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CARLIN

ACADEMY

OF FINE ART

A New Brandywine Tradition

of Art Education

OUR CLASSES

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At Carlin Academy, you start with basic drawing skills and build in a logical progression to mastery of painting color and composition. Classes hold up to 10 students, each working on his or her own project. As you master one technique, you move to the next. Master painter and instructor Neil Carlin works with each person individually, providing guidance, encouragement and a lively ongoing commentary that makes the class fly by. 

 

Carlin Academy is a judgment-free zone. It's always assumed you're doing your best, and Neil works with you where you are to get to the next place. 

 

This is an old-school approach. Neil likes to talk with you before you sign up for class. So just call and talk with him to get started: 484-574-9200. Or you can email Neil at studio@neilsoncarlin.com

DRAWING

In the Drawing program, you start with flat copies and progress to perspective and volume. You'll build your skill by moving through increasingly advanced challenges. The final project is a fully-rendered, exact drawing of a classical cast. 

 

One session (8-week, 3-hour class) is $310.00. You can sign up for as many sessions within a season as your schedule permits.  

 

Expect to take many Drawing sessions before moving on to Painting. 

PAINTING

Learn the fundamental techniques of oil painting while achieving mastery of the three components of color – value, hue and chroma. You'll advance from monochromatic study to full color painting along a logical, step-by-step path. Projects include volume study, cast painting, color wheel construction, simple to complex still life arrangements, and a self-portrait. 

 

Each 8-week, 3-hour class is $310.00. You may take as many classes per semester as your time and budget permit. 

PORTRAITs 

When you've demonstrated proficiency in all the fundamentals, you are invited to join the portrait class with live model. This 12-week program is offered intermittently and is $560. 

 

As with every class, Neil provides extensive, personalized instruction to each student in the class, meeting you where you are and dealing with your particular issues. 

 

ABOUT THE

CARLIN ACADEMY

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A New Brandywine Tradition of Art Education

Learn realistic drawing and oil painting in the tradition of the old masters at the Carlin Academy of Fine Art. Located in Kennett Square, the heart of the Brandywine Valley, the Carlin Academy of Fine Art offers a comprehensive step-by-step curriculum designed for adults of all experience levels and teens looking for college preparation. From the novice who has never picked up a pencil to the seasoned professional looking to hone their skills, the programs address the individual needs of each student. Class sizes are small — limited to 10 students at a time — allowing for extensive, personalized instruction and one-on-one training. In such an environment, the focus remains on the individual who can progress at his or her own rate. Instructor Neilson Carlin has successfully created an intense educational program in a relaxed and friendly learning environment.

Instructor Neilson Carlin is a professional artist with 25 years of experience as a teacher and painter. He has worked in both the commercial and fine art markets, and taught extensively through both his school, and workshops and demonstrations in institutions around the Philadelphia area.

Comprehensive instruction at the student’s pace and an intimate learning environment makes the Carlin Academy of Fine Art the finest private art instruction in the Philadelphia area.

SERIOUS TRAINING FOR SERIOUS STUDENTS.

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A NEW BRANDYWINE TRADITION
OF ART EDUCATION

Learn realistic drawing and painting in the tradition of the old masters at the Carlin Academy of Fine Art. Located in Kennett Square, the heart of the Brandywine Valley, the Carlin Academy offers a comprehensive step-by-step curriculum designed for students of all experience levels.

 

Class sizes are small, limited to 10 students at a time, allowing for extensive, personalized instruction and one-on-one training. In such an environment, the focus remains in the individual who can progress at his or own rate.

Instructor Neilson Carlin is a working artist with 25 years of experience as a teacher and fine artist.

Comprehensive instruction at the student’s pace and an intimate learning environment makes the Carlin Academy the private finest art instruction in the Philadelphia area.

Serious training for serious students.

 

OUR CLASSES

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Step-by-Step Mastery

The Carlin Academy of Fine Art offers a comprehensive program of study consisting of a core curriculum and an advanced curriculum.

 

The core curriculum focuses on perfecting the three  fundamental disciplines of visual art: drawing, painting, and composition. These programs are designed for all experience levels and are comprised of exercises progressing, step-by-step, from simple to complex subject matter. The exercises are not meant to be creative but to introduce line and color in a simplified manner, one project building upon another, until the student achieves confidence, control, and mastery. All work is done in class directly from life, and in-depth instruction is given daily. Due to the small class sizes, instructor Neilson Carlin is available at all times to guide you through the process.

The advanced curriculum, which includes portraiture, still life, and landscape, allows students who have successfully completed the core curriculum to apply their newfound skills in a chosen area of concentration. Projects consist of both in-studio and at-home assignments.

Courses are offered in three semesters from October to May. The fall semester is from October to December (12-weeks), the winter semester is from January to February (8-weeks), and the spring semester is from March to May (12-weeks). Tuition is for one 3-hour class per week for the duration of the semester. You may take as many classes as your time and budget permit.

Finally, weekend workshops are offered throughout the year on a variety of subjects for those who cannot attend weekly classes.

To get a sense of the curriculum and environment, Neilson recommends a short studio visit before signing up for classes. Feel free to call him and arrange a visit – 484-574-9200.

DRAWING

This is a comprehensive program introducing the fundamentals of line drawing.

 

Projects begin with a series of simple shape-copying exercises to sharpen the eye and practice disciplined mark making.

 

From here, studies progress to perspective and volume drawing to learn how to convincingly interpret three- dimensional objects onto a two-dimensional surface. 

PAINTING

This program familiarizes the student with the basic application techniques of oil painting, and a controlled approach to color mixing based on the Munsell Color System.

 

Projects focus on an exhaustive study of the three dimensions of color (hue, value, and chroma) through a series of simple, yet comprehensive exercises from life.  Projects progress from monochromatic study to full color painting, and include volume study, cast painting, still life, and portraiture.

ONLINE PAINTING CLASS

Learn realistic oil painting in the tradition of the old masters from the comfort of your kitchen. Classes are live, online sessions and include weekly painting demonstrations and critiques.

PAINTING 1 

Monochromatic Painting  

November 4, 2020-March 3, 2021

PAINTING 2

Color Painting

March 10, 2021 - June 23, 2021

See the link below for a detailed description of the curriculum and price.

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CONTACT

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Carlin Academy of Fine Art

studio@neilsoncarlin.com

Tel:  484-574-9200

128 South Willow Street, Kennett Square, PA 19348 

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Carlin Academy of Fine Art

Adult Art Classes in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania