“Marco” by Nicole Michelle TULLY, mixed media on paper, 2019

2023 SPRING PORTRAIT at the LOUVRE / Drawing Program

“Never align the head and neck on the same line: they always form two discontinuous movements. In a head, the first thing to do for the artist is to make the eyes speak, but only by indicating their mass. First we pocket the eyes: then we move on to the projection of the nose. The fall of the nostril is a beautiful means of expression: it indicates tranquility. The wing of the nose drawn very slightly is a beautiful thing; the wing properly taken by the cheek, that too is an element of beauty. The moustache must leave the cheek fully uncovered. See the Jupiter.”

– J.A.D. Ingres, Ingres : sa vie, ses travaux, sa doctrine… (1870)


LOCATION: Our Spring Portrait at the Louvre – Drawing Program will hold morning portrait drawing sessions in our Paris Program Studio in Montmartre, as well as offer 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, 13 March 2023 – Friday, 31 March 2023  (One 3-week term)
CLASS SCHEDULE: Drawing sessions with model 16 hrs/week (M,Tu,Th,Fr mornings, plus Tuesday afternoon)

One-on-one critique of student drawings at the Louvre
One individual Louvre critique per student, per week, with each instructor.
CLASS SIZE: 10 maximum + 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 3-week course.
TUITION PRICE: 1800 euros for one 3-week term

Three weeks of housing in Paris not included.
Students required to find and contract their own housing in Paris.


12 NOVEMBER 2022

HOW to APPLY: Admissions for 2023 SPRING PORTRAIT at the LOUVRE are closed.

Before you apply, please review the ADMISSIONS page for general information about the application process.



COURSE DESCRIPTION: “2023 Spring Portrait at the Louvre”

Our Spring Portrait at the Louvre drawing program is an exclusive educational opportunity for arts professionals, emerging artists and art students, offered in co-operation with the Musee du Louvre, Paris.

It offers a unique 3-week curriculum of daily portrait drawing in our Paris Program Studio in Montmartre and weekly critique of ongoing student drawings executed on-site at the Louvre.

Portait drawing studio will be in-session for 3 weeks, 16 hrs weekly (4 mornings per week: M, Tu, Th, Fr, plus Tuesday afternoon)

The course will offer lecture-demonstrations on Tuesday mornings, and critique will be given in the studio 3-4 sessions per week. Poses will vary in length (up to 16 hrs.) depending on the principles being discussed and taught.

Louvre lectures will discuss antiquity as it affected Italian and French Renaissance and early Baroque drawing, painting, and sculpture. Emphasis on conceptual development of Greek and Roman art, as well as on Italian and French art, 15th-17th century.

The course will offer a structured curriculum of daily drawing from life every morning, with additional drawing from masterpieces of sculpture in the Louvre, to be pursued independently in the afternoons outside of class.

One-on-one critiques of student work will be given weekly at the Musee du Louvre, with one of the two instructors. One-on-one critiques at the museum will be scheduled in advance, 30-45 minutes maximum per individual, once a week.

The sculpture halls and painting galleries of the Louvre are also open 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.)

Paris drawing programs may also include 1 or 2 lecture-tours 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.


Spring at the Louvre will be taught by founding faculty Timothy Stotz and Nicole Michelle Tully.

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