Blank Header Gray

Introduction to the Atelier Method

Introduction to the Atelier Method

Designed as a taster, this speeded up amuse-bouche introduces you to the highly-structured and systematic methods used in the Atelier way of working, which was developed in the seventeenth century. This is an extremely effective way of quickening the process of learning and getting results. Tasks are assigned like building blocks and each task mastered before moving on to the next. Jack Ford is also a visiting tutor at the Charles H Cecil Studios in Florence. His huge experience and knowledge are delivered in a wonderfully supportive and charismatic way.

Workshop Structure / 3 Days

Half-day of figure drawing, on each day (morning or afternoon) with one pose for the entire 3 days to introduce students to the more rigorous nature of the process.

Friday 1/2 day Cast Drawing
This is not only a key aspect of "classical training" but also a good gauge to see where art students are and introduce them to the systematic approach to structuring the progression of the drawing and subsequently painting.

Saturday 1/2 day Self-portrait Layin (charcoal or pencil)
Using the same steps as introduced in the cast drawing and figure. Art students will map out a self-portrait, mirroring the progression of cast to portrait without the need for extra models.

Sunday 1/2 day
Self-portrait painting

Workshops explained: The Sequential Development of Creativity
Art development applies the same school philosophy of committing to developing the individual’s abilities through specialist tutoring and applying a process of learning using the building blocks of art making. Adult students bring with them a developed personality, personal knowledge, experience and defined opinions that demands individual attention. The sequential development of creativity empowers the student to progress at their own pace through the art leaning journey and progress is often mapped through a sketch book-based annotation approach.

Book your place

Are you a HSoA student booking online for the first time?


Jack Ford

Jack is a traditionally trained artist studying first at the Arts University Bournemouth and then moving to Florence to study under internationally renowned painter and teacher Charles H Cecil, where he ended up teaching at Charles H Cecil Studios, as a visiting tutor before returning back to London in 2017. Since returning Jack has worked as an artist in his studio in London, and has continued teaching as a visiting tutor at Atelier Tremlett in Lewes and returning to Florence to teach at points throughout the year.

See full profile
Jack Ford Working

Weekly Classes

Looking for a creative escape or want to build on your skills as an artist?

Our weekly daytime and evening classes give you the headspace, and the studio space, to develop your work over a 12 week term.

Book your place

Full-time Courses

Start or progress your journey to a career in Fine Art or Applied Art with our studio-based full-time courses including Saturday Portfolio Course, Fine Art Advanced Course and Fine Art Level 3 Foundation Course.

See Courses

Our Facilities

Fine art studios, a sculpture & ceramics studio, life drawing room, printmaking, silk painting and jewellery making facilities, dedicated studio spaces for Foundation & Advanced Course students, galleries and cafe.

More about HSoA