Artistic Process/Atelier

Art student creating a cast drawing in an art class at the Boston School of Painting.
An art student creating a cast drawing in charcoal.
atelier/art school
Cast Drawing in Charcoal
Art Classes/Atelier –  Oil Painting, Drawing and Figure Studies

Jason’s artistic process is inspired by extensive academic training in the European tradition of the classical atelier – a traditional art school (or art studio).  The process he uses to teach his art students is the cornerstone of the European atelier. All studio art classes he presents to his art students involve study from both life and nature and the paintings of the Great Masters.

Within Jason’s artistic process, he tries to find the basic geometric shapes and proportion of the painting. Then, he blocks in the shadow shapes, lay in color, and refine. Hue, value, chroma and drawing are all equally important elements. If you neglect one element, you could adversely affect the others.

For a painting to be successful it must remain a cohesive unit. Clarity of thought from inception to completion is a sign of a strong work. Jason maintains this principle in all his art classes.

A painting or drawing is a still moment captured over time. It is the experience of observing the elements of color, tone, shape, and composition. Together, these elements can express the most complicated subjects in the simplest way.

How an Art Student learns in an Atelier

When studying from both nature and life, an art student can train the eye to be perceptive and selective.  The student can then produce a work that achieves a tactile reality, sense of dimension, depth, and an acute precision to drawing.

The student needs to separate any preconceptions of what they think they see and what they really observe. This concept is paramount to the search for truth. It is an abstract idea to try and not think about what appears on the table and  just to see it as an actual physical object.

An aspiring art student tends to evaluate, examine and recognize the patterns of various objects. The student eventually learns to refrain from the naming of objects and to just see them as shapes lit by a light source. Then, the art student begin to better understand the design and composition of a painting.

Creating an Oil Painting in a Painting Class

The act of painting is not to recreate the subject. Rather it is to study the subject and create a visual representation as it relates to this experience. A painting becomes a pattern of colors and shapes that can produce a profound emotional reaction from the viewer.

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