The CDB/CPB set is a complete remote atelier program!
To allow students to see a closer proximity of the finished demonstrations, this 12 page catalog has been included in each chest. The images have been color/value calibrated, and are on high quality glossy paper. Students are encouraged to keep the catalog open to use as a reference while completing their own assignments, or copy the drawings to gain a better understanding of technique. Classical Drawing Course: The Demonstrations measures 8.5x11" and can be purchased separately HERE.
I have no drawing experience- is this right for me?
The program (and videos) were designed with the idea that students would be starting from square one, so being an absolute beginner is completely fine. Can't draw a straight line? No worries, almost every student (even the experienced ones) starting the program soon realize they can't either. The CDB will teach a reliable process that breeds consistent high quality results, with loads of technical information on materials, light/shadow, anatomy, and more. You may start a beginner, but progress through the program and you will know more than you thought possible.
The early stages of the atelier program emphasizes literal copying as much as possible. Therefore, the only "stylistic" quality should be exact reproduction. The purpose of this is to allow the student to acquire the technical skill to translate any image into a charcoal drawing. As the program advances, more techniques are introduced, as well as more advanced concepts of observation. These two factors combined allow for more individual choice on how to best describe a subject, and this is often described as style. It is highly recommended to work as the demonstrations suggest for the the length of the program, attempting to reproduce the aesthetics of the various assignments exactly, so that by the completion of the program the student will have a broad range of highly developed technical skills. From then on, it's up to the student to decide how and when to implement each skill. At no point through the program should a student sacrifice (or attempt to excuse lack of) accuracy for style. It is quite common for students to envoke the "style" excuse as a defensive mechanism to cover up lack of correctness or believability. Try to identify when this is occuring (even unintentionally) to avoid it.
Will an atelier drawing program produce drawings of the same style?
How long should it take to work through the drawing video set/assignments?
For a student to take full advantage of the program and work each assignment to its highest level of quality, it should on average take a year (sometimes more) working around full time 30-40 hours per week. The curriculum described in the textbook represents the accelerated, part time program originally taught at Scottsdale Artists' School, where students attended class 7 hours per week, worked from the model in open studios around 6 hours per week, and worked at home 15-30 hours per week. For those wanting to master the content of the program, it is suggested to instead work on each assignment for however long is necessary to master the content, rather than adhering to the tight timetables listed in the textbook. It is also recommended to complete the full 1000+ anatomy drawings instead of the 100 assigned in the textbook.
Complete Atelier Video Set
The drawing textbook evolved from a series of classroom handouts and notes that grew and grew until making copies became a monumental task, and a textbook naturally evolved. It includes the assignment curriculum used in the atelier (a brief description of each assignment), course competency guidelines (criteria for demonstrating understanding that warrants progression), concepts and techniques (notes from some of the video lessons), and several small workbooks of exercises intended to develop the student's conceptual understanding and informal measurment process. Learn more HERE.
Are there any landscape videos included in the bundle?
Currently there are no landscape demonstration videos in the bundle, but course content is continually being gathered, edited, and prepped for distribution. This includes additional recommended exercises, additional glazing videos, landscape videos, and more. When new content is available, those who have purchased content will be contacted to determine the best means of distribution. This can include dropbox, exclusive YouTube access, or USB flash drive provided and shipped at cost.
Can I buy the videos individually?
Unfortunately, the way the content has been edited and voiced-over, each video relies on knowledge learned, and refers to information, in videos that proceed them. As such, they are unsuitable for individual distribution and would likely cause confusion. We are considering a re-editing process to provide individual videos for distribution, but the massive undertaking of work involved will likely run close to 2 years. Currently ReesAteliermedia is focused on other projects, such as a newer enhanced Drawing Textbook, additional patch content to the Classical Painting Bundle, and projects with Streamline Video.
Sped up preview of Video 24. Demonstration #7, Assignment 6: Extended Still Life. This still life encorporates ebauche, full body paint block-in, and glazing to achieve the finished results.
Academy Promo. This longer promotional video features actual speed footage of various demonstrations throughout the bundles. Each demonstration is shown at three stages of development.
