March 18, 2020 Quarantine Update
We are increasing our Weekly Feedback to twice a week, instead of the usual once per week, as a way to offer extra support during this difficult time.

Online Atelier members get immediate streaming access to Sadie's entire atelier program curriculum for an affordable monthly subscription. The curriculum includes all the videos listed individually on the VIDEOS page, plus additional bonus materials.

The video lessons are presented in the same order Sadie taught her students in her atelier for a decade, including detailed step-by-step instructions and printable handouts.

Weekly Feedback

Once registered, members have the option to upgrade to Weekly Feedback for personal written critiques and guidance. 

Scroll down for more details about the program or sign up now.

Online Art Lessons

History of Sadie's Online Atelier

Sadie has been offering online art instruction since 2014, continually refining and expanding her online program alongside her in-studio program.

Sadie's commitment to making classical instruction accessible to adult students on a part-time schedule meant that she had many more students than most private atelier instructors take on: Sadie personally taught 30-50 students every week, year-round, for a decade.

To help her teach so many people, Sadie's husband, Nowell, filmed her demonstrations for her students to watch at home. These video lessons were continually expanded and revised over the years to answer every question and remove every stumbling block.


First offered as a private FaceBook group starting in 2014, Nowell and Sadie developed a custom platform to host the video lessons and private forum 2016. The custom platform is regularly upgraded  to offer the highest quality online learning experience.

Organized, Flexible, Accessible

Sadie's online lessons are presented in a crystal-clear, step-by-step order so you can follow her exact atelier curriculum, or choose to jump ahead to any area of study you want to focus on.​ Every step is presented as text, video, diagrams, and examples to make the instructions accessible to every learning style.

Classical Drawing

Historic European art training was developed through a 400-year lineage of master artist teachers, from Michelangelo through Gérôme.

Bargue Plates
Beginning art students historically copied master drawings, and Bargue's lithographic plates were commissioned in the 19th century to create a standard course for every art student. Reprinted in the early 2000's, the Bargue Drawing Course is again the basis for classical atelier programs today.

Cast Drawing

Art students from the Renaissance through the 19th century made drawings from plaster casts of ancient sculptures, and through this practice mastered proportion (shape) and values (light on form) to prepare for the challenges of drawing from the live model.

Figure Drawing

Applying the methods and procedures learned in the cast room, students who have completed their study of Bargue plates and casts are ready to draw the live model with confidence and accuracy.

Three Methods of Oil Painting

The only online art program that teaches all three major historical methods of oil painting:

Starts with a detailed drawing and under painting, followed by several layers of full-color painting, wet-over-dry, including glazing and scumbling for a highly refined level of detail.

Efficient method for creating a finished painting within a few days, in just two to three layers.

Alla Prima

This single-session, wet-in-wet method works best for quickly capturing fast-changing subjects with fresh brush strokes. ​​

Quick Immersion or Long-Term Study

Sadie has taught her atelier curriculum to hundreds of adult students in person every year for a decade, and through that experience she has built a program that every student can learn from, whether they want a quick introduction to the basics or are on a long-term journey towards artistic mastery.

Significant skill development can be expected within the first 2 months of study.

For those who can devote more time, Sadie's program takes two or more years to complete, when studying 10-20 hours per week.

Affordable Pricing

Access to top-quality training should be affordable. Online Atelier members get immediate access to Sadie's entire drawing and painting program for a low monthly membership, with the option to upgrade for written Weekly Feedback. It's the most affordable way to work through a classical atelier program with personal critique at each step to keep you inspired and on-track.

Bonus Videos

​​Members get free access to these additional videos not available for individual purchase:

Roses and Peonies 
Alla prima flower painting demonstration shows every brushstroke and palette mix, only lightly edited: 3 hours


4-Day Painting Workshop
Live footage of Sadie's workshop: Three Methods of oil Painting: 15+ hours

Purchase Videos

Sadie's program is also available as individual videos to download or order on USB card. Go to our Videos page to preview and purchase individual lessons.

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