The Academy at Rees Atelier has been described as intense, sometimes stressful, challenging, and very, very rewarding. It is intended for those who want solid classical training, but who are dedicated enough to put in the extra time and effort for a fast-paced program. Rather than learning at individual speeds, students follow a set curriculum, and each week brings new information and new challenges, requiring a solid understanding of all concepts that came in the weeks before. That said, students are encouraged to take each 10 week block as often as needed before advancing to the next level. This formula of refined curriculum and high pressure typically yields incredible advancement in a short amount of time.
Because the years are broken up into 10 week blocks, the program is designed to allow students to enroll in the program for a shorter amount of time, then take a break and practice independently, return home, travel, etc, and still be able to return into the program and pick up where it was left off.
The primary mission of The Academy is to provide efficient training at a cost manageable to all ages and financial situations. Students meet twice a week for instructed 3 hour studio classes, as well as an additional two uninstructed 3 hour studio sessions, and unlimited uninstructed live model sessions (up to 6 per week). While this 30 hours of working time is comparable to other full time programs, the limited instructor interaction keeps the cost much lower. Students must develop the ability to work independently, then come to class with thoughtful questions. This was a hallmark of French ateliers of the 19th century.
[Via Rees Atelier]
1833 W Main St, Suite 115-116
Mesa, AZ 85201