The ESSE Academy – Painting School of Anatol Ghimpu is a professional easel painting school, founded with the idea of Academic Fine Art Education, meaning classical approaches and programme of teaching and training. Our main activity is focused on Fine Art Courses for both professionals and people interested in academic training of easel Painting, Drawing and Composition. Therefore, the ESSE team welcomes everyone who wants to gain a new practical experience and academic knowledge in easel fine art, as well as form an understanding of artistic practice for different levels and complexity.
Long term courses of fine art
present a solid programme for different complexity and educational purposes. The entire course programme is divided into several levels and sections: Beginners (B1, B2), Intermediate (INT1, INT2, INT3, INT4), Advanced (A1, A2), that form a single body. Each of the eight sections involve participants in a distinctive atmosphere of original workshops through academic and creative assignments during 4 to 5 weeks each.
The educational process is based on practical training/study in fundamental Fine Art disciplines like Academic Drawing, Painting and Composition. Besides, during the study period participants work exclusively from nature, meaning studying Fine Art Grammar through direct observation and analysis of still life, gypsum casts, landscape, as well as live models: portrait, hands, human torso, foot, thematic human figure and nude.
Each DEMO course consists of 3 sessions, 3 academic hours each and is focused on a specific subject like studying still life, portrait or nude.
|B1||Still life||INT1||Portrait||A1||from Still life to Thematic figure||P1||"Plein air" painting and drawing (landscape) 3 to 4 days|
|INT2||Portrait with hands|
|B2||Human hand||INT3||Human figure||A2||from Nude torso to Nude figure||P2||""Plein air" painting and drawing (landscape) 7 to 12 days|
Easel drawing is one of the basic disciplines within academic and classical fine art education. Everything in the world starts from an idea, as well as every projection comes from a visual idea - a primary sketch. Thus, drawing always served as a fundamental of every visual beginning. Within the ESSE courses we cross all over the academic programme starting studying from geometrical bodies to nude models.
In our view, drawing begins with the culture of perception, aesthetics and artistic side of everything visible: a free stroke, a sense of the space around you and the model, the integrity of the flow of light, the coherent glide of the sight, as well as the measure of selection, the essence of what is seen. Namely this sense of measure is what we use to call artistic taste. Likewise, easel drawing means artistic vision education, which starts in Academias and Classical Painting Schools.
Easel painting is another fundamental practical discipline, being the most superior, complex and marvelous spheres of arts generally. First steps in painting involve studying of academic fundamentals, a range of fine art concepts, regularities and principles, starting from composition of elements in the format and ending with its integrity and artistic solution. It is a constant analysis, comparison and finally thought - spending of yourself.
At the same time, only the idea itself about the comprehension of color and its vision is already something beyond, something personal. Therefore, there might be no formulas for painting or perceiving color. Fine art education may highlight principles, may disclose color phenomena only, it can not provide recipes. Consequently, there is a long way for cultivating and educating the vision of color, which in the end is individual for each person.
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In order to enroll, participants must register on the website and pay for the preferred test-course. Registration is open within the limitation of the available places. The maximum number of participants in a class is 3 people.
The course will be held in the AT Workshop which is equipped with easels and other necessary equipment for artistic activities and comfortable studying. The location is situated at the address: Rotterdamsedijk 417A, 3112 AP Schiedam, Netherlands
The long-term course will have different prices, depending on the level of the group (beginner / intermediate / advanced), starting from € 399,-. The cost for one-week test-course (9 academic hours) is € 90,-