The Atelier Studio Program of Fine Art

Lectures & Events

Art Marketing Level 2: Putting Your Plan into Action
Nanci Fulmek painting

Prerequisite: The Art of Selling Your Art Level 1

Mastermind sessions personalized to bring your art business to the next level. Each Mastermind session will be tailored to the students attending. This will be a hands-on course for those who are serious about creating an income with their art.

Day 1: 3 hours to plan your next 90 days. Come with what you are currently doing, and your goals for the next year.
Days 2 & 3: Days to be selected after Day 1 and are mid-goal check-ins to celebrate, fix, and keep you on track. These are scheduled for the first Saturday of Feb. and March but are flexible based on group needs.

Must preregister and set up preclass check-in with Nanci.


Nanci Fulmek, a 2009 graduate, completed 5 years of full time study at The Atelier. Originally a student of Finance, she learned most of her skills from a background in sales. She has worked in direct marketing with Herbalife for over 10 years and was top sales person in the Midwest for several months. She managed a store in Minneapolis, doubling sales within 6 months. Nanci worked in an art gallery for over 5 years and has been selling her own art for over 15 years. In 2005, she published her first piece and sold over 200 images the first four weeks. Nanci has been featured in American Art Collector, Western Art Collector, Southwest Art Magazine, The Fine Art Connoisseur, and Awarded "MN Artist of the year 2017" by TOSCA Magazine. Her artwork is collected internationally. Visit Nanci's website at

Winter/Spring Schedule

Date Time Cost Instructor
Saturday, January 5, 2019 9:00am-12:00pm $175 (3 meetings) Nanci Fulmek
Brian Stewart: A Celebration of His Life and Teaching
Brian Stewart painting

Featuring a Video of His Last Lecture at The Atelier

Please join us at The Atelier to Celebrate the life and teachings of Brian Stewart

Brian died September 28, 2018 after complications with abdominal surgery. Brian was one of the founders of the modern “plein air” movement, where artists paint outdoors and on location. His passion took him all over the world to paint. Brian taught several outdoor and indoor plein air workshops at The Atelier and was scheduled to teach again this February. In place of his scheduled workshop we will show a two-hour video of the last lecture he gave at The Atelier in November 2016. We will have Brian's book An Artist's Journey...Via Catalina for sale and some of his paintings on display. Students and friends can also share memories and stories.

DATE: FRIDAY, February 1, 2019
TIME: 7:00 PM
Suggested Donation to The Atelier: $10
PLEASE RSVP so we have a head count. Seating limited to 60 people for the video.


Brian Stewart
After a successful 25 year career in advertising, Brian became a painter. The journey has given him a lifetime of experiences, travels and memories, not to mention a few accolades and recognition along the way. He re- ceived his early training at The Art Center in Los Angeles and later at Atelier LeSueur in Minneapolis where he learned the classic, academic fundamentals as they were taught in Paris a century ago. An emeritus member of the Plein Air Painters of America and the American Society of Marine Artists, this visual raconteur is known and collected for his genre and scene paintings as well as his landscapes. A native Californian who made his home in Minnesota with partner Jo Anne Lorenz, he could be found playing banjo when not painting. His talents and teachings are missed.

Winter/Spring Schedule

Date Time Suggested Donation Instructor
Friday, February 1, 2019 7:00pm $10 Brian Stewart
5-Day Figure Drawing Workshop with Mackenzie Swenson
Mackenzie Swenson figure drawing

Figure Drawing with Emphasis on Structure and Conceptualized Form

Over a period of five days, students will create a figure drawing from life on toned paper using graphite, charcoal, and white chalk. They will be guided through the process clearly and methodically. This will include a discussion of how to analyze the pose before beginning, how to create a block-in that emphasizes gesture, accurate proportion and key structural and anatomical points, and finally how to render the form based on the light source and a sculptural understanding of the model. Class size is limited to 10 participants.

March 25-29, 2019, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (1-hour lunch break at 12:00)
$500 for entire workshop. Limit 10 students.

Materials List:

  • Drawing Board
  • Artists Tape or Masking Tape
  • Knitting needle or skewer for measuring
  • Black mirror/mirror
  • General's Charcoal
  • Pencils: Medium and Hard
  • General's White Chalk
  • Pencils, Staedtler or brand of choice: 1x2B, 2xB, 2xHB, 2xH, 2x2H, 1x4H
  • Kneaded Eraser
  • Mono ROUND Zero Pencil Eraser
  • Xacto Knife (for sharpening)
  • Sanding Block
  • 1 Sheet of toned Aristico Fabriano Hot Press 140lb watercolor paper, cut down to 18"x 24" (Suggested tone: watered down sepia ink, applied in broad strokes with a brush at least 4 inches in width. One or two coats is sufficient.)
  • Other 18x24 Paper: for backing and studies


Mackenzie Swenson (b. 1992) currently resides in New York City as an artist and instructor. She is a 2018 graduate of the Grand Central Atelier core program, having previously studied at The Atelier in Minneapolis, MN. Mackenzie is a 2015 Hudson River Fellow and 2017 Resident of the La Napoule Art Foundation in France. Mackenzie is the recipient of many awards and scholarships including the Alice M. Stolpe Foundation, the Grand Central Atelier, the Morris and Alma Shapiro Fund, and a first place scholarship from the Art Renewal Center. She has exhibited in galleries throughout the United States, including Eleventh Street Arts and Robert Simon Fine Art in New York City. Mackenzie's work hangs in collections throughout the United States and abroad.

Winter/Spring Schedule

Date Time Price Instructor
Mon.-Friday, March 25-29, 2019 9:00am-4:00pm $500 Mackenzie Swenson
Own Your Story: Finding Your Audience
Joy Wolfe

Part II in a lecture series for artists looking for the next step.

Joy will help you navigate the many choices coming at you to manage your art career. Who is your audience? How do you find the patrons looking for your style of painting? How do you catalogue, frame and display your art? Joy’s experience comes from the patron side and helps guide you with her knowledge from the many people she has sold art to and the comments that collectors have shared with her in the thirty five years she has been involved in the arts. She will provide a comprehensive look at what is needed to build and present yourself as an emerging artist in todays art market.

SATURDAY, April 6, 2019, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Lecturer: Joy Wolfe. $25.


Joy Wolfe has collected, appraised and represented the arts for over thirty five years. She has had the pleasure of working alongside artists at every level and now chooses to work with emerging artists who are looking to grow their art into a business. Her passion is to help artists be known while they are living and help develop a program to educate and inspire people about the importance art has in our lives and our culture and cultivate the next generation of patrons of the arts.

Winter/Spring Schedule

Date Time Price Instructor
Saturday, April 6, 2019 10:00am-12:00pm $25 Joy Wolfe