The ultimate goal of the CAS is to provide artists with an education that allows them to pursue and produce an art that serves the public, elevates society and reestablishes the standards of art as a visual language that can be understood and felt beyond any boundaries. It is our belief that craft precedes artistry, knowledge precedes inspiration, observation precedes invention and a process-based art always yields a higher standard of work.
CAS Full-Time Program
The full-time program at the CAS is designed to prepare students for a professional career as fine artists. The instructors at the CAS are all accomplished working professionals passionate about helping aspiring artists in their efforts to achieve their goals.
2015 Trimester Schedule Trimesters are 15 weeks long. Tuition is $2,600/trimester.
Winter - January 5 - April 17th CAS Landscape Painting Break - April 18 - April 26th Spring - April 27 - August 7th Summer Workshop Break - August 10 - September 11 Autumn - September 14 - December 23
Copy Drawing Class - This class follows the Charles Bargue drawing course, which was first published in 1867. Students will copy drawing plates from the original course. Students will be given instruction on procedures and methods of drawing as well as instruction that will develop their abilities to see with extreme accuracy.
Class Times: This course is taught throughout the day and students should plan to spend 3-4 hours per day in the studio, anytime between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m.
1, 2, 3 or 4 Day/Week Copy Drawing or Cast Drawing Class - This class is an abbreviation of the regular monthly copy or cast drawing classes. This class is offered for those who have time constraints or are looking for an introduction to the same concepts and principles at a discounted rate.
Cast Drawing Class - Students enrolling in this class must first have graduated through the copy drawing course. Students in this class copy from classical antique plaster casts. In this class students continue to develop their accurate vision as well as learning to see and develop elements of atmosphere, form, space, weight and volume.
4 Week Extended Figure Drawing - This class is an in depth academic study of the human figure. Students work on drawings of one pose for the full 3-4 weeks. Students who wish to attend this class must have completed at least 2 copy drawings in the Copy Drawing Class.
Saturday Portrait Class - This class will focus on extended (4 session) studies of one pose per month.
Students in this class will be working on a 4 week (4 session) extended portrait study. Students can choose to work in the sight-size or comparative method of drawing. Instruction in both methods will be available. Students will be taught elements of anatomy, gesture, rhythm, line, value, edge, space, volume, atmosphere, and form. This class is limited to 6 students.
This class is ongoing and open to the public.
Class schedule is 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. We will work from the model for 6 hours with a one hour break for lunch.
Open Figure Drawing - The CAS holds open figure drawing sessions with live models every Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 7 - 9 p.m. These sessions are open to the public and cost $5 per person uninstructed or $15 instructed, at the door. We invite everyone who is interested to join us. All skill levels welcome. Arrangements can be made to sign up for this drawing sessions as an instructed class. Please email email@example.com if you are interested. Tuition is $75/month and will include every Tuesday and Thursday session for that month.
The CAS holds regular workshops each year during our trimester breaks. We make it a point to bring in at least one visiting instructor each year to teach methods that vary from our own.
If you've always wanted to study at an art academy, but haven't had the opportunity, now is your chance! We're offering free study to three lucky winners. If you have a passion to learn more about drawing and painting on a professional level you are encouraged to apply. Open to all skill levels.
Deadline for entry is April 15, 2015. Entry fee is $5.00
This competition is only for students. The purpose is to help students who are just getting started in their studies or just about to transition from the student to professional world. At the CAS, we understand how difficult and expensive it can be for students to outfit themselves with the best professional equipment and materials. As difficult as it is, we always suggest to our students that they try to use the best materials from the beginning. We feel it is important to train with the materials you will ultimately be using as a professional. It is with this in mind that we are holding this Paint En Plein Air Student Competition. Three Grand Prizes will be starter packages of professional materials and equipment, including plein air easels, brushes, paints, mediums, panels, etc. to help students get outside and paint.
Deadline for application is May 15, 2015. Entry fee is $20