What is Classical Palette Online Atelier?

Classical Palette is an online atelier, taught by the representational artist Nate Snitzer, that is dedicated to teaching classical fine art methods through training over the internet.

Nate Snitzer trained in classical representational art at Pantura Studios in South Dakota under Hans-Peter Szameit and Sanna Tomac, as well as studying privately in Dallas, TX. Through his student experience and the amount of time, money, and moving involved in his art training, Nate decided to make one of his teaching goals to pass on his education to a new generation of students in a modern, convenient setting of learning that is geared towards providing an education to students that don't have the luxury of money or time to study in a physical atelier environment. Classical Palette Online Atelier helps to resolve these issues by providing a solid and convenient base for an art students education that provides them 24/7 access to instruction, critiques, video demonstrations, tutorials, and art educational materials.

If you wish to learn more about Nate and his work, please visit his portfolio website at SnitzerArt.com. There you can read up on his current showings, new artworks, and biography and resume information.


What are the Advantages and Benefits of this Classical Art Training Program?

The atelier structured method of teaching classical art has been time tested and proven over centuries of refinement to train artists, serious about becoming working professionals, the proper tools and education to help them realize their artistic potential.

An atelier education training consists of beginning a student on master copies and various exercises, and developing their eye and technical ability with a pencil, akin to learning scales on a violin. Once a student possesses a basic mastery of the master copy and the ability to represent work in a two dimensional manner, they are moved into the heart of the atelier training which involves plaster cast copies. Here the student will experience the meat of the program as they learn to judge relationships in edges, values, and learn to interpret three dimensional form from life onto a flat plane. With the skills developed in the cast portion of the training, students will move into the painting portion and learn composition, still life arrangement, portraiture, figurative painting and drawing, working properly from references, and the skills and information needed to run their own studio and become a successful artist.

Classical Palette's mission is to provide a low cost atelier education that is accessible to people who otherwise wouldn't have the chance to do art training within an atelier environment.

Unfortunately, atelier training lacks the financial aid, educational grants, and scholarships available to most other forms of learning. Classical Palette Online Atelier helps to alleviate this issue by providing a low cost method of training, straight from an artists' home or studio, without the physical need of relocating or spending time in an atelier studio environment itself, allowing the student to study around their schedule, day or night. Plus, Classical Palette Online Atelier provides the ability to save, print, and study present and past critiques, demonstrations, tutorials, lesson plans, notes, and other learning resources, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, directly from the website.

  1. One-on-One Instruction

    Nate takes the training of his students very seriously. Nate's ultimate hope and goal for the students of his program is that they leave with every tool available to turn their art into a profession that offers them continuous growth. With that in mind, Nate personally attends to the growth of each student on a one-on-one basis.

  2. Cast Loaning Program

    Classical Palette offers a cast loaning program for it's students. This allows those students without access to a cast collection, or the money to purchase multiple casts, the opportunity to work from them and still save their money.

  3. Tutorials

    A library of online tutorials are always available at the students fingertips. These tutorials cover topics from basic art instruction, technical usage of materials, and procedure for assignments. The goal of Classical Palette is that hopefully if a student has a question, they can find everything they need to answer it within the classroom.

  4. Video Demonstrations

    Another strength of Classical Palette Online Atelier is the usage of video demonstrations to help students see and expand their learning. Unlike watching an artist just paint or draw something once, video demos give the student the ability to constantly review what the instructor is doing in order to let the concepts sink in. Also, online live demonstrations with question and answer sessions allow students to watch in real-time as Nate works, while being able to answer questions and receive answers, and then review the entire course of material after the session is done.

  5. Critiques

    The foundation of an art education is the teacher, pupil relationship. One of the disadvantages with live training is the student may not remember or recall critiques or issues that the instructor brings up about the work. The ability of Classical Palette to save, print, and retain critiques over the course of a students study allows them to constantly check back and review the material to see if they are accomplishing their goals or fixing the issues.

  6. Convenience

    The major advantage of online training is the convenience of not having to move to study, or spend the time and money need to undertake such a venture. Classical Palette Online Atelier allows the student to work from any location of their choosing while still receiving the education they need.

  7. Free Alumni Access

    Students that finish the Classical Palette art training program will have continuous free access to Classical Palette Online Atelier after their training finishes. The goal of Classical Palette is to create a community of artists with a common goal of sharing ideas and continuously growing their skills and careers. With that goal in mind, the alumni of the program will earn the privilege of free access to the website, all of it's materials and demonstrations, and constant career help from Nate.


