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Drawing and Painting In-person Curriculum at Atelier School

For generations, artists have been trained under the guidance of master painters. At Atelier School, we strive to create an educational model that equips students with essential drawing and painting skills to develop professional artistic abilities or build strong portfolios for college admissions. Our drawing curriculum is based on the following pillars:

  • Proportion and Scale

  • Light and Shade Theory

  • Perspective

  • Composition

  • Creativity

Students will undertake a comprehensive four-week course, engaging in a series of projects that focus on each of these pillars. These projects include:

  • Understanding light and shade by modeling a sphere with charcoal

  • Drawing a still life

  • Creating a perspective drawing using a one-point perspective

  • Learning to draw accurate proportions from a plaster cast

  • Personal sketchbook work to further cultivate creativity

These projects enhance students' observational and theoretical artistic skills, providing a well-rounded foundation for their artistic development.


Oil painting is considered the universal painting medium, adopted by artists from the Renaissance to contemporary art. Our four-week basic painting course is designed for students seeking to acquire fundamental skills in the art of painting. While basic drawing skills are encouraged, the painting curriculum focuses exclusively on the use of oils and the development of traditional techniques as a foundation for individual self-expression. Our curriculum covers the following fundamentals:

  • Practical use of artistic materials

  • Light and shadow theory

  • Color theory

  • Glazing techniques

  • Composition

Throughout the four-week program, students are introduced to a series of projects designed to teach the use of essential painting materials, ensuring the longevity and professional quality of their artworks. The first project involves painting a sphere using a monochromatic approach called grisaille, which helps students understand value structures using only black and white. This is followed by creating a color wheel to understand basic color theory. The course culminates with a final still life painting using a full color palette, allowing students to master the traditional glazing process used in oil painting.

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