Nicole Michelle TULLY /    NG2 - oil on wood - 2014   (detail) 
Nicole Michelle TULLY /    NG2 - oil on wood - 2014 
Our light source / Argenton-Chateau, France   
Drawing and Painting in Argenton-Chateau / April to October    
Timothy STOTZ / Study of Lucy 1 (Rimlight) - oil - 2010      Study of Lucy 3 (Blue sky) - oil - 2010 
Founding Faculty – Nicole Michelle Tully /   "Class Demo - 2012" | oil on linen   
Founder and Director – Timothy STOTZ /   Lilly   - charcoal, chalk and pastel - 2015 
Timothy STOTZ /    Atalanta - charcoal and chalk - 2012 
Drawing Programs in Paris / October to April
Paris Drawing Programs / Drawing and Lectures at the Musee du Louvre
Faculty – Toby HALL /    Chiara (detail) - pencil - 2016 
HOME– Introduction and Upcoming Courses

STUDIO ESCALIER is a private studio art school and international arts colony in France, founded in 2001. Designed and directed by artists for artists, it is dedicated to the contemporary classical study of drawing and painting from life.

Offering courses in English in the heart of Paris as well as in Argenton-Chateau (Poitou-Charentes), we are an international point of contact for professionals, emerging artists and beginning art students too, attracting artists from more than 45 countries and 40 different US states.

Anyone may apply, there are no academic or artistic pre-requisites to apply as a student. It is an open admissions process, based mainly on portfolio submission – a review of artwork drawn or painted from life.

Admission to our Intensive Courses and Special Programs in drawing and painting in Argenton-Chateau — and to our various Paris Programs including our Winter at the Louvre 8-week program — is by online application only. Entry can be competitive.

Online application is required for every course, 4 to 6 months before the first day of class.


NOTE: Our normal admissions process for 2022 studio courses in Paris and Argenton Chateau will restart on 1st October 2021, thanks to new COVID-19 vaccination requirements for travel to France and inside France.

Online courses will continue through 2022.

See our COURSE SCHEDULE page for the most current information on upcoming studio and online courses, news about our 2021-22 course schedule, and how to apply.


Our student body includes: career painters, portraitists, illustrators, concept artists, animators, muralists, college art teachers, architects, sculptors, printmakers, graduate students, undergraduate students, serious beginners, and people who simply love to draw and paint the human figure.

To see our complete schedule of upcoming courses and application deadlines, visit the COURSE SCHEDULE page.

Every program that is currently accepting applications can also be found here on the HOME page.

Please pay close attention to the application deadlines below, and follow the links:


“Phoebe on Valencia Blue” by N. Michelle TULLY, oil on linen, 2021


Click the course title above to read the full course description, and see artwork by faculty.

INSTRUCTOR: SPRING ONLINE | THE PORTRAIT will be taught by founding faculty N. Michelle TULLY.


Video demonstrations and content will be hosted on Vimeo, available only on the Studio Escalier website.

Demonstration slideshows and photos essays will be provided too.

Individual weekly critique and weekly group meetings will take place on Zoom.

A private Facebook Group will be created for those students who wish to post their progress and share their work during the course.

The Facebook group will be monitored by the instructor and participation is optional.

CLASS DATES: Sunday, 3 APRIL 2022 – Friday, 20 MAY 2022 (7 weeks)


New course content ( video lectures, demonstrations, slideshows, assignments) will be be published online once weekly, by 12:00AM midnight on Saturday night (Paris time – GMT+1), making it available first thing in the morning on Sunday morning, to all students worldwide.

Weekly online group meeting and instructor lecture-presentation held twice each SUNDAY, one morning and one evening time slot (Paris time – GMT+1).

Individual critiques will be arranged as required once each week on THURSDAY or FRIDAY.

CLASS SIZE: 18 students, one 7-week online section
Entry by application only. Anyone may apply.
TUITION PRICE: 1300 EUROS for 7 weeks


HOW to APPLY: Admissions for 2022 SPRING ONLINE | THE PORTRAIT are OPEN.

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

Laptop and desktop users should use the link below to apply online now:‎


Tablet and smartphone users can apply offline by e-mail.
Request the course application using the link below: