I have become gradually aware that there is a quietly burgeoning interest in the fantasy art field for Old Master instruction/apprenticeships and training of the ilk that used to be found in the 19th Century European Academies and Ateliers. They do exist... but the two streams (Fantasy and schools based on old methods of instruction), don't often meet for some reason [to the detriment of both].
To give you an idea of the quality of training that existed over a 100yrs ago... and back many hundreds of years prior to that...
These (below) are from a couple of catalogs from a show of works... imaginative
narrative and such, by 19th century french academy/atelier students.
It's student work... and these kids are in their early
20's... some of them were still in their teens(!) but
due to early training, some have been at it since they
were mere kids. This is student work... not yet even
journeyman work and it
ain't yet master work. But some of it is quite good... considering the age of the painters! It is a testament to the strength of their training.
(Remember... this is schoolwork... the ideas were
chosen by the instructors (everyone had to do the same
theme) and done by kids in their early 20's and some
in their teens... not mature artists):
I thought that this website might be of use to you. It peddles photocopies of 100-300 year old books on drawing/painting/compositional/aesthetic methods and techniques.[If you click on the line near the bottom, it'll lead to the complete booklist]:
I study here:
This is an article about the school:
My instructor, John Angel, studied with Pietro Annigoni:
[note that once you click on each link, and an image appears... if you cursor up and down the page, you will come to more images]:
(They may or may not work... I've not tried them in a while. Nonetheless...)
This site has a great museum section with thousands of images [old paintings] that might be of use to you, and it also gives a list of suggested schools/ateliers that dispense classical instruction in drawing and painting:
The site above also houses a list of current academies that aim to provide this sort of training. If interested, there might be one in your city, town, province, state, country.
Here is a fellow who's work might also interest you:
I hope that all this is of some use to you. Thanks so very much.
May the best winds grace your steps