The present class format is for six months, limited to seven students. The course is extremely information-intensive, and not for the casual workshopper. My goal is to continue to form future professional artists and instructors. The program is not for everybody. It's challenging.
All information will be presented in simple language. Instruction is in the form of frequent lecture-demonstrations, and lengthy individual critique. Principles are generalizations. They must then be applied to very specific cases. We will work with two categories. One is intellectual, the principles. The other is purely sensory. Comparing what we see on the canvas, to what we see on the model. Visual to visual.
For example, light travels from an energetic source. Therefore it is directional. For our terrestrial studio purposes, we can say it travels in a straight line thatÔøΩs a principle. It is then necessary to carefully decide that light direction as it reflects from the model, and at what angle it reflects to our eyes. That is determined visually. We will always be dealing with three-dimensional objects, in three-dimensional space.
Principle: All light has an intensity, and a coloration. Visual: Exactly how bright is that light, and what is its color? We discover these specifics by comparing what we have done to what we see. General principles x comparison=Discovery!
Our basic subject is the actions of light on the structures of forms. Structure includes the specific shapes of every form, how those shapes are modified by action, how they are arranged on the body (nature's organized design ) how they grow, modular proportions, families of structures, how they are tilted in space relative to our line of sight, and so on.
Light is invisible unless it reflects from form. Form is invisible without light. In order for the process of sight to occur, both light and form are necessary. Restructured Realism is the study of perception, and the optimal suggestion paint allows, of what we see. It is a contemporary vision, or perhaps a future one, whose roots are from the past. This program is unique in the world. You will receive information not available elsewhere. If you are very highly dedicated, contact me for the brochure.
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James Werner Back to Basics Charcoal Private collection
James C. Werner Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.lafayetteatelier.org/ 615 S. 10th Street Lafayette, Indiana 47905 United States of America Phone: (765) 532-1604 The Lafayette Atelier is a private art studio school, based on the traditional European model and those that and exist around the world today, that promote the advancement of classical methods of drawing, painting, and sculpture. Currently utilizing a 1880s Queen Anne Victorian home in Lafayetteís Historic Hilltop Neighborhood, the Atelier consists of a large, natural light, painting studio and 4 separate apartments for housing. Our primary goal is to become an asset to the local arts community by providing a rich cultural facet with historical substance, and offering an opportunity for serious artists to develop strong skills in a traditional manner.
Open figure drawing and painting sessions, as well as classes and private lessons, are available at reasonable rates. A certificate program offers a course of study that is based on centuries of realistic tradition, rooted in direct observation and disciplined study. All sessions are multi level and the program can be entered at any time, relying on individual systematic progression, rather than any given time frame for its completion.
The program starts with two basic courses, Traditional Drawing in the Academic Method and Fundamentals of Art. These are a series of foundational exercises designed to prepare students for painting the figure, as well as making advanced creative works. Advanced figure drawing and painting later refines studentís skills and familiarizes them with basic artistic anatomy and composition.
James C. Werner
Founder and director of the Lafayette Atelier, James Werner studied in Chicago, at the Palette and Chisel Academy and graduated Valedictorian from The American Academy of Art. James received his classical training under Bill Parks, John Trapp and Ted Smuskiewicz, their training stems from the Belgium Royal Academy and the Superior Institute in Antwerp where William Mosby studied after WWI before bringing the tradition to Chicago. James also has taken summer classes at the Florence Academy of Art in figure drawing and painting, and holds a Masters in drawing, painting and printmaking from Purdue University where he was a teacher of life drawing and other courses before founding the Lafayette Atelier.
Hope Railey, Chair of Fine Art Email: HRailey@lcad.edu Website: http://www.LCAD.edu 2222 Laguna Canyon Rd Laguna Beach, California 92651-1136 United States of America Phone: (949) 376-6000
Drawing and Painting Major
LCAD's drawing and painting major is one of a few undergraduate (BFA) and graduate (MFA) programs whose educational focus is to produce highly skilled, representational drawers, painters, and sculptors. The program and curriculum is based on classical traditions. Students learn core skills to accurately portray the still life, figure, portrait, landscape, and group figures to address concepts and ideas of contemporary, narrative storytelling.
In addition to mastering technique, the business of art is integrated in the curriculum. Students are introduced to professional practices, marketing and presentation to beprepared for the challenges of a demanding and competitive art world.
