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.

    Visit www.atelierstockholm.se for more information on our academic programs. 

  2. Thank you to everyone who attended last night’s Friends of SARA event at The Swedish Academy of Art in Bergshamra Gård. We hope that you had a fantastic time viewing the beautiful work being done by our students and listening to Sanna Tomac speak about her painting commission for the Bååtska Palace in Stockholm. If you would like more information about Friends of SARA or be invited to future events, visit our website, www.atelierstockholm.se

  3. SARA students on a break in a studio. 

  4. Latest work by advanced SARA student, Sebastian Grönwall, “Fisktärna” Oil on Canvas, 27 x 34 cm. See more of his work at http://www.sebastiangronwall.se/.

  5. By the end of this week, Sanna Tomac will complete the monumental painting commissioned for the Oscarssalen ceiling in Bååtska palatset in Stockholm. The painting will be raised and installed over the course of the following weeks. Students from The Swedish Academy of Art, Atelier Stockholm (SARA) have had the opportunity to observe and assist her work. 

    Sanna received the commission for the painting and began the project in June 2012. She is creating the painting using traditional materials and methods, i.e. no photographs or projectors – only live models. 

    For more information or to arrange an interview with Sanna Tomac, please write to info@atelierstockholm.se or call Kim Jones at 08 730 44 71. 

  6. A selection of still life paintings by advanced SARA students completed during the Fall 2013 term.

  7. A selection of figure studies completed by SARA students during the Fall 2013 term.

  8. A selection of the finished bust drawings completed during the Fall 2013 term by intermediate SARA students. 

    18.00 - 20.00

    80 SEK or 60 SEK with 5 or 10 x discount card
    Tonight’s Model: ADAM 

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  10. Students are back from Christmas break and have resumed work on still life paintings, drawings of busts and Bargue copies, as well as the last figure pose of the term.