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The Landscape Atelier - Full and Part Time Study


I am excited to announce a new full time and part time course of study- The Landscape Atelier. This program is designed for the serious student who wishes to pursue the study of landscape painting through a challenging curriculum of basic concepts and skills, art history, more advanced painting techniques, working from memory and imagination and exploration of their own aesthetic and artistic voice. Business practices- setting up a studio, gaining exhibition and representation opportunities, marketing and self promotion - will also be covered.

The Landscape Atelier



The Landscape Atelier is a new concept in the study of landscape painting. The atelier (French, meaning the workshop or studio of an artist) was common in 19th century Europe where students would typical enter an established artist’s studio for training, often in a classical, academic mode. This study took place over the course of many years, building the student’s skills through progressive training in drawing from casts, copying masters, drawing from life, then painting from life.

 Drawing on this tradition, The Landscape Atelier is a course of study designed to provide students with thorough and rigorous training in landscape painting, based on learning core concepts and skills, observation of Nature, drawing and sketching in the field, design and composition, to advanced indirect painting techniques in the studio, and working from memory and imagination.

Based on 19th century methods, this course of study will start with the basics of drawing, making close studies of Nature, field sketching and observation in the field, showing students how this way of preliminary study and work can not only deepen your knowledge and understanding of your subject, but increase your powers of observation, eventually leading to an increased ability to work from memory and imagination.


The course of study will include study of art history, specifically the work of 19th century landscape painters in Europe and America. Additional studies of the literary and cultural trends of the 19th century will provide context for the art history studies. Natural history, field guides and other resources will provide material for basic scientific understanding of the natural world we seek to depict.




The Program

The course of study at the Landscape Atelier will be offered in trimesters, encompassing approximately 12- 16 weeks of study in each unit. The course will continue throughout the year in order to allow students to take full advantage of good weather in their areas for outdoor work and reserving the winter months for studio work and study. Atelier enrollment will be kept small to enable each student's training to be individualized and specific to their needs.

 A full time student can expect to complete the course in three to four trimesters, while part time students will complete it in six to eight trimesters. Both full and part time students will be required to complete a one month residency which can be broken up into shorter segments. Residencies will be scheduled in the spring and fall months in Clarksville and also at other locations in the summer.

Students may begin their course of study at the beginning of any trimester subject to available spots. Enrollment in 2014 is limited to three full time students and three part time students.

2014 Schedule

Winter/Spring Trimester - January 3- May 9, 2014
Summer Trimester - May 9- September 5, 2014
Fall Trimester - October 3 - December 15, 2014

Full Time Program

Typically, the full time program will consist of four online classes which, depending upon enrollment and scheduling, may be taken either as part of the regular online class curriculum or may be a separate class for Atelier students only. If the former, Atelier students will receive additional content and assignments on a separate Atelier blog.

Additional content (written, video, etc) , assignments and mentoring will be delivered through the Atelier blog throughout the trimester.

Each student will receive a monthly individual critique/mentoring session delivered via email, telephone, FaceTime, or Skype.

One month residency (which can be broken up into shorter stays) will include the opportunity to work both outdoors and in the studio, observe instructor demonstrations, and receive one on one critiques and mentoring.

The final trimester will include independent study and production of a body of work reflecting the student's progress during the program.

Part Time Program 


Typically, the part time program will consist of two online classes which, depending upon enrollment and scheduling, may be taken either as part of the regular online class curriculum or may be a separate class for Atelier students only. If the former, Atelier students will receive additional content and assignments on a separate Atelier blog.

Additional content (written, video, etc) , assignments and mentoring will be delivered through the Atelier blog throughout the  trimester.

Each student will receive a monthly individual critique/mentoring session delivered via email, telephone, FaceTime, or Skype.

One month residency (which can be broken up into shorter stays) will include the opportunity to work both outdoors and in the studio, observe instructor demonstrations, and receive one on one critiques and mentoring.

The final trimester will include independent study and production of a body of work reflecting the student's progress during the program.


Who should Apply

Students wishing to complete this course of study should be serious in their desire to study landscape painting, and willing to undertake rigorous and thorough training. Students at all levels are welcome to apply. Students should have taken at least one online course prior to applying.

Atelier Tuition

Atelier tuition will vary from trimester to trimester depending upon the number of classes taken. However, the full time student can expect to pay approximately $1440-1680 per trimester and the part time student approximately $720-840 per trimester.

A $500 deposit is required upon registration for each trimester and the remainder of the fee is due two weeks prior to the start of the trimester. Tuition is nonrefundable. At instructor's discretion,  tuition paid may be transferred to another trimester if the student is unable to participate during the trimester he/she is enrolled in.

Tuition for residency periods is separate and will also vary depending on length of stay. Generally speaking, tuition will run $600 for each week of residency.

How to Apply

If you are interested in applying for the Landscape Atelier or would like additional information, please contact me via email. To apply, send a brief description of your experience in landscape painting, prior study, why you want to participate in the Atelier, and 2-5 images of your current landscape work (drawings or paintings).