Current Classes

Fall Term: September 3rd - December 19th
Gateway Academy of Classical Art offers training in classical drawing and painting. GACA’s classes are open to all skills levels—beginner to advanced. Weekly classes are taught by lead instructor, B. J. Parker.

Classes are designed to meet students where they are, and to methodically build drawing and oil paint-handling skills needed to make beautiful and compelling paintings and drawings.

GACA classes frequently include art history lectures, topical art discussions, and field studies at the St. Louis Art Museum.  Regular students may attend additional GACA evening open studio figure drawing events at no extra charge, when available.

To enroll in weekly classes, please contact B. J. Parker
at (678) 378-5470 or

All class sessions take place in the Pierce Arrow Building (suite #322) in the Central West End,
4814 Washington Blvd,
St. Louis, MO.

Enrollment options and tuition:

Full Time Student:
Full Time GACA Students are 3 days  Students from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm.  Mon/Tues/Wed includes  model fees. Thursday (4th day) is not instructed but studio is available 8:30 - 3:30 for studio work.

Cost for Full Time study is $2100 (20% discount built in)

Part Time Student:
Part Time Study is 2 full days (choice of any 2 Mon/Tues/Wed).   Includes Thursday (3rd day).  Additional classes can be added ala carte for an additional fee.

Cost for 2 days is $1620 (10% discount built in). 

CLASS SCHEDULE for FALL 2019 is as follows:

Monday and Tuesday 8:30 - 11:30 am
Classical Drawing I,II, & III 
$480 (16 Sessions)

Monday and Tuesday 12:30 - 3:30 pm
Classical Drawing and Painting the Figure I, II, & III 
$480 (16 Sessions)

Wednesday 8:30 - 11:30 am.
Drawing and Painting the Portrait
$480  (16 Sessions)

Wednesday 12:30 - 3:30 pm
Drawing and Painting the Figure 
$480 (16 Sessions)

Classes begin on Sept 3rd.  Classes provide individualized instruction through regular one-on-one critiques throughout each session. All student levels are welcome. Late enrollment may be pro-rated.

(Notice: GACA classes involve drawing and painting nude figure models.)

Lead instructor, B. J. Parker (center), with students during a GACA class session.

Lead instructor, B. J. Parker (center), with students during a GACA class session.