"L'éloge du beau" and "Johanna", drawings by instructor and head of faculty Timothy Stotz
"NG Twice (Imaginary Twin)", oil on linen, 2018, by instructor and founding faculty Nicole Michelle Tully
INTENSIVE COURSES | 2025 Summer Intensive

“Intricacy in form, therefore, I shall define to be that peculiarity in the lines which compose it, that leads the eye a wanton kind of chase, and from the pleasure that gives the mind, entitles it to the name of beautiful…”

– William Hogarth, The Analysis of Beauty (1753)


The 2025 Summer Intensive will be held in the Intensive Course Studio, on our main campus in Argenton-Chateau (Deux-Sèvres – 79), a medieval town north of Bordeaux and south of the Loire Valley, in the Nouvelle Aquitaine region of southwestern France.

Argenton-Chateau is situated 2 hours from Paris – Gare de Montparnasse (total travel time: TGV train + program shuttlebus).

See our FACILITIES page for complete details on the Intensive Course Studio.
CLASS DATES: Thursday, 12 June – Saturday 16 August, 2025
9 weeks of studio instruction, with no midterm break = 9 weeks total.

Group arrival 5:30 PM at Angers/St Laud – Gare TGV, Thursday, 12 June 2025.

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 10 minutes and two weeks (50+ hrs).

The course will offer lecture-demonstrations 1-2x weekly and in-studio critique, 3 days per week. Full-time faculty will occasionally work alongside students as fellow artists.
CLASS SIZE: 14 maximum + instructors
WHO is ELIGIBLE? There are no academic or other pre-requisites.
All students must enroll full-time for this 9-week course.
HOUSING: Nine weeks of 2BR shared housing included in tuition price.
Single living available in limited supply, for +600 euros minimum surcharge.

Students live in program housing, assigned starting March 15, in the order that applications were received.

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

29 NOVEMBER 2024
3400 EUR = due paid by 7 DECEMBER 2024

2200 EUR = due paid by 29 MARCH 2025

HOW to APPLY: Admissions for the 2025 SUMMER INTENSIVE will open in September 2024.

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



COURSE DESCRIPTION: “2025 Summer Intensive”

The Summer Intensive course offers a full-time, structured curriculum 30 hrs. per week of daily figure drawing and oil painting from life (270 studio hours total, over 9 weeks).

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

The Summer Intensive is entitled “Re-forming the Elements of Figurative Art”.

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

Please review frequently asked questions on our FAQS page.

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