Visiting Faculty – Tobias HALL | “Demonstration – After Bouguereau” – pencil on paper – 2021


“I am convinced that every time one gives artists their freedom and suppresses the spirit of routine, art will benefit. We, the young, will draw from our heart and find there motifs of originality, of personality, an emotion that can’t reach us through the constraining recipes of the teaching that we’ve been given up to now.”

[Je suis convaincu que toutes les fois que l’on laissera de la liberté aux artistes et que l’on étouffera l’esprit de routine, l’art y gagnera. Nous, jeunes, nous puiserons dans notre coeur et y trouverons des motifs d’originalité, de personnalité, une émotion que ne sauraient nous donner les recettes compassées de l’enseignement que l’on nous a donné jusqu’à présent.]

– Léon Bonnat, letter to the critic Ernest Chesneau, 23 December 1863


LOCATION: 2024 SUMMER in ARGENTON – FIGURE DRAWING will convene at our residential campus in Argenton-Château.

Please see our Facilities page for complete details on our studio facilities.
CLASS SCHEDULE: Drawing from life 30 hrs/week for 3 weeks total. 

Instruction will includes lecture-demonstration at the easel, daily one-on-one critique.
CLASS SIZE: 12 maximum + instructor(s)
WHO is ELIGIBLE? Entry by application only. Anyone may apply – There are no academic or other pre-requisites.

All students must enroll full-time, for the entire 3 weeks.

TUITION PRICE: 2400 EUR for one 3-week term.

2BR shared housing included.
Private lodging available for +450 EUR minimum.

10 FEBRUARY 2024
HOW to APPLY: Admissions for 2024 SUMMER in ARGENTON – FIGURE DRAWING are closed.

Before you apply, please review the ADMISSIONS page for general information about the application process.



Summer in Argenton – Figure Drawing is a 3-week special program for art students and artists of every level.

Students will profit from critique and lectures by visiting instructor Toby HALL, introducing and demonstrating essential concepts and skills in drawing the human figure from observation.

This course will offer students the opportunity to dive deep into a perceptually based figure drawing process. Specific strategies involving movement, shape, perspective, structural anatomy, & light will be introduced to the students as they work on a number of exercises and studies that will support a more thoroughly developed figure drawing.

30 hours of drawing from the live figure per week, including drawing demonstrations and individual critique at the easel.

Visiting Faculty – Tobias HALL “Freddy Borges (Salmagundi)” – pencil on paper, 2020


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

M. Tobias Hall (b. 1981) lives and works in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Tobias has an MFA in Painting from the New York Academy of Art (Class of 2017), and received his BA magna cum laude in Fine Arts (with a focus on Animation) from Arizona State University.

He has taught drawing and painting as an instructor at the Ryder Studio (Santa Fe, NM), Studio Escalier (Paris & Argenton Chateau, France), and since 2020 has taught online with several schools, including Studio Incamminati, the New Mexico Art League and the Teaching Studios of Art.

From 2017-2019, Mr Hall also co-taught the museum copy program at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City for the MFA Painting program of the New York Academy of Art, alongside NYAA founding faculty and senior critic Edward Schmidt.


Visiting Faculty – Tobias HALL | “After Michelangelo” – pencil on paper – 2021

Visiting Faculty – Tobias HALL – pencil on paper – 2022