Timothy STOTZ / Brooke Bastille Day (detail) – charcoal and white chalk on grey paper – 2011



“It is by becoming familiar with the inventions of others that one learns, in art, to invent oneself.”

“C’est en se rendant familières les inventions des autres qu’on apprendre, dans l’art, à inventer soi-même.”

– J.A.D. Ingres


LOCATION: Our December in Paris – Portrait Drawing program holds life drawing sessions in the Paris Program Studio in Montmartre, and offers weekly critique of ongoing student drawings at the Musee du Louvre.

Please see our Facilities page for complete details on the Paris Program Studio.
CLASS DATES: Monday, 2 December 2019 – Friday, 20 December 2019

Note: First class meeting will be Monday, 2 December, 8:45 AM, at the Paris Program studio.
CLASS SCHEDULE: Portrait drawing sessions with model 20 hrs/week (4 mornings & 2 afternoons in studio per week)

plus 1 individual Louvre critique per student per week with faculty.
CLASS SIZE: 10 maximum + instructors
WHO is ELIGIBLE? Anyone may apply – There are no academic or other pre-requisites.

All December in Paris students enroll full-time, for the entire three weeks
TUITION PRICE: 1525 euros  for one 3-week term. (cost of housing in Paris is not included)

Students required to find and contract their own housing in Paris.
Click here for more information.


Apply today – final applications will be reviewed weekly each Friday.


Due paid within 5 business days of admissions notification

HOW to APPLY: Final admissions for 2019 DECEMBER in PARIS – PORTRAIT DRAWING are CLOSED.

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




The December in Paris – Portrait Drawing program is a new opportunity for beginners, serious students and emerging professionals, available exclusively through Studio Escalier in this location.

The course will feature a structured curriculum on drawing the portrait from life, as well as copying after masterpieces of sculpture and painting at the Musee du Louvre. (20 hrs of life drawing per week; meeting for critique 1x per week at the museum.)

The sculpture halls and painting galleries of the Louvre are also open Wednesday and Friday evenings until 9:45pm for independent drawing.

Studio Escalier advises all enrolled students to apply for a yearly museum membership online (Carte Amis du Louvre jeune, professional, famille, etc ), to enter and draw in the Musee du Louvre daily, at no further cost. (Costs 15 – 80 euros for annual membership, depending on individual status.)

December in Paris also include 1 lecture-tour inside the collection of the Musee du Louvre. Lectures are strictly reserved for students only, as the cost of group reservations for lectures is calculated by the total number of heads, and is included in the tuition price.


December in Paris will be team-taught by the artists Timothy Stotz and Nicole Michelle Tully.

Full-time faculty will occasionally work alongside students as fellow artists.

See our FACULTY page for instructor biographies and additional portfolio images.