At the just-launched Beaux-Arts Atelier, the belief is that an architect should know how to draw buildings by hand—and the best way to do that is to study the classical forms. Having absorbed that technique, a broader spectrum of creativity is at the architect’s command, even if he wants to create contemporary buildings that don’t have a pediment in sight.
— The Wall Street Journal, October 2011
Look to the Past and it shall teach thee: Class of '13 student Abigail Tulis sketches an ancient Roman sarcophagi at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Look to the Past and it shall teach thee: Class of '13 student Abigail Tulis sketches an ancient Roman sarcophagi at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

ABOUT THE ATELIER

The Beaux-Arts Atelier of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art (ICAA) is an intensive program in the study of design, architecture, and art following the method of the École des Beaux-Arts. Students receive in-depth instruction in an atelier setting while also pursuing coursework in observational drawing, architectural drafting, systematic design methodology, the classical orders, geometry and proportion, traditional methods of architectural wash rendering and drawing, the history and theory of classical architecture, and modeling and sculpting. Students also conduct detailed studies of New York City’s architectural masterpieces through on-site observation and field drawing. In addition, field trips are conducted to leading architecture, decorating, and craftsman studios throughout the program.


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ROME DRAWING AND PAINTING TERM

This weeklong tour provides an invaluable conclusion to the students’ year of study and is an integral component of the BAA program. The experience of Rome is a vital part of artistic and intellectual development; firsthand knowledge of Rome is central to understanding the history of classical design and the inspiration for the great buildings of America.
                                                                                                                                                   

The ICAA’s Rome curriculum harks back to a roughly 500-year tradition of painters, sculptors, and architects coming to the Eternal City to learn the lessons of the past.
— Patrick Connors, American Artist Magazine, November 2012

Learn more about studying at the Beaux-Arts Atelier, including tuition, housing, internship, and application information.

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