THE APPLICATION DEADLINE FOR THE AUTUMN 2014 TERM IS MARCH 15TH
The training at SARA is designed to give students the skills necessary to create convincing, realistic works of art that meet the highest standards of excellence and craftsmanship — standards that are best illustrated within the works of the Old Masters. Accordingly, students of SARA are taught using methods that have produced many of history’s greatest masters. The training and curriculum is created from the best and most effective traditional methods and techniques used in 19th-century European academies and private ateliers, the Russian academy, the apprentice system of the renaissance and our faculty’s own extensive experience both as students (such as their studies with Odd Nerdrum) and as instructors (SARA does not use the sight-size method). The result is a rigorous and demanding system, which offers the greatest flexibility to meet the specific needs of each student so that they progress at their own best pace. The curriculum is designed as a systematic progression, which breaks down the complex and intimidating challenge of learning to draw and paint realistically from life into practical stages. Each stage requires that the student acquire and demonstrate specific skills before advancing to the next more challenging stage. Students progress in a logical, step-by-step fashion leading ultimately to free and confident painting in oil. The speed at which a student advances through the curriculum is directly related to how much time and effort they invest.
The school is open from 8AM to 8PM Monday through Friday, and 9AM to 5PM on Saturday. Students work on their individual projects (ie: cast drawings, still life paintings, etc.) each and every workday, but there are also special activities and programs throughout the week. An instructor reviews a beginning student’s work twice every day — once in the morning and once in the afternoon. More advanced students are reviewed everyday but are expected to be able to work more independently. The flexibility of the program allows for more reviews if needed, or less, if the student is proceeding well. The instructors are constantly observing and analyzing every student’s progress and adapting their instruction to best assist each student. Students are taught by main teachers as well as student/assistant teachers.
Students also learn a wide variety of practical skills including hand grinding their own oil paint; preparing wood panels and copper as supports for painting; stretching and preparing raw linen canvas as a support; mixing mediums, grounds and varnishes, and a great deal more.
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