“Le Licteur (copy after Paul Baudry)” pencil on paper, 2020 by visiting faculty Tobias HALL


“Drawing is based upon perspective, which is nothing else than a thorough knowledge of the function of the eye.” – Leonardo Da Vinci


INSTRUCTOR: 2020 ONLINE | FIGURE DRAWING will be taught by visiting faculty Tobias HALL


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, 22 NOVEMBER 2020 – Sunday, 20 DECEMBER 2020 (4 weeks)


A video lecture-demonstration will be uploaded each Sunday, and a second slideshow/video snippet demonstration uploaded on each Monday.

Weekly online group meeting and instructor presentation each SUNDAY.

Individual critiques and group meetings will take place weekly on FRIDAY and SATURDAY.

CLASS SIZE: 16 students, per 4-week section
Entry by application only. Anyone may apply.
TUITION PRICE: 600 EUROS for 4 weeks


HOW to APPLY: Admissions for 2020 ONLINE | FIGURE DRAWING are OPEN.

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

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Tablet and smartphone users can apply offline.
Request the course application using the link below:





This class will be dedicated to various aspects of figure drawing and master-copying in dry media:

– Block-in, movement & composition
– Light, value scale & form
– Structure, anatomy & perspective

Mr HALL will guide students through various concepts, demonstrations and assignments, discuss technique and drawing materials, and give individual drawing critiques

Figure drawing demonstrations will be made from pre-recorded video of a live figure pose. There will be a weekly class meeting ( scheduled twice in one day as needed, to accommodate different time zones worldwide). Some time will be given weekly for mini-demonstrations, as well as to answer general questions most students might have as they work from home.

Mr HALL will publish a minimum of two demonstrations per week, in both figure drawing and master-copying from high quality reproductions. 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 drawing 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 (3-4 hrs in length) will be available online exclusively for DRAWING ONLINE students to view and draw from during the course.

The Sunday drawing will be an ongoing long pose for 4 weeks.


On Monday of each week, Studio Escalier will upload a second demonstration, either a special topic drawn from a second figure pose, or a master copy (using high quality reference images). This demonstration will be documented with video snippets, or a short slideshow with progress photos and captions.

Additional reference drawings will be given to students each week, to draw and copy after, beyond the two main demonstrations each 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.



M. Tobias HALL  – Visiting Faculty
    Tutor in Painting and Drawing

M. Tobias Hall (b. 1981) has taught drawing and painting as an instructor and assistant instructor at Studio Escalier (2011 – present), at the Ryder Studio School (Santa Fe, NM) and privately.

From 2018-2019, he co-taught the museum copy program at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City – alongside founding faculty and senior critic Edward Schmidt – for the MFA Painting program of the New York Academy of Art.

Mr Hall currently lives and works in Santa Fe, NM.

He was the 2009 recipient of the John F. and Anna Lee Stacey Foundation Award for Painting. He has been awarded two Waterway Fellowships by Studio Escalier (2007, 2009) for artistic excellence.

M. Tobias Hall holds an MFA in Painting from the New York Academy of Art, and received his BA magna cum laude in Fine Arts (Animation) from Arizona State University.

He also studied drawing and painting at the Ryder Studio in Santa Fe, NM, at the Andreeva Portrait Academy, and in various Studio Escalier Intensive courses and programs in Argenton-Chateau and Paris — including daily drawing at the Musee du Louvre and the Musee d’Orsay, and painting master copies in oil independently at the Louvre.