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The Atelier Certificate program is studied in two concurrent streams, each containing four levels. Stream 1 - Sight-size (Bargue, Cast, and Still Life) utilizes the sight-size method as practiced by artists such as Sargent and Reynolds and is taught through a series of exercises progressing from the “flat” - Bargue drawings in graphite and progresses through cast study and then still-life painting. Stream 2 - Comparative Measurement from the Figure utilizes comparative measurement exercised in the practice of working from the nude model. 

In addition to the core curriculum there are a number of supplemental master copy projects designed to reinforce specific principles and concepts along the way. Shape exercises, memory exercises, perspective studies, morphological and anatomical studies and technical exercises are recommended by the instructor. 

The primary learning outcome will be for the graduates to develop critical thinking skills allowing them to understand and analyze the structural conventions and technical methods utilized by great artists. Our goal is for students to select the formal techniques that will imbue their paintings with a nuanced beauty and complements the content of their work. 

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IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN FIGURE CLASSES:

  1. You MUST be signed up for an equal number of Bargue classes. 
  2. Part time figure classes are on Fridays only
  3. Full time figure classes are Tuesday and Thursday (no part time students in T and TH classes)
  4. You MUST be signed up for both morning and afternoon classes for each day.

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LEVEL 1

Sight-size Bargue drawing:

- Bargue 1: Fully articulated construct
- Bargue 2: Fully rendered Bargue in graphite
- Bargue 3: Fully rendered Bargue in graphite
- Bargue 4: Fully rendered mastercopy in carbon on Arches

Comparative Measurement Figure Drawing Assignments: 

- Introduction to Comparative Measurement and beginning stages of figure drawing
- Value Assignment and introduction to carbon pencil
- Fall of Light and modeling lights in carbon pencil 

Additional Projects

- 1 Bargue figure drawing construct only
- 1 Bargue figure drawing fully realized line drawing


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LEVEL 2

Sight-size Cast Drawing assignments:

- Cast 1: Fully rendered charcoal cast drawing
- Cast 2: Fully rendered charcoal cast drawing
- Cast 3: Chalk and Charcoal cast drawing

Comparative Measurement Figure Requirements: 

Fully rendered 1/2 figure drawing or limb study in carbon
- Fully rendered figure drawing in carbon or charcoal
- Fully rendered Figure on toned paper with white chalk and medium of choice

Additional Projects

- Prudhon master copy in charcoal and white chalk on toned paper (part students only)


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LEVEL 3

Sight-size Cast Painting Assignments:

- Cast Painting 1: Monochrome painting
- Cast Painting 2: Limited palette painting
- Cast Painting 3: Full palette painting

Comparative Measurement Figure Assignments: 

- Grisaille painting
- Drawing in oil using dry brush, grisaille to establish a value scheme
- Warm/cool study with a limited palette

Additional Projects

Master copy of figure painting in oil


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LEVEL 4

Sight-size Still Life Painting Assignments:

- Still Life Painting 1: red, white and green and of varying textures and surfaces
- Still Life Painting 2: ‘Tenebrist’ (high contrast between light and dark zones of illumination) painting with a theme
- Still Life Painting 3: painting's composition incorporates a perishable object (fruits, flowers etc.).
- Still Life Painting 4: 
the culmination of the techniques and skills gathered by the student thus far. This final painting is considered the student’s graduating work. 

Comparative Measurement Figure Assignments: 

- Limited Figure Palette painting
- Full Palette figure painting
- Student choice of Figure Palette (in consultation with instructor)

Additional Projects

- One additional painting (portrait, still life) in oil in consultation with instructor