Calling all artists and future artists in Columbus Ohio!!!

June 12, 2017

To future artists and whom it may concern, I can say, without any
shred of hyperbole, Michael Cooley is a Columbus treasure.

The American art world, and Central Ohio with it, is awash with
opinions about what exactly constitutes beauty, and therefore what is
valued and praised as fine art. For the last 100 or more years,
ingenuity has reigned over technique resulting in pieces and
installations that are solely designed to provoke the viewer’s
sensibilities without any indication of traditional artistic talent.
And if you failed to understand a piece of “modern” art, then it was
you who was deficient, not the art.

Gone was the effort to capture a realistic representation of the human
condition on canvas, called classical realism. That is until recently.
In the U.S. and abroad in art capitals like Paris and Florence, there
is an exciting resurgence of art created in the tradition of
Michelangelo and Bouguereau.

That is what I wanted for my daughter. I wanted her to learn the
techniques of the masters. I wanted her to understand light, form and
tone. I wanted her to learn brush technique and the “tricks of the
trade.”

We had tried the local art college’s summer classes and found them to
be simply a celebration of creativity without any real rigorous
approach to learning the craft. We tried numerous known and reputable
venues in the area with the same results. So many of them collect your
money, give you materials and assignments, but never teach you how to
achieve the result you want. It was like grown-up finger painting or
summer school for bored children.

Our goal was to raise her skill to a level that would earn her
admission and substantial scholarship dollars at the nations top art
schools. We wanted the art equivalent of a personal coach – but one
that really understood HOW to teach.

That’s when we found Cooley Studios. We met with Michael and explained
our objectives and he then explained how he could help.

Finally. I heard what I’d been waiting for. Here was an approach that
would take the time-tested lessons of the masters and adapt it to her
personal skill level and progress.

I will leave you to learn how Michael’s program works, but know that
it stems from the classic atelier approach that is supported by the
Art Renewal Center. Columbus is beyond lucky to have this instruction
available to us. There are far too few available in the whole of the
United States.

In her years with Michael, my daughter learned solid fundamentals and
progressed from simple graphite forms to oil based still life’s and
portraits. Her work has earned her two first-place Congressional Art
Awards and her pieces have hung in the U.S. Capitol. She also won the
regional Winston Art Scholarship, from the National Society of Arts
and Letters.

She was accepted to every U.S art school she applied to with generous
scholarship offers from SAIC and others (about $100,000 in total).
Ultimately, we found that even at the college level, the classic
approach is not emphasized. So we searched in France and Italy. She
was accepted (with advance placement) to the Angel Academy in Italy
but finally accepted the invitation to attend the Florence Academy of
Art’s three year program in Italy.

So much of her success is directly attributable to Michael. His
guidance, tutoring and proven approach have set her on her way to
becoming a Living Master. We are deeply grateful and eternally
indebted to him and his vision.

I wholeheartedly encourage you to learn more about his program and
trust in his tutelage. He will teach you what the masters knew.

 

Peter Boyuk,
President and Founder
Boxer Rebellion LTD
Marketing and Design

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Summer Workshops in Columbus Ohio at Cooley Studios!!!

Cooley Studios is proud to be hosting summer workshops in Central Ohio this summer 2017, June through August. We are offering classical drawing and oil painting classes. Space is limited, so if you’re interested in studying in one of our summer workshops, don’t hesitate. Contact Cooley Studios at 614-547-7900 or info@cooleystudios.com. A materials list will be sent to you after you register and pay tuition.

For dates, time, cost and registration for the summer workshops listed below, please click on this link (Summer workshops 2017).

These summer workshops are for ages 16 to 70 and up, from beginner to experienced.

We look forward to having you join us!!!

Block-in drawing, (limited to 8 students)
     – June 3, 10, 17, 24

Drawing fundamental, (limited to 8 students)
     – June 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Cast drawing, (limited to 6 students)
     – June 12, 13, 14, 15, 16

Grisaille painting, (limited to 8 students)
     – June 19, 20, 21, 22, 23

Portrait drawing, (limited to 6 students)
     – June 26, 27, 28, 29, 30

Color theory, (limited to 8 students)
     – July 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21

Color Glazing – grisaille to brilliant color, (limited to 8 students)
     – July (dates and times to be announced)

Grisaille to color, (limited to 8 students)
     – July 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 31 August 1, 2, 3, 4

Classical portrait painting, (limited to 6 students)
     – August 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 (Sat. Museum visit), 14, 15, 16, 17, 18

Figure drawing & painting, (limited to 6 students)
     – August 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31

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Landscape Painting!

Michael A. Cooley, Highbanks Metro Park #1, 2017, Oil. © M Cooley

Michael A. Cooley, Highbanks Metro Park #1, 2017, Oil. © M Cooley

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is a painting I made from photo reference of Highbanks Metro Park in Columbus, Ohio. I dont get the opportunity to make landscape paintings that often and its been a number of years since I painted my last one. I did enjoy making this painting and will do more.

