Course Progression

Our pedagogy follows a time-honored progression in the use of media and supports. This, in turn, hinges on the Student’s progressive development of foundational skills and sensibilities across time-periods.

Required Course Progression

Drawing (All ages 5 and up)

We teach the strongest drawing fundamentals this side of the Mississippi, and we will completely refund your 8-week course payment if you can prove us wrong! This course forms the foundation for the rest of our courses. The student explores over 15 different types of media across various levels of advancement. Five levels of advancement.

Inks (all ages 5 and up)

Explore both Western and Asian sensibilities and practices with this astonishingly powerful medium. Work on diverse papers with brush and pen. Three levels of advancement.

thINK! (Teens and Adults): an inks course with an accent on the pen as the artist’s tool. Over 15 kinds of pens! This venerable, beautiful medium is not for the faint of heart. Learn color theory and composition and over 30 different technical explorations. Start from scratch and be astonished. Three levels of advancement. Call for your preferred time slot.

Watercolors (Ages 5 and up)

You ain’t seen nothin’ yet. Leave those pale pieces behind and explore real watercolor painting. Explore both the American masters and others abroad; we teach both the British tradition (no white paint) and gouache (which, among other things, uses white paint). Four levels of advancement.

Oils (Teens and Adults)

Oil has a vibrant history, making its debut during the Northern Renaissance and rapidly becoming the favored medium of many of the Old Masters. Hone your classical art skills in a class that emphasizes deep understanding of color theory, composition, and application techniques in oil. This class requires the completion of at least two Drawing Sessions and requires at least one-and-a-half hours per week.

Acrylics (all ages 5 and up)

Less than a hundred years old, this material has become a leading medium all around the world, used by artists of all kinds. Learn why and how to use acrylics in beautiful, and technically sound, ways.

Sculpture (ages 7 and up and teens)

Learn sculpting basics while working with clay, paper, wire, mixed media, and wood.

“Hit the Wall” Mural Painting (Teens and Adults)

Learn the safe and professional way to paint that wall mural you’ve always wanted. You will be trained using safe paints that are great for both indoor and outdoor use. Course includes materials, instructions, tools, and your own wall space for your trial mural. Class meets the first Saturday of every month, and runs from 10 am to 5 pm with an hour break at 1 pm for lunch. Registration must be completed no later then the Wednesday prior to the Saturday in question.

Portfolio (Teens and Adults)

For all college-bound, exhibiting, or competing artists. All others welcome, too. Come and fill in the “holes” in your range of work. Experiment and refine your technique and effective use of media. Work on your actual portfolio, including writing and editing of essays, and photo-documentation. Participate in a mock college interview, and more. ALL of our portfolio graduates have made it to top liberal arts colleges and art colleges in the USA! Click here to apply for a Portfolio consultation. Click here to view Portfolio Information Packet.

Live Figure Studio & Skeletal Anatomy

This offering is suitable for all levels of experience, from first-timers to advanced practitioners.* Our program works with ideas and ideals born over 2,000 years ago in ancient Greece, as inherited through the Renaissance, and through which the healthy human figure is esteemed as the highest form of beauty in the natural order.
Course tuition includes use of drawing boards, newsprint and various materials. Observe live female and/or male models and our life-size, medical-grade skeleton and other anatomical pieces (models of hands, nose, heads, etc). Easel-and-chair set-up.

Experience

New to the practice? Join us to learn the foundations of the practice.

Experienced? Come explore your interests in figure studies, portraiture, movement studies, anatomical studies, gestural drawings, abstractions, scale and proportion, foreshortening, etc.

No course subscription necessary. Register by the week or take your chance as a Walk-In. This program offers hours with and without instruction. Please see course schedule.

*Adults only. Older teens (ages 16-17, and working on college portfolios, pre-med programs, forensic studies, etc.) permitted with written permission from parents, which must be submitted in advance.