Founding Faculty – Nicole Michelle Tully | "Class Demo - 2012" | oil on linen   
Assistant Faculty – David Baird | "Chiara" | oil on vellum   
Founding Faculty – Nicole Michelle Tully | "Class Demo - 2014" | oil on linen   
Assistant Faculty – David Baird | "Hand Study #1" | oil on board   
Founding Faculty – Nicole Michelle Tully | "Magda" | oil on linen   
Assistant Faculty – David Baird | "Adam" | oil on vellum   

“It’s not about painting life, it is about making a living painting.”

“Il ne s’agit pas de peindre la vie, il s’agit de rendre la peinture vivante.” – Pierre Bonnard


LOCATION: Our 2016 Spring Figure Painting Program will convene in Argenton-Chateau (79).

Please see our Facilities page for complete details on our campus and school facilities.
CLASS DATES: Arrive Thursday, March 31, 2016 – Depart Saturday, April 23, 2016

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 Figure Painting students must enroll full-time, for the entire 3 week term.
TUITION PRICE: 2225 euros, shared 2BR housing included.

(Single living available in limited supply, for +250 euros minimum.)
1 December 2015
PAYMENT DUE: 19 December 2015
HOW to APPLY: Please review the ADMISSIONS page for general information about the application process.

Admissions for 2016 SPRING FIGURE PAINTING are OPEN.

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





2016 Spring Figure Painting students will observe and work alongside founding faculty Nicole Michelle Tully, and assistant faculty David Baird daily as fellow artists.

Students will profit from critique and lectures on oil sketch and short-pose figure painting techniques including: painting directly on primed linen or panel, color thumbnail (“poster study”), 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.




David BAIRD  (b. 1986) is assistant faculty in drawing and painting.

David Baird is an American oil painter and draftsman primarily focused on figurative work. He teaches classes both in the US and Europe, and is currently assistant faculty at Studio Escalier in France.

In 2005, he began his training with Anthony Ryder at the Ryder Studio School in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and subsequently received instruction from notable artists such as Michael Grimaldi, Dan Thompson, and Ted Seth Jacobs. Since 2012 he has been attending classes and working as studio manager for Studio Escalier.

Mr. Baird’s drawings and paintings are collected privately in the U.S. and Europe.