“It’s not about painting from life, it is about bringing painting to life.”

“Il ne s’agit pas de peindre de la vie, il s’agit de rendre la peinture vivante.” – Pierre Bonnard


LOCATION: Our 2020 Autumn Painting Alla Prima will convene in Argenton-Chateau (79).

Please see our Facilities page for complete details on our campus and school facilities.
CLASS DATES: Arrive Thursday, 15 October 2020 – Depart Saturday, 7 November 2020

Studio sessions will be held for 3 weeks total, Sunday – Thursday with 6 hrs life model daily, 5 days per week.
CLASS SIZE: 12 maximum + instructor(s)
WHO is ELIGIBLE? Anyone may apply – There are no academic or other pre-requisites.

All Autumn Painting Alla Prima students must enroll full-time, for the entire 3 week term.
TUITION PRICE: 1750 euros, shared 2BR housing included.

(Single living available in limited supply, for +300 euros minimum.)
1 JULY 2020
HOW to APPLY: Admissions for 2020 AUTUMN PAINTING – ALLA PRIMA are OPEN.

Before you apply, please review the ADMISSIONS page for general information about the application process. See the application form below for all further details.

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2020 Autumn Painting – Alla Prima students will receive daily instruction and observe lecture-demonstrations (2-3x/week) by visiting faculty David Baird.

The primary focus of the class is to develop compositions from the live model, with both short and long poses—beginning with quick, broad color studies focusing on planar relationships, organization, and composition. Progressively longer poses will allow students to work toward a higher resolution.

Demonstrations may consist of both drawing and painting, in order to isolate and simplify certain topics for discussion. Students will also be encouraged to draw as a preliminary or supplementary exercise, to explore compositional motifs, or to better develop their own sense of form. Minimum of two faculty demonstrations per week.

Individual critique or painting demonstration will be given five days weekly, and the studio culture will offer daily opportunities for questions, discussions and impromptu “work-in-progress” demonstrations.



David BAIRD  (b. 1986) is visiting faculty in drawing and painting.

David Baird is an oil painter and draftsman primarily focused on figurative work. He has taught classes in the US, Australia, and Europe, and is visiting faculty at Studio Escalier.

In 2006, he began his training with Anthony Ryder at the Ryder Studio School in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He went on to attend classes at Studio Escalier (2012-2014) in Argenton-Chateau and Paris, and was later studio manager and assistant faculty (2015-2016).

In 2015 he participated in the JSS Master Class program in Civita Castellana, Italy, conducted by Israel Hershberg, benefitting from extensive exposure to some of Europe’s greatest works of art.

Mr Baird continued his studies at the Jerusalem Studio School in Jerusalem, Israel from 2018-2019. In the summer of 2019 he was awarded the Avigdor Arikha Memorial Scholarship and returned to Civita Castellana.