Purpose Statement & Overview:

This training and curriculum is created from the best and most effective traditional methods and techniques used in 19th-century European academies and private ateliers, the apprentice system of the renaissance. The result is a rigorous and demanding system, which also offers the greatest flexibility to meet the specific needs of each student so that they progress at their own best pace. The curriculum is designed as a systematic progression, which breaks down the altogether complex and intimidating challenge of learning to draw and paint realistically from life, into practical stages. Each stage requires that the student acquire and demonstrate specific skills before advancing to the next and more challenging stage. Students therefore progress through the curriculum in a logical and step-by-step fashion leading ultimately to free and confident painting in oil. The speed at which a student advances through the curriculum is directly related to how much time and effort they invest. Students will receive personalized critiques and instruction during each training session that relates specifically to their needs.

Students will complete these drawings/paintings throughout the length of this curriculum in this specific order.

Bargue Drawings

Old Master Copies

Cast Drawing

Figure Drawing

Cast Painting

Still Life Painting


Figurative Composition