The aim of the Cumberland Atelier is to provide consistent, personalized instruction to the individual student in the context of the classical tradition, such that he or she may translate the Atelier’s foundational training fluently into his or her own work.
The course of an artist’s training is long, if not infinite, and as much as it requires determination on behalf of the student, it also requires attentive guidance on behalf of the teacher. The duty of the teacher within the atelier, therefore, is to find the ever-moving point of contact between the student’s individual needs and the overarching principles of the craft of painting. As such, the atelier must be an intimate environment, where there can exist a clear, sustained dialogue between student and teacher. The Cumberland Atelier will aim to uphold this type of learning environment through offering ongoing classes with a limited student capacity. The courses that are held throughout the year are designed to build on themselves, so as to provide a continuity between their various lessons, and furnish the student with the appropriate skills.
We at The Cumberland Atelier believe that creativity is supported by knowledge; that on a foundation of understanding, artists can spread their wings and fly. We work with talented people of all ages, nurturing and instructing them in the basics such as anatomy, color theory, proportion, perspective and composition.
The goal of the Cumberland Atelier is to provide a solid foundation of the requisite skills for students in drawing and painting, both conceptually and practically, such that they may continue to grow as artists beyond their studies.