Academy Fine Paintings specialises in 19th century British and European oil paintings by some of the most important artists, from Victorian landscapes and subject pictures to Belle Epoque portraits.
Through learning the time honoured methods of the nineteenth century academies, students first master the language of drawing and painting, building a pathway to more truthful expression. When an artist can confidently paint the most technically demanding of subjects, they are truly free to express themselves artistically.
Mastering the Language of Drawing & Painting
Mastering the language of drawing & painting is essential to achieving truthful expression. Just as musicians must learn their instrument or writers must study their craft before they can articulate their creativity, visual artists must develop a strong skill set that will allow them to paint the subjects they desire.
In the Drawing and Painting Area of Study, you will be exposed to the full range of practices available to today’s artist. These include contemporary painting, life drawing, figurative painting and specialized courses in narrative drawing and drawing for animators.
Developing these skills and analytical experience cultivates a reflective and disciplined approach to practice that is both flexible and personal. This allows students to consider and define their own artistic position, which leads to intelligent creative exploration over a lifetime.
Our instructors have decades of experience as working artists, and they are dedicated to educating future generations. They provide you with the support and expertise you need to succeed.
Mastering the Language of Creativity
Mastering the art of painting is a complex undertaking. The best way to achieve the ultimate in artistic expression is to get up close and personal with the materials you use. The more you learn about the different techniques available to artists of all ages, the more you will be able to find a creative solution for your next project. The best way to achieve this is to take advantage of the expertise and resources a quality arts school like academy fine paintings can provide. The result is an unmatched creative environment that enables you to create the masterpiece you’ve always wanted. From the tiniest of sketches to the largest of canvases, you will have the tools needed to make your mark in the visual arts.
Mastering the Language of Art
Academy fine paintings is a well-rounded art program that blends art history, art technique and exposure to different media. It keeps the lessons simple, yet allows students to master new skills in a fun, challenging way that will spark excitement and creativity.
Robert Nelson’s (2010) metaphor of painting as a language is a good one for understanding how and why paintings are constructed in the ways that they are. He argues that paints communicate information to the viewer through their colors, shapes, textures, and symbols.
Similarly, Nelson says that music’s underlying structure can be compared to the language of music. This is because music is easier to understand and compare, since it’s easy to identify its quanta units. In contrast, painting’s complexity can be difficult to understand and compare, since it’s not always clear what a painter is trying to convey through her work. In the end, it’s a matter of how an artist is willing to communicate with the viewer through her work.
Mastering the Language of Business
Academy Fine Paintings is an international fine art dealership based in Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire specialising in 19th century British and European oil paintings by some of the finest artists of the period, from Victorian landscapes and subject pictures to Belle Epoque portraits and Symbolism. AFP is a member of LAPADA, the largest UK trade association of art and antiques dealers and CINOA, the International Confederation of Art and Antique Dealers.
There are many things to see and do at Academy Fine Paintings, but the newest addition to their roster is the Art of Business course. It’s an advanced elective designed to help students understand the business side of the art world, from negotiating contracts and pricing to dealing with clients and handling legal issues. The art of business also teaches the finer points of business writing and social media, not to mention the best way to handle and present an exhibition of one’s work. It’s a worthy addition to the curriculum of any budding professional artist.