Have you ever stood in front of a blank canvas or white sheet of paper, not knowing how to start? Not knowing how to draw what you see, where to make the first stroke or how to transfer the image you have in your mind?
Then you are becoming our mission. At our academy, you will be systematically taught the laws in drawing and painting. Methods, eye training, simplifying and values are some of the things you will learn here. To draw and paint will become your second nature.
The first-year focus is on drawing. You will learn how to draw in “sight size”. Starting with drawing from lithographs, which are copies from the famous Charles Bargue, will give you an easy access to copying proportions and learning about values. This is a fundamental approach to prepare you for later drawings from real 3-dimensional objects or models. After learning these basics in graphite, you will start your studies in charcoal, working from casts (sculptures). Our teachers’ main focus in this year will be on: Line drawing, mass drawing, values, anatomy, line quality, modelling & visual impression.
During the second year, our students will start to paint in oil. Our teachers will train you, using a slow and systematic approach. They will let you start painting in grisaille (only black and white). The focus in this year will be on: Basics in painting, color theory, creating good support, use of mediums and paint application. The first projects will be done working from a cast. Thereafter the first still lifes with a limited palette will be painted.
The third-year focus is on using a full palette. Still lifes will be getting more complex and our students are supposed to make more decisions on their own. The model classes will turn into portraiture as well as painting a figure in an interior or a scene. The students will gain a deeper understanding of previous learnings.