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SCA Atelier Forma Vera

Approved K-12 Atelier


P.O. Box 18001, Louisville, KY, United States

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The SCA Forma Vera offers a strong introduction to classical drawing, painting, and sculpting within the context of a holistic, classical education. Atelier training begins in kindergarten classroom for enrolled students and continues through high school, ending in a Senior Capstone Art project. 

"For our school, art is a core curriculum. Atelier training makes it possible for all to learn to use the attribute of creativity endowed to every human being."  -Sandra Lawson, Founder and Director of Sayers Classical Academy

For the grammar stage (Kindergarten through fourth grade), students are learning the basic elements of drawing, such as line, shape, and value. They are learning to build drawings from shapes, find lines, and work from large ideas to small ideas. Grammar stage students practice close observation of nature by drawing outside frequently. Beginning color theory is also introduced and practiced with color pencil and watercolor projects. Grammar stage students participate in weekly art history discussion with a featured artwork of the week. Fourth grade students are introduced to portrait drawing and figure drawing. 

For the Logic Stage (Fifth through Eight Grade) classical drawing concepts are solidified and enhanced with more challenging projects. Some of the logic stage drawing projects include: Still Life, Plein-Air Landscape, Hand Drawing, Master Copies, and Portrait Drawing. Logic Stage students engage with art history each week, discussing an artwork that is congruent with the world history, literature and geography classes. 

For the Rhetoric Stage classes (Ninth through Twelfth Grade), classical drawing and painting skills are challenged with traditional atelier projects, such as Charles Bargue plates, cast drawing, drawing with chalk and charcoal, and oil painting. All freshmen are required to complete a Bargue plate before moving on with new subjects. Oil painting skills are encouraged through projects such as painting a sphere in black and white, to warm/cool studies, to full color paintings. Starting in eleventh grade, students begin to learn basic sculpting techiniques. Seniors complete a capstone project, working on a long-term sculpture project on the subject of their choice. Rhetoric Stage students also enjoy an entensive art history education, with a two year in depth study of world art history and a one year study of American art history. 

In addition to the classes taken during the school year, the SCA Atelier Forma Vera offers optional summer camps and classes. Some of the summer class offerings are: Introduction to Classical Drawing, Introduction to Oil Painting, and ongoing studio time with the instructor. 





Founded 2017
Course languages English
Full-Time Instructors 1
Students 170
Accommodation No

Full time: EUR 5725 / year


SCA Atelier Forma Vera

P.O. Box 18001

Louisville, KY

Holly Davis

Holly Davis is passionate about the teaching of art though classical atelier training. Mrs. Davis studied oil painting with local artist Susan Howe for four years, classical drawing through Sadie Valeri’s Online atelier, and painting with Mandy Theis in the 2018 DVI Summer Teacher Atelier. In addition, Mrs. Davis is thankful to Juliette Aristides for invaluable encouragement and advice in applying the concepts of altelier training to the K-12 classroom. 


"Porter's Creek"

Chardin Master Copy

Sphere Painting

Tree Study in Watercolor

Cast Drawing in Charcoal/Chalk

Rhetoric Stage Bargue Drawing

Rhetoric Stage Bargue Drawing

Rhetoric Stage Bargue Drawing

Bargue Drawing in Progress

Rhetoric Stage Bargue Drawing

Warm/Cool Grids and Value Studies

Rhetoric Stage Bargue Drawing

Rhetoric Stage Drawing

John Ruskin Master Copy

John Ruskin Master Copy (Watercolor)

John Ruskin Master Copy (Watercolor)

Rhetoric Stage Relief Sculpture based on Bouguereau Painting

Fifth Grade (Logic Stage) Still Life Drawing

Fourth Grade (Grammar Stage) Master Copy Drawing

Third Grade Sphere Drawing

Grammar Stage Observation Drawing

Second Grade (Grammar Stage) Pastel Drawing

Bargue Drawing on display

Rhetoric Stage Oil Painting

Rhetoric Stage Oil Painting in Progress

Oil Painting Class


Oil Painting Class

Drawing Class

Outdoor Sketching