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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. Beginners to advanced level art students are welcome.

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, Ben Harden, and Heather McGarey and Chad Church, 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.

Art classes for young people aged 9-18 was added in spring 2021. and a new expanded schedule for the atelier program began September 2022.

Boulder School of Fine Art Course of Study - 2024

Classical Drawing and Painting Beginning to Advanced Levels

Classical Figure Drawing and Painting Beginning to Advanced Levels




Figure Sketching

Artistic Anatomy

Introduction to Oil Painting

Special Topics

for young artists:

Classical Drawing for Youth

Draw, Paint, Create!

Portraiture for Teens

July Art Camp

Portfolio Prep

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