration, portrait drawing and painting, direct vs. indirect oil painting and pastel techniques. Workshops are designed around specific lectures and demonstrations with planned projects based upon the techniques being covered. These courses are usually between 6-12 weeks long, meeting once a week for three hours.
Open Studio classes are directed toward students who are seeking a foundation in drawing and painting, either beginner or advanced, and wish to work on their own subject matter with personalized instruction. Open studio classes meet once a week for three hours and run month to month allowing students to start and stop as they wish throughout the year.
The Youth Class is for children ages 6-12 (teens go into adult classes). Young students will be exposed to various art techniques and will use various art mediums like acrylic paint, watercolor, chalk pastel, charcoal, printmaking, and basic sculpture. Projects are fun and engaging, students practice specific techniques, yet are encouraged to make it their own and to be creative! The youth class meets once a week for two hours, and runs month to month.
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.
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 fourteen 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.