LCAD is unique in being one of only a handful of accredited colleges that offer classes in figurative sculpture. Raymond Persinger is the coordinator of the Sculpture Department. A classically trained figurative sculptor, Ray has created sculptures for science museums around the world and continues to receive public art commissions. Our classes employ a variety of techniques, producing works ranging from half life-size to life-size. These courses are a valuable hands-on approach to advancing drawing, painting and animation skills. Courses in sculpture can be combined to earn anemphasis or a minor in sculpture.
Administration Email: email@example.com Website: http://www.lavenderhillstudios.com/ Unit 101 - Battersea Business Centre - 99-109 Lave London, England SW11 5QL United Kingdom Phone: 020 7223 2360 Lavender Hill Studios is the first atelier in London dedicated to teaching traditional techniques of representational art.
The studio has been open since November 2004, offering a variety of full and part-time courses. Students work alongside the teachers and studio assistants. The teaching is intensive with painting and drawing demonstrations fundamental to our teaching method.
Mission Statement: We believe art students want to receive clear, practical instruction on the principles and methods of drawing and painting. Therefore, students begin with a ten-session foundation course, consisting of 1) proportion, 2) line and volume 3) chiaroscuro and 4) colour. Professional artists use all these elements simultaneously, but a learner can be taught these one at a time, each stage naturally leading into the next.
Students will practice these four elements in short repetitive exercises, but their days will be balanced with longer projects where they can push their work to a higher degree and are encouraged to find their own artistic voice.
We offer a variety of full and part-time courses.
Full-time Course. An intensive two year commitment where the student trains three to five days a week for three 12 week terms a year. Acceptance based on portfolio review and an interview if possible.
The Foundation Course. Every student, regardless of professional experience completes the ten session introductory Foundation Course. This is the basis of our philosophy and is very informative. The course runs three times during the academic year and once in July. Ten 3hour sessions to be completed within a 12 week period, held 4 times a week (Mon. and Wed. 9.30-12.30 and 6.30-9.30).
July Courses. Four 1 week courses: 1) The Foundation Course 2) Portrait Course 3) Figure Course 4) Sculpture or Landscape Course; students can enroll for any number of the four courses. Many international students attend the July course, which offers an opportunity to study four different disciplines in one month of intensive training.
Sketch Club. Tuesday evenings 6.30-8.30 Open drop-in drawing session from September until March.
Atelier sessions. Please call or e-mail for further information.
Art Material: All the necessary materials can be purchased from the studio store, Lavender Hill Colours. Initially students paint with the cheapest materials available so they learn not to be precious about their work. As they become more advanced we introduce higher quality paint and canvas and more sophisticated mediums. Eventually the students learn to make their own canvases and oil paints.
Scott Pohlschmidt specializes in materials, sculpture and in traditional techniques of alla prima and glazing. He trained and taught at the Charles H. Cecil Studios in Florence, Italy for 10 years. He had a successful solo exhibition at Leighton House Museum, London followed with an article in the 2006 July/August issue of American Artist Magazine. He appeared in John Myattís "Mastering the Art: Edward Hopper" 12 part series for Sky Arts. His portrait ìTimî was accepted in the BP portrait award 2007. He works out of a London studio with a growing portraiture and sculpture practice.
Ann Witheridge read History of Art at Christ's College, Cambridge and studied painting in both Venice and Florence. A recent commission took her to Goodwood House to paint the impressive cedar trees for The Duke of Richmond and subsequently appeared in the catalogue of the collection 'Goodwood: Art and Architecture, Sport and Family'. She taught at the Charles H. Cecil Studios for five years. Ann works on figure compositions and landscapes for galleries and commissions. www.annwitheridge.com.
Nick Bashall has an established portraiture career in England. He has also been commissioned by the British Army to paint under its armed protection on the streets of Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq, invariably in front of large crowds of local people. A former lawyer, Nick subsequently trained for five years as an artist in Mallorca under Joaquim Llado Torrents. www.nickbashall.com.
Geoffrey Leckie studied and assisted Frank Mason at the Art Students League for many years. He exhibits regularly in London and America. He now lives in Venice, Italy and teaches the July Landscape course with Ann.
Alex Tzavares studied at Central St. Martinís College of Art and Design in 1994-95 leaving without completing a degree because of the lack of formal instruction. He continued his search for formal training, attending many part-time painting courses in London. Alex first came to the Lavender Hill Studios in 2005 as a part-time student, and was inspired to study full-time. In 2007 he was awarded a bursary by the studios.
