"An artist must always be in search of an absolute truth which can reveal a universal way of seeing."- Miano
The curriculum of Southern Atelier advocates an in-depth study of nature leading the student to identify with fundamental artistic principles or truths. It is a well rounded and balanced course of study which incorporates the best aspects of traditional studio practice with progressive innovation. The primary advantage of the course is the emphasis on learning to "see". This is achieved by means of repetitive exercises designed to develop and enhance hand-eye coordination. Students immediately begin to study the personification of the natural world working directly from the live model using comparative measurement. In addition to accuracy and refinement, guidance toward imparting life, energy and feeling is also stressed. Naturally lit studio conditions highlight instruction based on the sun's exposure of color through prismatic light allowing for refined color study and a comprehension of a vast array of light keys.
"A painter is only great when he is a master workman"- Alfred Stevens
It takes many years to develop ones eye as an artist. With that in mind the core program does not advocate a set number of years to study. Students are encouraged to become a part of the atelier family and grow foundational skills slowly and thoroughly. Artists are encouraged to stay as long as they possibly can and through consistent hard work acquire competence. A student who is unable to take advantage of the core program consistently with the added benefits of open studio sessions for instance, cannot expect to progress as fast as one who devotes more of their time in the studio. 5 to 10 years of full time study was not uncommon in the great academies and ateliers of the past, yielding some of history's greatest artists. Leonardo da Vinci for example, apprenticed over 10 years in Verroccio's atelier . However, Southern Atelier's Core Program allows for those with varying circumstances and backgrounds to acquire the skills that they desire.
"It is austere and profound studies that make great painters...one lives all one's life on this foundation and if it is lacking one will only be mediocre." -J. L. Gerome
Southern Atelier is fully committed to giving students the training they need for life as a painter. By studying the fundamental principles of painting independently, progressing students are given the opportunity to build their confidence as they master each progressing stage. The program seeks to impart the knowledge at the right time when a student is capable of fully grasping it. The culmination of this approach is skilled application of all the artistic truths inherent in our craft resulting in outer and inner harmony, naturalness and spontaneity.
Last updated on 2012-06-07
Studio Incamminati, School for Contemporary Realist Art
Nelson and Leona Shanks, Founders Email: email@example.com Website: http://www.studioincamminati.org/ 340 North 12th Street, Suite 400 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19107 United States of America Phone: 215-592-7910 Studio Incamminati, School for Contemporary Realist Art exists to meet the express needs of students eager to learn the aesthetic and philosophical techniques and principles of humanist realism.
Modeled on the traditional Italian accademia and French atelier, Studio Incamminati provides a dynamic teaching program to produce skilled artists who can call upon their abilities to create art with depth of purpose. We teach artists whose art and teaching will in turn inspire others. At Studio Incamminati, our students master the practices needed to develop rewarding careers and lives in the arts while using the talents and skills to give back to society.
The school name is filled with symbolism. In Italian, "Incamminati" means "moving forward." It also invokes the spirit of its namesake studio founded by the great Renaissance artist, Annibale Carraci. Studio Incamminati reflects Founder and Artistic Director Nelson Shanks' commitment to handing this philosophy and techniques to a new generation.
Facilities include 13,000 square feet of renovated studio space bathed in north light, a cast studio, art supply store, common kitchen and computer for student use. Advanced Fine Art Program artists have 24/7 studio access. The school also offers frequent lectures on subjects such as art history and career progression as well as exhibition opportunities and trips to major museums.
Studio Incamminati is in the heart of Philadelphia's arts district, an ideal setting for pursuing an arts education. From nearby world-class art museums such as the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the new Barnes Foundation Museum to the diverse array of galleries, venues and schools, the region is brimming with arts and culture opportunities. The Philadelphia cultural scene is cited as a national leader in supporting the local economy.
Studio Incamminati is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design and is recognized as a nonprofit organization under Chapter 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Advanced Fine Art Program students can choose from several tuition payment options and may be eligible for a limited amount of individual scholarships. In appreciation to those who have served our country, Studio Incamminati is approved to accept students wishing to use their Veterans Education Benefits.
The Advanced Fine Art Program
The Advanced Fine Art Program, requiring approximately four years of study, is designed for artists of all ages and levels of ability, from professionals seeking to expand their skills to high-school students just embarking on their artistic journey. Studio Incamminati offers two $5,000 and six $3,000 scholarships annually to current students and those considering enrollment in the program full-time. Students also are eligible to apply for Federal Student Aid. The school is authorized to accept non-immigrant students and is part of the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System. A part-time program features the same award-winning instructors, rigorous curriculum and dynamic atelier studio setting, but is constructed to fit your busy schedule and your financial situation.
