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Great Lakes Academy of Fine Art

Published on March 24, 2022

The Great Lakes Academy of Fine Art, located in the unique harbor setting of Duluth, MN, is a small, private studio offering classical training programs. Descended directly through the Boston Impressionists from the Great European Academic System, the continued focus of their program is to train up an individual’s level of craftsmanship in order to bring this great tradition into the 21st century.

The apprentices’ time is entirely spent in front of the easel learning to see and translate the light-filled, three-dimensional world onto a two-dimensional surface using pencil, charcoal, and oil paint. Students will systematically work their way through the program at their own pace, eight hours a day, five days a week. Tuition primarily goes towards studio rent which students will have access to year-round. Apprentices will be challenged with increasingly more advanced and difficult assignments throughout their four years.

After over forty years of working full-time professionally in his studio, Jeffrey T. Larson (head instructor and co-founder of GLAFA) has learned that there are no “secrets of the old masters”. The only “secret” and key to success is time spent building a solid foundation along with good habits under the tutelage of the master artist with the trained eye and lots of focused, hard work.

The full-time program consists of a maximum of sixteen apprentices, with three or four being accepted each year.

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