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Foundational Life Studies

Foundational Life Studies

The Academy's adult program begins with a series of still-life studies from life. These foundational still-life exercises help train the artist's eye. The lessons teach the artist to see shapes, lights and darks, proportion and color. Each ability level is assessed to enable the development of a personalized plan to meet the needs and goals of the individual student. 


The Line Drawing Unit

Drawing represents the most fundamental skill necessary in producing representational art. Studying drawing paves the way for more advanced work. Students taking the academy's drawing unit learn how to make quick, light sketches as they visually measure proportions and work from increasingly complex subjects. All line drawing materials are provided by Schissler Academy.


The Tone & Value Unit (Tone/Value)

​Tone and value refer to degrees of how light or dark a shape is. The proper use of tone/value allows the artist to create the illusion of a three dimensional object on a one dimensional surface. The tone unit helps the artist see with more clarity the values needed to produce a more realistic drawing or painting. These learned skills help produce a more compelling and life-like work of art. All materials for the value unit are provided by Schissler Academy.  

The Color Unit

Students receive a basic introduction to color theory. The techniques taught at the Academy help the student to see a wider range of colors allowing the student to achieve true realism in their work.

All students will be required to purchase their own set of soft chalk pastels. 

Foundation Courses

Held Year-Round Online


Adult Curriculum Class 9:00 -12:00 p.m.

Adult Curriculum Class 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.



Adult Curriculum Class 10:00 -1:00 p.m.

Adult Curriculum Class 2:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Adult & Young Adult Curriculum Class 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.


Adult & Young Adult Curriculum Class 9:00 - 12:00 p.m.

You may start Adult Curriculum Classes at any time of the month, call or visit us to sign up!

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