Until next time,
Michael

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Drawing revisited!

Michael A. Cooley, Michelangelo’s Lips of David, 2012, Graphite. © M Cooley

Michael A. Cooley, Michelangelo’s Lips of David, 2012, Graphite. © M Cooley

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I made this drawing a couple of years ago but rushed through it. I always wanted to go back and touch it up a bit. 

Until next time,
Michael

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Cast Drawing

Michael a. Cooley, Michelangelo’s Nose of David, 2017, Graphite.

Michael a. Cooley, Michelangelo’s Nose of David, 2017, Graphite.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hello, here is another cast drawing I’ve done. The medium I used was graphite. I really enjoy drawing them. I am presently working on a series of oil paintings for some upcoming art exhibitions I have this year, 2017. Though I am working on my paintings, I still think its important to keep drawing daily or as often as you can. Keeping following me.

Take care, until next time,
Michael

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Constructing a Drawing!

Every now and again, I am asked what my technique is for making figure drawings. My answer is, I construct a drawing using the block-in method. This is a method I teach at Cooley Studios to my students. I also use triangulation and comparative measure, but for this post, I will show you a few block-in drawings. 

Here are a few of my block-in drawings at various stages. I have included simple straight line block-in drawings and drawings in various stages of shading. I demonstrate and clearly explain the process to students and workshop attendees. Hopefully, you will join us for figure drawing here in Columbus Ohio at Cooley Studios.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After I complete my straight line block-in, I begin to carefully lay in tone. We do not use stumps and tortillions to achieve smooth tone. There is a specific way we shade a drawing at Cooley Studios. Our students learn the shading technique, mass in tone and continue to model the form to a highly refined finished like the image below. If you would like to learn to draw in line and mass (tone), join us at Cooley Studios and we will guide you to artistic success.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Michael A. Cooley, Female Figure Seated 3/4 view, 2016, Graphite

Michael A. Cooley, Female Figure Seated 3/4 view, 2016, Graphite

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Until next time,
Michael

 

 

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Still Life Painting

Michael A. Cooley, Monty, Still Life, 2016, Oil. © M Cooley

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is a recent still life painting I did. With the exception of the warm blue background fabric, I was interested in white, red and green. One of my students affectionately named this planar faceted sculptured head, Monty!

Along with teaching, I am working on a large series of paintings for a few exhibits I have coming up in 2017. I will post a few of them as I move forward. These paintings will be available for purchase so keep following me. 

I want to wish everyone a Happy New Years. 

Until next time!
Michael

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Summer Art workshops in Columbus

Cooley Studios will be offering a series of drawing and painting workshops during the Summer months of 2017. Our workshops will begin in June and continue through August. Some of the summer workshops include block-in drawing, master copying, painting techniques such as glazing, classical portrait drawing and painting and more. We are also kicking off our out of door landscape painting Fellowship this summer, Central Ohio Valley and Parks Fellowship. This fellowship follows the method and approach to landscape paintings of Thomas Cole and the Hudson River School. Keep checking our site for specific Summer workshop dates.

The magnificent painting below was done by 19th Century French painter William Aldophe Bouguereau (Boo grow), one of the finest painters in history. In our master copy workshops, we study and faithfully reproduce painting of the old masters. 

William Bouguereau, The Crab, 1869, Oil

William Bouguereau, The Crab, 1869, Oil

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the list of workshops offered at Cooley Studios, please click here, then scroll down to the bottom of the classes page.

Contact Cooley Studios if you would like to tour our studio (614-547-7900).

Until next time,
Michael

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Art Workshops in Columbus

Cooley Studios offers both mini workshops and intensive workshops throughout the year. Some or the workshops include drawing fundamentals, color theory, cast drawing and painting and more. 

Here we have a lovely cast drawing of a torso by Heidi Gumm. She is a physician assistant and a Mom who studied at Cooley Studios in preparation to enter the field of medical illustration.

Heidi Gumm, Torso - Cast Drawing, 2014, Graphite

Heidi Gumm, Torso – Cast Drawing, 2014, Graphite

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the list of workshops offered at Cooley Studios, please click here, then scroll down to the bottom of the classes page.

Contact Cooley Studios if you would like to tour our studio (614-547-7900).

Until next time,
Michael

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Figure Drawing in Columbus

We offer instructed and non-instructed figure drawing and painting at Cooley Studios. The figure is one of the most challenging tasks in visual art. The figure poses many visual problems, let alone the inability for the model to stand completely still. We help our students overcome these obstacles by teaching them classical methods of constructing the figure. For more information on figure drawing and painting, please click here.

Michael A. Cooley, Female Figure Seated 3/4 view, 2016, Graphite

Michael A. Cooley, Female Figure Seated 3/4 view, 2016, Graphite

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contact Cooley Studios if you would like to tour our studio (614-547-7900).

Until next time,
Michael

 
 
 
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