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Academic Courses: 

(Class - 4-6 hours a week)

This 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 apprentice system of the Renaissance. The result is a rigorous and demanding system, which also 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 altogether 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 and more challenging stage. Students therefore progress through the curriculum in a logical and 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. Students will receive personalized critiques and instruction during each training session that relates specifically to their needs.


The Renaissance Classical Art School (Atelier type school for kids) is dedicated to the highest standards of draftsmanship. We are the only art school in Illinois that has an academic program for kids and extra complex curriculum for artistically gifted kids. Our Academic Visual Arts Certified program includes both visual and structural drawing and last for about 5-6 years. This time-tested program gives students a high degree of skills. Drawing is the foundation of everything we do at school. We use sight-size technique.

If your child enter the program at the age of 11-12 years he/she will accomplish it at the age of 17. At the end he/she will receive the Diploma (full 5 years) or Certificate of Completion (3+ years) + great defined portfolio!

Also all of our graduate students have a wonderful opportunity to receive scholarships/grants into prestigious Colleges and Universities anywhere in USA.


Level 1 or testing Level (12-13 y.o) 

This is the first year of academic program and it is like a test for the student, usually if the child successfully finish the first 2 years  he would accomplish the whole 5 years course without the problem.

Academic Drawing, Painting + Color theory, Composition and some basics about perspective 

Students work on color more seriously, drawing wild life, flowers, still-lifes, cast simple objects.

A lot of sketching simple static household objects, 

Please look Our Schedule for time and day - Contact Us. (all classes are 4+ hours a week / 2 times a week min )


Level 2 (13-14 y.o) 

Academic Drawing, Painting and Sculpture + Color theory, Composition and some basics about perspective. 

Students work a lot with graphite pencils, start drawing mannequins and cast body parts, sculpting body parts, mixing more complex colors, learning more about various compositions, perspective.

A lot of sketching interiors, exteriors, cityscapes + animals,

Please look Our Schedule for time and day or Contact Us.


Level 3  (15-16 y.o) 

Academic  drawing/painting still-lifes, various objects,  landscapes, artist terminology +perspective +color theory (tested), animals in various techniques and different media. Introducing watercolor.

A lot of sketching people, animals, city, developing "your own style"

Plein - air (drawing/painting outdoor in the Summer)


Level 4  (16-17 y.o) 

We also prepare our students for Art Colleges/Art Institutes with a defined portfolio. 

Academic painting: limited palette, color theory, grisaille . 

Academic drawing: expanding sight-size technique, perspective, introduction to drawing Course Charles Bargue, drawing from cast: simple objects, human body parts, busts, scull, learn to sketch from life. 

A lot of sketching people, animals, city, developing "your own style"

Plein - air (drawing/painting outdoor in the Summer)


Level 5  (17+ y.o) 

Academic portrait drawing, (Atelier location)

Full figure drawing, (Atelier location)

Painting nude models. (Atelier location)

A lot of sketching people, animals, city, developing "your own style".

Final written test on Color theory, Academic subjects, artist's vocabulary.

Defined portfolio + Diploma or Certificate of Completion! 



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