Atelier Program

The Atelier Program offers art training in classical academic art. The academic curriculum consist of a drawing and painting program which takes 3 years to complete, depending on the progress of the student. After completing 3 years of study, students can chose to stay a 4th year for masters study.

We are training artists to become professionals, so interested candidates must be serious about art and dedicated to the practice of daily study of realist art. Students interested in studying in our full-time atelier program must submit an application. For information on the application process, scroll down to the application process.


IV. Vision Statement

Our vision is to help bring about change in the training of student artists in the practice of drawing and painting. We seek to elevate the perception of the artists by equipping student artists with theory and empirical skill to create highly refined works of art.


V. Mission Statement

Our mission is to provide student artists with a thorough academic art education, pass on academic art tradition to the next generation and help elevate the perception and reputation of realist academic fine art.

Utilizing the time tested methods taught in the European ateliers and art academies of the 19th century, we equip our student artists with pertinent theoretical knowledge and practical skills to create inspirational highly refined works of art. We train the mind to fully engage, the eye to see with greater accuracy and the hand to work flawlessly on command with nimble dexterity. These elements working together in harmony helps to elevate the art which elevates the way the art is viewed, thus elevating its appreciation.


VI. Commitment Statement

We are committed to training students using time honored methods of drawing and painting derived from the 15th century Renaissance and enhanced in the 19th century European ateliers and art academies.



First Year: Intensive Drawing Program (pencil, carbon, charcoal, white chalk) Drawing fundamentals, Baruge copies, Master copies, Cast drawings, Block-ins, Figure drawing,
Composition, Perspective drawing and lectures-anatomical

Second Year: Painting I Program (Grisaille and Limited Color) Cast Painting, Figure drawing/painting, Head study-drawing/painting, Master copies and lectures

Third Year: Painting II Program (Full Color) Color theory, Figure drawing/painting, Portrait drawing/painting, Still life painting, Picture making and lectures

Fourth Year/Optional: Master Studies Drawing and Painting Program. The student working under the directors supervision completes (5 of each) – Figure(s) with fixtures, Portraits, Still lifes, Landscapes or 5 mural paintings telling a complete story (any of these can be commissions). The fourth year is optional for the student who desires further study.



Semester 1 Dates – 9/6/16 – 1/22/17

  • First day of class is Tuesday, September 6, 2016
  • Last day of class is Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Semester 2 Dates – 2/1/17 – 5/27/17

  • First day of class is Wednesday, February 1, 2017
  • Last day of class is Friday, May 26. 2017


Vacations/School Closings

  • Monday, October 12 for Columbus Day
  • Wednesday, November 11 for Veterans’ Day
  • November 24-27, Thanksgiving Break
  • December 22 – January 4, Winter Break
  • Monday, January 18 for Martin Luther King Day
  • Monday, February 15 for Presidents’ Day
  • Monday, May 30 for Memorial Day
  • Monday, July 4 for Independence Day


Application Process:  A class of 6 students are accepted each year for full-time study.

After reading about the full-time atelier program, interested candidates should go to the contact page and enter all pertinent information in each field. Make sure to type full-time application in subject field. In the message box, write a brief and clear paragraph of your interest in studying in our full-time atelier. An application with all requirements will be emailed to you to read, fill out and return. Click here to go to contact page.


Application Deadlines

  • Deadline for September 2016 Admission due July 15 2016; August notification
  • Deadline for February 2017 Admission due October 21, 2016; December notification
  • Rolling Admission: applications accepted year-round pending openings



  • Academic year from 9/6/2016 to 5/27/2017
  • Tuition is $6,075.00 per year
  • Tuition can be paid $675.00 monthly or $3,037.50 biannually (per semester)
  • A non-refundable deposit of $200 is required upon acceptance into the program
  • Two 16 week semesters per year (6 semesters to complete the program)
  • 30 hours of studio time per week/Monday – Friday, 9 am to 4 pm
  • Accepting applications until 7/15/2016 for upcoming year, Sept. 6, 2016


Financial Assistance

Arts Councils and Advocates & Resources Assistance:
Ohio Arts Council –
Greater Columbus Arts Council – (workshops only)
Americans for the Arts –
National Endowment for the Arts –


Part-time Atelier Training: Ongoing monthly study

– 1 day a week/ 3 hrs. ($150.00)
– 2 days a week/ 3 hrs. ($275.00)
– 3 days a week/ 3 hrs. ($400.00)
– 4 days a week/ 3 hrs. ($500.00)


Central Ohio Valley and Parks Fellowship:

– Landscape painting throughout central ohio