Location: Argenton-Chateau, France (Deux-Sèvres, 79150)
Program Dates: Thursday, August 27 – Saturday, October 10, 2020
Faculty: Timothy Stotz, Nicole Michelle Tully, Tobias Hall

Application Instructions

1) Before you apply, if you have any unanswered questions about the course, please contact us at (info@studioescalier.com)

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Autumn Intensive | Scholarship Application Form

  • 8) Please attach a recent passport-type photo of yourself (Smith.Jane.passport.photo.jpg) Max size 2mb.

  • 9) Please send us two (2) portfolio images, your best figure drawing and your best figure painting from life, judged by your own standard.

    If you prefer, you may include two drawings or two paintings instead. Do NOT include work from photos.

    NOTE: Please size all digital images to no greater than 4 x 6 inches at 300 dpi, and RE-NAME all digital files as follows:

    LASTNAME.firstname.Number.jpg (For example: SMITH.Jane.1.jpg, SMITH.Jane.2.jpg)

  • 10) Is English your native language, or French, or something else? ( Note: all instruction is in English.)

  • 15) Housing Preferences: Please rank each housing choice in order of your preference = 1st, 2nd, 3rd.
    (Please note: This is not a contractual housing offer. Every effort will be made to fulfill preferences, but be advised that availability of housing options varies from year to year. Your responses do NOT affect the admissions process.)
  • * * * Scholarship and Financial Aid Applicants Only * * *

    Scholarship Application Deadline: 1 May 2020

    See the Scholarship and Aid page of our website for information about current scholarships, fellowships, and work-study aid available. Scholarship admissions decisions will be returned no later than June 1, with tuition payment due in full no later than June 15.

  • Supplemental Portfolio Images (Scholarship and Financial Aid Applicants only)

    Please upload four additional artworks, either drawings or paintings, made from observation.
    (Please do not include artwork that is simply copied from photography.)

    NOTE: Please size all digital images to no greater than 4 x 6 inches at 300 dpi, and RE-NAME all digital files as follows:

    LASTNAME.firstname.Number.jpg (For example: SMITH.Jane.1.jpg, SMITH.Jane.2.jpg)

  • Please review all course information and policies below, and attest that you have done so:

    Course Description

    •The 2020 Autumn Intensive will be taught by founding faculty Nicole Michelle Tully and Timothy Stotz, and instructor Tobias Hall.

    • This course offers a structured curriculum of drawing and oil painting the human figure from life, 30 hrs/week.

    • The course accepts a maximum of 13 students.

    Course Dates and Schedule

    • The program dates are Thursday, August 27 – Saturday, October 10, 2020 (6 weeks)

    • The program will meet Sunday to Thursday, at our campus in Argenton-Chateau, France (79150).

    • Figure sessions will be offered 30 hrs/week, with daily critique and weekly demonstrations.

    Group Arrival: 5:00 PM, Thursday, August 27, 2020 at Angers/St Laud – Gare SNCF.


    • The price for the 2020 Autumn Intensive is 3300 euros. 2BR shared housing is included in the price.

    • Single living is available in limited supply, for +300 to +450 euros surcharge, depending on size and availability.

  • Priority Application Deadline
    1 May 2020

    Admissions Notification and Student Confirmation

    Admissions decisions will be made and admissions notifications sent by e-mail no later than 3 May 2020.

    Accepted applicants must reply to accept or decline admission within 48 hours, or an alternate may be admitted in their place.

    Tuition Payment Due:
    3300 euros is due on 15 May 2020 (non-transferable, partially refundable under certain conditions. See Payment Policy below.)

    Tuition Payment Policy

    Payment in euros is accepted by wire payment only. Variable wire fees will apply. Sorry, no checks.

    Some students may choose to pay their tuition by credit card in US dollars via Paypal (add 3.5% + applicable wire fees). Contact us for current details.

    Tuition Refund and Transfer Policy

    Tuition is 100% NON-TRANSFERABLE after payment – cannot be applied or "credited" to other courses or students – and refunds are subject to strict conditions.

    A 50% tuition refund will be honored if requested by 15 June, for priority applicants only (if you applied by 1 May.) PLEASE NOTE: As a strict matter of policy, NO tuition refunds, whole or partial, can be made after that date for any reason.

    After the refund date, paid tuition is both NON-REFUNDABLE, and remains NON-TRANSFERABLE -- cannot be applied or "credited" to other courses or students.

  • Housing Policy

    Standard housing costs are included in the price of tuition. ( Fully furnished; includes all utilities and wireless internet access. No phone).

    Standard student housing is a shared 2BR house or apartment in the center of town. Private 1BR apartments, 1BR houses, and family-size housing is available in limited supply, for slightly higher cost (minimum surcharge of +300 euros).

    Priority housing assignment begins 1 July 2020. Housing is assigned in the order that applications were originally received.

    PLEASE NOTE: The 2BR shared housing cost is fully integrated in the tuition price, and is subject to all payment and refund polices

    See our FAQS about Argenton-Chateau page for more information.

    Guest Policy in Argenton-Chateau

    Students in Studio Escalier housing can receive "weekend guests" on a week's notice for a fee of 20 euros per night. Any non-student guest or visiting family member staying more than 2 nights total MUST be scheduled during housing assignment and approved before arrival. Longer stays and partners are charged an additional flat fee on a case-by-case basis, payable in advance, due in full on arrival. No exceptions.

