The Paris Academy of Art offers a comprehensive selection
of classes that guarantees steady progress in students' work.
Drawing from live models is one of the programme’s main classes. This is where all the other subjects taught are brought together. By deepening their artistic exploration and the expression of their feelings, students must find a way of making reality their own and rendering it as faithfully as possible.
Long poses (50 to 60 hours) allow for comprehensive observation and analysis. Students deepen their drawing both in terms of measurements and proportions as well as in terms of their ability to capture the model in three dimensions and to bring their drawing to life by using light and values.
This is a class where students develop their ability to analyse and observe forms, first in two dimensions by producing copies (the so-called Bargues method) and then in three dimensions by studying casts based on ancient or classical statuary. They acquire sound fundamentals for drawing and painting—measurements, analysis and observation—and become aware of the observation needed to transmit the complexity of the model in all of its elements (light, form, material).
Through observation, students must comprehend how complex reality really is—form, materials, light, etc.—as well as develop their own sensitivities and strengthen their capacity for analysis and perception.
Artistic anatomy is studied theoretically through the use of printed drawings or photographs, skeletons and écorchés; it is also studied in practice by drawing body parts directly from live models.
This is an important class that allows students to understand and analyse movement and the structure of the human body, which is essential when drawing from a live model. This is an invaluable class and helps establish a foundation for drawing classes.
Sketching from live models is a vital step for students to become aware of proportions and movement. Rapidly and faithfully capturing the model’s proportions, tensions and values is what provides a drawing with its expressivity. This favours the creation of effective style and graphic originality.
This quick sketching develops students’ observational skills and understanding of the model and allows them to understand notions of anatomy. Students must be able to quickly produce a harmonious sketch with realistic proportions in a set amount of time and must also display a certain sensitivity in their rendering.
Portraiture is a type of drawing from live models that aims to reproduce a person’s face by capturing their likeness as closely as possible.
Portraits, by their complex structure and need to portray a likeness, are an excellent way to develop one’s drawing technique. Proportions, volume and values are all studied in depth when a portrait is produced.