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Bucks County Classical Arts Center

Website: http://www.buckscountyclassicalartscenter.org/

Email: bcclassicalartsc@gmail.com

1 Riverstone Cir, New Hope, United States

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"You can Draw and paint better than you
knew you could. We can help you."

Bucks County Classical Arts Center (BCCAC) is an artistic hub founded by Atelier trained artist John Murdoch. We are here to provide professional quality art instruction in a smaller, more personal environment. Located in the heart of Bucks County, New Hope PA, our members come locally from Southeastern PA, from Central New Jersey, and as far away as Philadelphia and Delaware. The Center has been offering classes, workshops and fundamental training in drawing and painting since 2010.

We believe the classical observational skills and learning to draw and paint have never been more important than now. Drawing and painting skills are often neglected even in college art programs. We believe we occupy a special niche among ateliers and larger art institutions. In our class of instruction, we offer a smaller scale program with more personal attention and very high standards.

Our students and participants vary in age and experience. We have new students who have never picked up a pencil, working artists and college educated artists returning to further their study. A large portion of our students are professionals or  family oriented and wish to make art a second career. And finally we have successfully trained a handful of successful college bound young artists. The Saturday Drawing Program Intensive is  perfect for this.


The Part-Time Atelier is our most vigorous course offered. You draw first. Then you paint in black and white. Finally you learn to handle a color palette and then compose your own compositions. The part-time atelier has a studio part and a life study (from the live model) part. The Part-Time atelier puts a strong emphasis on the studio portion of training as a large part of t his can be completed by the student at home. The study of how to draw, learn paint handling, learn to paint etc are systematic and can be broken into smaller lessons. This is the beauty of the part-time atelier program. The benefit of this for students is immense because you will learn how to draw and paint just by doing the class and completing the exercises with valuable feedback from your instructors.

All our Part-Time Atelier programs offer the same progression of training. First you Draw. (The Drawing Program Intensive). 
Then you learn to do oil wash drawings, then oil paint in black and white. Then you learn to handle a limited color palette, and finally a full color palette. (The Paining Program Intensive)

There is a 3rd year program coming soon which will include composition, advanced color and more.

Each Program has studio time (casts, still-lifes, flat copies) and model time (life drawing or painting from the nude model or from the portrait model). 

Each of these programs runs from September to May the following year. The program as it is structured now would take 2 years to complete. 3 years if you took the advanced 3rd year. It is important to note that most people's life drawing or painting skills lag behind their studio art mastery of the same skills. So for example, a student may have completed the first year drawing requirements but still need to complete more life drawing the second year.

The most vigorous program you could complete at BCCAC would be to do Wednesday and Saturday, September to May. Then take Life Drawing Long Pose June-July Wednesday afternoons and take Artistic Anatomy Wednesday 10-1 and Portrait Anatomy Saturday 10-1.

We have no class in August!

Bucks County Classical Arts Center, Classes located at:  
St. Martin of Tours Church, School Room 205, 1 Riverstone Circle, New Hope, PA 18938.

There is free parking, and the class is handicapped accessible.

Website http://www.buckscountyclassicalartscenter.org/
Email bcclassicalartsc@gmail.com
Founded 2012
Course languages (Check multiple if applicable) English
Part-Time Instructors 1
Full-Time Instructors 1
Students 50
Accommodation No

Part time: USD 6000 / year

Bucks County Classical Arts Center

1 Riverstone Cir

New Hope, PA, United States


Emily by John Murdoch

Freddy by John Murdoch

Oil Study of Dan by John Murdoch

Oil Study of Steve by John Murdoch

The Awakening

Portrait of Arielle

Looking Up

Abundance and Butterfly

Students working by John Murdoch

Bargue Plate of Torso by Susan Van Atta

Painting of a Sphere by Tom Duane

Ribbon, Fruit, and Walnuts by Lisa Kennedy