    Attendance Policy

    We will keep a strong pace, and will benefit from witnessing each other’s work. New concepts and exercises will be introduced and practiced weekly, often daily. As artists, time is our most valuable possession, and we spend it wisely. Due to its short length and density of content, daily attendance of the entire course (27 August – October 10, 2020) is expected of every student.

    We are experienced witnesses to the results of concentrated and constant practice, for which there is no substitute. We take this chance to remind all applicants that their seriousness of purpose and level of motivation will be met in kind by the teachers of the course.

    This means that repeatedly tardy or absent students risk being ignored in favor of more serious artists. We reserve the right to eject students from the course without refund, at any time, owing to daily tardiness or non-attendance (including any nonmedical absences).

    Drug and Alcohol Policy

    In accordance with French law, the drug policy at Studio Escalier is zero tolerance. Substance abuse of any kind -- including problem drinking, drunk driving, abuse of prescription drugs, and the sale or use of illegal/controlled substances -- will be met with dismissal from the studio program without refund.

    The possession and/or abuse of controlled or illegal substances are additionally subject to prosecution by the local, national and international police. Drug and alcohol policy decisions are made at the sole discretion of the administration. All students should consider this their first and only warning.

    Health and Safety Policy

    No tuition refunds are available for failures of student health. Furthermore, as a matter of liability, Studio Escalier cannot be held financially, administratively or morally responsible at any time for the costs, concerns or caretaking of pre-existing psychological infirmities, medical conditions or physical illnesses.

    In the interest of fair treatment and good faith between all parties, any and all underlying medical concerns (psychological, as well as physical) must be made known to the school at the time of application. Lying about health issues is an automatic dealbreaker, especially lying by omission.

    Meaning, Studio Escalier reserves the right to expel any student from the program -- without refund, at any time -- owing to misrepresentation of their underlying psychological or physical well-being. Accepted students are also asked to inform the school of any serious diagnosis received between registration and their first day of class.

    Failure to notify us of a serious pre-existing, or emerging, health problem before your arrival may result in annulment of your admission, without refund for cost of tuition, rent or travel -- without discussion or appeal.

    Access Policy

    Very infrequently, we are asked if we can provide accessible access or programs for students who are physically challenged (reduced mobility or muscular control; visual, neurological and other infirmities). Our Intensive Course studio is currently unable to offer access or admission to physically infirm or handicapped students.

    If any prospective student is concerned that an otherwise undisclosed physical or medical condition may affect their daily attendance, artistic performance, or personal independence (climb and descend 44 stairs to attend figure sessions; walk 1 km daily in town, to shop or attend class), they are asked to make a full disclosure of their concerns or known condition at the time of their application.

  • General Disclaimer and Liability Policy, Cancellation Policy

    From the time of their application, the enrolled Student is responsible to understand and agrees to be bound by all policies contained in the online course prospectus, as well as any additions made to such policies by Studio Escalier at a later date.

    The School certifies that it will provide safe, clean and adequately furnished studio facilities for drawing and painting from the human figure. The Student is liable for 100% of the replacement cost of any damage they cause to the studio or its furnishings, intentional or not.

    Studio Escalier reserves the right to make occasional substitutions of program faculty in cases of medical necessity/illness. In this eventuality, no tuition refund will be offered – partial or whole. All enrolled Students waive their right to claim or construe such substitution as a personal or financial loss.

    Studio Escalier reserves the right to substitute or wholly replace any figure model as needed, due to poor performance, unprofessional conduct, or in cases of medical necessity/illness. In this eventuality, no tuition refund will be offered – partial or whole. All enrolled Students waive their right to claim or construe such substitution or replacement as a personal or financial loss.

    If for any reason the course is completely cancelled before the first day of class – due to any unforeseeable event – a full tuition refund will be offered to enrolled students. In that event, the school is never financially liable for student losses associated with travel, transport, housing, lost time or wages, or any other costs.

    This agreement releases Studio Escalier from all liability relating to any loss, damage, theft, accident, sickness, or injury that may occur to Student during attendance of this art program.

    The Student agrees to hold Studio Escalier entirely free from all liability, including financial responsibility for any loss, damage, or injuries incurred by fellow students or their guests, the instructors, employees, and staff of the program, the owners of program facilities, or any other representative of the program.

    The Student agrees to hold Studio Escalier entirely free from liability regardless of whether such loss, damage, or injury is caused by failure of performance, failure of conduct, failure of health, negligence, lack of due diligence, or force majeure.

    The Student also acknowledges the inherent risks involved in travel and transport, as well as in daily participation in this studio art program. These risks include but are not limited to emotional and psychological stress, as well as the potential for physical injury. The Student is participating voluntarily, and swears that all risks are clearly understood.

    Additionally, the Student attests not to have any undisclosed emotional, psychological or physical health condition that will increase the likelihood of loss, damage or injury while engaging in this program, or affect ability to attend this program and successfully complete it.

    In good faith, the Student will make every effort to obey all studio rules, house rules, safety precautions or other instructions given in writing or explained verbally by Studio Escalier or its representatives. The Student will ask for clarification when needed.

    In summary, the Student forfeits all right to bring suit against Studio Escalier for any reason. In return, the Student enjoys the right to attend this art program and receive tuition in drawing and painting during the period described.

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