6 Easy Steps to Start Your Atelier Training

Here are 6 easy steps you can take to start learning realistic drawing and painting skills today.

When I tell people I left my teaching job for 4 years to train full-time in atelier, I often get the response of “well, yeah, I could never do that”.

Which is fair.

We all have competing priorities in our lives, and not everyone can make art training their #1 right now.

But if the idea of being able to draw and paint like the Old Masters makes your heart sing, and you want to pursue it, there are some simple steps you can take to get started on your own atelier journey.

In order of smallest time commitment to biggest time commitment, here are some ways to start learning atelier skills TODAY.

5 Minutes: Join our SAA mailing list for tips, tricks, inspiration & more.

10-15 Minutes: Watch an atelier video that teaches a skill. The videos in this mini-series on color theory take only 10-15 minutes to watch, and you will come away with at least one new color concept you didn’t know before.

30-90 Minutes: Download some of our free art lessons and give them a spin. These short, easy-to-follow lessons will help you build some atelier skills with only a 30-90 minute time commitment.

10-15 Hours: Ready for a bit more serious study? Try our Yay! Portraits Worksheets that take you through a series of atelier exercises to help you draw accurate portraits.

1 Week: Ready to jump in to your first full atelier project? This free YouTube class takes you step-by-step through the process of completing a project that most ateliers have you do as your very first one. It’s called a Bargue Plate. Don’t worry – you don’t have to do it all at once! Each video is about 15 minutes long, and the series has ~30 videos. You can work through them at your own pace.

6 Weeks: Apply for the MA in Studio Art. Now you are playing in the big-kids pool. This accredited MA in Studio Arts program is summers-only, has remote and in-person options, is 100% studio-based, and requires ZERO year-round obligations. Train intensively in atelier skills for 3 summers, and then do your awesome teaching thing the rest of the year. If you are serious about expanding your technical art skillset without quitting your teaching job, this is what you need.

It’s not easy taking first steps towards atelier training, but the most important thing is to take a step. So pick one and give it a try, your future art teacher self will thank you!

What steps are you taking to start your atelier journey? Let me know in the comments below!

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