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RGCR Program

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The curriculum

Levels

A Level is a group of subjects. Levels, and the subjects within them, are arranged according to their difficulty or complexity. A Level provides a stage of learning, preparing the student for the next Level. The atelier curriculum is divided into 4 Levels, numbered 1 – 4. They are completed in that order. Levels are organised from simple to complex, with student directed learning being a feature of Level 4 (see Flow Chart). Higher Levels progressively synthesise knowledge and skills taught in lower Levels, equipping students to become capable, confident realist artists.

Subjects

A Subject is one aspect of classical realism, studied through focussed, practical exercises and learning tasks, designed to introduce topics, teach skills, and impart knowledge. While individual Subjects are innately interesting, each Subject forms a link in a sequence, leading to more complex levels of learning and performance. Subjects are situated and encountered where they best serve student needs. Their position in the curriculum is based on level of difficulty, and suitability as a vehicle to advance skills and knowledge. Once begun, each Subject must be successfully completed before moving on to the next. This ensures proficiency, raising awareness of the benefits of concentrated study.

Flowchart

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A new way of studying

  1. Students enrol in 1 subject at a time.
  1. The reasons for this are: atelier schools take the entire process of classical painting and drawing apart. At RGCR each part becomes a Subject. Each Subject deserves individual attention through focussed study. And Subjects are integrated back into the program through their placement in the Levels. Some Subjects are prerequisites for others, so that simpler tasks lay the foundation for more complex tasks. Subjects cannot be studied in any order. They are integrated into a coherent plan with a specific purpose: how best to teach, equip and enable students to make realistic drawings and paintings to a high standard.

Flexible study

A student remains enrolled in a subject until it is completed. Study can be undertaken any time through the year. Students only enrol when, and for how long they they want. This makes study flexible, tailored to fit their schedule. If a gap in study occurs, and the subject has not been completed, a student re-enrols in the same subject until it is completed.

Extension exercises

Students completing the requirements for a Subject may continue studying it indefinitely through extension exercises or self directed study. Some will find the content particularly appealing and want to make it a focus of their artistic development.

Prerequisites

What are the prerequisites for moving through the program?

  1. See the Flow Chart in conjunction with the following information.
  2. Levels must be completed in the order 1 – 4. Each Level is a prerequisite for the next.
  3. A subject that is a prerequisite must be completed before moving on to another subject.
  4. The first prerequisite for all subjects is Introduction to classical drawing: Bargue drawing course. Completing this gives students access to the atelier program.
  5. Prerequisites: in the information below, and in the Flow Chart, subjects with a common name followed by a number, e.g. Cast Drawing 1 and Cast Drawing 2 must be completed in that order.

The study order

Levels and Subjects are studied in the following order

Level 1:

1.1 Introduction to classical drawing: Bargue drawing course.

1.2 Cast drawing 1.

1.3 Figure drawing 1: subject to availability – at the current inception stage of the atelier, Figure drawing will be taught as a 2 week intensive. With sufficient demand, ongoing figure sessions will be made available.

1.4 Master copies: drawing;

1.5 Anatomy 1

1.6 Anatomy 2.

Level 2:

2.1 Cast drawing 2

2.2 Anatomy 3 (Écorché),

2.3 Anatomy 4

2.4 Figure drawing 2

2.5 Classical oil painting 1: techniques

2.6 Classical oil painting 2: cast painting

2.7 Classical oil painting 3: master copies

Level 3:

3.1 Cast drawing 3

3.2 Figure drawing 3

3.3 Still life painting 3

3.4 Portrait painting

3.3 Figure painting

Level 4:

4.1 Advanced open studio

4.2 Director’s Mentorship (by invitation)

 

Study options

RGCR teaching program schedule

Refer to the Schedule page for details.

Working at a station

A workstation is necessary for some subjects. It is a shelving unit that contains a light box for cast and still life drawing and painting, and a storage shelf where students can keep materials and paper during the session. Depending on student numbers, workstations may be shared. Taped guides are used if anything needs moving, such as when more than one student works at the same station on different days and with different casts or still life setups. As the school approaches capacity, students enrolling in 0.5 days, or full days + 0.5 days, need to check with the administrator that a station is available for the duration of their enrolment period. This is done at enrolment.

Subjects requiring a station

Cast Drawing 1, 2, 3

Classical Oil Painting 1, 2

Still Life Painting