“Beauty: it’s the satisfaction of vision.”

“La beauté, c’est la satisfaction de la vision.” – Pierre Bonnard


INSTRUCTOR: NOVEMBER COLOR ONLINE will be taught by founding faculty N. Michelle TULLY


Video content will be hosted on Vimeo, and available only through the Studio Escalier website. Demonstration slideshows and photos essays will be provided too.

Individual weekly critique and weekly group meetings will take place on Zoom.

A private Facebook Group will be created for those students who wish to post their progress and share their work during the course.

The Facebook group will be monitored by the instructor and participation is optional.

CLASS DATES: Sunday, 25 October 2020 – Friday, 20 November 2020 (4 weeks)


New course content ( video lectures, demonstrations, slideshows, assignments) will be be published online each week by 12:00AM midnight on Friday and Saturday night (Paris time – GMT+1), making it available first thing in the morning on Saturday and Sunday, to all students worldwide.

Weekly online group meeting and instructor presentation held twice each MONDAY, one morning and one evening time slot (Paris time – GMT+1).

Individual critiques will be arranged as required once each week on THURSDAY or FRIDAY.

CLASS SIZE: 18 students, per 4-week section
Entry by application only. Anyone may apply.
TUITION PRICE: 600 EUROS for 4 weeks



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

Laptop and desktop users should use the link below to apply online now:




This class will be dedicated to exploring perceptual color and what the eye sees. It will focus on the practical application of color theory and color perception in still-life and master-copy painting.

Ms Tully will guide students through various painting exercises using color charts, various limited palettes, and different toned grounds. Each student will work from small still life setups in their own home, learn by copying from high quality photos of master paintings assigned by faculty, as well as paint assigned subjects from life.

The demonstrations will be pre-recorded video and there will be a weekly MONDAY class meeting ( 9:30am and 8pm, Paris time, to accommodate different time zones) for mini-demonstrations and to answer questions students might have as they are working from home.

Ms TULLY will publish a minimum of one video and one slideshow demonstration per week. Each student will have a 30-minute private critique per week. The class will meet once a week online as a group, for discussion.

Studio Escalier will also host a private social media page for those students who wish to post their progress and share their work.


Each Sunday, Studio Escalier will upload a new painting demonstration and the instructor will present the curriculum for the week, to discuss the week’s assignment(s) and reply to general issues.

The Sunday painting demonstration video (2-3 hrs in length) will be available online exclusively for NOVEMBER COLOR ONLINE students to view and paint from during the course.

Each week the class will focus on a new palette and use a different color toned surface.


On Monday of each week, Studio Escalier will upload a second demonstration, a slideshow or photo essay of a painting assignment – either a master copy ( using high quality reference images ) or a painting observed from life. This demonstration will be documented with short slideshow or video snippets, and progress photos with captions.

Additional ideas will be given to students who wish to make more than one assignment per week.

During the week, students will keep a studio journal, to organize their own projects and record their own questions and progress.

Individual critiques will be given on Thursday or Friday of each week. Students will have a designated time to meet the instructor on Zoom for 30-35 minutes to discuss the week’s work.

A private Facebook Group will be created for students to share their work from the class and interact with each other during the course and after.

The Facebook group will be monitored by the instructor and participation is optional.



N. Michelle TULLY (b. 1972) is full-time faculty and co-founder of Studio Escalier.

Ms. Tully has shown her work in galleries in the United States and Europe for over 25 years, including Iliad Antik (NYC), the Sherry French Gallery (NYC), Klaudia Marr Fine Art (Santa Fe, NM) and the John Pence Gallery (San Francisco). Her work has entered several distinguished private collections in the US and Europe, including the collections of Margot Gordon, Charles B. Wessler, and HRH the Prince of Wales.

In 2015, Ms Tully’s portrait “NG” was selected to be included in the annual Royal Society of Portrait painters exhibition at the Mall Galleries in London.

In 2012, Ms. Tully’s work was selected by ACOPAL (the America China Oil Painters Art League) to be included in the first major exhibition of contemporary American realist painting in China. The ACOPAL exhibition debuted at the National Arts Club in New York City in 2012, and traveled to several major museums in China in 2013.

She has been the recipient of grants, fellowships and exhibition prizes from the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation, the New York Academy of Art, the Prince of Wales Fellowship, the National Academy of Design, the Circulo de Bellas Artes in Madrid, Spain, the Leslie T. and Frances U. Posey Foundation and the Stacey Foundation.

She received her MFA degree in Painting from the Graduate School of Figurative Art – New York Academy of Art (2004). She went to art school in New York City at the Art Students League and National Academy of Design, and in France at the Ecole Albert Defois under Ted Seth Jacobs (1996-2001). She holds a BA degree magna cum laude in Art History from New York University.

Ms Tully was one of eight original members of the Jacob Collins Studio (1994-97) and was one of eleven founding members of the Water Street Atelier (1997-98), both in Brooklyn, NY.