COLOR for PAINTERS taught by founding faculty Nicole Michelle TULLY

2024 WINTER ONLINE | COLOR for PAINTERS (5-week program)

“La couleur se raisonne plus que le dessin.” – Pierre Bonnard

[Color is more reasoned than drawing.]


INSTRUCTOR: WINTER ONLINE | COLOR for PAINTERS will be taught by founding faculty N. Michelle TULLY


Video demonstrations and video content will be hosted on Vimeo, and available only through the Studio Escalier website. In-progress slideshows will also be provided.

Individual weekly critique (30 mins) and weekly group lectures will be delivered 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, 5 January 2024 – Friday, 9 February 2024 (5 weeks)


New course content ( video lectures, demonstrations, slideshows, assignments) will be be published online each week by 13:00 on FRIDAY afternoon (Paris time – GMT+2), making it available to all students worldwide.

Weekly online instructor lecture held live once each SUNDAY, at 18:00 (Paris time – GMT+2). (A pre-recorded version will also be available for those who cannot attend the live meeting.)

Individual critique (30 minutes) will be offered once each week on THURSDAY or FRIDAY between 8:00 and 18:00 Paris time (GMT+2).

CLASS SIZE: 18 students maximum
Entry by application only. Anyone may apply.
TUITION PRICE: 1075 EUROS for 5 weeks


HOW to APPLY: Admissions for 2024 WINTER ONLINE | COLOR for PAINTERS are closed.

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




The 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 color charts, still-life painting, the clothed/draped figure, and master-copy painting.

Instructor will provide pre-recorded content and demonstrations, to guide students through various paintings and exercises with color charts, various limited palettes, and different toned grounds.

Each student will work from video subjects provided by Studio Escalier (still life as well as clothed/ draped figure), learn by copying from hi-res photos of master paintings assigned by faculty, and/or paint assigned subjects from life.

Students will paint weekly assignments from videos provided, from hi-res photos of master paintings or subjects from life assigned by faculty, to be pursued outside of daily faculty supervision. Each student will have a 30-minute private critique per week.

The class will meet once a week online as a group, for discussion, and there will be a weekly SUNDAY instructor lecture – delivered 18:00 Paris time (GMT+2). (Lecture content may be live or pre-recorded.)

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


A weekly painting demonstration video (3-4 hrs in length) will be available online exclusively for COLOR for PAINTERS students to view and paint from during the course. It will be released weekly on FRIDAY by 13:00, Paris time (GMT+2), for worldwide viewing.

Each week the class will focus on a new assignment or subject, and examine new palettes and different toned surfaces.

Each SUNDAY, the instructor will present a lecture via ZOOM (18:00, Paris time), to expand on the week’s video demonstration, and reply to general questions at the start of the student’s work-week.

Individual critiques will be given on THURSDAY or FRIDAY of each week, from 8:00-18:00 Paris time (GMT+2). Students will have a designated time to meet the instructor on Zoom for 30 minutes to discuss the week’s work.

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

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.

“Broken Pot with Garlic” by Nicole Michelle TULLY, oil on linen, 2020

“Study after Vermeer” by Nicole Michelle TULLY, oil on linen, 2020



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.