Nicole Michelle TULLY / NG2 (detail) - oil on wood - 2014
SPECIAL PROGRAMS

“Poussin had the habit of saying that it is by observing things that the painter becomes skillful, more than in tiring himself by copying them. Yes: but the painter must have eyes.”

“Poussin avait coutume de dire que c’est en observant les choses que le peintre devient habile plûtot qu’en se fatiguant à les copier. Oui: mais il faut que le peintre ai des yeux.” – JAD Ingres

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All Special Programs scheduled for the upcoming calendar year are listed and linked below.

Click on any course title below to open the course description in a pop-up window:

 Course Title Course Dates

Tobias HALL
 

2017 SUMMER in PARIS – FIGURE DRAWING

6 weeks of figure drawing, available in 3-week sections

2 July – 11 August 2017



Michelle TULLY
 


2018 SPRING COLOR in PARIS

3 weeks of figure painting in oils


5 March – 23 March 2018
Michelle TULLY
Timothy STOTZ
 
2018 SPRING PORTRAIT in PARIS
3 weeks of portrait painting in Paris
25 March – 13 April 2018

 
2018 SPRING PAINTING
3 weeks of figure painting – Argenton-Chateau
coming soon
Michelle TULLY
Timothy STOTZ
 
2018 SPRING PORTRAIT in PARIS, No. 2
3 weeks of portrait painting in Paris
coming soon
Krista SCHOENING  2018 PERCEPTUAL COLOR
3 weeks of painting in oils
to be announced

 

Special Programs – General Overview

Studio Escalier’s full-time faculty and very select visiting faculty occasionally offer Special Programs in various topics, 3 to 4 weeks in length, for 8 to 12 students at a time.

Two to five Special Programs are now scheduled annually, normally between the months of March and September.

Anyone may apply. Enrollment is by advance application only, including portfolio submission (2 images).

Working alongside some of the best contemporary classical artists and teachers, Special Program students also profit from each other’s practices, as they attend short, effective classes and lectures.

Special Programs typically concentrate on figure drawing, copying after masterpieces in the Louvre, or portrait painting. Other topics include still-life painting, pastel painting, figure structure and anatomy, materials and techniques, etc.

Additionally, Special Programs at Studio Escalier place students in a setting conducive to concentration, art-making, forward-looking professional exchange… featuring small-town living in an artist’s colony atmosphere (Argenton-Chateau), or in the heart of French art, art history, and culture (Paris).

For answers to frequently asked questions about arrival and departure, travel, transport, and lodging, please refer to the individual topic pages of this site, as well as the FAQS about Argenton Chateau page.

 

Special Programs in Paris

Most special programs held at our Paris Program Studio concentrate on drawing only, and take the opportunity to visit and draw from the great art collections of the Louvre, as well as concurrent special exhibitions in Paris.

 

Special Programs in Argenton-Chateau

Special programs also convene in Argenton-Chateau, France. They may concentrate on portrait painting, figure painting, color or other topics.

These programs sometimes run in parallel to our on-going 3-month Intensive Courses, with the express aim to engender a creative atmosphere between different groups of artists and art students.

 
Previous Special Program Tutors, Lecturers and Critics

Timothy STOTZ        draftsman, painter, Fulbrighter, founder – Studio Escalier

Anthony RYDER        draftsman, painter, author – Artist’s Complete Guide to Figure Drawing

N. Michelle TULLY      draftsman, painter, faculty – Studio Escalier

Krista SCHOENING     draftsman, painter, printmaker, assistant faculty – Studio Escalier

Ted Seth JACOBS      draftsman, painter, author – Drawing with an Open Mind,   Light for the Artist

Rita NATAROVA         painter, Fulbrighter, faculty – Maryland Institute College of Art