Studio Incamminati welcomes international students. It has enrolled students from five continents and boasts alumni working as professional artists in places as far-flung as India and Israel. Studio Incamminati is authorized to accept non- immigrant students and is part of the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS), a networked computer system that tracks information on non-immigrant international students and scholars.
To make its education as accessible as possible, Studio Incamminati sets its tuition fees as low as possible. The school also provides a number of options for students who need assistance including financial aid and scholarships.
These weekly classes are based on the techniques and philosophy taught in the Advanced Fine Art Program. Specific elements are extracted from our curriculum and aimed at practicing artists as well as artists at all levels of experience. These programs allow participants to focus on particular areas of their skill development.
These one or two-week intensive sessions are taught by Studio Incamminati instructors, outstanding artists selected by Nelson Shanks. They allow artists to build upon their knowledge. A growing number of our international alumni return regularly to advance their skills and add insights to the workshops.
These week-long workshops introduce teachers to the concepts and methods of drawing and painting as taught at Studio Incamminati. Classes are open to all teachers, with middle and high-school teachers especially encouraged to apply. The content addresses Pennsylvania Academic and National Standards for Art Education and Pennsylvania teachers can earn 30 hours of PDE Act 48 credits. New Jersey teachers can earn state Continuing Education Credits.
Get a taste of the Studio Incamminati experience at these weekly studio sessions. Artists bring their own supplies to draw or paint from a live model in a studio setting. An easel and taboret are provided.
Brooklyn Location: 56 Bogart St, Third Floor Brooklyn, NY 11206 Phone: 917-597-2404
Oyster Bay Location: 115 Audrey Ave Oyster Bay, NY 11771 Phone: 516-558-7367
Traditional Techniques - A Vibrant Community
The Teaching Studios of Art's mission is to train artists in traditional techniques practiced for centuries before the advent of Modernism. We believe that creating a vibrant artistic environment enriches the aesthetic and cultural life of the surrounding community. We desire to equip students of all ages with the strengths of time-tested techniques. We offer a full spectrum of classical training: portraiture, anatomy, figure drawing and painting, as well as color theory, persective and much more.
The Art of Pastels a one day workshop with Jane McGraw-Tuebner
Saturday March 19 10am-5pm 1--2pm, lunch Brooklyn Location $100
If you have ever desired to study pastels, but were too intimidated by the medium to try, now is your chance to study with a consummate professional.
Basic and advanced techniques will be covered while working from still-life set-ups. This workshop will be divided into a morning and afternoon session. If you have ever desired to learn how to work in this medium, now is your chance to work with a consummate professional. No previous pastel experience is required.
The morning will be devoted to a lecture and demonstration that will focus on:
developing form using light and shadow
the effect of light on color
types of pastels
pastel stroke techniques
different types of paper
The afternoon will be devoted to personal instruction at each easel. A variety of still life subjects will be set-up for the class to choose from, ranging from simple color studies to slightly more complicated subjects.
Class size is limited to 12 students, to ensure a high quality learning environment.
About the instructor: Jane McGraw-Teubner has achieved the honored rank of Master Pastel Artist, awarded by the Pastel Society of America. She is also on the Board of Directors for the Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club and a Resident Artist in the Salmagundi Art Club in Manhattan. She studied with pastel artists Jeff Webb, Frank Federico, Albert Handell, Anita Louise West, Larry Blovits, Richard McKinley and at the Art Students League with Richard Pionk. She exhibits in galleries in New York City and the metropolitan area.
The Grissaille Portrait a two day workshop with Chris Pugliese
Friday and Saturday April 29 and 30, 2011 10am- 5pm 1 hour break for lunch $250
This workshop will be taught by Chris Pugliese, a highly respected and sought-after portrait and figure artist, and will specifically cover the system of creating a monochromatic underpainting which can be later worked over with color. This is an ancient method of painting that can be tracked easily to both the Northern European and Italian Renaissance artists. It is advantageous to painters at all level for its clarity of procedure and ease of execution. The first session is devoted to executing the portrait in grissaille. The second session is devoted to painting in color over the grissaille.
Class size is limited to 12 students, to ensure a high quality learning environment.
