The Center for Academic Study and Naturalist Painting (CAS) is an answer to the growing need that a number of students find when seeking out traditional Academic Art instruction. This Academy teaches the same Classical techniques and methods of drawing and painting taught in the schools of 19th Century Paris. In an extremely regimented environment, students learn how to observe nature with a high degree of accuracy. The structure of the course allows for students to progress at their own rate of learning with no time constraints, grades, or due dates to contend with. Critiques are given daily to ensure that the students understand and become intimately familiar with the methods of seeing and interpreting a subject. In such a strict and organized learning environment, the rate of student progression is dramatically hastened. Students quickly develop discipline in drawing by expecting more from their work with raised awareness and standards. Over time, they gain the ability to self-critique—a skill necessary for any working professional. Students are taught individually in a group environment and can expect daily one on one critiques. The curriculum at the CAS includes lessons in Copy Drawing, Cast Drawing and Painting, Figure Drawing and Painting, Portrait Drawing and Painting, Still Life Painting, Landscape Painting, Artistic Anatomy, Art History, Theory, and Composition. Students will also have access to local museums, which will allow them to create copies of master paintings as part of their studies. Enrollment is open to all interested students. Classes run year round.
Students looking to complete the drawing and painting programs can expect a 3-4 year time commitment. For those who complete these programs and decide to stay at the CAS, there is a more advanced program that will focus on composition and narrative, especially multi-figure narrative and historical narratives.
For a current list of upcoming classes, workshops and visiting lecturers see the Classes & Workshops Page
For questions concerning the Center for Academic Study & Naturalist Painting please contact us at email@example.com or call 801-822-8802.
New Artist Training
The CAS will place fledgling artists with experienced artists through their network of atelier schools or Masters workshops. Beginning students will work closely with more advanced students that will help integrate them into the structured system of learning. During their time at the CAS, new students will be taught the fundamental skills not offered in other art institutions or University programs.
Mature Artist Training
Many experienced artists need to improve or move beyond their current skills sets. College and University art educations lack the fundamental skills learned from classical training. The result is the perpetuation of mediocre skills that are style based rather than principle based. The CAS will help break this cycle of deficient art skills among willing artists by offering continuing education for artists who can choose to participate in the full curriculum offered by the CAS or to improve specific skills by attending specific classes.
Supplementary Training for University Students
Each year local universities and colleges graduate thousands of students with degrees in art, graphic design, illustration, and architecture. Though drawing and other skills in the Classical Tradition are fundamental to any art education, students are often unable to find in-school instruction that teaches these skills. The CAS can offer this information to these students that will supplement their University education, without taking away from the benefits of the University environment they may currently be in.
Atelier Placement for Graduating Students
Upon completion of at least three to four years in the academic program, students will have a chance to enter the schools network of working masters. Students will have the option of working with any number of contemporary masters who will be in close association with the CAS and in line with its goals. This will allow students a more seamless transition from student to professional and will place them in contact with major collectors and galleries.