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Supplies and supplementary materials for all our courses

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Easels, still life stands, lighting, casts


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Sadie's favorite art instruction books

F.A.Q.

Q. I'm having trouble with a purchase or with logging in, Help!!
We are very responsive to messages (Contact us here) and we are available to resolve any issues quickly, so don't worry! Things you can check: If you ever purchased a course or membership in the past you will be prompted to log in. If you have problems logging in, check to be sure you are using the same email address you have used in the past. If you are having technical difficulties with the website, try using a different browser. If you can't find emails from us to help you update your password, check your spam folder. If none of that works, send us an email and rest assured we will get back to you promptly!

Q. Can I talk to someone by phone?
We are not available by phone, but we make the website as informative as possible so you have all the information you need to decide whether to purchase a course or sign up for membership. We intentionally make it easy and affordable to join for just an initial 2-month commitment so you can get a feel for the program and our instruction while you decide if you want to study with us long term. See membership options here.

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. Where should I start?
For beginners, our first Classical Drawing course, or Intro to Oil Painting are accessible courses appropriate for all levels of experience.

 

Q. In what order should I take the courses?

We recommend working through the courses in this order:

1. Graphite Courses

2. Charcoal Courses

3. Still Life Painting Courses

4. Landscape or Portrait Painting Courses


Get help from our instructors with an affordable mentorship program.

Q. If I sign up for a mentorship program, what kind of artwork can I submit?
We give feedback on coursework only. Our goal is for everyone to get the most they can out of classical art instruction, no matter their background or current skill level. Read through our mentorship programs to find which one works best for you.


Q. How long does it take to complete the whole program?
This depends a lot on your experience with formal art training, and how many hours a week you can spend practicing. For those who can devote 10-20 hours per week year-round, the drawing program alone can easily fuel two full years of weekly study, and the painting program is similar. Our online students usually continue their studies until whenever they feel ready to leave the program, not because they completed the program. New members find they get a wealth of instruction and see their skills improve dramatically within just a few weeks of practice.

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. What is the difference between Direct, Indirect, and Alla Prima painting methods?
​One way to understand the distinction is to think of making a painting in 6 hours (Alla Prima), 6 days (Direct method), or 6 weeks (Indirect method).

In this program we use the term Alla Prima only for a painting completed strictly all in one session, with no touch-ups after the paint has dried. We use Direct to as a relative term, referring to a painting created in just a few sessions, with only two to five layers. Alla Prima and Direct methods are generally done on a textured support, like canvas or linen, to better grip the wet paint and emphasize texture and brushstrokes.

We reserve the term Indirect for a highly refined method of creating a painting on a smooth wood panel over the course of many weeks, with as many as 20 layers. The smooth surface allows for a finer level of detail, minimizing brushstrokes and texture.
 

Q. As a mentorship program member, do I have to post every week?
No. You can set your own schedule and post your artwork for feedback at the frequency that works best for you. We understand that life is complicated and can disrupt our available hours at times, but we are there for you whenever you are able to devote your time to study. 

Q: When I purchase a course how long do I have to access it?

Lifetime streaming access comes with any course you purchase.

Q. Can I pause or cancel my membership?
Yes, it's very easy to self-administrate your membership subscription, but the full pay period fee, monthly or yearly, will be charged again immediately upon renewal. This means a yearly membership is a non-refundable, year-long commitment. You'll be notified by email 7 days in advance of your automatic renewal. For monthly memberships, we advise timing the pausing and renewing of your membership to coincide with the monthly billing cycle. To pause or cancel log in to your Account page.

Q. I purchased an online course or membership but I changed my mind, can I get a refund?
We are not able to offer refunds for virtual products, since full access to the course content is granted immediately upon payment. See our Refund Policy here.

Q: How do I upgrade or downgrade to a 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?

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 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?

Yes, please put in a request to have your purchase transferred by filling out a transfer request form.

Q: I'd like to purchase a gift membership for a loved one. How would I go about doing that?

1. Proceed to the main Membership Page
2. Choose the Membership level desired (all levels are giftable)
3. Check the box next to the text: "Is this a gift?"

 

GIFT GIVERS: The account you set up is YOUR ACCOUNT even though you will not be the person using the membership. Once you have completed registration and purchased the gift membership, you will have the option to send a message right away to the gift recipient, or close out the message box and send it later. You can also copy the link for use in an email or any way that you'd like to deliver the gift. You can log in and monitor from the Account section whether the gift has been claimed at any time.

Once the gift membership has been claimed by the recipient and they register for their own account, only then will their membership be activated and the membership period begin.

Q: I need help with a technical issue with the site or I have a question, who do I contact?
Please contact us here. You will get an auto-response confirming your message, but we check the account frequently and will reply to you very quickly.

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