The instructors at the Paris Academy of Art are all graduates of the major international academies. They are all accomplished professionals who practice art in various fields.
In addition to being long-time draughtsmen and painters, they have also been chosen due to their teaching abilities and because they work closely with students, both of which are essential to the teaching process.
Patrick was born in Busan, South Korea in 1984 and raised in La Grange, Illinois. He earned his undergraduate degree in Art History and English from the University of St Andrews in 2006, then began his fine art education at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He spent a year studying drawing at the Florence Academy of Art, then moved to New York in 2010 to train under Jacob Collins at the Grand Central Atelier, where he completed his academic training in 2014. Patrick taught drawing and painting in the full and part time programs at GrandCentral Atelier from 2014-2016, as well as workshops across the U.S. His work is exhibited at galleries in New York and Massachusetts.
Danny Ferland was born and raised in Quebec city Canada. He began his career by drawing people from life in the streets in the touristic section of his hometown. After 5 years, he travelled to Europe and discovered the academic tradition by visiting The Florence Academy of Art. He worked in that direction for a few years before moving to New York city. That is when he started intensive training at the Janus collaborative school of art with Kate Lehman, Dan Thompson and Michael Grimaldi. After that he moved back to Quebec and started to work and teach in his own studio. Besides commissions that sometimes require the use of photography, Danny favors working exclusively from life.
Jessica was born in Savannah, Georgia in 1985 and grew up in Central Florida. She earned her Bachelors of Fine Art from Florida Southern College, and her Masters of Fine Art from the National University of Ireland, Galway. While earning her degrees, Jessica studied at the Royal College of Art in London and throughout Italy and Spain. In 2010, She began teaching Undergraduate students Drawing and Design at Florida Southern College before learning of the Grand Central Atelier. Eager to refine her technique, Jessica enrolled and completed her 4 year academic training in 2016. After which, she became a Resident Artist at the Grand Central Atelier teaching in their part-time and summer program, as well as workshops within the Unites States.
Born in 1976 in Cincinnati (USA), Shane Wolf studied at the Angel Academy of Art in Florence until 2009. After teaching there for two years, he then moved to Paris. Shane Wolf only works from live models, drawing upon his knowledge of human anatomy and his imagination.
The international prizes and awards he has won include:
• 1st and 2nd prize for the Best Nude from the Art Renewal Center in New York (2013);
• gold medal, Salon de l’Académie Européenne des Arts (2013);
• medal from the Société des Artistes Français (2012) and from the Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts (2011);
• the Taylor Prize for his show at the Grand Palais (2011);
• finalist, America China Oil Painting Artists League (2010).
Born in 1976, Sébastien graduated from Olivier de Serres and ENSI les ateliers. He worked 4 years for Philippe Starck before becoming independent. Always passionate about drawing, he decided in 2014 to invest more extensively in attending workshops at Grand Central Atelier in New York with Colleen Barry and Patrick Byrnes. It is also his meeting and his regular work with Kate Lehman, Craig Hanna and Travis Schlaht that allow him to reinforce his knowledge in painting and drawing.
François Supiot graduated of the famous Penninghen Graphic Design School where he has been teaching drawing since 2016. In parallel with his graphic designer activity, he has been a painter and illustrator for more than 15 years. At the end of the 90s, he was one of the first illustrators to work in digital. These images have been published throughout the press: le Monde, Télérama, l'Obs, le Temps, ...
Passionate about artistic pedagogy, after having completed a course at the Barcelona Academy of Art and meeting with Shane Wolf, he decided to bring the teaching of realist painting and drawing back to Paris, thus establishing the Paris Academy of Art.
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