Paris Drawing Programs | Winter at the Louvre

2016 WINTER at the LOUVRE / 8-week Drawing Program

“The eye of one beautiful woman does not sit well in the beautiful face of another; nor does a pretty mouth, it goes without saying. What I’d say is most true is the parts are not only beautiful in themselves, but also in regard to all the other parts.” 

“Che un bell’occhio d’una femmina non istà bene sopra un bel viso d’un’altra; così una bella bocca, e vadasi discorrendo; cosa che io direi esser verissima, perché le parti non sono belle solamente per se stesse, ma anche in riguardo alle altre parti.”

– Bernini, Vita del Cavaliere Gianlorenzo Bernini (1682)


LOCATION Our next Winter at the Louvre drawing program offers daily figure drawing at our Paris Program Studio in Montmartre, as well as weekly critique of ongoing student drawings (from paintings and sculpture) at the Musee du Louvre.

Please see our Facilities page for complete details on the Paris Program Studio.
CLASS DATES: Sunday, January 10, 2016 – Friday, March 4, 2016
CLASS SCHEDULE: Instructed figure drawing with daily critique and weekly lecture-demonstration 
16 hrs/week (Mon,Thu,Fri mornings, and all day Tuesday)

Weekly individual critique of independent student work, at the Louvre.
CLASS SIZE:  10 maximum + instructors
WHO is ELIGIBLE? Anyone may apply – There are no academic or other pre-requisites.

All students must enroll full-time for this 8-week course.
TUITION PRICE:  2475 euros = 8 consecutive weeks

Cost of housing in Paris is not included. Students required to lease their own housing.
Click here for more information on housing and cost of living.

WHEN TO APPLY: Admissions for 2016 WINTER at the LOUVRE are CLOSED.

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


COURSE DESCRIPTION:  “2016 Winter at the Louvre”

Our Winter at the Louvre drawing program is a unique Studio Escalier curriculum and exclusive educational opportunity for arts professionals, emerging artists and art students, offered in co-operation with the Musee du Louvre, Paris.

It offers an 8-week schedule of daily figure drawing with critique in our Paris Program Studio in Montmartre (8 consecutive weeks, no break) with additional museum lectures and weekly critique of ongoing student drawings executed on-site at the Louvre.

Figure studio will be in-session for Monday – Friday, 16 hrs weekly (3 mornings per week, and all day Tuesday)

The course will offer lecture-demonstrations on Tuesday mornings, and critique will be given in the studio 3-4 sessions per week. Figure poses will vary in length between 10 minutes and two weeks (30+ hrs.), depending on the principles being discussed and taught.

The course will offer a structured curriculum of daily figure drawing from life every morning, with additional assigned drawing from masterpieces of sculpture in the Louvre, to be pursued in the afternoons, outside of class.


One-on-one critiques of student work will be given weekly at the Musee du Louvre, with one of the two instructors. One-on-one critiques at the museum will be scheduled in advance, 30 minutes maximum per individual, once a week.

The sculpture halls and painting galleries of the Louvre are also open Wednesday and Friday evenings until 9:45pm, for independent drawing and occasional lectures by faculty – dates and times TBA.

Louvre lectures will place special emphasis on 18th c French sculpture, and paintings of the 16th – 17th c. Italian, French and Flemish schools, especially as they relate to the evolution of drawing in the French School and School of Paris, 17th – 20th c.

Studio Escalier will assist all enrolled students to apply for a yearly museum membership (Amis du Louvre, Carte jeunes or Carte professionel), to enter and draw in the Musee du Louvre daily, at no further cost. (Costs 15 – 70 euros for annual membership, depending on individual status.)

Paris drawing programs may also include 1 or 2 lecture-tours inside the collection of the Musee du Louvre. Lectures are strictly reserved for students only, as the cost of group reservations for lectures is calculated by the total number of heads, and is included in the tuition price.



The Winter at the Louvre drawing program will be team-taught by the artists Timothy Stotz and Nicole Michelle Tully.

Full-time faculty will occasionally work alongside students as fellow artists, producing both drawings and paintings.

See our FACULTY page for instructor biographies and additional portfolio images.