The Paris Academy of Art offers a comprehensive selection of classes

that guarantees steady progress in students' work.






This is the core of how drawing and painting are taught.

The poses are "long" when they last from five to six weeks, three hours per day. Students learn to measure and organise values

in a precise order that takes into account

the many subtleties of human anatomy. Significant focus is placed on light and how

it flows over the model. The first drawings

are done in pencil on paper and with charcoal. Halfway through the second year,

students begin painting, first in grisaille

and later with a complete palette.



Studying still lifes is essential to further

one's study of colour, texture and three-dimensional space. In the third year,

a more extensive palette is introduced,

and students gradually learn to create

specific colours by choosing the correct


In-depth work allows them to obtain

the desired textures and effects.

Particular focus is placed on arranging

the parts of the still life in order to teach

the rules of composition.

During the third year, students will

carry out a progressive series of four

or six projects, taking on the following themes: bright red drapery (the most

difficult colour to paint), white glazed ceramics, writing, perishable goods

and chiaroscuro.




Drawing from casts is the study of casts

of ancient sculptures.

This course is taken early on in the program, after copying and before life drawing. Students practice transferring what they see in three dimensions to two dimensions

on paper.

They work from a stationary object, allowing their eyes to practice halftones and to comprehend the tonal variations of light and shadows. Students progress at their own rate.



Artistic anatomy is the study of

the human body, in particular

of the skeleton, muscles, movement

and proportions. Understanding how

a body works helps students interpret

the many parts of the human form.

Students find reference points

in the general structure which allow

them to create their drawing

by transforming the human body's complicated form into clear structures.



Copying is an effective way to understand technical questions for a stationary subject that is nearby. In the first year, copies are made based on Charles Bargue's drawing course. Students then work off of drawings from the academies (from the same time period). In the final year, models are chosen from amongst the classical paintings of centuries past. These copies help students

to better understand ancient techniques

and to try them out in their own work.

They are based off of both reproductions

and on-site work at the Louvre and the Musée d'Orsay. The Paris Academy of Art is one of the only schools to offer such a programme in which copies of the masters are made







Sketching live models is essential for

students to become aware of proportions

and movement. This quick sketching develops students' observational skills

and understanding of the model and allows them to understand notions of anatomy.

The length of time the poses last ranges

from a few minutes to about fifteen minutes for the longer ones. In the first year, only pencils are permitted, with emphasis placed on getting the proportions right.

In the second year, other tools are experimented with, but correct proportions remains the main objective. In the final

year, students have more freedom as regards the models.



This class provides students with

general knowledge of art history.

Becoming familiar with historical

and contemporaneous artists and

their themes and techniques enriches students' work. The class also provides students with knowledge about

materials and techniques and where

they came from. The class covers

the evolution of political, religious

and social thinking and demonstrates

the influence that environment has

on the artistic production of a given


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