The instructors at the Paris Academy of Art are all graduates of the major international academies. They are all accomplished professionals who practice art in various fields.
In addition to being long-time draughtsmen and painters, they have also been chosen due to their teaching abilities and because they work closely with students, both of which are essential to the teaching process.
Patrick was born in Busan, South Korea in 1984 and raised
in La Grange, Illinois. He earned his undergraduate degree
in Art History and English from the University of St Andrews
in 2006, then began his fine art education at the School of the Art
Institute of Chicago. He spent a year studying drawing
at the Florence Academy of Art, then moved to New York in 2010
to train under Jacob Collins at the Grand Central Atelier,
where he completed his academic training in 2014.
Patrick taught drawing and painting in the full and part time
programs at GrandCentral Atelier from 2014-2016, as well
as workshops across the U.S. His work is exhibited at galleries
in New York and Massachusetts.
Danny Ferland was born and raised in Quebec city Canada. He began his career by drawing people from life in the streets in the touristic section of his hometown. After 5 years, he travelled to Europe and discovered the academic tradition by visiting The Florence Academy of Art. He worked in that direction for a few years before moving to New York city. That is when he started intensive training at the Janus collaborative school of art with Kate Lehman, Dan Thompson and Michael Grimaldi. After that he moved back to Quebec and started to work and teach in his own studio. Besides commissions that sometimes require the use of photography, Danny favors working exclusively from life.
Jessica was born in Savannah, Georgia in 1985 and grew up
in Central Florida. She earned her Bachelors of Fine Art from Florida
Southern College, and her Masters of Fine Art from the National
University of Ireland, Galway. While earning her degrees,
Jessica studied at the Royal College of Art in London
and throughout Italy and Spain. In 2010, She began teaching
Undergraduate students Drawing and Design at Florida Southern College before learning of the Grand Central Atelier.
Eager to refine her technique, Jessica enrolled and completed
her 4 year academic training in 2016. After which, she became
a Resident Artist at the Grand Central Atelier teaching
in their part-time and summer program, as well as workshops
within the Unites States.
Photographie : Yann Orhan
Born in 1976 in Cincinnati (USA), Shane Wolf studied at the Angel
Academy of Art in Florence until 2009.
After teaching there for two years, he then moved to Paris.
Shane Wolf only works from live models, drawing upon
his knowledge of human anatomy and his imagination.
The international prizes and awards he has won include:
• 1st and 2nd prize for the Best Nude from the Art Renewal Center
in New York (2013);
• gold medal, Salon de l’Académie Européenne des Arts (2013);
• medal from the Société des Artistes Français (2012) and from
the Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts (2011);
• the Taylor Prize for his show at the Grand Palais (2011);
• finalist, America China Oil Painting Artists League (2010).
François Supiot is a graduate of the École
Supérieure d'Arts Graphiques de Paris
(ESAG/Penninghen). He worked
as a freelance artistic director for twenty years,
and also does illustrations for the press
and for publishers.
In 2014 he decided to return to drawing
and, after having completed a course
at the Barcelona Academy of Art and meeting
Shane Wolf, he decided to bring the teaching
of realist painting and drawing back to Paris,
thus establishing the Paris Academy of Art.
Photographie : Yann Orhan
Sara Longo was born in Italy in 1982. She lived a few years in the US, and then came to Paris to study Art History at the Sorbonne University. Her doctoral dissertation, finished in 2014, was about interpretative tools of the art historian Daniel Arasse, a reflexion on the relation between vision and knowledge in the analysis of artwork. Nowadays she teaches at the Sorbonne University and École du Louvre.
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