Monday, February 1, 2021

Ongoing atelier work in midst of pandemic.

Hello again! Its been a strange year with my move to Florida, setting up here and establishing atelier work in this new location during a pandemic. 

I am pleased to announce my Sandra Galda Atelier has been approved again by the Art Renewal Center. this is my fourth year in a row I have received this certification.  I am very grateful! Check out their website, its is a great resource. 

I am teaching in my new large home studio space, and also soon in a nearby community center. 
I will post more as time goes on, here are some photos of my students in Florida!

Thursday, May 10, 2018

The Boston School Influenced "Atelier in the High School at Bradford Christian Academy," is the first and only ever atelier that takes place in a high school in the world! News, press release, painting in show.....

News, Press Release, Painting in Regional Show

      I have been busy with the "Atelier in the High School at Bradford Christian Academy," as we draw to a close our third year. I teach this atelier with a strong emphasis on the BOSTON SCHOOL.  I believe the Boston School effectively trains high school students in a timely fashion because of its immediate paint handling, and relational drawing and painting custom.  We use Bargue only briefly at the start of the year, so the kids all have a frame of reference to work from; we leave sight size behind quickly, and work relationally for the remainder of the year. We are still glowing from our status as the first ever atelier that takes place in a high the world! We were told this by the Art Renewal Center this past February when they made us one of their approved ateliers. I am sure atelier training in schools will be a growing trend in K-12 schools very soon!

Atelier in the High School at Bradford Christian Academy is ARC ApprovedSM

   Since then, I was asked to present my paper, "Experiences and Methods in the First Atelier in the High School at Bradford Christian Academy; An Atelier program for High School." at The Regional Art Conference  TRAC2018 , about our endeavor. 

    I am very happy with the work the high school atelier students are doing, and will share some photos below, that were taken for a press release that was circulated by our School, Bradford Christian Academy, today. I will also insert that press release below.

     With all this going on, I have not painted too many of my own oil paintings, but, my painting, "Arrangement with Cat and Twine" was accepted into the 21st Regional Juried Show at the Newburyport Art Association.

Stay tuned! scroll down for the press release, and photos !!  --Sandra Galda

Bradford Christian Academy Earns Distinction as the Only High School Atelier Program in the World

Haverhill, MA — On February 6, 2018, the Atelier in the High School at Bradford Christian Academy was approved as the only high school atelier program in the world by the Art Renewal Center (ARC), the leader in the revival of realism in the visual arts. The ARC is the only vetting service for realist art schools, ensuring that the teaching curricula and quality of teacher and student work meet strict standards for approval. BCA proudly holds the distinction being the only vetted atelier in a high school.

The atelier tradition, a practice stemming from Renaissance Italy, focuses on the technical aspects of drawing and painting figurative art, including perspective, accurate drawing, and values of dark and light. Atelier techniques were practiced for centuries by the European masters to perfect drawing and painting skills demonstrated in portrait work and landscapes. 

The Atelier at Bradford Christian Academy is led by faculty member and Massachusetts-based artist Sandra Galda. In addition to her undergraduate degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo and her master’s degree from Harvard University, Sandra completed six years post graduate study at Ingbretson Studios with master painter Paul Ingbretson. Galda will present her paper, "Experiences and Methods in the First Atelier in the High School," at The Representational Art Conference 2018 (TRAC2018), in Leeuwarden, Netherlands in May.  Founded by Michael Pearce and Michael Lynn Adams, the TRAC conference aims to provide an outlet for the discussion of new developments in 21st Century representational art.

The Art Renewal Center (ARC), a 501(c)(3), non-profit, educational foundation. For more information about the Bradford Christian Academy’s approval by the Art Renewal Center, please visit their website at link:


Bradford Christian Academy

Bradford Christian Academy is an independent, co-educational, college-preparatory elementary, middle, and high school serving students from Protestant, Catholic, and Orthodox faith traditions. With campuses in Bradford and Haverhill, MA, Bradford Christian Academy enrolls students from over 40 communities throughout the region as well as countries throughout the world. For more information, please visit

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Friday, June 17, 2016

Some of my high school Atelier Student's artwork from this past year: School is out for the summer!

 Here is some of my student's artwork 
from the high school atelier I taught this past school year:

All the images below were created by 9th and 10th graders,  one student was an 11th grader. 

I was very impressed with the student work and their efforts at learning to see and use the strategies of the training to capture the visual image. It was hard to squeeze down the excellent Atelier training I enjoyed for approx. 6 years at Ingbretson Studios with Paul Ingbretson....but the kids did get a taste of the training.  The last shot is of me in one of the rooms.
Now that school is out, I hope to work more on some of my works in process!