Oyster Bay is accessible to NYC via the LIRR. We are right off the Oyster Bay Stop.
A Figure Intensive a five day workshop with Chris Pugliese
Monday- Friday May 30- June 3 10am- 5pm 1 hour break for lunch everyday, 1-2pm $600
This unique class, taught by Chris Pugliese, is designed to help artists of any level of skill and experience draw and paint the human figure.
The Figure Intensive consists of 5 full days of working from the live model with Chris Pugliese. This is a total of 30 hours of working on the same pose.
Learn to draw and paint the figure to a degree of quality that can only happen with prolonged, direct observation of the model, coupled with quality instruction from a master. Pugiese's working method reconciles two dominant and seemingly opposite schools of thought about the figure: the anatomical/ structural approach (taught by Walter and Martha Erlbacher), and the perceptual/observational approach (taught by Ted Seth Jacobs and Tony Ryder).
Class size limited to 12 students, to ensure a high quality experience.
About the instructor: Chris Pugliese has exhibited at Eleanor Ettinger, John Pence, Capro Nason, Arcadia, Hirschl and Adler and Bellwether galleries. He is currently represented by Shooting Gallery in San Fransisco and had a museum retrospective at the New Britain Museum of American Art in December/January 2010-11.
Plein Air Urban Landscape a five day workshop with Bennett Vadnais
Monday- Friday June 6- June 10 11am- 5pm 1 hour break for lunch everyday, 1-2pm $500
Conducted at various locations around New York City, this unique workshop, taught by Bennett Vadnais, is designed to help students become familiar with the basic elements of creating a landscape painting, with special importance placed on capturing light effects using a simple plein air method. Students will learn how to render a landscape, starting from its simplest elements and proceeding to finer details and relationships. These will include understanding values, color relationships, perspective, drawing, and different ways of handling pigment. During this course, students will first learn about basic color mixing strategies and different qualities of oil paint and/or acrylics.
Class size limited to 12 students, to ensure a high quality experience.
About the artist: Bennett Vadnais studied classical drawing and painting at the Bougie Studio, MN, the Water Street Atelier, NY, and the Art Students League of New York. He has won two of the most prestigious awards that the Art Students League of New York grants its members: the McDowell Travel Grant and the Xavier Gonzalez Travel Grant. Vadnais has done various landscape workshops around Long Island and New York City, and has earned a reputation for excellence in teaching. Before joining the Teaching Studios, he previously taught at the Long Island Academy of Fine Art. He has exhibited in galleries in New York City and nationally. He was recently profiled in the Fall 2010 issue of American Artist Workshop magazine.
The One Week Still Life a five day workshop with Rob Zeller
Monday- Friday June 13- June 17 11am- 5pm 1 hour break for lunch everyday, 1-2pm $500
Using a still life set up, students will focus on learning the basics of oil painting, design and pictorial composition. Artists will be taught what to look for when working from life. A emphasis will be placed on creating an interesting design using overlap, textures, as well as light and shadow. Zeller will also discuss the proper use of brushes, medium, solvents and varnishes. The instructor's own studio is located on the premises, so students will be able to see many works in progress and learn about the instructor's own working methods.
Class size limited to 12 students, to ensure a high quality experience.
About the artist: Rob Zeller received a BFA from the Boston Museum School and Tufts University, and an MFA from the New York Academy of Art. He studied with Jacob Collins at the Water Street Atelier. He is the recipient of two Posey Fellowships and a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant. Rob has taught at the New York Academy of Art, the Stevenson Academy of Fine Art. He has exhibited in galleries in New York City and nationally. He founded the Teaching Studios of Art in 2009.
The Baroque Portrait a five day workshop with Adam Miller
Monday- Friday June 20- June 24 10am- 5pm 1 hour break for lunch everyday, 1-2pm $600
This unique workshop, taught by Adam Miller, is designed to help artists of any level of skill and experience draw and paint the portrait in the grand manner of Thomas Gainsborough, Sir Joshua Reynolds and Anthony Van Dyk.
The Baroque Portrait consists of 5 full days of working from the live model with Adam Miller. This is a total of 30 hours of working on the same pose.
Miller will discuss the ways a colored under-painting affects the final painting, and also help provide a focus on using limited colors towards building an artistic harmony of warms, cools and grays.
Class size limited to 12 students, to ensure a high quality experience.