What Am I Going to Learn in my Classical Art Training?

Classical Palette Online Atelier provides the same comprehensive curriculum that you would find in a traditional atelier program, it's just technically approached differently. The standard training that a student would expect to receive at Classical Palette Online Atelier would consist of these stages:

  • 1. Master Copies (Bargue Drawings, Artists Studies, Sketches, etc.)

    Bargue Master Copy Art Training  Example

    Working in graphite from the master copy is the first step in your training. It is the foundation of your training in any atelier environment and will help you begin to learn and understand the concepts of values, edges, form, line, and measuring, both sight-size method and comparative measuring.

    1. Basic Graphite Drawings Exercises (Value scales, simple shading, understanding line and edge concepts, and controlling the medium)
    2. Easy Difficulty Drawing (Graphite)
    3. Medium Difficulty Drawing (Graphite)
    4. Charcoal Drawings Exercises (Learning to control the medium)
    5. Hard Difficulty Drawing (Charcoal)
  • 2. Cast Drawings

    Cast Drawing Art Training Example

    The cast drawing portion of your training is where the student begins their transition into working from reality and eventually onto painting. While cast drawing may seem daunting at first, as long as the student applied themselves to the concepts in the Bargue drawing stage, the transition will be seamless and exciting.

    1. Easy Difficulty Cast (Charcoal)
    2. Medium Difficulty Cast (Charcoal)
    3. Hard Difficulty Cast (Charcoal)
    4. Hard Difficulty Cast (White Chalk & Charcoal)
  • 3. Color Studies

    The color studies segment begins during your cast drawing training and mainly focuses on learning your color palette and how paint handles.

    1. Color Charts
    2. Value Scales
    3. Paint Application Exercises
    4. Master Copies
  • 4. Grisaille Cast Painting

    A Grisaille painting is a painting executed in monochrome. The purpose of the grisaille in your training is to introduce you to handling paints with a limited color palette. This helps to prevent the student from becoming overwhelmed by color while learning the medium.

    1. Easy Difficulty Cast (If Necessary)
    2. Medium Difficulty Cast (If Necessary)
    3. Hard Difficulty Cast
    4. Hard Difficulty Cast (Full Color)
  • 5. Still Life Painting

    Still Life Art Training  Example

    Still life paintings are important in helping the student understand paint handling, color, color temperature relationships, as well as representing various subjects, textures, and arranging complicated compositions.

    1. Simple Still Life (Consists of one object, working in a limited palette)
    2. Complicated Still Life (Consists of many objects, including drapery, working in a limited palette)
    3. Complicated Still Life (Full Color)
    4. Continuous Still Lifes
  • 6. Figure Drawing & Painting

    Figurative Art Training  Example

    The student will learn anatomy and execute a series of figure pieces from their own models. The students will learn posing, compositional techniques, hiring and working with models, posing the model, photographing reference and how to work from life and photo references correctly.

    1. Nude Figures (Oil, Charcoal, & Graphite)
    2. Draped Figures (Oil, Charcoal, & Graphite)
  • 7. Portrait Drawing & Painting

    Portrait Art Training  Example

    Students will learn the concepts to execute a successful portrait from life and photo, including portrait composition concepts, recognizing problems and fixing them, and achieving likenesses to create successful portraits.

    1. Pencil Portraits
    2. Charcoal Portraits
    3. Oil Portraits
  • 8. Beyond the Art

    Beyond the art moves beyond the work and helps the student achieve an all around art education.

    1. Art History
    2. Material and Studio Setup
    3. Working from Photo Correctly
    4. Photographing Artwork
    5. Business of Art
    6. Marketing
    7. etc.

How Much is Tuition?

Classical Palette's mission is to make classical fine art training more accessible to students.

For this reason, Classical Palette Online Atelier provides an atelier education for $200/month. This provides you with 24 hours a day, 7 days a week access to Classical Palette, along with all the demonstrations, materials, tutorials, and daily instruction.

Many Payment Options Available

Classical Palette offers the ability for students to pay tuition through Paypal, Google Checkout, or by Check.

Payment Plans & Student Discounts Available

For the student looking to save money and is dedicated to the program, Classical Palette offers plenty of options as far as payment plans and multiple month discounts.

First 30 Days Money Back Guarantee

Within your first 30 days of training, you have a money back guarantee on the full amount of your tuition for your first month, if for any reason you decide to leave the program.

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