​Dedicated training in realistic painting and drawing for the professional artist and hobbyist alike. ​

The Scottish School of Classical Art imparts dedicated training in representational drawing techniques, a skill orientated course. The full time program has its roots in the great classical painting traditions of Europe. Far from recreating the past, our mission is to preserve these skills and traditions, to train a new generation of modern masters. 


 

Why Study with SSCA?

At professional or amateur ability, SSCA instructors are thoroughly dedicated to supporting you reach your artistic goals and aspirations, whilst allowing for a flexible work schedule. 


Study options range from full time, part time, weekend, evening, short or long courses and workshops


Our core program is broken down into three levels, each exercise is completed at the students own pace. Every student is given one on one, personalised critique and every study is fully mastered before the student progresses on to the next. We ensure at SSCA that every student is guided through the content carefully, at a manageable pace and they are able to achieve their own personal aspirations. This allows for flexible study options and every student to feel the full benefit of the tuition we offer.


Part time study is the same as our full time, but with fewer hours in studio. The same high standard of work will be achieved, but on a longer timescale. Our adaptable approach to study schedules means that we can, effectively, work around your timescale. Whatever your commitments or limitations are, we will find the approach to suit you.


Students immediately work from the live model, this demands a thorough understanding of rhythm, gesture, design, hue, chroma, value (tone), and anatomy, among other aspects. All of which are conveyed in concise detail through the course. Students work consistently from the model all the way through the program, first in dry mediums and then in paint. They apply all the skills and knowledge gained during the program.


At SSCA we use a constructive approach to drawing, as well as comparative measurement and to a lesser extent, sight-size. This method operates through a working knowledge of how to construct every anatomical form without the model. This is so that when it comes to working with the model, students need to reference them less and less as they move through the course. The ideal scenario is to be able to use the knowledge in your head to create a believable visual impression and use the model sparingly, every study we make at SSCA is to equip you with the skills and knowledge to be able to do this.


Students at SSCA, through manageable steps and a flexible tuition schedule, become expert problem solvers and master their craft.

 

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