Our light source | Argenton-Chateau   
Nicole Michelle TULLY /    NG2 - oil on wood - 2014 
Intensive Courses in Argenton-Chateau   
Nicole Michelle TULLY /    JF (Class demonstration) - oil on linen - 2012 
Timothy STOTZ /    Atalanta - charcoal and chalk - 2012 
Paris Drawing Programs  
Timothy STOTZ /    BLB (detail) - charcoal and Roché pastel - 2011 
Daily drawing and evening lectures | 2013 Winter at the Louvre
HOME- Introduction and Upcoming Courses

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

We are of interest to those who wish to place working from the human figure at the center of their artistic training, or those who have achieved enough as artists to openly re-evaluate, question, investigate and improve how they work from life.

Now offering courses in the heart of Paris as well as in Argenton-Chateau, France, we are an international point of contact for professionals, emerging artists and beginning art students alike, attracting members of many different figurative schools and traditions.

We receive artists from New York City to New Zealand, and all points in between. (Boston, Philadelphia, Toronto, Montreal, Chicago, Seattle, Santa Fe, San Francisco, Los Angeles; France, UK, Ireland, Germany, Holland, Italy, Spain, Russia, Brazil, China, Hong Kong, Korea, and Australia).

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

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.

Our student body includes: career painters, portraitists, illustrators, concept artists, animators, muralists, scenic artists & set designers, college art teachers, architects, sculptors, printmakers, promising undergraduate students in all these fields, and career-oriented beginners, of every age ( 18 and up ).

Our most current schedule of upcoming courses can always be found here on the HOME page, listed by their upcoming application deadlines:


2014 AUTUMN INTENSIVE – 6 week Painting Program

*** Admissions for the 2014 AUTUMN INTENSIVE are now OPEN ***

The priority application deadline is 1 May 2014.

Click the course title below for a full course description and a link to the online application:

2014 AUTUMN INTENSIVE    28 August 2014 – 11 October 2014

Figure painting in studio 30 hrs/ week.

2014 Autumn Intensive is a 6-week painting program held in Argenton-Chateau.

It will be taught by Timothy Stotz, Nicole Michelle Tully and David Baird.


2014 AUTUMN at the LOUVRE – 6 week Drawing Program

*** Admissions for 2014 AUTUMN at the LOUVRE are now OPEN ***

The priority application deadline is 1 June 2014.

Click the course title below for a full course description and a link to the online application:

2014 AUTUMN at the LOUVRE    19 October 2014 – 28 November 2014

Figure drawing in studio 16 hrs/ week, with weekly critique of independent drawing at the Louvre.

2014 Autumn Intensive is a 6-week Paris drawing program held in our studio in Montmartre, as well as inside the collection of the Musee du Louvre.

It will be taught by Timothy Stotz, and Nicole Michelle Tully.



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

The scholarship application deadline for the 2014 AUTUMN INTENSIVE is March 15, 2014.

Click here for full details.