About the instructor: Adam Miller studied at the Florence Academy of Art, Michal John Angel Studios, Art Students League with Nelson Shanks, Michael Grimaldi and Greg Kreutz and The Grand Central Academy of Art. He has been an assistant to Odd Nerdrum and Jeff Koons. He currently shows work with Gallery Molinar, Pan Gallerie, Gitana Rosa Gallery and Slag Gallery.
TAFA seeks to promote the advancement of figurative realism through sound academicinstruction based on the timeless principles of classical realism.
Texas Academy of Figurative Art is part of a growing movement of private ateliers whichoffer education and training that is anchored in the timeless traditions of realist art whilefully engaging in the contemporary realist movement. TAFA was founded in 2007 byRon A. Cheek to offer an alternative art education to the North Texas region. Our focusis specifically on education and training for artists who are interested in Classicallybased realism.
TAFA is the only academy of its kind in Texas that offers a progressive curriculum infigurative art - believing that visual art education should be built on a foundation ofsuperior drawing and painting skills. We hold to the belief that realistic figurative art isthe foundation from which to springboard into figurative compositions, still-life,portraiture, landscape and even non-representational art.
Our curriculum provides a clear progression and development for any artist interested inacademic realism. Progression through the curriculum is dependent on each student'smastery of the individual drawing and painting exercises. Students must demonstratemastery over one skill before advancing to the next.
Year 1: Students reconstruct Old Master drawings and work from the Charles BargueDrawing Course, then progress into drawing by direct observation from casts and figuredrawing (or life drawing) from models.
Year 2: Students draw from casts and also begin painting in grisaille during this year aswell as limited palette color studies, and continue drawing from the model.
Year 3: Still life painting and figure painting is introduced. The study of portraiturethrough drawing and painting will also be added to the students curriculum.
Year 4: The focus is on figurative composition, still life and portrait painting. In addition,the development of each student's individual body of work and thematic concentrationwill be emphasized to prepare them to exhibit professionally.
Located on the cusp of Wisconsin's beautiful Door Peninsula, The Academy of Fine Art is dedicated to the highest level of instruction in classical methods of drawing and direct painting for students wishing to pursue careers as professional Representational artists. The objective of the Academy is to teach observation skills and sharpen hand/eye coordination.
The philosophy of the Academy demands the return to discipline in art, to timeless classical canons of beauty and to the study of nature as the foundation for great painting. Study at the Academy centers on the importance of drawing (particularly from the human figure) as a means to perfection in painting or sculpture.
The curriculum includes drawing from nineteenth century Bargue lithographs, figure drawing, cast drawing, figure painting in oil and watercolor, sculpture, plein air landscape, still life and portraiture.
Students of the Academy undertake a concentrated and individually structured curriculum. Individual objectives for each session will be clearly stated before the period begins. Students will be assigned to an appropriate curriculum and move to progressively more difficult and challenging assignments upon satisfactory completion of the preceding assignments.
The Academy is held in four eight-week periods with a three-month summer break. Models are provided Tuesday through Friday afternoons.
Molly Johnson, Executive Director, Instructor
Molly Johnson has been a professional artist for over 30 years receiving her education from The American Academy of Fine Art, Chicago and The Academy of Fine Art, Denmark Wisconsin. Molly has taught for colleges, high schools and elementary schools with her concentration now focused on instructing as the owner and director of The Academy of Fine Art, Wisconsin's only Art Renewal Center approved atelier. Her genre is oil, watercolor and charcoal including figurative, still life and landscape. Her work has been included in national and international exhibitions and can be found in private collections across the United States.
Lori Beringer, Instructor
An impressionist, known for her landscapes, still-lifes and portraits that capture a joyous celebration and a deep reverence for the blessings of each day. Her oils express a sense of excitement and energy that come from the intimate exchange of her surroundings.
Although largely a self-taught artist, Lori credits Russian, European and American artists such as Joaquin Sorolla, Nicolai Fechin and John Singer Sargent as influence for her bold vibrant style. She has studied with Daniel Gerhartz, Albert Handell, Ann Templeton, among others.
Lori paints plein air (from life) throughout the year, primarily in Wisconsin where she was born in 1958. Her travels have taken her to various painting locations within the states along with Mexico and France. Painting on site and experiencing the culture create a timeless sense of place in her work.
Lori is a founding member of the Plymouth Art Center, which was formed in 1993 and currently has over 500 members. She is also a member of Oil Painters of America.
