"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
Portrait écorché and other works by Summer 2020 visiting instructor Donat King
INTENSIVE COURSES | 2020 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 2020 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 2.5 hours from Paris-Montparnasse (total travel time: TGV train + program shuttlebus).

See our FACILITIES page for complete details on the Intensive Course Studio.
CLASS DATES: Thursday, 28 May 2020 – Saturday, 15 August 2020

10 weeks of studio instruction, with a one-week vacation = 11 weeks total.
(Mid-summer break: Friday, 3 July – Saturday, 11 July 2020)

Group arrival at Angers/St Laud – Gare TGV will be Thursday, 28 May 2020 at 5:00 PM
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).
Instruction will include daily drawing and painting from life, as well as weekly anatomical modeling (écorché) in plastilina.

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: 13 maximum + instructors
WHO is ELIGIBLE? Anyone may apply – There are no academic or other pre-requisites.
All students must enroll full-time for this 11-week course.
There is no option for part-time enrollment, or late arrival.

TUITION PRICE: 5450 euros

Merit scholarships and work-study awards are available (up to 30% tuition reduction, maximum.)
Click here for current information on Scholarships and Financial Aid.

HOUSING: Eleven weeks of 2BR shared housing included in tuition price.
Single living available in limited supply, for +300 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.

1 January 2020
3250 euros = due paid by 11 January 2020

2200 euros = due paid by 28 March 2020.

HOW to APPLY: Admissions for the 2020 SUMMER INTENSIVE are closed.

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



COURSE DESCRIPTION: “2020 Summer Intensive”

The Summer Intensive course offers a full-time, structured curriculum 30 to 33 hrs. per week of daily figure drawing and oil painting from life (300+ studio hours total, over 10 weeks).

The studio curriculum includes 30 hours of anatomical modeling (écorché) in plastilina (6 hrs/ week for 5 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 and visiting artist and anatomy instructor Donat King.

Please review frequently asked questions on our FAQS page.

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