The Realist Art Resource recognizes The Boston School of Painting in its efforts to promote and uphold skill-based studio art training and traditional representational art. This art school meets their teaching standards of 18th and 19th century ateliers and academies.
The Somerville Arts Council has awarded Jason Polins a 2018 Visual Arts Fellowship Grant. A reception honoring all of the 2018 LCC award winners will take place at Arts at the Armory on the evening of Wed. February 28.
Check out this article that appeared in the Boston Voyager about Jason Polins and The Boston School of Painting.
Studio Art Classes in Oil Painting – Drawing – Human Figure
The Boston School of Painting is a traditional art school run by Jason Polins. Founded in 2006, the school offers oil painting classes and drawing classes. The human figure is taught through studies in life drawing.
Jason teaches all studio art classes in the realist tradition of the early French academies and the contemporary European atelier. This style emanates from Italian Renaissance Art and Renaissance artists. Jason Polins espouses the academic approach of teaching realist art to his students in the style of the Old European Masters.
How Jason Polins Teaches Painting Classes and Drawing Classes
The school structures all art classes in oil painting and drawing to students of all levels and abilities. Students receive individual attention and easel time to tackle concepts and build a strong foundation.
Jason believes in teaching the student through two disciplines: the study of the figure (life drawing) and still life. These complimentary practices allow students to focus on skills in and outside the life drawing room to become competent painters.
Each of these two disciplines presents significant mediums and avenues of study: charcoal and graphite drawing, grisaille painting, color study, full color painting, as well as Bargue drawing and mastercopy work. Each of these practices aims to attack student weaknesses and build on student strengths.
Polins uses an eclectic approach to introducing his students to the philosophy of realism with its emphasis on accurate depiction of subject matter. He employs both still life and the human figure.
The Atelier Approach to Teaching Studio Art Classes
Jason Polins approach to teaching classical realism and academic draughtsmanship to his new students relies strongly on the Charles Bargue Drawing Course in all his drawing classes.
The novice painter and the advanced draftsman occupy the same space, and a dialogue is made between the two: this helps students to see art more holistically than other approaches with segregated classrooms and skill levels.