About Sadie Valeri
Sadie Valeri is an internationally recognized classical oil painter based in San Francisco, California. Her paintings, evocative of the Dutch Golden Age of still life, have shown at prestigious galleries across the United States and Europe, attracting significant honors.
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As director of her private art school from 2009 - 2019, Sadie Valeri Atelier, Sadie gained a reputation as one of the leading instructors of painting and drawing in the classical tradition in the United States.
Sadie earned her BFA in Illustration at the Rhode Island School of Design. She continued her education with living masters of classical realism including Ted Seth Jacobs, Juliette Aristides, Michael Grimaldi, Studio Escalier in France, and the Hudson River Fellowship with Jacob Collins.
Sadie's work has been acquired by prestigious collections including the New Britain Museum of American Art, and published in dozens of periodicals and books, and. She has been invited to judge several national painting competitions, including The Artists Magazine and the Art Renewal Center Salon. Sadie has been a faculty member at the Portrait Society of America's annual conference and a headlining presenter at the F.A.C.E Figurative Art Conference.
Sadie Valeri Atelier
Private art school in San Francisco from 2009 to 2019.
Sadie started teaching in 2009 with five private students in her San Francisco living room. In 2011 Sadie and her husband Nowell expanded and incorporated the school as Sadie Valeri Atelier
"Atelier" is a French word for art studio,
where art students historically apprenticed.
Due to an overwhelming demand for high quality, realistic art instruction, the studio expanded several times, and by 2017 Sadie Valeri Atelier offered classes to 150 students a week, with six instructors teaching in her 3,500 square foot Potrero Hill studio. In addition to developing a strong Bay Area following, students traveled to study at the atelier from across North America and from as far away as Europe, China and New Zealand.
Despite this success, the studio was unable to keep up with San Francisco's steadily increasing commercial rents and in June 2019 the physical studio closed. Luckily, Sadie and her husband Nowell had been producing her instructional videos for years, so Sadie's entire drawing and painting curriculum is still available in videos and online lessons.
Several of our incredible SVA instructors still teach in the Bay Area at their private studios. Check our Instructor Portfolio Pages for their teaching and contact information.
"My dream was to build a community of like-minded artists. I am so proud, and so honored, that together we all did just that. My dream has been fully realized, and to a degree far greater than I ever dared hope for, thanks to all of you. I look forward to continuing to support one another as we all work towards our artistic dreams."
From 2006 - 2016 Sadie maintained a popular art blog, where she shared every aspect of her artistic development. Many early students found Sadie through this blog, and it is still a popular resource for information and inspiration. Visit the blog
Students of Sadie Valeri Atelier consistently gave us rave reviews, which we are very proud to have earned.
Sadie Valeri Atelier is ARC Approved.
The Art Renewal Center is the foremost and only vetting service for realist art schools ensuring that the teaching curricula and quality of teacher and student work meet their strict standards to become ARC Approved SM.
What is an "Atelier"?
Pronounced “ah-TEL-ee-yay”, the word atelier is a French term meaning an artist’s studio. From the Renaissance up through the 19th century, art students were apprenticed to work within the atelier of an established artist, and in the mid 17th century, national academies were opened in countries throughout Europe to prepare students in drawing before they apprenticed with a master at his studio. The word "atelier” has recently come to be associated with a return to these historic art education models. Artists who have long wished for a path to achieve historic skill levels are now more easily able to find teachers, thanks to the Internet, and because of this the modern atelier movement has been growing significantly over the last 15 years.