Classical Realism


Realist Drawing & Oil Painting course

Discover the classical masters’ sophisticated approach to life-like Realism during an intensive introduction into academic art in the tradition of L’Académie des beaux-arts and modern schools of realism. All lessons focus heavily on techniques needed for expertise in realistic expression in drawing and oil painting.

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Upcoming commencement date: 14th January

Sessions and times: Monday 5:00-7:30PM or Friday 7-9:30PM

Duration: 2 terms of 12 sessions each | Fee: 299 per/term or 509eu full course


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Course Overview

Discover the classical masters’ sophisticated approach to life-like Realism during an intensive introduction into academic art in the tradition of L’Académie des beaux-arts and modern schools of realism. All lessons focus heavily on techniques needed for expertise in realistic expression in drawing and oil painting.

Who is this course best suited for?

The Classical Realism course is designed for motivated  students and art professionals who seek to advance their skills in representational art with specific focus in oil painting and drawing. It is for those who would like discover the process of the Classical Masters and obtain both theoretical knowledge and practical skill in the academic art of 20th century Classical Realism.

One-on-one artistic critique is provided all throughout the course from a professional Classical Realism artist.

Part 1: Intensive Realist Drawing

Understanding accurate measurements and specificity through simplification. Students will be first taught how to approach drawing from life with the  simplest of media: pencil. This is to ensure they can grasp concepts  surrounding proportion, gesture, form, shadow shapes and line quality without the added hassle of technical issues pertaining to more difficult media. Through abstraction and simplification students will be taught how to translate three dimensional form onto a two dimensional surface.

Sessions include:

Charles Bargue workshop.
One intermediate level copy of a bargue lithograph executed
Drawing from life.
A full figure drawing from a live model.
Cast drawing.
Introducing sight-size method through executing a drawing in coal of a classical cast.

Part 2: Classical Oil Painting Programme

Using first a very limited grisaille palette, students will be introduced to the sophisticated medium of Oils. Temperature control, atmosphere and hierarchies in light effect will be introduced as additions to lessons in the foundations of drawing. This limited palette of titanium white, raw umber and ivory black is essential in progressing through to a limited colour palette. Colour is introduced in an easy and controlled manner. This palette constituted of Titanium white, ivory black, English red, yellow ochre
and raw umber is key to understanding how to emulate still life colours and skin tones. From this the student can easily begin to experiment further and create a personal palette to use with a learned eye for temperatures and values with colour.

Sessions include:
Grisaille Painting from life.
A full figure Painting from a live model in Grisaille on Oil ground linen canvas.
Limited palette still life.
A complex still life composition, using a limited palette on Oil ground linen canvas.
Full palette painting from life.
A full figure Painting from a live model in a palette of personal choice on Oil ground linen canvas.

You may download the full course syllabus, sent directly to your mail here

What will you Learn after this course?

 Discover 20th-century classical way of painting style and philosophy, initiated by the Renaissance approach towards composition beauty, harmony and completeness .

✓ Learn the use of Limited and Grisaille oil palettes while obtaining knowledge about colour theory;

 Manipulate proportions through juxtaposition, line quality and how they can be best applied for realistic illusion;

✓ Intuitively learn how to Observe Objectively from nature-based Primary subjects (not from 2-D photo representations) for Realistic rendering in Drawing and Painting;

 Specialize in classical drawing and painting and gain advanced knowledge for life-like representation as per the Classical Masters ;

Meet the Tutor

Kelsey May Connor - Tutor Profile | AK Malta

Kelsey May Connor | B.A. (Hons) Fine Arts

Kelsey, is a professional fine artist from Senglea. She has been studying art form a very young age under many master artists.

Throughout her academic studies she has devoted most of her time delving in the studies of Classical and Surrealism Art at the Malta Institute of Fine Arts.

Despite her young age, Kelsey has been involved in many artistic projects both commercially and for private clients. She has been most recently renowned for her quick narration sketches on Kelma Kuljum on TVM and for the design of the Enemalta anniversary monument in Marsa.

Easels will be provided.

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What our students have to say

“Its a very interesting seminar, and the way it was explained the Golden Ratio it looks very simple and very important.”

After attending the Golden Ratio course with Stefan PriehybaCharles Zammit

“Amazing seminar and workshop on the Golden Ratio with Stefan Priehyba. Well done to the team for your professionalism. It was highly enlightening and i thoroughly enjoyed it. Looking forward to more.”

Sonia BorgAfter attending the Golden Proportions

“Thank you AKartistry for the professional organisation. The topic was inspiring and truly interesting, we had a pleasant time.”

Gabriella MalliaAfter attending the Golden Proportions

“Very Well Done. Top is the best word i can find. Something special.”

Aaron LuAfter attending the Golden Proportions

“For those art lovers out there, Art Classes provides the right environment where you can indulge in learning about real art. If you’re hooked on classical and fine art, this is the place to be.”

Paul FarrugiaAfter attending the Classical Realism Introductory course and the Life Portrait Painting specialization course

“It was an amazing workshop! looking forward to the next 🙂”

Sephora BaldacchinoAfter attending the Golden Proportions

“Thank you 😊 Great opportunity. Loved every moment. 💚Ready for more😊😊 hope to work with you all very soon. Xxx”

Stephanie CalascioneAfter attending the Golden Proportions

“Thanks a lot, I'm very grateful for attending your workshps Štefan Priehyba Camilleri, was a great experience and very interesting. You really have a good way of explaining and delivering such knowledge. And also a big thanks to Kelsey and Andrei of Art Classes Malta too for making it happen. 🙂”

Raisa BusuttilAfter attending the Golden Proportions course

“Wish the sessions aren't over. These intense 7 days in self-portraiture with Karl Froman were worth every penny and more!! Thanks Karl. I've learnt so much. Looking forward to the next :)”

Elisabeth BrincatAfter attending the Classical Realism specialization course in Self Portrait Painting

“Art Classes Malta is a very good and professional school in Malta. I loved the courses of Painting and Classical Realism. The tutors were amazing and the level and depth of these courses is unparalleled locally. I have enrolled for another course in Interior Design.. looking forward for this new experience as well!”

Eman BusuttilAfter attending the Beginner Art programme and Classical Realism course

“I am truly enjoying coming to the course , I adore your work ! 😍Thank you for the experience you share with us!. Many thanks 😘”

Gina Laura SalibaAfter attending the Watercolour beginner's course

“My daughter really loves attending her lessons with ms Kelsey. I also attended 2 adult courses one with Kelsey and with Stefan.Great tutors I am very happy and thankful for offering us with such great courses!”

Carmen AgiusAfter attending the Beginner Art programme

“Great tutors, would recommend to anyone that wants to develop their drawing and painting skills or just spend some time doing what they enjoy.”

Alison RogersAfter attending the Classical Realism and Big Scale Anatomy courses

“Loved every second going to these lessons. Its hard to find such intelligent and skilled teachers here in Malta! Please keep organizing more courses for us adults.”

Raymond BorgAfter attending the Beginner Art programme and Big Scale Anatomy course


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Additional information

Course commencement

January 2019, October 2019

Payment method

Pay per cycle, Full course


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