PAINTING CLASS IN PARIS

In these courses, senior painting instructor Edgar Saillen will teach step-by-step procedure to draw & paint in old and modern tecniques (oil or acrylic on canvas).

Edgar Saillen's current work consists of body portraits using chiaroscuro oil painting technique in order to sublimate the beauty of the male body.

We can organize a Full Day Art Class for a group.

If you live abroad, you can join the Painting Class for a short period, minimum 10 lessons fee (5days): 650€

Private lessons (3h): 250€

Fees being paid in full, in advance.

For any further information please drop us a call: +33(0)670253236

or mail saillenedgar@gmail.com

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Edgar Saillen Art Studio in Paris (Montreuil)

Edgar Saillen's current work consists of body portraits using chiaroscuro techniques in order to sublimate the beauty of the male body.

My painting at this moment is essentially focused upon the rendering of the human body. I seek to place myself in a confront with beauty, as well as to something which belongs to desire. The nudity of my models is extremely important to me.

That the model is nude demonstrates that they have ‘let go,’ and this allows me to seek beauty through the flesh, and to reveal to the viewer their own desires. Choosing my models happens in fact through encounters. It is true that I choose my models because there is something that I like - that I must like - for me to have a wish to paint them. So this first begins with the appearance, then very quickly it becomes more about what the person conveys... which gives me the desire to want to paint them or not. I place myself in the tradition of the painters of chiaroscuro, the so called masters of light and shade.

My painting technique is a traditional one. It is oil-based painting, It's a prolonged techniques and one that is alive. I like to spend weeks, if not months, working on a single painting. The nature of time is very important to me. I practice painting as I practice meditation: It is a practice which leads one to center themselves, to concentrate, and to step out of time. To practice an art is to escape from time.

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If you want to be a great painter,
learning technique is key.
 Copy of original by Georges de la Tour ( Louvre Museum )made by Edgar Saillen

Copy of original by Georges de la Tour ( Louvre Museum )made by Edgar Saillen

 Edgar's Student copying Old Master El Greco

Edgar's Student copying Old Master El Greco

Copies of Old Masters

From 16th, 17th and 18th century works are part of the history in the arts. Copying was an integral and respected part of artistic training for many centuries.

When the Louvre opened in 1793, it set aside time for artists to copy from its collection – a tradition still honored today in Paris and across the world at institutions like Louvre Museum and the Orsay Museum in Paris. French artist Paul Cézanne once said, “the Louvre is the book from which we all learn to read.” Through copying, students learned a skilled artist’s methods before they began developing their own styles and processes. It was a practice used by many celebrated artists including John Singer Sargent, Edgar Degas, and Pablo Picasso.

Edgar studied Old Techniques in Louvre Museum and Orsay Museum in Paris. He still works on commissions of Masters oil painting.

Learning is your doorway to the world of the Old Masters’ art skills. Edgar's teachings come from an extensive research of oil painting methods used during Renaissance and Baroque, gathered from art museums in Paris and around the world, analysis of restoration works, and many years of study and practice.

 Edgar's painting in the Louvre Museum of Paris in the 90'

Edgar's painting in the Louvre Museum of Paris in the 90'


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Painting Live Models

One of the most inspirational method of painting for many artists is to paint a live model. Painting with models helps an artist not only to explore a better sense of perspective, lights and colors; but also allows the artist to gather first hand impressions and work them into the painting. Students will draw or paint the human figure from observation of a live, professional art model.  Model is unclothed for classical figure studies of proportions and perspective.


If you would like to know more about studio art classes please contact me

We are located at Montreuil, only 20 minutes from the center of Paris and 5 minutes walk from the metro station.
Getting There:

  • Metro Ligne 9 (Croix de Chavaux Station)
  • Metro Ligne 1 (Chateau de Vincennes Station)
  • Train line RER A at Vincennes