Classical Drawing & Painting Bundles
The Classical Drawing & Painting Bundle Chest is a complete remote atelier program, loaded with tools a student needs to build their skills in realist drawing and painting. The included textbooks offer a curriculum of assignments used in the atelier, as well as the recommended order to progress through each to maximize learning. Over 200 hours of video cover drawing materials, anatomy, charcoal/white chalk/pen techniques, oil painting materials, painting processes, paint application techniques, color theory/mixing, and fully completed assignments. Two accompanying catalogs offer high resolution images of each completed demonstration. The quick start guides get you rolling right away. Everything you need to jump into an atelier education is now at your fingertips.
1. CDB and CPB Quick start guide and FAQ
2. External hard drive with HD videos (200 hours), demonstration images, and reference images of CDB and CPB
3. Textbook: Academy: Year One: Drawing
4. Textbook: Academy: Classical Painting Course
5. Classical Drawing Course Catalog of high resolution demonstration images
6. Classical Painting Course Catalog of high resolution demonstration images
7. General Pencil Company charcoal pencil set
8. Rosemary & Co newsletter and brushes
9. Michael Harding paint color guide and paint sample
Each bundle comes with 100 hours of video content; 200 total hours in the chest. This includes 44 assignment introductions, 32 lectures, and 45 demonstrations. Most demonstration videos are shot in 1080HD and lectures and assignment introductions are shot in 720. Each demonstration video has been sped up (when needed) to be around 3-5 hours in length with instruction voiced over, but the original (soundless) clips are also included, if there is ever a need for the student to see the development of a painting in actual speed. Longer demonstration voice overs feature artist Timothy Rees with one or two additional students, which helps to add a student perspective and questions to the lessons. Read on for a complete list (in the quick start guide) and gallery (below) of video demonstrations. All videos are loaded onto an external hard drive formatted to either Mac or Windows.
Unlike the drawing textbook, the painting textbook was built from the ground up, after the completion of the videos, and thus incorporates many of their elements. It includes the assignment curriculum used in the atelier (a brief description of each assignment), course competency guidelines (criteria for demonstrating understanding that warrants progression), concepts and techniques (notes from some of the video lessons), a step-by-step breakdown of each of the video demonstrations in the Classical Painting Bundle, as well as dozens of other illustrations, pictures, and smaller step-by-steps to illustrate concepts. Learn more HERE.
To allow students to see a closer proximity of the finished demonstrations, this 16 page catalog has been included in each chest. The images have been color/value calibrated, and are on high quality glossy paper. Students are encouraged to keep the catalog open to use as a reference while completing their own assignments, or copy the drawings to gain a better understanding of technique. Classical Painting Course: The Demonstrations measures 8.5x11" and can be purchased separately HERE.
These small booklets get the ball rolling with a brief overview of how to use the courses, a slew of frequently asked questions, a troubleshooting guide to help out with any potential computer issues, and a comprehensive list of all the videos loaded onto the hard drive. Feel free to download the Drawing Quickstart Guide PDF HERE and the Painting Quickstart Guide PDF HERE.
The Classical Drawing Bundle and Classical Painting Bundle follow a very similar structure and assignment subjects, though they have important differences. The CDB focuses on teaching measuring methods, concepts of shape, value, edge, light/dark anatomy, and human anatomy. Students are encouraged to work in the same process as the videos and try to replicate references exactly to develop a strong drawing technical aptitude. The CPB teaches painting materials, processes, paint application techniques, and color theory/mixing. After the first set of assgnments (which describe fundamental concepts/techniques), each of the assignment demonstrations are completed in slightly different ways. With so many different ways to paint, the bundle exploits the massive amount of videos to do paintings with different combinations of starting methods, application techniques, and finishes. The drawing and painting textbooks offer a curriculum, overviews of the drawing process, drawing workbooks, painting techniques, organization and description of painting stylistic differences, and each painting demonstration is broken into a step-by-step abrigment of the videos. One of the main concepts promoted in the painting bundle is that the student should find a master artist (past or present) who represents the aesthetic they would like to strive for, then utilize the videos/book to determine the combination of process and/or techniques needed to create that aesthetic. While all vidoes will have a plethora of information on each topic, it is critical that students pay special attention to those demonstrations targeting their working method. Through careful study and hard work, the Classical Drawing Bundle will make you a skilled draftsman, and the Classical Painting Bundle will help you create the work you love!
Click on a demonstration image to see it larger. High resolution images are loaded onto an external hard drive (along with reference photos when available), and 12-page and 16-page catalogs of high quality images are also included in the chest.
