Supplies for all our videos and lessons
Easels, still life stands, lighting, casts
Sadie's favorite art instruction books
Q. What is an "Atelier"?
Pronounced “ah-TEL-ee-yay”, the word atelier is a French term meaning workshop or artist’s studio. Today it has come to mean an independent art school teaching classical realism. Read More about Atelier Training
For those who want to work through our entire program, we recommend starting with Intro to Classical Drawing and progressing through completing at least one Bargue Plate Drawing. At that point, continue on to Cast Drawing with Graphite, or any of the charcoal drawing courses, or any of the painting courses.
Feedback members who are working with our instructors begin by working through every lesson in Intro to Classical Drawing and Bargue Plate Drawing, regardless of ability or experience level.
Q. If I sign up for Feedback, what kind of artwork can I submit?
While we will invite you to post your personal artwork to introduce yourself, instructor feedback is given on coursework only. As a skill-based, classical atelier, our focus is exclusively on guiding students through the same training methods that produced Western art's most accomplished representational painters, from Michelangelo through Sargent.
Q: How quickly can I work through the drawing lessons to get to the painting lessons?
Classical training will feel slow. Just like studying math, chess, martial arts, a musical instrument, or any other serious discipline, progress is measured in months, not weeks. For Feedback members, we typically give at least 2 or 3 rounds of corrections on each lesson before the student moves forward.
If you are planning to get through the drawing lessons quickly in order to start painting as soon as possible, our Feedback program is probably not a good fit for you right now. Our members who work through the course with twice-weekly feedback typically spend 2-3 months on Intro to Classical Drawing, 2-3 months on their first Bargue Plate Drawing, before having the option to move on to the oil painting courses.
If you want to jump right into painting, you can always purchase our individual painting courses, or sign up for Basic Access monthly membership to access all our courses without feedback.
Every student who does work through our program with instructor feedback, regardless of starting ability or experience level, demonstrates significant skill development.
Q. How long does it take to complete the whole program?
For those who can devote 10-20 hours per week, it takes about 2 years to work through all the drawing and painting lessons.
Q. I only paint with acrylic paint, can I learn from your oil painting courses?
The principles of light, color, and form which Sadie discusses in every painting course are applicable to any painting media. However, oil paint behaves very differently from acrylic and the technical aspects of things like applying the paint to the surface, drying time between layers, and the suggested palette, support, and other materials will not translate to acrylic. You could start by purchasing one of the least expensive painting courses and see what you can gain from the instruction before investing in the more expensive courses.
Q. As a Feedback member, do I have to post every week?
No. You can set your own schedule and post your artwork for feedback whenever you like.
Q: When I purchase a course how long do I have to access it?
A: Lifetime streaming access comes with any course your purchase.
Q. Can I pause or cancel my membership?
Yes, it's very easy: Click the ACCOUNT tab. Then click on the link labeled Subscriptions at the top of the page to activate the Subscriptions Panel. Look to the right side of the Panel to find the words UPDATE PAUSE CANCEL and click the action.
Q: How do I upgrade or downgrade to different membership levels?
Upgrade or downgrade your membership by following the instructions on the Account page.
Q: I purchased a course and I want to download the videos to watch them offline. Can I?
A: Yes, you can find a section under Account called My Downloads. From there you can download the video files for all purchased downloads. Downloads are only available with purchase, not monthly membership.
Q: I purchased a course on the previous version of the site (download only, not streaming). I'd like to stream my previous purchase- is this possible?
A: Yes, please put in a request to have your purchase transferred by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Q: I need help with a technical issue with the site or I have a question, who do I contact?
Please send an email to email@example.com. You will get an auto-response confirming your message, but we check the account frequently and will reply to you very quickly.