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78 Rue Raspail, Bois-Colombes, Île-de-France, France

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The Paris Academy of Art is an art institute dedicated to high-level realist painting and drawing techniques.

The Academy is open to all those who, regardless of age, nationality or background, want to acquire the skills needed to become accomplished at realist painting or drawing.

By enrolling in the Paris Academy of Art, you are following in those illustrious footsteps and continuing a rigorous, demanding, excellence-based artistic tradition. Just as in other artistic disciplines, drawing and painting require precise and rigorous training, guided by the best art masters. The Paris Academy of Art offers a focused, excellence-oriented environment that favours that training.

It also emphasises the professor-student relationship, helping the student make progress Under the best conditions. Class sizes at the Paris Academy of Art are small and each student is individually supervised.

By the end of their time at the Paris Academy of Art, students will have the necessary skills to work in fields as varied as cinema, animation, video games and illustration. They may also choose to work as freelance artists. Whatever their choice may be, the Paris Academy of Art will provide them with the tools they need to achieve their goal.



Our method is both gradual and intensive and follows the same method that was used in the nineteenth-century Parisian studios. It pushes students to surpass themselves, allowing them to acquire the confidence they need to have a career as a high-level artist.

It is underpinned by four foundations:

  • the teaching of the fundamentals of painting and drawing by relying on the masters of the Italian Renaissance;
  • individual supervision: each student benefits from personalised supervision, though observing and analysing the work of others is essential;
  • controlled progression: each step in the learning process, defined ahead of time with instructors, must be acquired before moving on to the next step;
  • drive and a desire to work: studies are full time (more than six hours per day five days a week), allowing students to develop the self-discipline which will be essential to their future professional lives.




The Class’art is a one-year drawing intensive program designed to provide a strong foundation in descriptive art for students who intend to pursue further studies in academic or professional art schools worldwide. The curriculum includes rigorous coursework and studio engagement.



The Bachel’art is the flagship degree offered by the Paris Academy of Art.

The degree is conferred after three years of study, including rigorous academic coursework and intensive studio experience. Students are guided in the cultivation of technical knowledge and the refinement of visual skills.

A small student-faculty ratio ensures that students receive maximum attention and one-on-one instruction.

Admission into the Class’Art program is highly competitive. In addition to a portfolio (from 3 to 10 pictures), applicants are asked to submit a one-page personal statement that reflects influences, interests and motivations for applying to the Paris Academy of Art.


Instruction is conducted in English, and students are expected to have a working knowledge of the language.

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Every year, the school organises a series of practicums spread out over three seasons: spring, summer and autumn. Each season, an original programme is created and led by visiting lecturers, chosen for their talent.

Each programme is drawn up by Shane Wolf in cooperation with the director of the school.

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The instructors at the Paris Academy of Art are all graduates of the major international academies. They are all accomplished professionals who practice art in various fields. In addition to being long-time draughtsmen and painters, they have also been chosen due to their teaching abilities and because they work closely with students, both of which are essential to the teaching process.

Founder and director : François Supiot
Academic advisor : Shane Wolf

Patrick Byrnes
Danny Ferland
Jessica Artman
Sara Longo

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Founded 2017
Course languages English,French
Full-Time Instructors 5
Students 30
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Full time: EUR 12000 / year

Paris Academy of Art

78 Rue Raspail

Bois-Colombes, Île-de-France, France

Patrick Byrnes


Patrick was born in Busan, South Korea in 1984 and raised in La Grange, Illinois. He earned his undergraduate degree in Art History and English from the University of St Andrews in 2006, then began his fine art education at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He spent a year studying drawing at the Florence Academy of Art, then moved to New York in 2010 to train under Jacob Collins at the Grand Central Atelier, where he completed his academic training in 2014.  Patrick taught drawing and painting in the full and part time programs at GrandCentral Atelier from 2014-2016, as well as workshops across the U.S. His work is exhibited at galleries in New York and Massachusetts.

Danny Ferland


Danny Ferland was born and raised in Quebec city Canada. He began his career by drawing people from life in the streets in the touristic section of his hometown. After 5 years, he travelled to Europe and discovered the academic tradition by visiting The Florence Academy of Art. He worked in that direction for a few years before moving to New York city. That is when he started intensive training at the Janus collaborative school of art with Kate Lehman, Dan Thompson and Michael Grimaldi. After that he moved back to Quebec and started to work and teach in his own studio. Besides commissions that sometimes require the use of photography, Danny favors working exclusively from life.

Jessica Artman


Jessica was born in Savannah, Georgia in 1985 and grew up in Central Florida.  She earned her Bachelors of Fine Art from Florida Southern College, and her Masters of Fine Art from the National University of Ireland, Galway. While earning her degrees, Jessica studied at the Royal College of Art in London and throughout Italy and Spain. In 2010, She began teaching Undergraduate students Drawing and Design at Florida Southern College before learning of the Grand Central Atelier. Eager to refine her technique, Jessica enrolled and completed her 4 year academic training in 2016.  After which, she became a Resident Artist at the Grand Central Atelier teaching in their part-time and summer program, as well as workshops within the Unites States.

Shane Wolf


Born in 1976 in Cincinnati (USA), Shane Wolf studied at the Angel Academy of Art in Florence until 2009.  After teaching there for two years, he then moved to Paris. Shane Wolf only works from live models, drawing upon his knowledge of human anatomy and his imagination.

The international prizes and awards he has won include:

• 1st and 2nd prize for the Best Nude from the Art Renewal Center in New York (2013);

• gold medal, Salon de l’Académie Européenne des Arts (2013);

• medal from the Société des Artistes Français (2012) and from the Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts (2011);

• the Taylor Prize for his show at the Grand Palais (2011);

• finalist, America China Oil Painting Artists League (2010).

Sébastien Jupille


Born in 1976, Sébastien graduated from Olivier de Serres and ENSI les ateliers. He worked 4 years for Philippe Starck before becoming independent. Always passionate about drawing, he decided in 2014 to invest more extensively in attending workshops at Grand Central Atelier in New York with Colleen Barry and Patrick Byrnes. It is also his meeting and his regular work with Kate Lehman, Craig Hanna and Travis Schlaht that allow him to reinforce his knowledge in painting and drawing.

François Supiot


François Supiot is a graduate of Penninghen. He worked as a freelance artistic director for twenty years, and also does illustrations for the press

and for publishers. In 2014 he decided to return to drawing and, after having completed a course at the Barcelona Academy of Art and meeting Shane Wolf, he decided to bring the teaching of realist painting and drawing back to Paris, thus establishing the Paris Academy of Art.

Portrait by Danny Ferland

Portrait by Patrick Byrnes

Long pose by Jessica Artman

Long pose by Shane Wolf (Academic Advisor)

Portrait by Shane Wolf (Academic Advisor)

Ya Chin Chang - Portrait (Graphite drawing)

Felix Szware - Long pose (Graphite drawing)

Sabina Qaja - Portrait (Graphite drawing)

Ya Chin Chang - Cast (Graphite drawing)

Renaud Wald - Anatomy (Graphite drawing)

Felix Szware - Portrait (Graphite drawing)

Felix Szware - Cast (Graphite drawing)

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