Our Curriculum

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Anyone can learn to draw and paint using this time-honored method.

The curriculum follows a logical progression of building skills step by step. Students advance at their own pace and receive individual teaching and direction. Depending on the student's time commitment, the curriculum can be completed in anywhere from 1-3 years time.

Curriculum Summary

Level 1

Acquiring an understanding of shape, proportion, value, and form


Using the drawing curriculum made famous by Charles Bargue, students begin with graphite drawings.

Level 2

Understanding how controlled light falls across a 3D form


Working from life, students will learn the sight-size techniques to translate a 3D form to a 2D picture plane while maintaining the illusion of space . Graphite and charcoal mediums will be employed.

Level 3

Learning the oil painting medium, color mixing and brushwork


Monochromatic and limited palettes will ease the student into this medium, again working from plaster casts. Lessons in Grisaille painting, transferring the drawing to canvas, layering techniques and the best color mixing theory /techniques will be included.

Level 4

Composition, color, spacial relationships, the human figure


Students will learn how to create strong compositions of still life, landscape and the figure. Working from a full palette, students will complete a master copy. After study and practice painting facial features, students will advance to painting portraiture and full figures from live models.

Full Curriculum Study & Part curriculum Study

Study options include full curriculum study, part curriculum study, and even week-long short courses.

Our classes provide artists of all levels with a uniquely simple and logical and contemporary the scientific theories based on the integration of arts with science approach to painting and drawing, The instruction will emphasize the mindset and methodologies that have guided master artists for over five hundred years. I teach time-honored practices that lie at the heart of the world's great masterpieces. Because my goal to build a generation of good artists, creating quick opportunities to learn art in line with the nature of this times.

Our Full curriculum is broken into 4 levels with each exercise being completed at the students own pace. All students are given one to one tuition and each level is studied fully and mastered before progressing to the next. This way we are sure that every student is not rushed through the content too quickly and they are able to achieve their personal goals. This also allows for flexible study options. courses.

Our Parts curriculum is the same as our full time but with fewer hours. It may take longer to complete the program but the same high standards of work will be achieved. Our flexible approach to study schedules means that whatever your time limitations or other commitments are, we can find a schedule to suit you.

In order to ensure a high level of accuracy, REAL Academy of Art uses both the sight-size and comparative techniques for drawing and painting. Sight size allows the student to view a model or object from a selected position and execute it so that both visually appear the same size to the artist. Comparative measure uses a system of units to enlarge or decrease an image as perceived by the student. We recognize the benefits of learning both so we teach both methods.

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Level 1

The basics are supposed to be practiced fist (Pencil properly sharpened / properly grasped pencil / trained to organize lines (Hitching and Cross Hitching shading ) / Training on values scales / Training on the shading of simple shapes (geometric shapes) / Understanding how to draw and shading the Cloth folds.

LEVEL 1

  • Acquire an understanding of shape, proportion, How to apply values and shape to natural shapes, and form
  • Bargue Copies/Figure
  • Drawing in Graphite
  • Students begin the program by copying a series of prepared lithographs from the Charles Bargue Drawing Course developed in the mid 19th century. These copies, executed in graphite (pencil), help the student to acquire an understanding of shape, proportion, value, and form. Attention is given to the natural behaviour of light over form and how we can replicate this in drawing.
  • Drawing from the live models is done alongside the Bargue studies.
  • BARGUE 1
    Fully rendered Bargue drawing in graphite (a simple hand or foot study)
  • BARGUE 2
    Fully rendered Bargue drawing in graphite (slightly more complex)
  • BARGUE 3
    Fully rendered Bargue drawing in graphite (building your own construct)
  • BARGUE 4
    Fully rendered Bargue drawing in graphite (using comparative measurement)

COMPARATIVE MEASUREMENT FIGURE DRAWING ASSIGNMENTS

  • Introduction to Comparative Measurement and beginning stages of figure drawing
  • Introduction to carbon and charcoal pencil
  • Fully rendered figure drawing from a sustained (60 hour) pose

ADDITIONAL PROJECTS

  • Introduction to portraiture

Level 2

The student progresses to working from three-dimensional plaster casts, which is also referred to as working “in the round”. Using vine charcoal, the student will begin to understand how controlled light falls across a three-dimensional form. In addition, it enables the student to translate a three-dimensional object to a two-dimensional picture plane, while maintaining the illusion of space. Students are also introduced to the use of sight size-measurement and the concept of “big form modelling.” Figure drawing continues in charcoal.

Level 2

  • Understand how controlled light falls across a three-dimensional form. )
  • Cast Drawing/Figure Drawing in Charcoal
  • CAST 1
    Fully rendered charcoal cast drawing (simple)
  • CAST 2
    Fully rendered charcoal cast drawing (more complex)

COMPARATIVE MEASUREMENT FIGURE ASSIGNMENTS

  • Fully rendered 1/2 figure drawing or limb study in carbon
  • Fully rendered figure drawing in carbon or charcoal

ADDITIONAL PROJECTS

  • Portraiture in carbon pencil

Level 3

Learn the characteristics of the oil medium

Before you start this stage you must practice the technique of painting in oil color ( how to use oil colors) and how to use brushes each type and how to Hold the brush of brushes correctly and how to apply oil paint on the canvas correctly. You must learn the correct media used in oil colors at each stage of the painting ( Layers technology ) and other basic things to enter the painting in oil colors. How to put colors on Palette correctly, also learned to blend colors scientifically and correctly with the knowledge of the secrets of each color of oil colors. There are secrets that are important to learn at this stage. There are many secrets to professionalism / At this stage it is assumed to learn from special initial exercises and then use sample of nature.

Level 3

As follows

  • Cast Painting/Figure Painting
    The student continues to work from the cast, starting with a monochromatic painting in oils in order to learn the characteristics of the medium, and the stages of an academic painting. The element of colour is introduced for the second painted cast.
  • Figure painting is begun with a limited palette.
  • CAST PAINTING 1
    Monochrome painting
  • CAST PAINTING 2
    Limited palette painting
  • CAST PAINTING 3
    Full palette painting

COMPARATIVE MEASUREMENT FIGURE ASSIGNMENTS

  • Grisaille figure painting
  • Limited palette figure painting

ADDITIONAL PROJECTS

  • Master copy painted in oil

Level 4

Explore composition through the arrangement of colour, lights and spatial relationships

Still-Life/Figure Painting
These skills culminate in the final level of the program, where students begin to explore composition through the arrangement of colour, lights and spatial relationships. Students are introduced to both direct and indirect painting methods to achieve realistic textures, colours, forms and depth. Figure painting is done in a full colour palette.

Level 4

  • STILL LIFE PAINTING 1
    Red, white and green and of varying textures and surfaces
  • STILL LIFE PAINTING 2
    ‘Tenebrist’ (high contrast between light and dark zones of illumination) painting with a theme
  • STILL LIFE PAINTING 3
    Painting’s composition incorporates a perishable object (fruits, flowers etc.)

GRADUATION PIECE

  • The culmination of the techniques and skills gathered by the student thus far. This final painting may be a still-life, figure painting, portrait, or self-portrait, Or choose a painting with a story , painted in oils.

COMPARATIVE MEASUREMENT FIGURE ASSIGNMENTS

  • Classical figure palette painting, working from the model.
    From the very first week, students begin to work from the nude model. The human figure demands an understanding of gesture, proportion, design, and subtle colour. Throughout the course, students consistently work from the live model, first in dry medium and then in paint, applying the skills learned from the program.