Materials Lists
Supplies for all our videos and lessons

Home Studio Setup

Easels, still life stands, lighting, casts

Sadie's favorite art instruction books



Q. Where should I start?

Intro to Classical Drawing and Intro to Oil Painting are accessible courses appropriate for all levels of experience.

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


Q: How do I upgrade to get feedback in the Forum or Private Messaging?
Online Atelier members can upgrade to access the Forum or Private Messages  to get constructive, detailed reviews of artwork as well as ongoing mentoring. Go to the Membership page to sign up.

Q. What can I post for feedback?
Most students start at the beginning of the Drawing program and post their work starting from the first lesson. You can also post any questions you have about the lessons or about Sadie's painting and drawing techniques.

Q. What kind of feedback is offered?
We offer detailed and constructive written critique, including suggestions for what to do next to continue to develop your skills, and personal mentoring to help you reach your artistic goals. More about our feedback is on the Membership page.


Q. In what order should I work through the courses?
For those who would like to follow Sadie’s recommended program of study, we recommend starting with Intro to Classical Drawing and progressing through completing at least one Bargue Plate with Graphite. At that point, continue on to Cast Drawing with Graphite, or any of the charcoal drawing courses, or any of the painting courses. For members who are working with our instructors, we are happy to help you decide.

Q. How long does the Online Atelier program take to complete?
For students who can devote 10-20 hours per week, it takes about 2 years to work through all the drawing and painting lessons.

Q. Do I have to post every week?
No. You can set your own schedule and post your artwork for feedback whenever you like.

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

Q: How do I pause or cancel my membership?
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.

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