CURRICULUM

HOW IT WORKS:

Students taking private lessons will move through the practices found below, following the Russian Academic methodology.  This method is a progressive and intuitive approach to art training, each practice building on the next.  Within this curriculum students begin or revisit the fundamentals and can move through at their own pace as concepts and ideas are grasped.  During an initial consultation and planning session, exercises can be signed off based on an artist's prior experience, training, or ability as evidenced by their portfolio.  

Each day students receive 3 hours of instruction & critique, and the remainder of their day they have access to the studio to complete projects & assignments.  Storage space is provided for each student for their supplies and works.  Students are also free to join any course, workshop, or model session on their days of study, with instruction, at no additional cost.


If an artist does not wish to follow the curriculum below, individual courses on any of the methods and practices can be requested.  Please email with any questions.
 

LEVEL I

Lecture & Demo: Color Science

Lecture & Demo: Perspective

Lecture & Demo: Stages of Drawing

Lecture: Art Materials & Techniques

Perspective Drawing

Drawing Still-life 1: Geometric Shapes

Painting Still-life 1: Geometric Shapes (grisaille)

Drawing Still-life 2: Geometric Shapes and Cloth

Painting Still-life 2: Geometric Shapes and Cloth (grisaille)

Cast Drawing or Painting 1: Nose

Cast Drawing or Painting 2: Eye

Cast Drawing or Painting 3: Mouth

Cast Drawing or Painting 4: Ear

Mastercopy 1: Master Drawing

Mastercopy 2: Master Drawing

Plein Air/Color Sketch

Sketching from the model

LEVEL II

Lecture & Demo: Drawing the Head

Lecture & Demo: Figure Drawing

Lecture & Demo: Constructive Drawing

Constructive Anatomy Schemes: Head, Neck, and Shoulder Girdle

Constructive Anatomy Schemes: Torso and Pelvis

Constructive Anatomy Schemes: Arms and Hands, Legs and Feet

Drawing Still-life 3: multiple objects with cloth

Painting Still-life 3: multiple objects with cloth (full palette)

Cast Drawing: Constructive Drawing of Bust

Cast Drawing: Bust

Painting Still-life 4: multiple object, cloth, and bust (full palette)

Mastercopy 3: Series of Painted Hands (3-5 copies)

Composition 1: Small Size

Plein Air/Color Sketch

Sketching from the model

Level III

Painting Still-life 8: multiple objects, cloth, and bust (full palette)              

Constructive Anatomy Study: Head, Neck, and Shoulder Girdle

Constructive Anatomy Study: Torso and Pelvis  

Constructive Anatomy Study: Arms and Hands  

Constructive Anatomy Study: Legs and Feet       

Portrait Drawing Long Pose 1     

Portrait Painting Long Pose 1: grisaille    

Color Sketches: Portrait and Figure         

Mastercopy 4: Portrait Painting

Composition 2: Medium Size     

Plein Air/Color Sketch

Sketching from the model

Level IV

Figure Drawing Long Pose 1        

Figure Painting Long Pose 1: grisaille       

Portrait Drawing Long Pose 2     

Portrait Painting Long Pose 2: full palette             

Mastercopy 5: Portrait with Hands          

Composition 3: Large Size            

Plein Air/Color Sketch

Sketching from the model

           

Level V

Figure Drawing Long Pose 2        

Figure Painting Long Pose 2: full palette

Portrait Drawing Long Pose 3     

Portrait Painting Long Pose 3: full palette             

Mastercopy 6: Full-Figure

Plein Air/Color Sketch

Sketching from the model

Level VI

Figure Drawing Long Pose 3        

Figure Painting Long Pose 3: full palette

Portrait Drawing Long Pose 4     

Portrait Painting Long Pose 4: full palette             

Composition 4: Large Scale Multi-Figure

Plein Air/Color Sketch

Sketching from the model