INTENSIVE COURSES | 2016 Summer Intensive

“Intricacy in form, therefore, I shall define to be that peculiarity in the lines which compose it, that leads the eye a wanton kind of chase, and from the pleasure that gives the mind, entitles it to the name of beautiful…”

– William Hogarth, The Analysis of Beauty (1753)


The 2015 Summer Intensive will be held in the Intensive Course Studio, on our main campus in Argenton-Chateau(79), a medieval town north of Bordeaux and south of the Loire Valley, in the Poitou-Charentes region of southwestern France. 

Argenton-Chateau is situated 2.5 hours from Paris-Montparnasse (total travel time: TGV train + program shuttlebus).

See our FACILITIES page for complete details on the Intensive Course Studio.
CLASS DATES: May 26, 2016 – August 13, 2016   (Mid-summer break: July 1 – July 9, 2016) 

Two 5-week terms, with a one-week vacation, 11 weeks total

Group arrival at Angers/St Laud – Gare TGV will be Thursday, 26 May, at 4:00 PM
CLASS SCHEDULE: The daily schedule is 6 hours of life-model, 5 days a week (Sunday – Thursday, 9am – 6pm).
Figure poses will vary in length between 10 minutes and two weeks (50+ hrs.).

The course will offer lecture-demonstrations 1-2x weekly and in-studio critique, 3 days per week.
Full-time faculty will occasionally work alongside students as fellow artists.
CLASS SIZE: 13 maximum + instructors

The class will accept a maximum of 13 students, plus 2 alternates in case of cancellations.
WHO is ELIGIBLE? Anyone may apply – There are no academic or other pre-requisites.
All students must enroll full-time for this 11-week course.
There is no option for part-time enrollment, or late arrival.

TUITION PRICE: 5350 euros
Merit scholarships and work-study awards are available. Click here for information.

HOUSING: Eleven weeks of 2BR shared housing included in tuition price.
Single living available in limited supply, for +250 euros minimum.

Students live in program housing, assigned starting March 15, in the order that applications were received.
See our LODGING page for complete details on housing in Argenton-Chateau.

1 January 2016
PAYMENT DUE: For priority applicants, tuition payment is due in two installments

January 23, 2016 = 3200 euros

April 15, 2016 = 2150 euros
HOW to APPLY: Admissions for the 2016 SUMMER INTENSIVE are OPEN.

Please review the ADMISSIONS page for general information about the application process.

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




COURSE DESCRIPTION:  “Summer Intensive 2016”

The Summer Intensive course offers a full-time, structured curriculum of daily figure drawing and painting from life. There is no option for part-time enrollment, or late arrival.

11 weeks of drawing and painting the human figure from life, 30 hrs. per week.

The Summer Intensive is entitled “Re-forming the Elements of Figurative Art”
It will be team-taught by founding faculty Timothy Stotz, Nicole Michelle Tully and assistant faculty Tobias Hall.

Please review frequently asked questions on our FAQS page.

Advice on how to get to Argenton-Chateau is on the TRAVEL to FRANCE page.