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Académie de Port-Royal – Painting and Drawing School

Introduction by Jean Maxime Relange Founder and professor at the Académie de Port Royal
Life without colour is inconceivable. And so is life without painting for some. In the old days the art of painting began by grinding pigments for a great master, or by attending a school.


Today there are “open studios” like the Académie de Port-Royal. One learns the art of painting and drawing there. The idea of a “student” has progressively dissolved – painting in open studio has become free of any guidelines or rules. A model is always posing, a still life always set up in the studio. Some days we correct, some days we discuss. And this has become learning the art of Painting.


In the studio, a certain spirit develops – not from professors’ teachings but rather from what one learns independently. At the end of the year, following a group exhibition, a jury elects Port-Royal’s “Grand Prix.” The laureate sees his very first dream come true: a solo exhibition in a Parisian gallery…