Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Student Life: Julie, The new kid in school

This Student Life series of posts will chronicle what the average student experiences at the Academy for Realist Art, Boston. My name is Julie and just a short while ago I moved to Boston, and enrolled at the Academy of Realist Art.

In September, I began taking Bargue drawing classes at the Academy. I started part time with Bargue because I wasn't confident enough in my abilities to tackle the figure right away... plus that pesky WORK gets in the way.

One aspect of the school, that will instantly get you hooked, are the people. I was nervous on my first day, unsure of the kind atmosphere to expect. Should I wear my paint splattered overalls, or an uber chic black turtleneck and black beret? However, the moment I walked through the elevator door, the students and the teachers made me feel welcome, giving me a place where I feel like I belong. I also love the way the academy smells.

Saturday Life drawing classes are a hit!

Saturday, Jan. 29 - Mar. 19th - 10:00-1:00 and 2:00-5:00 p.m. - Instructor Emmy DeMusis

Our new Saturday morning figure drawing class has been so popular that we are adding an afternoon class to our schedule. Class will be mornings 10 - 1 and afternoons 2 - 5. Students will continue working to improve the beginning stages of construction, concentrating on accurately capturing gesture, proportion and body type. Some poses will be extended this session so that some students will be given the opportunity to work longer on some of their drawings. These 8 week sessions will emphasize proficiency in using our step-by-step method beginning with a basic block in, developing the figures specific contour and shadow line and then advancing to beginning rendering of form. Classes will consist of one three hour pose with some continuing for additional weeks. Students will receive individual attention and work at their own pace. New students at all skill levels are welcome. Cost is $300. Space is limited, we have lots of students already registered so call or email immediately to register.

Annual Art Exhibit and Open House

Friday December 10 10:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Please join us for our first annual Art Exhibit/Open House at the Academy. This large exhibit will feature the drawings and paintings of our students and instructors. We have been hard at work preparing for this show. We will be displaying works from plaster casts, still life and figure work. Come for a visit, learn about our program and meet some of our dedicated students. If you are interested in taking classes full or part time you can take this opportunity to have a tour of the school and ask any questions you might have. This is a great way to really understand the program and see the results you can achieve.

Our students come to us with a variety of previous art experience, some have been artists for a while and others are complete beginners. What all students have in common is that they are more skilled at drawing and painting because of their studies. You can master the skills of drawing and painting by enrolling in our ongoing classes. If you are unable to attend the open house and would like a tour of the studio call (617)426-3006 or send an email to