Absolutely no painting experience is needed to jump into the Classical Painting Bundle, though it is HIGHLY recommended that students have very high drawing skills and/or complete the Classical Drawing Bundle. When addressing viewers in the videos, it is assumed that they have competency in measuring, anatomical knowledge, and understanding of shape/value/edge. There is almost always a reduction of the quality of drawing accuracy when one tries to paint, so those that no longer struggle over making accurate drawings will assimilate the knowlege of the painting course much more easily. If drawing skills have been sufficiently built, the CPB will teach a variety of reliable processes that breeds consistent high quality results, with loads of technical information on materials, color, paint application, and more. You may start a beginner, but progress through the program and you will know more than you thought possible.
I have no painting experience- is this right for me?
I have some atelier experience- will this still be useful? Do I still need to do each assignment in the program?
With so much information packed into the program, it's unlikely a student who has attended an atelier won't learn loads of new things. For those with experience (who have run through open/closed grisaille), we recommend at least watching the first term videos, then advancing to watch/complete second and third term content. Each of the videos rests on the premise that the viewer has watched and understands all previous videos, so missing even a small amount could potentially lead to confusion or misunderstanding later on.
Do I need to work from life for the assignments?
While it is always recommended to work from life whenever possible, it's more than understandable that this is not always feasible- the cost can be very high, and those living in remote areas do not always have access to models. If needed, work from life whenever possible, then supplement with photos. It is recommended that students copy supplied demonstration drawings/paintings, and if needed work from the supplied references used in the demonstrations to produce a drawing/painting of equivalent quality.
Will an atelier painting program produce paintings of the same style?
It's possible, but with the Classical Painting Bundle it is hightly unlikely. Style in painting is a combination of many things: (most notably) decisions about simiplification vs. complexity, paint application techniques, color choices, focal length decision, and design. These choices, combined with a preferred process and particular materials being used, create the aesthetic of an artist. If many students are studying under an artist or in an atelier that relies on the same solutions to each of these elements, students will likely adopt these solutions and produce work of the same aesthetic. In the Classical Painting Bundle, however, the atelier mold is broken by introducting students to a variety of different solutions and processes, but all relying on the tenets of realism. It is unlikely that students following this program will all settle on the same decisions/processes/materials, and as such are unlikely to mirror the aesthetic of others using the program. At the same time, it is important to recognize the danger of becoming too liberal in applying different solution combinations to paintings during the learning process. To learn most effectively, study ONE set of decision/processes/materials until strong skill sets are developed, then begin to slowly study and incorporate others. The set to start with is entirely up to the student. Jumping around styles too frequently early on inhibits growth, as a student is never able to master one method to rely on, and instead must essentially "relearn" how to paint each time a switch is made.
How long should it take to work through the painting video set/assignments?
For a student to take full advantage of the program and work each assignment to its highest level of quality, it should take at least a year or two (sometimes more) working around full time 30-40 hours per week. The curriculum described in the textbook represents the accelerated, part time program originally taught at Scottsdale Artists' School, where students attended class 7 hours per week, worked from the model in open studios around 6 hours per week, and worked at home 15-30 hours per week. As such, some of the demonstrations represent a volume of completion keyed to the amount of in-class working time available. For those wanting to master the content of the program, it is suggested to instead work on each assignment for however long is necessary to master the content, rather than adhering to the tight timetables listed in the textbook.
I just want to paint still life, should I still do all the figurative/portrait assignments?
Historically, the figure was considered the most challenging of subjects. It forced the students to not only recall knowlege of a subject, but also trained their eye to detect subtlety of form changes, mix the finest variations in color, and adapt to working from a potentially moving subject. As such, the study of the portrait/figure is an integral aspect of the Classical Painting Bundle. While there is no reason to abandon your favorite subjects, completing the assignment will certainly help you advance your abilities in all aspects of painting.
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Technical Info: All videos are loaded onto a 2 TB external hard drive. Hard drives connect to a computer via a USB 3.0 cable (backwards compatible with USB 2.0 computers), and must be formatted to MAC (macOS journaled) or Windows (NTFS). Please specify upon checkout the operating system being used for faster delivery. Computer must be able to play standard mp4 files (Quicktime or Windows Media Player are common players that play mp4).