“The grand manner is something other than what we call accuracy…”

“Le grand goût est different de ce qu’on appelle correction…” – Charles-Antoine COYPEL, 1721


LOCATION: Our Spring 2013 – Figure Painting Program will convene in in Argenton-Chateau (79).

Please see our Facilities page for complete details on our campus and school facilities.
CLASS DATES: Arrive Thursday, April 25, 2013 – Depart Saturday, May 18, 2013

Note: First class meeting will be Sunday, April 28, 9:00 AM.
Studio sessions will be held for 3 weeks total, Sunday – Thursday with 6 hrs life model daily, 5 days per week.
CLASS SIZE: 10 maximum + instructor(s)
WHO is ELIGIBLE? Anyone may apply – There are no academic or other pre-requisites.

All Spring 2013 Figure Painting Program students must enroll full-time, for the entire three weeks.
TUITION PRICE: 2200 euros, for one 3-week term, shared 2BR housing included.

(Private living arrangements available in limited supply.)
WHEN TO APPLY: Admissions are closed




The Spring 2013 Figure Painting Program is a “hands-on” opportunity for students and professionals, unavailable in this format elsewhere. Spring 2013 students will observe and work alongside Nicole Michelle Tully, and Timothy Stotz daily as fellow artists.

Students will profit from critique and lectures on figure painting and wet-into-wet oil technique, including: drawing directly on canvas or panel, color thumbnail (“poster study”), chromatic underpainting (“colorwash”), and single-pass painting execution, wet-into-wet (“form painting”).

Critique and painting demonstration will be given five days weekly, and the studio culture offers daily opportunities for questions, discussions and impromptu “work-in-progress” demonstrations.



Nicole Michelle TULLY (b. 1972) is full-time faculty and co-founder of Studio Escalier.

Ms. Tully received her MFA degree in Painting from the Graduate School of Figurative Art – New York Academy of Art. She went to art school in New York City at the Art Students League and National Academy of Design, and in France at the Ecole Albert Defois under Ted Seth Jacobs (1996-2001). She holds a BA degree magna cum laude in Art History from New York University.

Ms Tully has been the recipient of grants, fellowships and exhibition prizes from the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation, the New York Academy of Art, the Prince of Wales Fellowship, the National Academy of Design, the Circulo de Bellas Artes in Madrid, Spain, The Leslie T. and Frances U. Posey Foundation and the Stacey Foundation of Oklahoma City.




Timothy STOTZ (b.1969) is the founder and director of Studio Escalier.

He has taught at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, at the Seattle Academy of Fine Arts, and privately. His work is included in public and private collections across the United States & Europe.

He has been the recipient of many distinguished grants, fellowships and exhibition prizes for his painting. They include an extended Fulbright-Hays Grant for Painting to Madrid, Spain, where he was sponsored by the painter Antonio Lopez Garcia to study the works of Velazquez and Goya; a Vermont Studio Center fellowship, where he worked with the painterGregory Gillespie; two grants for classical painting from the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation, Montreal, Canada; and a Stacey Foundation Award for Painting (1999).

Mr Stotz (b. 1969) received his MFA degree in Painting from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, where he studied under painter Andrew Forge, N.A. and artist Nigel Rolfe. He went to graduate school at the New York Academy of Art (1995-97) and studied privately under the painter Ted Seth Jacobs in France (1993-2001).