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

2024 SPRING PORTRAIT at the LOUVRE / Drawing Program

“I used to sit it on the ground when my day’s work was done, and saw revealed to me with swimming eyes the birth of new hopes and of a new world of objects. The painter thus learns to look at Nature with different eyes. He before saw her “as in a glass darkly, but now face to face.” He understands the texture and meaning of the visible universe, and sees into the life of things not by the help of mechanical instruments, but of the improved exercise of his faculties, and an intimate sympathy with Nature. The meanest thing is not lost upon him, for he looks at it with an eye to itself, not merely to his own vanity or interest, or the opinion of the world. Even where there is neither beauty nor use — if that ever were — still there is truth, and a sufficient source of gratification in the indulgence of curiosity and activity of mind. The humblest painter is a true scholar; and the best of scholars — the scholar of Nature.”

– William Hazlitt, On the Pleasure of Painting (1821)


LOCATION: Our Spring Portrait at the Louvre – Drawing Program will hold afternoon 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, 22 April – Friday, 17 May 2024 (One 4-week term) First meeting time and date: 12:30PM, Monday, 22 April 2024 at the Paris Program Studio, in Montmartre.
CLASS SCHEDULE: Drawing sessions with model 14 hrs/week (Monday, Thursday + Friday afternoons, and all day Tuesday)

One-on-one critique of student drawings at the Louvre
One individual Louvre critique per student, per week, with instructors Timothy STOTZ and Nicole Michelle TULLY (Thursday or Friday, mornings only).
CLASS SIZE: 10 maximum + instructors
WHO is ELIGIBLE? Anyone may apply. There are no academic or other pre-requisites.
All students must enroll full-time for this 4-week course.
TUITION PRICE: 2000 euros for one 4-week term

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

5 JANUARY 2024
7 JANUARY 2024

13 JANUARY 2024

HOW to APPLY: Admissions for 2024 SPRING PORTRAIT at the LOUVRE are closed.

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



COURSE DESCRIPTION: “2024 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 4-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 4 weeks, 14 hrs weekly (Monday, Thursday + Friday afternoons, and all day Tuesday).

The course will offer lecture-demonstrations on Tuesday mornings, and critique will be given in the studio 3-4 afternoons per week. Poses will vary in length (up to 9 hrs.) depending on the principles being discussed and taught.

Louvre lecture 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 in the afternoon, with additional drawing from masterpieces of sculpture in the Louvre, to be pursued independently most mornings outside of class.

One-on-one critiques of student work will be given weekly at the Musee du Louvre, with instructors Timothy STOTZ and Nicole Michelle TULLY. One-on-one critiques at the museum will be scheduled in advance, 30-45 minutes maximum per individual, once a week (Thursday or Friday, mornings only).

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 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.


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.