The London Atelier of Representational Art (LARA) housed in Vauxhall, was established in response to the rarity of rigorous representational art education in the UK. LARA teaches the fundamentally important aspects of drawing, painting and sculpture from life through the "sight size" method and uses a specific approach designed to teach the essential concepts of proportion, line, gesture, form and light.
Inspired by the atelier method of instruction, LARA offers a unique training with sustained poses of no less than two weeks and up to one month, giving optimum time to observe and understand the figure. LARA believes "To successfully draw from life, one must first understand how to see".
A half day is spent drawing or painting from the nude model, the other half the cast, still life, or portrait model. Each project lasts a minimum of two weeks. Class numbers are limited to no more than 26 and all tutors are classically trained working artists implementing a highly structured style with regular critical appraisal.
LARA welcomes part-time and full-time students, with courses running from one-week intensive workshops to three year full time training. The school also offers weekend classes and holiday schools to aid those with additional commitments.
LARA recognises that students learn at different rates and will arrive with different levels of experience. As a result the approach is flexible, all levels of ability are catered for and teaching is tailored to individual requirements. For further information about the courses please view www.drawpaintsculpt.com
Robert Armetta Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.liafa.com/ 14 Glen St. Suite 201, 2nd Floor Glen Cove, New York 11542 United States of America Phone: (646)508-7645 Overview
Founded in 2000, the Long Island Academy of Fine Art was established as a studio school for the study of traditional painting and drawing. LIAFA offers courses in classical drawing, painting, and sculpture. The main objective of the program is to equip students with the knowledge necessary to create contemporary art rooted in traditional realism.
The Long Island Academy of Fine Art was the first school for classical art studies on Long Island, and since its founding it has established itself as the finest. LIAFA upholds the highest standards of classical academic drawing, painting, and now sculpture. The Academy closely adheres to the strict program of study that founder, Robert Armetta, experienced as a student at some of the best art schools both here in the U.S. and in Europe. At the very core of the program is LIAFA's primary objective: training a student's eye to see accurately and with sensitivity. The whole program centers on this task, following a progression of classes to help the student achieve this step-by-step. Beyond this, the Academy offers an array of classes dealing with an assortment of other disciplines, such as anatomy, color theory, and composition. These classes are taught by thoroughly trained professional artists, many of whom commute to LIAFA from New York City and beyond.
Classes are taught by award-winning, classically trained artists who exhibit nationally and whose works are in both public and private international collections. Courses offered include: Cast Drawing, Still Life Drawing and Painting, Figure Drawing and Painting, Portrait Drawing and Painting, Landscape Drawing and Painting. Also, the Long Island Academy of Fine Art in conjunction withThe New York Academy of Artoffers landscape painting courses. See website for course schedule.
Last updated on 2011-07-08
Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art (LAAFA) - Extension Program
Admissions Department Email: email@example.com Website: http://www.laafa.org 16926 Saticoy Street Van Nuys, California 91406 United States of America Phone: 818-708-9232 The Extension Program is geared toward the working arts professional, part-time student, and recreational artists who are unable to attend our full-time intensive programs, but want serious art instruction from our highly qualified faculty. These classes are conveniently offered weekdays, weekends, and evenings to fit your busy schedule.
For students looking for a full-time curriculum designed to develop your skills with the most efficient use of time, LAAFA offers Degree and Atelier Programs.
Schedule of Classes:
LAAFA offers classes for students of all levels. We provide all of our students the opportunity to have their work reviewed by one of our highly qualified teachers in order to help them decide which classes are best for them. Let our experienced faculty help you work toward your goal of becoming a well-trained artist.
Workshops and Events:
We are fortunate to have Master Fine Artists and Major Studio Entertainment Artists visit LAAFA and share their wealth of knowledge with our students. We are proud that LAAFA is their school of choice.
Students who are unable to attend LAAFA have the opportunity to take online foundational classes. Currently available: 10-week Ecorché/3D Anatomy -Rey Bustos - Available Now, Drawing the Portrait From Charcoal (Full Demonstration) - Nathan Fowkes - Available Now, 10-week Drawing the Portrait in Charcoal - Nathan Fowkes - Available Now. Schedule online class releases in 2013: Imaginatomy - Rey Bustos, Figure Painting - Max Ginsburg, Alla Prima Painting - David Leffel, Life Painting (with Drapery and Folds) - Ron Lemen, Figure Construction - Ron Lemen, Color Theory - Bill Perkins, Composition - Bill Perkins and Drawing from Imagination - Glenn Vilppu.
