Nicole Michelle TULLY /    NG2 - oil on wood - 2014   (detail) 
Nicole Michelle TULLY /    NG2 - oil on wood - 2014 
Drawing and Painting in Argenton-Chateau / April to October    
Timothy STOTZ /    Atalanta - charcoal and chalk - 2012 
Timothy STOTZ / Study of Lucy 1 (Rimlight) - oil - 2010                             Study of Lucy 3 (Blue sky) - oil - 2010 
Drawing Programs in Paris / October to April
Founder and Director – Timothy STOTZ /   Lilly   - charcoal, chalk and pastel - 2015 
Assistant Faculty – David BAIRD /    after the west façade of the Temple of Zeus at Olympia (V-IV century BCE) - pencil - 2013 
Assistant Faculty – Toby HALL /    Tessa - pencil and chalk - 2012 
Founding Faculty – Nicole Michelle Tully /   "Class Demo - 2012" | oil on linen   
Paris Drawing Programs / Drawing and Lectures at the Musee du Louvre
Our light source / Argenton-Chateau, France   

HOME– Introduction and Upcoming Courses

STUDIO ESCALIER is a private studio art school and international arts colony in France, founded in 2001. Designed and directed by artists for artists, it is dedicated to the contemporary classical study of drawing and painting from life.

Now offering courses in English in the heart of Paris as well as in Argenton-Chateau (Poitou-Charentes), we are an international point of contact for professionals, emerging artists and beginning art students alike, attracting artists from more than 45 countries and 40 different US states.

Anyone may apply, there are no academic or artistic pre-requisites to apply as a student. It is an open admissions process, based mainly on portfolio submission – a review of artwork drawn or painted from life.

 
Admission to our Intensive Courses and Special Programs in drawing and painting in Argenton-Chateau — and to our various Paris Drawing Programs including our Winter at the Louvre 8-week program — is by online application only, 4 to 6 months before the first day of class.

Our student body includes: career painters, portraitists, illustrators, concept artists, animators, muralists, college art teachers, architects, sculptors, printmakers, graduate students, undergraduate students, serious beginners, and people who simply love to draw and paint the human figure.

 
To see our complete schedule of upcoming courses and application deadlines, visit the COURSE SCHEDULE page.

Online application is required for every course, 4 to 6 months before the first day of class.

 
Every program that is currently accepting applications can also be found here on the HOME page.

Please pay close attention to the application deadlines below, and follow the links:

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2016 AUTUMN INTENSIVE

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LOCATION: Our annual 2016 AUTUMN INTENSIVE will be held at our campus in Argenton-Chateau, offering 30 hrs/week of painting the human figure from life – taught by founding faculty Nicole Michelle Tully, Timothy Stotz, and assistant faculty David Baird.
CLASS DATES: 25 August 2016 – 8 October 2016
CLASS SCHEDULE: Studio sessions will be held 30 hrs/week for 6 weeks total, Sunday – Thursday.
CLASS SIZE: 12 maximum + instructors
WHO is ELIGIBLE? Entry by application only. Anyone may apply – There are no academic or other pre-requisites.
Students must enroll full-time.
TUITION PRICE: 3250 euros, for the entire 6-week term, shared 2BR lodging included.
WHEN TO APPLY: ** Admissions for the 2016 AUTUMN INTENSIVE are OPEN. **

The priority application deadline is 1 May 2016.

HOW to APPLY: Please review the ADMISSIONS page for general information about the application process.

Click “Apply Online” to go directly to the online application form:apply-online

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2016 AUTUMN at the LOUVRE

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LOCATION: Our annual 2016 AUTUMN at the LOUVRE  drawing program will convene in the Paris Program Studio in Montmartre – taught by founding faculty Timothy Stotz, and Nicole Michelle Tully.
CLASS DATES: 6 November – 16 December 2016 (6 weeks)
CLASS SCHEDULE: Life-drawing sessions will be held 16 hrs/week for 6 weeks total, Monday – Friday.
Weekly 1-on-1 critique of independent drawing at the Musee du Louvre.
CLASS SIZE: 10 maximum + instructor
WHO is ELIGIBLE? Entry by application only. Anyone may apply – There are no academic or other pre-requisites.

Students must enroll full-time.
TUITION PRICE: 1975 euros, lodging in Paris NOT included.
WHEN TO APPLY: ** Admissions for 2016 AUTUMN at the LOUVRE are OPEN. **

The priority application deadline is 1 June 2016.

HOW to APPLY: Please review the ADMISSIONS page for general information about the application process.

Click “Apply Online” to go directly to the online application form:apply-online

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NEED FINANCIAL HELP?

New merit scholarships and work-study awards are now available for our Intensive Courses in Argenton-Chateau.

The maximum scholarship award possible is less than 50% of the tuition price.

The scholarship application deadline for the 2016 AUTUMN INTENSIVE is 1 April 2016.

Click here for full details.