INTENSIVE COURSES | 2018 Autumn Intensive

“Only nature well-seen, well-studied can give you the genuine brilliance and original knowledge that distinguishes the superior man from the common one. I say ‘well-seen’ because if you do not look unceasingly with a comparing eye as I’ve asked you to, you’ll get nowhere.”

“La nature bien vue, bien étudiée vous peut seule donner ces lumières originales qui distinguent l’homme supérieur d’avec l’homme commun. Je dis bien vue, car si vous ne la voyez sans cesse avec ces yeux de comparaison que je vous demande, il n’y a rien de fait.”

– Jean Baptiste Oudry, Réflexions sur la manière d’étudier la couleur (1749)


LOCATION: The 2018 Autumn Intensive will be held in the Intensive Course Studio, on our campus in Argenton-Chateau (79), a medieval town north of Bordeaux, south of the Loire Valley, in the Poitou-Charentes region of southwest France.

Argenton-Chateau is situated 2.5 hours from Paris-Montparnasse (total travel time: TGV train + program shuttlebus).

Please see our FACILITIES page for complete details on the Intensive Course Studio.
CLASS DATES: 23 August – 6 October 2018 

Group arrival: 5:00 PM Thursday, 23 August 2018, Gare SNCF de Angers/ St Laud, France.
CLASS SCHEDULE: The daily schedule is 6 hours of life-model, 5 days a week (Sunday – Thursday, 9am – 6pm).

Figure poses will vary in length between 3 hrs. and 30+ hrs.

The course will offer lecture-demonstrations 1-2x weekly and in-studio critique, 3-4 days per week.
CLASS SIZE: 13 maximum + instructors

WHO is ELIGIBLE? Anyone may apply. New students and alumni of all levels are encouraged.

All students must enroll full-time for this 6-week course.

There is no option for part-time enrollment, or late arrival.

TUITION PRICE: 3250 euros, shared 2BR housing included

HOUSING: Six weeks of shared 2BR housing in Argenton-Chateau included. Private lodging costs extra.

Students live in program housing, assigned and billed starting July 1, in the order applications were received.

Please see our LODGING page for complete details on housing in Argenton-Chateau.

1 JULY 2018


17 JULY 2018

HOW to APPLY: Admissions for the 2018 AUTUMN INTENSIVE are CLOSED.

Please review the ADMISSIONS page for general information about the application process.



COURSE DESCRIPTION:  “Painting and the Principles of Living Form”

The Autumn Intensive course is a full-time, structured curriculum with an emphasis on long-pose figure painting.

There is no option for part-time enrollmet, or late arrival.

Figure sessions meet for 6 weeks painting the human figure from life, 30 hrs. per week.

Figure poses will vary in length between 3 and 60 hours total, primarily painting the human figure, using a limited palette underpainting technique, as well as a contemporary prismatic palette for various “wet-into-wet” techniques (e.g. “au premier
coup”, “alla prima”, “in-painting” or “form painting”).

Full-time faculty will occasionally work alongside students as fellow artists, producing both drawings and paintings.

It will be team-taught by founding faculty Nicole Michelle Tully and Timothy Stotz.

Please review frequently asked questions on our FAQS page.

Advice on how to get to Argenton-Chateau is on the TRAVEL to FRANCE page.