“Phoebe (Front Light)” by N. Michelle TULLY, oil on linen, 2022


“When we see a natural style, we are astonished and delighted,
for we expected to see an author, and we find a person.”

[Quand on voit le style naturel, on est tout étonné et ravi,
car on s’attendait de voir un auteur, et on trouve un homme.]

– Blaise PASCAL, Penséés, 1669


INSTRUCTOR: 2024 SPRING ONLINE | THE PORTRAIT will be taught by founding faculty N. Michelle TULLY.


Video demonstrations and content will be hosted on Vimeo, available only on 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: Friday, 1st MARCH 2024 – Friday, 19 APRIL 2024 (7 weeks)


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

Weekly online group meeting and instructor lecture-presentation held live each SUNDAY ( early evening, Paris time – GMT+1). A recorded version will be available online by MONDAY.

Individual critiques will be arranged as required once each week on THURSDAY or FRIDAY (9:00AM – 7:00PM Paris time, GMT+1).

CLASS SIZE: 18 students, one 7-week online section
Entry by application only. Anyone may apply, worldwide.
TUITION PRICE: 1450 EUROS for 7 weeks


HOW to APPLY: Admissions for 2024 SPRING ONLINE | THE PORTRAIT are closed.

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



COURSE DESCRIPTION “Long-Pose Portrait Online”

Students will have a choice between several views of 2 main portrait models on video, and can work on one painting or multiple paintings during the course of the class.

Weekly video demonstrations will take students through the process of long-pose portrait painting over the course of 7 weeks:

• The Color Study
• The Preparatory Drawing
• The Transfer and Underpainting
• The Second Pass
• The Unifying Pass

Each week will will consist of:

• 3 to 5 hours of video demonstration, hosted on Vimeo (released weekly Thursday night)
• Drawing / painting projects for students for the week
• Sunday lecture discussing themes for the week and art historical context (early evening Paris time, GMT+1)
• One 30 minute individual critique on Zoom (Thursday & Friday – (9:00AM – 7:00PM Paris time, GMT+1)

“Phoebe on Valencia Blue” by N. Michelle TULLY, oil on linen, 2021



N. Michelle TULLY (b. 1972), tutor in painting and drawing, 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.

“Noémie in Profile (Full Palette)” by N. Michelle TULLY, oil on linen, 2022