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Académie des beaux-arts de Montréal

ACADEM

Website: https://www.academ.ca/

Email: info@academ.ca

6524 Rue St-Hubert, 201, Montréal, QC, Canada

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The Académie des beaux-arts de Montréal (ACADEM) focuses on classical realism in drawing and painting using traditional methods and techniques. The ACADEM emphasizes the rigorous learning of fundamental technical skills at the service of Beauty's expression distinguished from the pretty.


Our teaching, open to all levels and backgrounds, relates to knowledge and understanding towards interpreting, i.e. making aesthetic and stylistic choices, an essential faculty for expressing a personal vision in representing reality.


Besides the basic drawing and painting programs, we offer sculpture courses and classes on traditional themes and techniques: the human figure, still life, landscape, composition and art history. Lectures, demonstrations and workshops with our teachers and guest instructors are also available on different topics.


In 2020, ACADEM began a creative collaboration with the ARTEDEA-BOHEMIARTE school. (https://artedeaca.weebly.com/). Our shared desire to offer a rich artistic environment in Montreal and internationally is hopefully setting the tone for a better future, in arts and otherwise.

Therefore, ACADEM encourages the advanced students who wish to specialize in the individual apprenticeship program for traditional painting techniques by Old Masters, including gilding and restoration, to apply to ARTEDEA-BOHEMIARTE school, which offers unique expertise in these techniques. In the meantime, ARTEDEA-BOHEMIARTE refers students to ACADEM for the fundamental classical academic training. Moreover, we welcome Irena Korosec from ARTEDEA-BOHEMIARTE to our teacher's team.


INTENSIVE PROGRAM


This program is for people of all ages and levels, from beginners to advanced artists who have the necessary time and willingness to immerse themselves in in-depth studies for developing:
• constant practice in realistic figurative art.
• In-depth knowledge of various application techniques and traditional working methods in drawing and painting.
• A personal artistic approach based on reflection and discovery and rooted in the current aesthetic context.

Pedagogy


In addition to the academic training based on the best classical methods, the practice, done on-site, is at the center of the artist's apprenticeship and begins at the first stage. For ACADEM, the creative identity that defines personal aesthetics is as important as the technical ability to communicate it. The practice also allows internalizing the notions learned during the classes while developing the student's autonomy. An assistant teacher provides assistance helping the student to overcome blockages and enabling them to move forward.
Objectives and key results: 
• Making sketches in all circumstances and with ease.
• Conceiving and finalize complex works of a high technical level.
• Conceiving a personal work of realistic figuration in a contemporary context.
• Acquiring work habits involving the regular practice of one's art and complete artistic autonomy.


Program, schedule, and registration


The student may choose to register for three, four or five classes per week. The number of hours of practice in the studio will be equivalent to the number of hours spent in class.
Mandatory subjects: Fundamentals of drawing and painting.
Optional subjects: Human figure, portrait, anatomical drawing, modelling the human and animal figure, landscape, watercolour, etc.
The entire program is approximately three years full time. The year counts three sessions of 12 weeks each. Summer, from mid-July to the end of August, is dedicated to workshops.
Registration is open at any time.

 

Benefits of the program


• In addition to the teachers' personalized guidance in each course, the student will benefit from a counsellor supervising their program progress.
• Access to the practice studio for hours/weeks equivalent to the number of class hours the student is enrolled in.
• Supervision of the practice by a teaching assistant and the teacher.
• Great flexibility in the choice of schedules.
• A friendly place to interact with peers.

 

OTHER PROGRAMS 


According to their availability, objectives, interests and budget, students may choose to enroll in a limited number of classes focusing on drawing, painting, modelling or any of the specialized themes we offer. The drawing and painting programs are based on a rigorous classical education rooted in traditional methods adapted to current practice. They mainly include practical courses in which theoretical concepts are integrated. The approach is based on understanding the working processes allowing the student to develop their autonomy in realizing their creative vision.


DRAWING


The basic program focuses on observational drawing and rendering: still life drawings, cast studies, Bargue's plates and master's copies. Advanced students can apply the concepts acquired in the implementation of projects using their imagination. Through more than 40 exercises, the student gradually integrates concepts essential to drawing to represent any subject with ease and credibility: Key methods, sight size method materials, application techniques etc. The program explores fundamental notions through sketches and studies: line, form, volume, depth, light, composition etc. Duration: The Basic program lasts approximately 540 hours.


PAINTING


Through the 20 or so exercises of the program, students will develop the skills and methods necessary to create works combining technical mastery and depth of meaning. Duration: The primary program lasts approximately 300 hours.


THEMATIC COURSES


Courses can supplement the basic programs on one or the other themes of traditional drawing and painting:
• Introduction to the human figure
• The human figure in motion (based on artistic anatomy)
• Nude figure with a live model (Short and long poses)
• Figure clothed with a live model
• Portrait
• Watercolour
• Composition of fictional scenes
• Scenes from everyday life
• Sculpture of the human and animal figure (clay modelling)
• Landscape
• Perspective
• History of art - the human figure


We also offer classes to children ages 8 to 12 and adolescents ages 13 to 17.

Website https://www.academ.ca/
Email info@academ.ca
Founded 2014
Course languages English,French,Italian,Spanish,German
Part-Time Instructors 6
Full-Time Instructors 2
Students 170
Accommodation No
Costs

Part time: CAN 1890 / semester

Full time: CAN 2680 / semester

Académie des beaux-arts de Montréal

6524 Rue St-Hubert, 201

Montréal, QC, H2S 2M3, Canada

info@academ.ca

Achilles Kouamé

Director Graphic and teacher

Co-founder of ACADEM, Achilles Kouamé graduated from the National School of Fine Arts in Abidjan (Ivory Coast) with a specialty in Painting and Graphic Arts Communication. He also attended the Educational Training Center for Cultural Actions (CFPAC) in Abidjan. Achilles Kouamé holds several awards in graphic arts, painting and drawing. His works can be found in private and public collections and at the Artothèque de Montréal.

