• OUR MISSION

    Traditional fine arts adhere to time tested methods of interpreting and analyzing life and nature. Excellent draftsmanship has long been regarded as the key foundation in the creation of art. Although the methods vary, most ateliers around the world train students in the skills and techniques associated with creating some form of representational art,which is the making of two-dimensional images that appear real to the viewer.

    The mission of The Vienna Atelier for Traditional Art (VATA) is to provide a venue for artists to study and practice the traditional and academic methods of drawing and painting.

    Prospective participants study academic practices through extensive classes in Bargue and cast drawing, value studies, painting techniques, and life drawing/painting sessions. VATA also provides lectures and workshops led by museum experts and visiting artists on topics such as art conservation, art history, self-portraiture, alla prima technique, and human anatomy to enhance the learning and understanding of students. Most classes and workshops are designed for beginning through advanced students. Class sizes are limited to ensure each participant receives individual guidance from instructors.

THE LOCATION 100 YEARS AGO

The Vienna Atelier for Traditional Art (VATA) is located on the main floor of the historic “Officer’s Building of the Breitensee Cadet School” at Hutteldorferstrasse, 128 in the 14th district of Vienna. The building, which was constructed in 1896 was once part of the largest military schools in Vienna serving the Emperor of Austria and King of Hungary, Franz Joseph I.

ABOUT US


Andy Jon Nabong, Co-Founder / Instructor

JacAndy Jon Nabong originally comes from New York and Manila but currently resides in Vienna, Austria. In addition to post-graduate study in psychology at the New School University, Andy graduated with distinction with a master’s in clinical psychology at the Long Island University, after obtaining a bachelors in psychology with a minor in Art History, as well as the completion of pre-med at Trinity College. Andy has over 20 years of experience working at psychiatric hospitals and cancer research institutes in New York. He has co-authored and published several studies in the fields of psychology and cancer research. In 2016, Andy left his job to pursue his love of art full time and lay the groundwork for the foundation of a traditional fine arts atelier. Andy has been passionate about art since early childhood. He enrolled at The Art Students League in New York and studied drawing and painting with Barbara Adrian, Sherry Camhy, Michael Burban, Costa Vavagiakis, David Kassan and Jerry Weiss. Andy also studied at Grand Central Atelier under the instruction of Colleen Barry, Will St. John, Tony Curanaj, Justin Wood and Greg Mortensen. He took workshops at the Academy of Realist Art in Toronto, Florence Academy of Art in Italy, and in Spain with Dino Valls. Andy finds inspiration for his paintings and drawings from the tradition of Bouguereau, Velasquez, Rubens, Caravaggio, Rembrandt and Renaissance painters. He has traveled extensively in Europe to study the art of the old masters. Andy has had several exhibitions in the USA and his works can be found in both American and European private collections. He is an active member of the Portrait Society of America.



Jacques Van Engel, Co-Founder and Administrator

JacJacques Van Engel is from Belgium. He has a Master of Art in Liberal Studies which he obtained at the State University of New York. He worked primarily for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in South Korea and Vietnam from 1985-1989 and in New York from 1989-2016. Jacques’s work was environmentally focused and specifically concerned with the protection of the earth’s ozone layer. He traveled extensively for his work in Africa, Asia and Latin America. The primary goal of his UNDP work was to provide industries with technical and financial assistance to shift away from harmful chemicals that destroyed the ozone layer. After a fulfilling career at the UN for over 30 years, Jacques decided to devote himself fully to his two passions in life: meditation and art. This led Jacques to move to Vienna in March 2017. He founded a meditation center called The Still Point (see www.meetup.com/Der-stille-Punkt-Wien). His lifelong interest in meditation relates to two traditions: Advaita and Zen. Jacques also co-founded the Vienna Atelier of Traditional Art, which focuses on traditional drawing and painting methods. Through the fulfillment of these two dreams, Jacques hopes to share wisdom with other interested truth seekers and to nurture artistic creativity and inspiration with interested artists.

Bargue

Saturday Long Pose Open Sketch



Workshop Fee :
Suggested donation of minimum 6 euros
Time :
3:00-6:00 PM
Location :
VATA, Hütteldorferstrasse 128, Top 2, Wien


For schedule and registration please go to:
www.meetup.com/Vienna-Atelier-of-Traditional-Art/



Alla-Prima Still Life Painting Workshop


Dale Zinkowski



April 27 to May 01, 2019

Dale

Wet-on-wet, or alla prima (Italian, meaning at first attempt), is a painting technique, used mostly in oil painting, in which layers of wet paint are applied to previously administered layers of wet paint. Each day, artists will complete a still life painting from start to finish. The class will examine how to combine the right color, values, edges, and paint handling, to accomplish the goal of completing an aesthetic and naturalistic painting. There will be a strong focus on sound drawing, composition, and shape design. Through individual critiques, daily demonstrations and thorough explanations, Dale will guide each artist in meeting their individual goals. All levels are welcome. To know more about Dale, please go to his website at : https://www.dalezinkowski.com

List of materials and workshop format will be send upon registration.

Workshop Fee :
450 Euros
Time :
9:30 am – 4:30 pm (lunch 12:30 pm-1:30 pm)
Location :
VATA, Hütteldorferstrasse 128, Top 2, Wien

Self-Portrait Painting Workshop


Gregory Mortenson



June 07 to 11, 2019

Dale

In this five-day workshop, artists will create a self-portrait painting from life using a mirror. Following a logical step-by-step approach, participants will first create an accurate drawing in graphite on paper, and then paint in oils on linen canvas or panel. Gregory will guide artists with daily demonstrations and in-depth personal critiques through each stage of the process – from creating a strong likeness with accurate drawing, to color mixing, modeling form and finishing details. Cranial anatomy, materials, paint handling, and the physics of light will also be discussed throughout each session. Beginning and advanced artists are welcome. Gregory will work with each artist to meet individual goals. To know more about Gregory Mortenson, you can go to his website at: http://www.gregorymortenson.com

List of materials and workshop format will be send upon registration.

Workshop Fee :
575 Euros
Time :
9:30 am – 4:30 pm (lunch 12:30 pm-1:30 pm)
Location :
VATA, Hütteldorferstrasse 128, Top 2, Wien

To register in the workshop, please send an email to: info@viennaatelier.at. A 50% deposit (non-refundable) is required to secure your spot. If a minimum enrollment of students has not been met 3 days prior to the start date of the workshop, your payment will be refunded in full.



Register
address

Hütteldorferstrasse 128, Top 02

1140 Vienna, Austria

Address email
info@viennaatelier.at




Public Transportation:

Take the U3 subway towards Ottakring, and get off at the “Hütteldorferstrasse” station. Then either walk for 5-10 minutes or take tram 49 (2 stops) along Hütteldorferstrasse to just before Leyserstrasse.

Take the U4 subway towards Hütteldorf, and get off at the station “Hietzing”. From there, take bus 51A for 3 stops to Leyserstrasse.

Take the S45 train, and exit at the Breitensee station. Walk up to Hütteldorferstrasse, then turn left till just before Leyserstrasse.