Sunday Apr 26th, 5pm - 8pm
Decorus Atelier of Figurative Art is committed to offering students a solid foundation in classical methods of drawing, painting, and sculpture though a rigorous schedule of traditional training. Students training at Decorus will follow in the traditions of the great masters of art, and concentrate on developing strong technical skill and control. They will learn how to infuse their work with a sense of narrative, and critical thinking essential to fine art and figurative realism today.
Our instructors are dedicated to creating better artistic construction and change in an atmosphere where artists can learn how to fuse technique, and figurative anatomy with an interwoven sense of narrative content, the eternal or universal, and philosophy. We are dedicated to transforming our students and to building the strongest artists possible.
Following the Classical Atelier method of training, students work through cast drawing, cast painting, figure drawing, and figure painting. Students at Decorus Atelier will find a dedication to the study of figurative anatomy, alla prima painting and indirect method painting in the tradition of the old masters.
Students are welcome to attend part time or full time. We work with each student to find the right balance and design a suitable course of study tailored to their individual needs. The Full Time program typically takes 4-6 total semesters of study (2-3 years) to complete the entire program depending on the dedication of the individual student. Students will work through a series of projects at their own pace in a friendly, supportive atmosphere mastering skills to build a solid foundation for creating highly realistic drawings and paintings.
Courses are offered throughout the year by various instructors in Figurative painting, drawing, sculpture, ecorche, anatomy, still life, perspective, plain air landscape, urban and architectural drawing and painting, cast drawing, painting, narrative thinking and philosophy. Master workshops, and open figure drawing/painting sessions are offered regularly.
What a special experience! From the moment I walked in, I felt so welcome, and the level of personal attention and the overall vibe was truly other-worldly. I kept wondering what the catch was, but I left feeling as if I was welcome to come back, but not pressured to. I think that will actually make it so much more likely I'll head back very soon!
Great class! Very patient and friendly teacher. Learned a ton
Learning at Decorus has been an absolute pleasure. As I've spent more time there, I've seen how well and thoughtfully James adapts his teaching style to each new student. I've been amazed how much I've improved in the last month and could not recommend more highly.
Great class! Hands-on - really helpful to get started with drawing right away!
James is an excellent artist and teacher and all around great guy. He is inspiring to work with and seems to truly enjoy getting the best out of his students. This is a great starter starter course but also worth taking if you have some experience sculpting. James is very hands on, not afraid to criticize but also very motivational.
The school is beautiful, there is amazing art everywhere. The teacher is patient, provides individualized attention, and explains concepts in a way that are easy to grasp and understand. I could not be happier to have found this gem and in my neighborhood! I highly recommend taking a class, great for beginners and all levels, you won’t regret it.
I had no drawing experience and James demystified it for me. He helped me identify my habits and gave me advice on how to improve. He also helped me learn how to look at the world so I can become not just a better artist but a better observer. I would definitely take this class again.
The whole experience was wonderful. The instructor was so helpful and very attentive to each student , moving around and critiquing with demonstrations , giving tips and advice. The atmosphere was relaxing. A Gem .
This class is for any level since James gives you personalized feedback and advise based on your skills. I knew nothing and I left the class with a whole new vision of drawing. You are definitely not the same person when you walk out of this place. Also, I was so concentrated that we spent an extra hour and James was good about it. I found drawing can be relaxing and I will come back for more lessons. Nov 2019
The class was supper inspiring. James was so nice to me. He even extended the hours! James has so many amazing artworks himself. His studio is cute and warm. He not only teaches you how to draw, he also teaches you the philosophy from drawing. It’s very amazing. I highly recommend you to take his class! It’s 100% worthy of your time and money.
Sunday Apr 26th, 5pm - 8pm
Sunday May 3rd, 2pm - 5pm
Friday May 1st, 7pm - 9pm