David Carpenter, Instructor
David Carpenter is from New Haven, IN. He received his BA in Studio Art concentrating in painting and drawing from the University of Saint Francis in Fort Wayne, IN. David then attended The New York Academy of Art where he received his MFA concentrating in Painting. After returning to the University of Saint Francis where he taught as a guest lecturer for three years, he and his wife moved to Manitowoc, WI where he currently lives and works. While he focuses primarily on works done with oil paint on panel, he also enjoys working with linoleum cuts and wood engraving, as well as most drawing media.
Ken DeWaard, Instructor
After receiving his BA with honors, Ken worked in commercial art in Chicago while continuing his studies at the American Academy of Art with Irving Shapiro. He studied with Scott Burdick at the Palette and Chisel and with Dan Gerhartz. It was there that he adapted his direct and pure approach as well as his bravura brush style, which he achieves by painting from life.
Strongly inspired by John Singer Sargent, Joaquin Sorolla, Nicolai Fechin, and other Russian Impressionists, he paints an array of subject matter from every day life. Ken is a member of Oil Painters of America and teaches at Peninsula Art School and Barnsite Art Studio in Wisconsin.
Jeff Hargreaves, Instructor
Jeff Hargreaves is a native of southeast Wisconsin. He graduated from Layton School of Art and Design in 1972 married shortly afterward and in 1978 settled in northeastern Wisconsin. He raised his family while working in the advertising industry as an art director, creative director and ultimately as a freelance illustrator. Jeff began his training through a series of workshops, and in 2005 he pursued formalized training at The Kewaunee Academy of Fine Art.
Jeff is a full time representational fine artist, who teaches painting and drawing and runs a life drawing group he founded in 2009.
Jeff has won many regional and national awards including an Oil Painters of America Eastern Regional Award and many awards from the Richeson 75 Shows. He has been juried into many regional, national and international exhibitions, including the 18th, 19th, 20th and recently the 21st Annual Oil Painters of America National Juried Exhibition.
Jeff has had his work published and he's had interviews with several magazines, most recently American Art Collector Magazine.
Patrick Burke, Instructor
Patrick Burke is a working full time professional artisan. Growing up in a family of tradesmen instilled a love of making things and working with his hands from a young age. Patrick was trained in Northern Italy, in the apprenticeship program, known for their tradition of figurative sculpture. He can work in many styles and subject matters from figurative and animal sculpture, high and low relief to ornamental. Patrick is able to work in both additive and subtractive methods in a variety of different materials including clay, wood, stone, plaster and bronze. He has worked on projects throughout the United States and in other countries from historical restoration jobs, mega yachts, and mansions to cathedrals.
Marcia Brice, Composition and Design Instructor
Marcia Brice was raised in northeastern Wisconsin, lived for 40 years in Chicago and is now back in the area. She attended the University of Wisconsin Manitowoc, the Chicago Academy of Art and Columbia College in Chicago.
Her field of study at the Chicago Academy and Columbia was graphic design. She has also studied printmaking and photo-screen printing at the Evanston Art Center, photography with Barbara Crane at The Darkroom in Chicago and metal work and fabric design at the Oxbow School of Art in Saugatuck, Michigan. After her schooling she became a designer and art director with various Chicago studios for print and multi-media presentations.
Marcia started teaching at The American Academy of Art in Chicago and Columbia College in 1999. She has taught classes in Black and White Photography, Advertising Production and Methods, Typography and Letterforms, 2-D Design and Beginning Illustration.
Her work has been shown at many American Academy and Columbia faculty shows, the Art Center and Lighthouse Row Galleries in South Haven, Michigan, Mindscape Gallery in Evanston, Illinois, The Darkroom Gallery and Pallas Gallery in Chicago, Chicago Photography Gallery and at many art fairs.
Film has always been a love and her work in that area has covered many areas from work in black and white and color darkrooms to multi-image projections, black and white portraiture, photo etching, photo screening and photo series though the year of images showing seasonal changes.
She started attending life drawing sessions at The Academy of Fine Art and found that after 50 years out of the school she still loved drawing from the model. Her interests now are watercolor and pencil work of the wildlife and nature that surround her. She is also close to the Hamilton Wood Type Museum in Two Rivers.
