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Learn how to see and create art that is true to life in a school that combines classical methods with a modern sensibility

The Boulder School of Fine Art was founded May 2016 by Raz Seri, graduate of the Florence Academy of Art, and Sharon Solomon, graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design. Classically trained instructors, Elena Cantor and Ben Harden, teach aspiring artists the methods used by old and modern masters of European and American art to create art that is true to life. The curriculum is based on the classical-realist tradition of the 19th-century French Academy, the École des Beaux-Arts, as led by Jean-Léon Gérôme (1824-1904).

Students are coached individually in the techniques needed to clearly observe the subject in order to draw and paint life-like renditions of the human figure and portrait. Techniques learned are applicable to a full range of styles and subjects.

Students who enroll in the recommended sequence of classes are guided in the process of working from life to create quality drawings and paintings that evoke the play of light and shadow as they define form using gesture, value, sensitivity of line and accurate color using the same materials and techniques used by the finest artists from the classical era to the modern day.

A classical art program for young people aged 10-16 was added in spring 2021.

Boulder School of Fine Art Course of Study - December 2021

Introduction to Classical Technique

Classical Figure

Artistic Anatomy


Figure Sketching

Sunday and Wednesday Afternoon Oil Painting

Classical Youth