His philosophy, which underlies the Academy’s curriculum and method of instruction, demands a return to discipline in art, to canons of beauty, and to the direct study of nature and the Old Masters as the foundation for great painting and sculpture. Under his direction, the Academy is a source of stimulation and healthy competition, in which an internationally varied group of students receives training from professional painters of different nationalities, in cities renowned for their beauty and artistic past.
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Our students come from all over the world. Our network of galleries and alumni extends far beyond the three countries we operate in. At the same time we appreciate the special quality of our environs, and keep a local touch to the school. There are clear advantages to studying in Sweden – we focus on them.
It is the view of this Academy that throughout the 20th century prominent movements of art have steadily drawn attention (and teaching) away from close observation of the material world and the acquisition of strong technical skills, to a position where cohesive artistic thought is inexorably fragmented by the urge towards greater individual expression.
The Academy therefore provides students with the opportunity to explore distinctive aspects of their chosen subject through the development of considerable powers of draftsmanship, direct study of works of the Old Masters and a deep, practical understanding of the materials and methods of the artist. By this means, and through the resulting identification of clear artistic objectives, students acquire creative self-confidence, visual understanding and subtle and precise powers of description.
The program, like that of the French Academies, is based upon systematic progression through the classical disciplines, interpreting the basic elements of composition, form, color harmony and expression. Advancement to each level of study is dependent upon successful completion of the previous level. In this way, the program is carefully matched to each individual and not imposed in a ‘study group’ context.
In summary, the Academy aims to train artists to:
The Academy’s administrative staff offers help and guidance to students before and after their applying to the Academic Program. If you have questions, do not hesitate to contact us.
Matilda Bjurström – Principal Instructor
Britta Noresten – Principal Instructor
Michael DeVore – Office Manager
Past Guest Instructors:
In Kvarnbyn the rapids roar down just as they did when they were used to power the grain mills back in the Middle Ages. In the evenings you can see Mölndalsfallen lit up as they plunge 48 metres between the high, dark factory walls. The falls are particularly spectacular in winter when frost and icicles reinforce the impact.
The Academy makes available a lending library, an archive of over 5000 images collected by the Art History staff, and access to ArtStor, a database of over 500,000 images operated by the Mellon Foundation.