Testimonials

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The videos are filled with gems and information like no other course I watched. I am highly impressed with the content so far. Lots of guidance from start to finishing a painting. Thank you for a most respectful price as well, as it makes learning at this quality affordable for the artists that so dearly want to learn.
--Lucia, Online Atelier Student


"These extraordinary videos have answered questions I didn't even know that I had. The conversational style of delivery, along with the close-ups of the actual painting being done, and sound principles of painting practice,  has taught me more in the last few hours of watching than I can believe."
--Diane, Customer

The drawing course, Introduction to Classical Drawing and Bargue Plates, is an essential and a very useful stage [for] understanding both early stages of artistic drawing knowledge and later on in a more advanced stage of artistic drawing of simple or complex themes.... a methodical, accessible, clear and unforgettable style.
--Online Atelier Student

The way Sadie explains things, rotating a roll of tape to demonstrate the ellipse at the center of the sphere as light hits it, and the journey of the ant up to the light when shading, all work for me. I explain myself in similar descriptive, often funny narratives that help me to remember, so I enjoy that part of her instruction. She also seems like a really kind person which is HUGE for me. 
--Online Atelier Student

 

The distinction between your videos and others was immediately apparent. You are able to teach and not just demo. I searched
extensively online for instruction that was like what I read in the Juliette Aristides and Jon deMartin books. I wanted to learn how to draw  that style.... I love that you talk out loud as you work to share the experience of what you are seeing, decisions you are making, what to expect and even how the pencil sounds.
--Online Atelier Student

 

Sadie Valeri's lessons create a strong and invaluable foundation for anyone who wants to perform in the art of drawing and
painting, through a logical and clear approach of her teaching methods of painting and drawing techniques. Sadie Valeri is not only a great master of contemporary painting art, but also a great master of teaching drawing & painting courses.
--Online Atelier Student

I am very glad that I had the opportunity to watch your course. I'll probably watch it several times.... The course is a real support in understanding the need to establish a logical sequence of drawing steps that lead to a final drawing as close as possible to the chosen model. The Block-in stage is very well presented and I understood once again the importance and attention it must pay by any artist. Mrs. Sadie Valeri proves once again that she is not only a great master of the art of drawing and painting, but
she is also a great teacher.
--Online Atelier Student

 

I'm so impressed by your clear descriptions and I have found I really connect with your teaching. The "penny" is dropping constantly for me. Thank you so much. 
 --Online Atelier Student


I have been attending classes and workshops at Sadie Valeri Atelier for almost 5 years and can honestly say that I feel I found a gold mine. The skill and expertise of Sadie and her fellow instructors is as good as you are going to get in the San Francisco Bay area. They are all fine artists in their own right but also have the ability to impart their knowledge in a methodical way that allows for their students to truly learn to draw and paint in the tradition of the old masters. Lastly, you feel supported in a challenging and often frustrating process the ultimately leads you to a feeling of satisfaction that you can express on paper or canvas what you see and feel.

--Kathleen M.

I have taken workshops all over the world to buff up my skills, but I have never experienced the Aha! moments with another teacher the way I have done in Sadie's classes. Sadie is not only exquisitely talented, but able to teach to every level in a way that creates confidence and excitement.
--Audie B.

Sadie's instruction is impeccable. There are no Secrets. Only solid techniques of the masters, clearly communicated by this warm and giving teacher.
--Eileen N.

I had dabbled in classes over the years with moderate results and was looking for something with solid technique that was more comprehensive... [Sadie's] curriculum is focused and rigorous and it will train you to really see and understand.
--Monique D.

Sadie and all of her teachers actually TEACH how to draw and paint. This is not your "have fun and express yourself" art school.... Work hard and you will be rewarded. My skill set has grown by leaps and bounds in 9 months of study. Best art experience in my life.
--Susan B.

I have studied with a number of different artists, and Sadie is by far the most effective I have personally been exposed to.... My artistic abilities expanded significantly from her classes and I recommend them to anyone looking for top-notch education in classical realism.
--Todd A.

 

I came to Sadie Valeri Atelier hoping to learn classical techniques that I could apply to my own work.  I had dabbled in classes over the years with moderate results and was looking for something with solid technique that was more comprehensive and that bridged the gap between drawing and painting that I never completely understood.  What I found was so much greater than I could have ever imagined!....

The curriculum is focused and rigorous and it will train you to really see and understand conceptually how to accurately paint and draw.  The truth is, even if you're aiming to paint like an abstract expressionist, this training is immensely helpful and important.

-- Monique D.


I've been studying with Sadie for the last 4 months and I've learned more during my first month than during the whole previous year at different other art classes. 

--Ana F.

An artist friend recommended Sadie's studio to me as a place to study traditional realism art in 2013. Since then I've been taking classes here for over two years; studying with a group of like minded and simply great people. I am happy with the improvements I have made. 
The studio offers resources to students, such as an art book library, demo videos and opportunities to take workshops from other well known artists. And we get to show our works at student shows. 

--Jane T.

I have studied with a number of different artists, and Sadie is by far the most effective I have personally been exposed to.  Besides being an amazing artist, she is well-versed in the subtleties of teaching and the cultivation of understanding.  My artistic abilities expanded significantly from her classes and I recommend them to anyone looking for top-notch education in classical realism.

--Todd A.

Sadie and all of her teachers actually TEACH how to draw and paint.  This is not your have fun and express yourself art school.... Work hard and you will be rewarded. My weak skill set has grown by leaps and bounds in 9 months of study.  Best art experience in my life.
--Susan B.

I have taken workshops all over the world to buff up my skills, but I have never experience the Aha! moments with another teacher the way I have done in Sadie's classes. Sadie is not only exquisitely talented, but able to teach to every level in a way that creates confidence and excitement.
--Audie B.

Sadie has created a professional atmosphere for drawing from models, plaster casts and still-life. Her atelier has great light, comfortable furniture, great books and music. She has thought of every detail to insure a positive experience and improved skills at the end of her courses and workshops.

--Debra S.

Sadie's instruction is impeccable. There are no Secrets. Only solid techniques of the masters, clearly communicated by this warm and giving teacher. 
--Eileen N.

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