Combining tactile and optical methods of drawing
Princeton Academy of Art presents a unique educational experience for artists focusing in contemporary realism through the European Classical traditions of academic drawing painting and sculpture. Our curriculum merges the methods of classical atelier education and the Russian academic approach. Following in these traditions, instruction is a focused immersion into human anatomy, perspective and tactile approaches to analyzing form. By rigorously studying these methods alongside concrete principles of value, color and composition, students are able to traverse various media and techniques to interpret the world around them in a way that suits their temperament and vision.
Focus on each individual student
At Princeton Academy of Art, we believe that art education must allow for flexibility and conversation. We work to provide a context for information that seems at first abstract and unconnected, but with time and study allows for students to make parallels within their own personal interests and experiences. Each student is encouraged to deeply assess their goals as an artist, and to identify their reason for pursuing the study of academic drawing, painting and sculpture.
Emphasis on networking
Our guiding principle is a belief that the study of visual art is a practice of communication and support. In the face of the infinite number of pitfalls and discoveries that the artist will encounter in their career, this foundation ensures that they will learn to create connections with not only their peers but the broader artistic community. Our instructors are highly trained exhibiting artists who aim to structure the curriculum in a way that enhances and encourages the artistic growth of our students. They are not only instructors, but mentors and professional connections for our students as well.
In depth study of art history
Our goal is to show students that an artist develops their own creative absolutes only through internalizing the broadest possible collection of examples from the history of art. We work to adapt to the individual student’s needs, while also structuring the assignments based on examples from the dense history of figurative art. There is constant review and discussion of historical and contemporary works of art in order to expand the student’s knowledge and visual vocabulary.