Mark Zelten, Instructor
For Mark Zelten, artistic expression has always been a major factor in his life, but in recent years, it has become an obsession. Starting with extensive workshops with nationally renowned painters such as David Leffel and Everett Raymond Kinstler, and culminating in his formal training and 2008 graduation from the Kewaunee Academy of Fine Art. There, he studied under the masterful vision of Door County painter and artistic director Craig Blietz. Since then, this Northeastern Wisconsin native has become an instructor at the Academy, while his paintings have appeared in numerous juried exhibitions, including the Miller Museum in Sturgeon Bay, the annual Arts Unlimited show in Green Bay, where he received a First Place award for portraiture, the Francis Hardy Center for the Arts in Ephraim, where he garnered a Juror's choice award, the Cedarburg Plein Air Festival Quick Paint event, earning an Honorable Mention and most recently, acceptance in the Oil Painter's of America Eastern Regional Exhibit in Wilmington North Carolina. Mark has quickly forged a remarkable retinue of portrait and landscape painting and has continued his study with workshops from Tony Pro and Wisconsin master painter Dan Gerhartz.
Dale Redpath, Cyd Wicker Email: mail@TheAtelier.org Website: http://www.theatelier.org/ 1681 East Hennepin Avenue Minneapolis, Minnesota 55414 United States of America Phone: (612) 362-8421 Dale Redpath and Cyd Wicker, Co-Directors and instructors at The Atelier, each studied under Richard Lack at Atelier Lack for five years. After completing their training, they taught with Mr. Lack for a combined seventeen years before taking over the program following his retirement from teaching in 1992. The Atelier Studio Program of Fine Art offers a 4-year apprentice program taught by the co-directors along with graduates Kim Monahan, Laura Tundel and Lynn Maderich.
The Atelier Studio Program of Fine Art focuses primarily on teaching fine draftsmanship and painting skills leading to the creation of well constructed artwork. The Atelier has passed on from teacher to student, a method of instruction which melds formal academic training with influence of the French Impressionists. American art students in the late nineteenth century European art academies brought this combined education home to pass on to their own students. A portion of The Atelier's educational lineage is as follows:
Jaques-Louis David (1748-1825)
Paul Delaroche (1797-1856)
Jean-L├łon G├łr├Öme (1824-1904)
William McGregor Paxton (1869-1941)
R. H. Ives Gammell (1893-1981)
Richard F. Lack (1928-present)
Enrollment in the four-year, full-time apprentice program is limited to twenty students. The students benefit from the Atelier's tradition of individualized instruction. Classes meet five days a week from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. The students spend the morning hours drawing and painting from live models. The afternoon curriculum is tailored for each student according to their level of proficiency.
Private studio space is provided for everyone enrolled in the full time program. First year student work consists of drawing and painting from casts. Second year they move on to still life painting and composition. Third year students work on portraiture and continue to refine their still life painting skills. The fourth year is devoted to portraiture and interiors. Those students who wish to continue their Atelier experience and benefit from an optional fifth year are encouraged to create more complex interiors and delve into imaginative painting.
Part time and evening classes as well as Summer, Fall & Spring workshops are offered for those students who wish to benefit from the experience of The Atelier instruction, but are unable to participate in the full time day program.
The Atelier Studio Program of Fine Art is located in Minneapolis close to the University of Minnesota and on a bus line. There is plenty of free parking in the lot adjoining the building. The Atelier occupies approximately 7,500 square feet and has very large windows facing north and east. The figure drawing room has a skylight for natural lighting in the day and artificial lighting for use in the evening.
The Atelier is a non-profit studio fine art program devoted to re- establishing the high standards of traditional craft in drawing and painting. It is open to all who qualify regardless of race, color, creed, sex, or national origin. We are looking for serious students who have as their goal the career of a professional painter.
Last updated on 2011-08-31
The Center for Academic Study and Naturalist Painting
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
The Da Vinci Initiative, part of a 501C3 nonprofit educational foundation, is a mission for visual literacy in our contemporary world. With a focus on K-12 public and private schools, the goal of this project is to provide skill-based learning in art education in order to deepen the understanding and applications of the visual language that surrounds us.
The Da Vinci Initiative believes that art can be taught and that teaching skills enhances student creativity. Teaching realist based art skills such as those implemented by Da Vinci and Michelangelo not only aligns with current educational research that other subjects currently embrace, but it also enhances the number of choices students can make when creating their own work.
Like teaching rhythm, tempo, and scales in music class so that a student has many tools to express themselves through music, so too is there a need for a skill-based education in the visual arts. By learning solid draftsmanship, color theory, paint handling skills, perspective, etc. students can expand their own toolbox for visual expression.
