Atelier is a workshop or studio, especially
one used by an artist or haute couture fashion designer.
In art, the atelier consists of a master artist,
usually a professional painter, sculptor, or from the mid-19th century a
fine art photographer, working with a small number of students to train
them in visual or fine arts. This very word has also taken on other
similar meanings, indicating a place of work and study of the
haute couture fashion designer, hair stylist and artists in
Atelier is the French word for "workshop" or
"studio". In regard to clothing, shoes, jewelry or accessories it
references a designers studio or workshop in which they work to
merchandise & manufacturer product. In English the term Atelier is most
often used for the private workshop or studio of a professional artist
in the fine or decorative arts, where a principal master and a number of
assistants, students, and apprentices work together producing pieces of
fine art or visual art released under the master's name or supervision.
Although the primary use of the word may be in regard to artists, it is
clearly recognized as an apparel industry term as well.
Many ateliers have internationally recognized
fashion designers, employees of the designer, as well as apprentices.
Apprentices usually begin young, working on simple tasks, and after
several months or years become more important within the organization.
Often an apprentice may grow to a point that they leave their current
workshop to become masters designers of their own business.
Although the methods vary, most painting ateliers
train students in the skills and techniques associated with creating
some form of representational art, the making of two-dimensional images
that appear real to the viewer. They traditionally include sessions for
drawing or painting nude art.
Atelier schools can be found around the world,
particularly in North America and Western Europe.
Synonyms of Atelier: workshop, studio, workroom
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