In the tradition of the 18th and 19th century academic atelier, the curriculum follows an intensive, tiered program covering the process of drawing and painting in progressing levels of complexity.
The methods taught favor classical sensibilities applied to a modern understanding of optics. Specifically, I will be teaching a process known as ‘form painting’ – a wet-into-wet technique that encourages the artist to conceive of form ‘sculpturally’ as described by a dominant light source.
The structure and pace of the curriculum of the atelier is flexible to the needs and capacity of the individual student. He or she may study on a part or full time basis depending on their individual objectives or study only those areas of primary interest. An explanation of these distinctions follows in the last paragraph.
Each phase of the program will cover specific topics relative to that phase.
- Phase I will be an emphasis on establishing an accurate and simple drawing and then expressing volume through subtle transitions of value with the graphite pencil.
- Phase II will cover the process of paint application utilizing a 9-step scale of values (value string) and a small ‘poster’ that maps the general value relationships.
- And Finally, Phase III will explore painting utilizing the three dimensions of color space: hue, value and chroma to create a convincing representation of three dimensional form.