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Admission Criteria

We are looking for talented people who are keen to learn the craft of painting. Our programme provides practical teaching, as well as the theory and language of classical painting. The programme is demanding but also deeply rewarding, discipline and study are every day requirements of the school.

In order to grade your current standard we explain below what we mean by beginner and advanced levels. We do not apply academic admission criteria or age restrictions – we will consider anyone with the talent, experience and disposition to learn with us. Nevertheless, the academy educates on a high standard and the expectations we have of our students are serious.

Beginner (B)

Essentially, everyone who comes here starts as a beginner although many of our students have impressive artistic CVs. ‘Beginner’ means you are thoroughly skilled in different conventional painting techniques such as acrylics and oil paint, you know a lot of art history and you are well trained in the basic knowledge of anatomy, perspective, tonalities and colour mixing. Actually, you are painter already, however, not trained in traditional techniques.

Advanced Level (A)

Advanced level means you are initiated in the basic techniques of classical painting, that you know how to make paint and how to make proper grounds. It means that you have worked for at least one year with self-made emulsion paints, oil paints and wax paints. You have mastered the basic techniques of working with transparent layers of paint; you know the classical way of building up human skin in paint and other expressions of materials. You are conversant in the language of classical painting and understand the underlying system of binders and the optical characteristics of /a dozen pigments// dozens of pigments. Do you really mean ‘a dozen’ (i.e. 12) or do you mean dozens?

Entrance Requirements

All advanced courses require specific knowledge and skill, as explained in Advanced Level above. It is not possible to participate in advanced courses without having followed the Basic programm. Exceptions are (rarely) made after considerable consultation.


In general we offer a two-years programme divided in Basic Programme and Master Degree. The Basic Programme, as well as the Master Degree, are organised in to independent courses. It is possible to follow each course independently. However, if you want to obtain the Master Degree you will need to follow the entire syllabus of the Basic Programme and Master Degree. You are free to chose the order in which you follow the courses. That said, there is an annual timetable and, following its chronology is advised as, each course is built on another. Each course has its own fee which has to be paid before the course starts.

Fees & Painting box

Every course in the entire programme has its own fee, details are below. The price depends on the duration of the course.

For every individual course you will need the Painting Box. The Painting Box contains approximately 35 pigments, 10 binders, agents and activators, linen, chalk, wax, soap, special brushes, a silver point and a painting knife. The costs of the Painting Box is unwedded? € 250. You will need to buy the Painting Box when the season starts what season?, since you will need it every lesson. The Painting Box contains everything you will need for painting, however, sometimes you need to get painting frameworks or wooden panels and paper yourself. How long does it last for? How many boxes do beginner and advanced level students normally need to buy to complete al the courses on their level?


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