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Atelier Hawai‘i at Windward Community College


This summer’s Atelier Hawai‘i has been cancelled due to low enrollment.  Please look for Atelier Hawaii in Summer 2018. 
Contact William Zwick at for more information and/or to be notified with future updates on the program.

ART 113 Introduction to Drawing (60070) with Norm Graffam is still available this summer.

Workshop in Classical Realism
Summer Session
May 22 – June 30, 2017
Monday through Friday
9 a.m. – 4 p.m. 

Atelier Hawai‘i provides a method of art training developed in Europe during the 19th century. The atelier (ah-tell-yay) workshop offers an intensive 6-week training in the classical techniques of drawing and painting demanded by the Realist Tradition.

The underlying principals of drawing and painting are the focus of instruction as students create academic cast drawings and figure paintings. Under the direction of William Zwick, participants develop skills in sight-size/observational drawing and learn oil painting techniques used by the great European Masters. Atelier Hawai‘i is one of few workshops of its kind in the nation, and designed for students of all skill levels and background. The one-on-one nature of the course structure and instruction allows instructors to tailor critiques to the level of each student.

Cast Drawing 
Students draw from classical sculptures, training the eye to perceive more accurate shapes, values, and proportions.
Figure Drawing
Fundamental to the Realist Tradition, students study the human figure from live models.
Figure Painting
Students work from live models to create an academic figure painting. Students explore color mixing, temperature shifts, and edge hierarchies to create a realistic figure with a sense of atmosphere and focal point in their work. 

For workshop information, email

May 22 to June 30, 2017, 9am to 4pm in Hale Palanakila 202 and 204

Credit Students

ART 220: Atelier is a 6-credit class available to students in the University of Hawai‘i system. Fullfills Diversification Art (DA for AA degree).

Resident tuition: $1,488

Non-resident tuition: $2,142

Contact William Zwick at to reserve a space or for more information.

NonCredit Students

Noncredit tuition: $1,488

Register through the WCC Office of Career and Community Education, (808) 235-7433.

Register early—enrollment is limited to 20 students.

About the InstructorWilliam Zwick

William Zwick received his BFA from Laguna College of Art and Design in California. He then traveled abroad and studied three years at one of the most prestigious atelier programs in the world—the Florence Academy of Art in Florence, Italy—where he was awarded several teaching scholarships and best painting of the year in 2012. William brings the knowledge, craftsmanship, and classical realism techniques learned in Europe to Hawai‘i at Windward Community College.












May 21, 2014