Atelier (pronounced uh - teh - lee - ay) is a French word meaning studio or workroom. It sounds nice and many artists use it.  They incorporate it into the name of their studio, business name, etc.

    There are also Atelier schools which teach classic art much like the old masters, and are quite expensive! The average cost is $40,000 per year. I am currently taking advanced atelier lessons via Zoom and am loving every minute of it! My instructor lives in Spain and I am meeting people from all over the world.

    These classes focus on all the proper steps the masters used to create such classics as the Mona Lisa, classic portraits, etc. Over the next couple of months I will also be taking a workshop with the owner & originator of the school recreating a John Singer Sargent painting called "Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose". ( It is recommended that students copy paintings of the masters to learn their techniques). Some museums also allow artists to come in and copy the artwork on occasion. 

    The school requires each student to complete a series of 10-15 drawings using the plates from the book "Cours de dessin" by the french painters Charles Bargue and Jean-Leon Gerome, plus 3 Bargue Master drawings and 6 Bargue dramatic poses.  Then they go on to create 14 color mixing plates, then 4 monochrome paintings, studying values, composition, lines and edges. Then we create 3 paintings in full color oils: landscape, still life & portrait.  We also have the option to copy a painting of one of the masters (our choice). This is an intensive course, but  I'm learning so much! 

    I have photos of some of my drawings here for you to see. Enjoy!




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