Thursday, August 27, 2020

We have moved to Florida!

Hi all, 
A post to update my news! We have moved to Florida! I now will be teaching in my new state! I have been busy painting and reorganizing the studio and its teaching activities. I love the weather and the beautiful landscapes, seascapes, trees, flowers and weather! I have many folks here who are very eager to learn the Boston School painting I teach and practice. I am still an approved Art Renewal Center atelier, and I hope to have images soon of my teaching activities in the sunny south! 

Please check back as the fall semester gets underway. Please also be patient, as the pandemic restrictions have affected all of us in our business!

Friday, January 10, 2020

New Year! Art Renewal Approved again!

Happy New Year!

Looking forward to another year of drawing and painting! I enjoy my atelier teaching and work, and I just love painting! I can loose track of hours when painting, I am happily lost in the work, a certain sign that this is my passion!  I often look and the clock and am surprised I have passed so much time at painting, having thought I had only begun.

My atelier has been Art Renewal center approved again and our seal of approval is below! I highly recommend visiting their website clicking HERE, and view my atelier page clicking HERE!

Below are a few picture of an oil painting this year from my atelier. I especially love (my student has not completed it yet, but I love the process) :

And here is an interesting article to read: HERE.

That's all for now, thanks for visiting! ---Sandra

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

November updates!

Fall Atelier is in session, you can track my students and my work at the Art Renewal Center at this link as usual:

Here are two works of my own, almost finished!

Brazilian Black Pot and Rolls, by Sandra Galda 22 x 28 inches oil on canvas

Pink Peonies in Old Silver, by Sandra Galda, 22 x 28 inches, oil on canvas

Friday, August 16, 2019

Register now for my 6 week class at the Newburyport Art Association! We will cover some classic atelier lessons!

  • Classic Atelier Strategies for Any Artist
    September 25, 2019 - November 13, 2019
    9:30 am - 12:00 pm
This class will teach time-tested classical atelier projects, useful for any artist, even those with no previous training. This “old made new again” approach to art training is very popular today. It can help any artist add valuable skills to his toolbox and can help improve accuracy in his work, no matter what style or genre he works in.
Atelier projects begin with pencil work with one “sight-size project,” next, a “copy a master-work” drawing, and finally, one “relational drawing,” either in charcoal or pencil, of plaster casts or still life objects. Then, using these atelier skills, future classes will move on to relational atelier painting in oil. For these six weeks, we execute classical drawing projects using pencil (or charcoal), and we work standing at easels.
Class limited to 8 students.
Class details:
Wednesday, 9:30am-12:00pm
September 25-November 13
(no class Oct 16 & Nov 6)
15 hours of instruction
NAA Members, $240 Non-members, $270
About Sandra Galda-
Sandra Galda is a Boston School atelier trained artist, who also holds an undergraduate in Graphic Design from SUNY at Buffalo, and a Master’s in Art History from Harvard University.  In 2015 Sandra founded the first-ever Art Renewal Center approved high school atelier in the world, with awesome results over the past 4 years. She is eager to share atelier training with the artists at the Newburyport Art Association. Come learn the classic methods of the Masters!  If her high schoolers learned them, loved them, and excelled, so can you!
Please visit my website below to see my former student’s artwork, on the Art Renewal Center website:
Visit my FB account below to see my and my student's artwork!



Venue Phone: 978.465.8769
Venue Website:
65 Water Street, Newburyport, Ma, 01950, United States


Sunday, March 31, 2019

March local paper article

Pleased to have an article written about the Atelier in the High School at Bradford Christian Academy!  More to come!

Story is on page 26 in this link to the digital version of the local paper, "Haverhill Life."

We are grateful for this report, one small correction is that we are in our 4th year!

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

All's well in the Atelier in the High School at Bradford Christian Academy!

 Have not been keeping up with posting here, so here are a few pics of ongoing work in the atelier, we are in our 4th year! 
We are the only approved atelier that takes place in a high school, or any school as far as I know. We are certified for a second year by the Art Renewal Center. 
more later! 

Monday, November 12, 2018

November News 2018

Events and News:

Atelier in the High School at Bradford Christian Academy, and Art Renewal approved atelier,   will enjoy a field Trip to Ingbretson Studios, Wednesday November 14, 2018!

I am participating in the ongoing Ingbretson Studio show at the Guild of Boston Artists, Boston, MA.:

The Ingbretson Studio: The Boston School 

World of Light and Color

                                                       The Old Hat, by Paul Ingbretson.
The Guild of Boston Artists is proud to present an exhibition of paintings by Boston School painter Paul Ingbretson and his students at its Newbury Street gallery November 3 - December 1, 2018.  In his classical "atelier" Mr. Ingbretson has trained painters for over  30 years in the legacy of the school of impressionist color realism  handed down from the Boston School painters of the first half of the  Twentieth Century. 
The Boston School tradition has its roots in the holistic  representation of the visual world as practiced by the earliest of  "impressionists": Velazquez and Vermeer. It is further informed by the  brilliant discoveries of Monet in the use of an intense full color  spectrum to more powerfully express the light. Their "visual" approach  encompasses the truth not only of light per Monet but the greatest  painterly developments of the nineteenth century. Referred to by R.H.  Ives Gammell as the "greatest evolution of impressionism," Boston School  painting involves a search for the great relational truths and the  resulting beauty of the visual world. Rather than the standard object  drawing outline-based realism it operates by the careful articulation of  a series of interrelated visual components or "effects" that together  make the "music"

Below are the works by the students of Paul Ingbretson, that are hanging in the show. This is found on the Guild of Boston Artists website,

My contribution is a small floral with red flowers, "Beatrix's Roses," found just above, completed while a student at Ingbretson Studio. 

(Ingbretson Studio. 250 Canal Street, Lawrence, MA 01840)

My Students at the Atelier in the High School at Bradford Christian Academy,   have been busy working their fall exercises, and here is a sample of their work:

 Thanks for looking, tell me what you think-leave a comment! Paintings by Sandra Galda are copyrighted. Scroll down this page for more art!

Thursday, April 12, 2018

We are 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

      Hi everyone! I have been so busy, but must update! I have been busy with the "Atelier in the High School at Bradford Christian Academy," as we draw to a close our third 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 this will be a new trend in K-12 schools very soon!

   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 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.

     Finally, 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

Media Contact:                                                                                      
Matt Perusse, Director of Communications, (213) 804-0219,

Finally, below is my oil painting, with a close up below it, "Arrangement with Cat and Twine," oil on canvas, 20 x22 inches, accepted into the 21st Regional Juried Show at the Newburyport Art Association. 

 Thanks for looking, tell me what you think-leave a comment! Paintings by Sandra Galda are copyrighted. Scroll down this page for more art!