The Paris Academy of Art is an art institute dedicated to high-level realist painting and drawing techniques. It 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. Instruction at the academy is based on that of the nineteenth-century Parisian and European academies which trained many renowned artists of modern art.
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 best conditions. Class sizes at the Paris Academy of Art are small and each student is individually supervised. Students progress at their own pace as their skill sets are validated by professors. The Paris Academy of Art will accompany students throughout the process, helping them make regular progress in all the fields taught: copying, working from casts, live models, still lifes, etc.
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: fields in which competence in realist painting and drawing are particularly sought after. 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.
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.