For details on our classes, scholarships, and all of our programs, log on to www.laafa.org for your convenience.
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Jennifer Ranko Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.lymeacademy.edu/ 84 Lyme Street Old Lyme, Connecticut 6371 United States of America Phone: (860) 434-5232 The mission of the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts is to provide the best education in Drawing, Painting, and Sculpture through study of the history, traditions, and principles of the fine arts and the Liberal Arts & Sciences, thereby establishing a comprehensive foundation for the development of the artist.
The Academyís curriculum is based on a respect for traditional forms of teaching, which have produced master artists throughout the ages. The studio curriculum is centered around the study of nature and the human figure. The liberal arts curriculum provides a strong academic foundation necessary for advanced critical and creative thought. Together the integrated program is designed to provide a practical foundation on which each student can develop his or her unique intellectual and visual articulation with confidence and integrity.
Therefore, the educational programs of the Academy seeks to develop:
Craftsmanship and technical skill in the use of materials and methods;
Discipline, as intuition and creativity are subjected to judgment and revision;
Knowledge of the history of art, ideas and human experience;
Critical thinking about ideas, events, intentions and issues in contemporary culture;
Commitment to a relentless pursuit of excellence;
Inspiration to fuel the intention and direction of the work;
Respect and tolerance for authenticity and diversity in the search for intellectual and aesthetic integrity;
Integration of the subjective, rational and technical in artistic practice.
Based on these principles, the Lyme Academy offers a strong, sequential program designed to develop intellect and imagination, intensity of observation, quality of execution, individual initiative and creativity, and depth of interpretation of ideas through artistic expression.
Ultimately, the Academy believes the Fine Arts are of unique importance as a defining and substantive element of society and life itself; further, that educated artists are individuals who not only articulate their culture but who give shape and substance to that culture.
Last updated on 2011-07-05
Marvin Mattelson Classes and Workshops
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Marvin Mattelson Portrait Private collection
Marvin Mattelson Email: email@example.com Website: http://www.fineartportrait.com/teaching.html c/o The School of Visual Arts 209 E. 23rd St. New York, New York 10010 United States of America Phone: 212-592-2050 Marvin Mattelson is an award winning classical realist portrait painter who has devoted himself to painting and teaching for over thirty years. He has created a course of study geared towards artists of all levels wanting to master their figure and portrait painting skills.
His teaching is based on the idea that painting is more than just the act of copying what is in front of you. It requires the ability to understand and interpret what you see. There is an answer for every question and a purpose to every action. The goal is to achieve the illusions of light, atmosphere and form and space, by employing efficient color mixing, accurate values and appropriate edge handling. All aspects of study, such as accurate drawing skills, the development of a transparent under painting and the techniques of painting wet into wet and scumbling, are reinforced by lectures and demonstrations.
Marvin teaches at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. His classes are available as stand alone courses as part of the Continuing Education Department. He is also conducts private group workshops on location. Teaching and workshop schedules can be viewed at http://www.fineartportrait.com/teaching.html
Marvin Mattelson Painting Workshops
SVA Classes: Fridays 12 AM - 6 PM and Saturdays 10 AM - 4 PM, during both Fall and Spring Semesters
Upcoming Workshops: Atlanta GA- January 3rd to 8th, 2005
Portrait Workshops: Various Locations
Last updated on 2011-07-05
New York Academy of Art
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Edward Schmidt Reclining Nude Private collection
Administration Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.nyaa.edu/ 111 Franklin Street New York, New York 10013 United States of America Phone: 212.966.0300 Mission: The Academy seeks to provide a teaching, learning and research environment that will enable those who have placed the hand made and figuration at the center of their practice to become professionally and intellectually more effective as artists.
Central to the curriculum of the Academy is the study of the human figure and the reinterpretation of traditional methods of art instruction for the contemporary student. The courses offered at the Graduate School of Figurative Art focus on this need to understand the complex nature of the human form and its relationship to the creation of vital contemporary art. It is the school's goal to provide students with sufficient conceptual knowledge of anatomy, perspective, geometry and the effects of light on form to render the human figure from the imagination, as well as from life.
The Academy offers students the opportunity to earn a Master of Fine Arts degree while improving these skills. The school's unique curriculum combines courses in figurative drawing, painting and sculpture with courses in cast drawing, anatomical study, detailed perspective analysis and art history.