The Paris Academy of Art is an art institute dedicated to high-level
realist painting and drawing techniques.
The Academy is open to all those who, regardless of age, nationality or background, want to acquire
the skills needed to become accomplished at realist painting or drawing.
By enrolling in the Paris Academy of Art, you are following in those illustrious footsteps and continuing
a rigorous, demanding, excellence-based artistic tradition. Just as in other artistic disciplines, drawing and painting require precise and rigorous training, guided by the best art masters. The Paris Academy
of Art offers a focused, excellence-oriented environment that favours that training.
It also emphasises the professor-student relationship, helping the student make progress under
the bestconditions. Class sizes at the Paris Academy of Art are small and each student is individually supervised.
By the end of their time at the Paris Academy of Art, students will have the necessary skills to work
in fields as varied as cinema, animation, video games and illustration. They may also choose to work
as freelance artists.
Whatever their choice may be, the Paris Academy of Art will provide them with the tools they need
to achieve their goal.
Throughout the nineteenth century, the Parisian School of Fine Arts was a must for apprentice artists. They only learned drawing there, however, so students would also enrol in private academies where
they would practice drawing from live models and complete their training in painting and sculpture.
The start of the twentieth century marked the emergence of modern art and the rejection of the strict
rules taught in academies. Faced with this new situation, the academies declined. Fortunately,
many students who trained in those academies had come from abroad, in particular from the United States. Some of them were able to establish studios in their home countries, thus perpetuating
the academy technique.
During the 1980s, some Anglo-Saxon artists returned to Europe and founded schools, thus bringing
the teaching of academy-based, realist drawing and painting back to Europe.
But none of those schools were in Paris! The Paris Academy of Art therefore wants to bring a major academy back to Paris and carry on the teaching that represents a cornerstone of our artistic heritage.
Our method is both gradual and intensive and follows that which was used in the nineteenth-century Parisian studios.
It pushes students to surpass themselves, allowing them to acquire the confidence they need to have
a career as a high-level artist.
It is underpinned by four foundations:
• the teaching of the fundamentals of painting and drawing by relying on the masters of the Italian Renaissance;
• individual supervision: each student benefits from personalised supervision, though observing
and analysing the work of others is essential;
• controlled progression: each step in the learning process, defined ahead of time with instructors,
must be acquired before moving on to the next step;
• drive and a desire to work: studies are full time (more than six hours per day five days a week),
allowing students to develop the self-discipline which will be essential to their future professional lives.
Paris is unequalled in the field of the classical arts, as demonstrated by its rich heritage and
the collections housed in its many museums.
The Louvre, the largest museum in the world both by size and by the wealth of its collections,
is a prime example.
Visitors to the Louvre discover both western art dating from the Middle Ages through 1848 as well
as that of many ancient civilisations.
Second to the Louvre is the Musée d'Orsay, which houses art from the period 1848 to 1914.
There are many other more modest museums in Paris with rich collections. Take, for example,
the Musée Jacquemart-André, the Musée du Luxembourg and the Musée Cognacq-Jay.
There are numerous castles and monuments in the region around Paris, as well, including
the not-to-be-missed Palace of Versailles.
Paris is also a nice city for students, given its quality of life, many subsidies (housing subsidies,
student social security, etc.), its cultural offer and influence and, of course, its cuisine!
It was chosen as the best city in the world for students by the Top Universities website.
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