Visiting Faculty – Tobias HALL – Painting Demonstrations, oil on linen, 2020


“Only nature well-seen, well-studied can give you the original brilliance and genuine knowledge that distinguishes the superior man from the common one. I say ‘well-seen’ because if you do not look unceasingly with a comparing eye as I’ve asked you to, you’ll get nowhere.”

“La nature bien vue, bien étudiée vous peut seule donner ces lumières originales qui distinguent l’homme supérieur d’avec l’homme commun. Je dis bien vue, car si vous ne la voyez sans cesse avec ces yeux de comparaison que je vous demande, il n’y a rien de fait.”

– Jean Baptiste Oudry, Réflexions sur la manière d’étudier la couleur (1749)


LOCATION: The 2025 SPRING FIGURE PAINTING will be held in the Intensive Course Studio, on our campus in Argenton-Chateau (79), a medieval town north of Bordeaux, south of the Loire Valley, in the Poitou-Charentes region of southwest France.

Argenton-Chateau is situated 2.5 hours from Paris-Montparnasse (total travel time: TGV train + program shuttlebus).

Please see our FACILITIES page for complete details on the Intensive Course Studio.
CLASS DATES: March 2025 (3 weeks) 

Group arrival: TBA – Gare SNCF de Angers/ St Laud, France.
CLASS SCHEDULE: The daily schedule is 6 hours of life-model, 5 days a week (Sunday – Thursday, 9am – 6pm).

Figure poses will vary in length between 3 hrs. and 30+ hrs.

The course will offer lecture-demonstrations 1-2x weekly and in-studio critique, 3-4 days per week.
CLASS SIZE: 12 + instructor

WHO is ELIGIBLE? Anyone may apply. New students and alumni of all levels are encouraged.

All students must enroll full-time for this course.

There is no option for part-time enrollment, or late arrival.

TUITION PRICE: 2500 EUR, shared 2BR housing included

HOUSING: 3 weeks of shared 2BR housing in Argenton-Chateau included.
Private lodging costs +450 extra.

Students live in program housing, assigned starting January 15, in the order applications were received.

Please see our LODGING page for complete details on housing in Argenton-Chateau.




Admissions for the 2025 SPRING FIGURE PAINTING will open soon.

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


Visiting Faculty – Tobias HALL – After Solomon J. Solomon, oil on linen, 2021


COURSE DESCRIPTION:  “Spring Figure Painting”

This special Spring program is a full-time, structured curriculum with an emphasis on color perception and alla prima figure painting.

There is no option for part-time enrollmet, or late arrival.

Figure sessions meet for 3 weeks painting the human figure from life, 30 hrs. per week.

Figure poses will vary in length between 3 and 15 hours total, painting the human figure using a limited palette as well as a contemporary prismatic palette for various “wet-into-wet” techniques (e.g. “poster studies”, “alla prima”, and “form painting”).

It will be taught by visiting faculty Tobias Hall.

Please review frequently asked questions on our FAQS page.

Advice on how to get to Argenton-Chateau is on the TRAVEL to FRANCE page.

Visiting Faculty – Tobias HALL – Percival (NYC, 2019) / Olivia (France, 2011)