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Barnes Atelier of Art


16A Barnes High St, London, England, United Kingdom

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The Barnes Atelier of Art teaches academic methods of drawing and painting to aspiring professional realist artists. The studio based in Barnes, in southwest London provides an excellent learning environment with two studios, one with both natural and artificial light, and one with lighting set up for copy and cast work.

The studio set-up allows for a small number of students at any one time in order for the principle artist(s) to work closely alongside the students, demonstrating their own work and allowing them to provide one-to-one teaching to each student.

The Atelier, which continues in the tradition of the ateliers of 19th-century Paris, is run by artists Travis Seymour and Nancy Fletcher, together classically trained at the Angel Academy in Florence as well as The Water Street Atelier and Grand Central Academy in New York.

The Masters Academy Programme

The Masters Academy is the core curriculum for full-time study and includes 2 key stages: The drawing programme and painting programme. The curriculum teaches students both the sight-size and comparative measurement methods to ensure confidence with drawing & painting in any environment.


At the start of their study, students are immediately introduced to the idea of excellence in their work. From the approach, to the execution and refined finish, students learn how to ‘construct’ an image.

The drawing program will see students begin with block-in drawings of the plaster casts and master copies before rendering them to an exact likeness with a full range of tone. These exercises are increased in drawing difficulty as the student’s skills become more refined.

Additionally, each afternoon the students work from the life model utilising the techniques learned in the morning, adding to them elements of composition & design, emotive characteristics, as well as the difficulty which comes from drawing from life.

Emphasis is placed on the handling of the materials, accurate observation of the relationship between light and form, and a proficient understanding over the structure of human anatomy.

As drawing is the foundation for painting, it is important that students master these skills before progressing on to the painting programme.

The drawing programme forms a key part of the full-time curriculum but can also be studied as a standalone option.


The first half of the painting program will be dedicated to the transition from drawing to painting by working with the grisaille (monochrome) palette. Students will focus their attention to painting from the plaster cast, copying master works, and painting the life model ‘en grisaille’. The second half will see the student transition to using the full palette of colour while repeating the exercises of cast painting, master copies, and working with the life model before progressing on to still-life.

Advanced Study

Students may apply to continue working in the studio on a series of tailored projects and independent works, while they perfect their skills under the watchful eye of the principle artists.

This may be a combination of still life painting and/or portraiture. At the end of this time the student will be expected to have achieved a highly refined set of skills with which they should be able to confidently produce professional quality works of art without the aid of the tutor – and as a result, become fully prepared for the life of working as a fine artist.

The Core Studio Schedule

Each academic year is broken into three equal terms of 12 weeks each with a half-term project week. Core studio hours are from 9:00am - 5:00pm Monday through Friday. 

Students receive two morning critiques and two afternoon critiques each day from the primary instructor.


Applications are accepted for the Masters Academy throughout the year and from students with different levels of experience. Students with previous Atelier/art training elsewhere will need to complete a designated project successfully in order to start the course at a later stage. The starting point for each student will be assigned at the discretion of the Principle Artist(s).

The Masters Academy is primarily a full-time program, however we do have options for those students wishing to study as part of the Masters Academy on a part-time basis.

Applications should be submitted by email along with any questions to:

Course languages English
Full-Time Instructors 2
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Full time: GBP 3300 / semester


Barnes Atelier of Art

16A Barnes High St

London, England, United Kingdom

Berliquet by Nancy Fletcher

Time Sheet by Nancy Fletcher

Jilly by Nancy Fletcher

The Portrait Painter

Adrian by Travis Seymour

Artist References by Travis Seymour

Gamze by Travis Seymour

Mary Ellen in Red by Travis Seymour

Michael by Travis Seymour

Still Life with Glasses by Travis Seymour

Cast Drawing

Cast Drawing

Cast Painting

Cast Painting

Cast Drawing

Figure Drawing

Portrait Drawing

Cast Drawing

Figure Drawing