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.

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:



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LOCATION: The 2019 SUMMER INTENSIVE will convene at our residential campus in Argenton-Chateau taught by founding faculty Timothy Stotz and Nicole Michelle Tully.
CLASS DATES: Arrive: Thursday, 30 May 2019 / Depart: Saturday, 17 August 2019
CLASS SCHEDULE: Drawing and painting the human figure 30 hrs/week, Sunday – Thursday.
CLASS SIZE: 13 maximum + instructor
WHO is ELIGIBLE? Entry by application only. Anyone may apply – There are no academic or other pre-requisites.

Students must enroll full-time.
TUITION PRICE: 5375 euros, shared 2BR housing included in this price.
(Single housing available for +300 to +450 euros.)
WHEN TO APPLY: ** Admissions for the 2019 SUMMER INTENSIVE are OPEN. **

The priority application deadline is 1 JANUARY 2019.

12 JANUARY 2019

HOW to APPLY: Before you apply, please review the ADMISSIONS page for general information about the application process. See the application form below for all further details.

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New merit scholarships and work-study awards are now available for our Intensive Courses in Argenton-Chateau.

The maximum scholarship award possible is 30% of the tuition price.

The scholarship application deadline for the 2019 SUMMER INTENSIVE is 15 NOVEMBER 2018.

Click here for full details.