A long course of study
For adults and teens
This course of artistic study is based upon the teaching methods of the nineteenth-century academic tradition of drawing and painting from life. The long course is for the student who has serious intentions for long term study. The curriculum is designed to provide fundamental skills in drawing and painting, using direct observation with a strong emphasis on accurately translating size, proportion and the rendering of light and shade in both drawing media and paint. A systematic approach is followed and it begins with the academic study of drawing. Students will draw from the still-life, the cast, the live figure, drapery studies and master copies from the Charles Bargue Drawing Course and other Master Drawings. With the acquired drawing skills learned, the art and science of painting will be taught. Students will receive individual and group demonstration, instruction and critique.
FIRST YEAR: Students will begin with the drawing curriculum which includes drawing exercises, drawing from the cast or drapery studies and making master copies from the Charles Bargue Drawing Course. Mastering drawing fundamentals is essential for progressing to painting. Drawing curriculum media includes graphite, charcoal, conté crayon and other dry media.
SECOND YEAR: Students who complete the beginning course in drawing may advance to painting only after first completing the OIL PAINTING & COLOR SCIENCE 4 week course, which is a separate class. Students may take a hiatus from the Atelier Program to attend this course which will be offered periodically throughout the year.
After the four week course has been completed, students may re-enroll in the atelier program to advance into the painting course. Student will begin with color study projects and advance to painting the cast or drapery study.
THIRD YEAR: Students will work from the cast, drapery or a still life composition with a strong focus on drawing, the grisaille, form painting and other methods of painting.