The Da Vinci Initiative's aim is to enhance visual literacy for both teachers and students with the following programs:
Classroom Resources The Da Vinci Initiative is developing a series of educational videos and K-12 lesson plans. These lesson plans intend to both train teachers who may be unfamiliar with certain technical art skills and provide a direct learning experience for K-12 students in art classrooms. These resources will be made available online for homeschooling parents as well as adults interested in learning skill-based art methods and techniques.
Outreach The Da Vinci Initiative will send ambassadors to teacher conferences to share with teachers about skill-based learning methods and expose them to lesson plans that will challenge their students in new ways. The Da Vinci Initiative also hosts in-person workshops and educational retreats throughout the country to provide meaningful professional development experiences for K-12 art teachers. You can find a complete list of upcoming workshops here.
Professional Development The Da Vinci Initiative, in addition to our in-person workshops many of which are available for professional development (CEU) clock hours, is developing a series of online courses which will involve live critiques from an atelier trained artist who specializes in skill-based methods. To view lessons from our first DVI online course, click here. Also, The Da Vinci Initiative will provide scholarship funds to teachers to attend courses that will teach them the advanced technical art skills they may not have had an opportunity to learn during their teacher training.
The DVI is working to create a series of online courses appropriate for both aspiring artists who wish to learn skill-based training methods and art teachers who wish to take this knowledge and implement it in K-12 Classrooms. The DVI is proud to present its first online course, Introduction to Advanced Observational Drawing.
Introduction To Advanced Observational Drawing
This class is an advanced observational drawing course comprising of 30 videos at approximately 10 minutes a piece, breaking down the drawing to the left into easy to understand segments. That is approximately 5 hours of instructional footage! The course, although appropriate for any adult who would like to acquire these advanced skills, is geared towards art educators with special bonus footage after many of the lessons with ideas of how to incorporate this type of training into K - 12 classrooms. In addition, the course will come with a series of free lesson plans for teachers and home schooling parents that can be use with their children and students and that utilize many of the foundational principles of this course.
After purchasing the course you will receive an e-mail with instructions on how to access the course within one business day.
The proper use of natural light can be chalked up as 'lost knowledge' in many quarters. Painting from life using one natural light source is simply the best and easiest way to learn. I feel it is my duty to preach to people that we paint light falling on form, not the form itself. I also want to teach people how to see, both spiritually and physically and to identify the colors they are really seeing, as opposed to what they think they are seeing. Down with the 20th century penchant for painting 'orange people'! The workshop would be a figure painting class if I had more time. Since we have to concentrate, I choose to concentrate on the head -- the most complex part of the complex human form.
Tuition is $450.
Last updated on 2011-07-05
The Igor Babailov Institute of Realism
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Igor Babailov Email: Info@Babailov.com Website: http://www.Babailov.com/ Brentwood, Tennessee United States of America Phone: (615) 376-4858 The school├şs level of instruction is designed for art professionals and art students. The institute offers several 3-day workshops during the academic year. The studies are based on working with live models. Highly individualized attention is given to the students so therefore the workshop sizes are kept to a minimum of 10 students.
The institute also features ├Čopen house├« days (to be announced), where attendees have an opportunity to watch Mr. Babailov├şs remarkable demonstration of painting a full of character portrait within three hours.
Many contemporary schools offer portrait and life drawing classes and the students enter these stages without having acquired a knowledge of anatomy, so they have been taught to draw the ├Čmask├« without knowing what├şs underneath. At the institute, anatomy lessons are ever present and woven into the instruction so that the student incorporates this knowledge into their artistic skill.
The focus of studies is ├Čthe portrait├« ├▒ the most complex and challenging form in realistic art, which is an ├Čessential├« for the strong artistic skill. According to I. Repin, ├ČIf you can draw a portrait, you can draw anything.├«
Another characteristic feature of the institute├şs studies is a concentration on developing and improving the skill of drawing, which is essential in the painting as well. That incorporates the knowledge of impeccable composition, perfect proportions, and the right perspective with the proper foreshortenings. And of course, the indispensable chiaroscuro.
The course of study will cover different aspects of fine art education, including mural painting, which is traditionally recognized as the highest achievement of the artistic expertise.
Mr. Babailov shares his knowledge and experience of working with a limited number of colors on his palette, just like the Old Masters did.