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 art 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.

See our COURSE SCHEDULE page for the most current information on upcoming courses in all locations, 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:


“Johanna” and “Daphne’s Ear” by founder and director Timothy Stotz


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


The 2023 Summer Intensive will be held in the Intensive Course Studio, on our main campus in Argenton-Chateau (Deux-Sèvres – 79), a medieval town north of Bordeaux and south of the Loire Valley, in the Nouvelle Aquitaine region of southwestern France (2 hours from Paris – Gare de Montparnasse total travel time).

See our FACILITIES page for complete details on the Intensive Course Studio.

CLASS DATES: Thursday, 1st June – Saturday, 12 August, 2023
10 weeks of studio instruction, with no midsummer break.

Group arrival at Angers/St Laud – Gare TGV, Thursday, 1st June 2023.
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).

Course offers 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: 14 + instructors
WHO is ELIGIBLE? Proof of complete COVID-19 vaccination is required to enroll. There are no academic or other pre-requisites. All students must enroll full-time for this 6-week course.
HOUSING: Ten weeks of 2BR shared housing included in tuition price.
Single living available in limited supply, for +400 euros minimum surcharge.

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.

3400 EUR = due paid by 13 DECEMBER 2022

2200 EUR = due paid by 1 APRIL 2023

HOW to APPLY: Admissions for the 2023 SUMMER INTENSIVE are OPEN.

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

Desktop and laptop users can apply online.
Click below to fill out the online form:


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


Note: Proof of complete COVID-19 vaccination is required to enroll. You will be asked to attest to your vaccination status on the application.

If accepted, all students must provide official proof of complete vaccination against COVID-19 before paying the tuition fee. See the application for details.