Christine Viens

General manager

A lawyer by training, Christine Viens, also a co-founder of ACADEM simultaneously pursued a career in judicial administration and the visual arts, before devoting herself entirely to her artistic practice and teaching the arts since 2009. She regularly attends workshops in the United States and Europe, notably at Studio Escalier in Paris and with Rob Liberace. Her works can be found in several private collections and at the Artothèque de Montréal.

Romina Catanzaro

Program Director and teacher

Co-Founder of ACADEM Romina Sol Catanzaro, born in Argentina, graduated from the Prilidiano Pueyrredon School of Fine Arts in painting and sculpture, and from the Cárcova Superior School, in scenography. She further deepened the foundations of her aesthetics at the studio of the writer Alberto Muñoz, in Buenos Aires. Established in Montreal in 2003, she studied film scriptwriting at UQAM and animation at the Collège de Bois-de-Boulogne. Since 2007, a fundamental element in her career, she has oriented her interests towards Western painting's classical language. She maintains links with the classical realist movement, consolidated in the United States around the 2000s. Her practice in the studio and her teaching is heavily impregnated with this language.

Romina Sol Catanzaro's works can be found in several private collections.

Karim Aktouf

Teacher

A computer engineer, Karim Aktouf has over 20 years of engineering experience. Founder of Puncteo, he runs workshops and teaches the Art of Creativity at the University of Montreal. He collaborates in Research and Development with Factry, the school of creativity sciences.
Karim is also an artist. An advanced student at the Académie des beaux-arts de Montréal, he designed the course "Digital technology in the service of the fine arts" focused on traditional drawing.

Eberhard Froehlich

Teacher

Eberhard Froehlich holds a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art from Strathmore College in Pennsylvania and a Master of Fine Arts in Painting from the Graduate School of Figurative Art at New York Academy. He earned several awards, particularly in the landscape. His works are found in several public and private collections.

Gianni Giuliano

Teacher

Gianni Giuliano holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts (painting and drawing) from Concordia University and a Master of Arts (painting) from the University of Quebec in Montreal. He is the recipient of several awards, including the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Scholarship. His works appear in numerous public and private collections.

Marie-A. Hébert

Teacher

Marie Annebelle Hébert obtained a diploma + Art and culture from the Montreal based Bois de Boulogne College in 2013 after which she pursued full-time studies at the Académie des beaux-arts de Montréal where she now teaches drawing and painting.

Irena Korosec

Teacher

Born in Slovenia (former Yugoslavia), Irena graduated from the Art Academy of Ljubljana, Slovenia and moved to Canada shortly thereafter. She is presently living in Montreal, where she obtained the Elizabeth Greenshields grant for figurative painting in 1994. Irena has taught classical painting since 1989, at Dawson College as well as the Saidye Bronfman School of Art. She is the founder of the ARTEDEA-BOHEMIARTE school approved by ARC where she specializes in the individual apprenticeship program for traditional painting techniques by Old Masters, including gilding and restoration. At the ACADEM she teaches the fundamentals of classical drawing and painting. Her work is found in many public and private collections in Europe and in North America. She received several awards at the International Salon of Classical Realism organized by the Art Renewal Center.

Lindsay Roels

Teacher

Lindsay Roels holds a master's degree in art history from the University of Quebec in Montreal. Originally from Belgium, she also obtained a bachelor's degree in art history and archeology at the Free University of Brussels after a 6-year teaching career. She has written texts in exhibition catalogues and numerous art critic articles in various specialized Belgian art journals.

Michèle Lévesque

Teacher

A visual arts graduate from Concordia University, Michèle Lévesque worked for different companies before devoting herself to her two passions: illustration and calligraphy in which she excels. She has collaborated on the film The Spiderwick, the game Assassin’s Creed 11 produced by Ubisoft and the ischool multimedia program designed to improve education in Africa. She teaches children aged 8 to 12 at ACADEM

Romina Sol Catanzaro

Romina Sol Catanzaro

Achilles Kouamé

Achilles kouamé

Achilles Kouamé

Achilles Kouamé

Eberhard Froehlich

Eberhard Froehlich

Eberhard Froehlich

Marie-Annebelle Hébert

Marie-Annebelle Hébert

Marie-Annebelle Hébert

Gianni Giuliano

Irena Korosec

Irena Korosec

Irena Korosec

Christine Viens

Christine Viens

Gianni Giuliano

Gianni Giuliano

Gianni Giuliano

Romina sol Catanzaro

Romina sol Catanzaro

Irena Korosec

Gianni Giuliano

Student Alex Comtois (Alex Coma)

Student Audrey Champoux

Student Audrey Champoux

Student Audrey Champoux

Student Caroline Gaudreault

Student Christine Larivière

Student Christine Larivière

Student Félix Beauregard

Student Gabrielle Poitras

Student Guillaume Demers Pinard

Student Guillaume Demers Pinard

Student Jacques Laramée

Student Jocelyne Payette

Student Lou Tremblay

Student Nicolas Durand

Student Anne-Marie Roy

Student Nicole Valois

Student Paul André Alain

Student Thierry Seurre

Student at wok

Student Mélanie Lamothe

Fabrice Grimard

ACADEM_Room 203

ACADEM-Room 203

Installtions room 203

The casts in room 203

Installations in room 203

Visiting artist Tobias Hall in room 202