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    Magnus - You should come and visit if you want to get a better idea of the school go to the open croquis on thursdays (begins again in january) or call up the school to book an appointment. We have part-time evening courses as well which might be better for you if you want to try it out.

    Usually you get two critiques everyday, which is enough to work with for the rest of the day. We then have lectures a couple of times per month on varying subjects. Teachers are also available to help you whenever you need them and students usually help each other out as well.

    I'd say that we are less strict than a lot of other ateliers, there are pros and cons to that of course. The majority of the work at the school is longer studies but there are a lot of quicker assignments as well, like 20 minutes of short figure poses everyday, 1 day cast drawings and different workshops. Most students sketch from imagination during lunch or breaks as well. There is definitely joy in the work, otherwise I don't think many students would stay The school has a very nice atmosphere.


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    Thanks for the reply. I'll book a visit in januari. Looked at your work Archipelago and I especially liked your life paintings, beautiful faces.

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    To any of you Peder Severin Krøyer fans out there, here is some information regarding the current exhibition of his work in Copenhagen: http://atelierstockholm.tumblr.com/p...-in-copenhagen

    Me and a group of other students from Atelier Stockholm recently took a day trip down there to check it out. The exhibition is amazing and well worth travelling to! The Hirschsprung Collection is also located next to Statens Musem for Kunst, a huge art museum with some great works as well.

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    Hi Stockholm atelier!

    I'm interested in the figurative or portrait workshop this summer.
    To me figurative seems the logical first step if you've just started painting but lots of croquis. (I'll be taking some evening courses in painting this semester)

    Do their teaching methods differ?
    The estonian guy was a Repin student wasn't he?
    Well put my mind at ease so I can dream about a specific course this summer!

    over and out!

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    Open house at Atelier Stockholm!
    February 17th, 14:00-17:00 and February 18th, 13:00-16:00

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    Excited about the open house day!

    But my question is about the two summer courses.
    Still deciding between figurative and portrait.
    Which one is harder if you haven't painted before?
    Read what's on the homepage. Like croquis so maybe figurative?
    Ho do the teacher differ?

    Thanks.
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    Hi magnus!

    I would say that the portrait workshop will be harder, especially if you have not painted before, but the teachers will try to adapt to your learning level and push you in the best way.

    They are both excellent teachers and very nice people. Samuel is a former student at Atelier Stockholm so his figure painting workshop will give you a good idea of what the working methods are like at the school. Aleksei has studied in the Repin Academy in St Petersburg, so his techniques are a little bit different from Atelier Stockholm's main curriculum.

    I hope that helped

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    Thanks for the reply.

    I ment to write that I have some basic knowledge of painting. (one stilleben night course)

    I checked out that Repin Academy and I'm impressed. Doesn't portrait demand much more painting knowledge than figure?
    Read about your method and spoke to another student a while ago. How did it work out for you that you couldn't start basic painting until after one year?

    If you would be able to take one year courses and start paint almost right away I wouldn't hesitate. But I'll take some evening course this spring and if I'm hooked might start this fall. Just love croquis and sketching myself.
    But in the back of my head is the "will you be able to live on your art".

    Guess I'm not the ony one with these thoughts so please feel free to expand on your answer somewhat.

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    Painting the portrait is harder I think because we, as humans, can see any mistakes much clearer in a face than in a figure. On the other hand, models posing tend to move around a bit more than portrait models, which can be tricky whilst drawing.

    Starting painting after a year was not a problem at all, I was prepared to start it much later even. having fundamental drawing skills before jumping into a complex medium such as oils is a very good idea. Rushing into things will probably leave people struggling and progressing slower in the end.

    You can definitely live off art if you want to, just work hard, it's really that simple!

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    Hi again.

    I would like to know what happened at open house which I couldn't attend.
    And also wonder why the price is a bit high for the summer workshop. I'll attend, no hesitation....but would be interesting to hear.

    And also whould be interesting to hear how many of the reasonable talented students can make a living out art after 3 years at sthlm atelier. know it's about the market/current recession and your own effort but still. Whatever job as long as it's illustration/painting/drawing. I might have low self esteem when it comes to art but whatever.

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    Hello Magnus!

    We had a great turn out, we got some good questions and met new people interested in the school. There where also lots of snacks!

    I know the owners try and make it as affordable as possible, they would make them free if they could (and are in fact trying to do so through CSN) but there are a lot of things that need to be taken into account when organizing workshops such as these, I think the prices are very reasonable. There is a new one planned about landscape with Russian painter Alexander Novoselov that you might be interested in; it will be 6000kr but a few days shorter than the other ones, more info soon!

    Most students who graduate end up working with art one way or another, even if it is part time. We have a few students who are teachers at the school now, some paint freelance and others start working in the game/movie industry.
    The Swedish game developer DICE have visited the school a couple of times to help the concept art interested students improve their portfolios and hopefully get hired by companies after graduation.
    A lot of students also work part time with art during their studies at the school.


    Cheers!

    /Ville
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    Hi again. I missed open house and can't be at open croquis tonight so I have a question or two.
    When you study and do value studies and cast copies is it painstakingly slow and tedious? Is it better to do a 4 hour cast copy with the values done correct than say three 1 hour+ studies without THAT much details.
    Just wondering if the method is strict to the extreme or if it just is me that don't understand just how effecient this method of learning is.

    I understand that when you start paintning it's good to start with a limited palette. But I'm justs afraid the whole method is to tedious for me.
    What can you say about all this. Convince me wrong, thinking about applaying the next few days.

    Thanks

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    Hello Magnus,

    I wouldn't say that it is painstaking, and it's not any more tedious than working any other type of art into good quality. This is probably something you have to learn to appreciate if you want to be an artist. I usually listen to audiobooks, podcasts and music while at school and it makes the studies a joy for me, I can then easily focus on improving my craft, whilst the other parts of my brain are kept entertained.

    I think that quicker and longer studies are both equally important. The school does have a focus on longer studies but there's plenty of shorter studies worked into the curriculum too, like gesture figure drawings, quick cast studies, one day figure and portrait poses, illustration challenges and much more.

    Starting with a limited palette is an excellent way to quickly grasp the complexities of color mixing, it allows you to get almost every color you need whilst still keeping things simple and therefore easier to learn. It may seem tedious, but I think it would be more tedious to suddenly jump into a full color palette and have to figure out the characteristics of the colors all at once. "Limited" is a bit of a misleading title also, it is only referring to the amount of colors in a palette, not the potential of them. Many master painters use limited palettes extensively, whether for blocking shapes in as an underpainting or as a clever way to get color harmony or just because it is that much more easier and simpler to use than a full palette.

    I hope that clarified things a bit



    Here is the Summer 2012 workshops poster!

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    Czech out the photos from the school trip to Prague over on our blog! http://atelierstockholm.tumblr.com/p...30/prague-trip

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    We will be having a open house on the 2nd of June where you can meet the students and teachers, check out the school and see some awesome art! The school will be open around 14:00-16:00, anyone is welcome to drop by!

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