Traditional Art School

A life drawing class
A figure studies class in life drawing as taught by Jason Polins.
Exciting News! The Boston School of Painting is changing to Polins Atelier. Please visit our new website for current art classes. The studio will remain in Somerville, MA near Boston and continue to offer oil painting and drawing classes in classical and contemporary realism.

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 thus 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 art classes in oil painting and drawing. 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 arises from Italian Renaissance Art and the Renaissance artists. Jason Polins embraces the academic approach of teaching realist art to his students in the style of the Old European Masters.

How Jason Polins Teaches Oil Painting and Drawing

The school structures all art classes to students of all levels and abilities. Students will thus receive individual attention and easel time to tackle concepts and build a strong foundation.

Jason believes in teaching the student through the study of the human figure (life drawing) and still life. These complimentary practices allow students to focus on skills in and outside the life drawing room. As a result, these students can 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 to 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 relies on relies strongly on the Charles Bargue Drawing Course in all of his drawing classes. This provides the disciple needed to teach classical realism and academic draughtsmanship.

In all classes, the novice painter and the advanced draftsman occupy the same space. Students can then see art more holistically than other approaches with segregated classrooms and skill levels.


2 thoughts on “Traditional Art School”

    1. Greetings Rajendra,
      We offer weekly classes in drawing and painting in which Students choose one section to attend for the semester. Classes meet Tuesday 9-12pm, 6-9pm and Saturdays 9-12pm. Students work on their own projects, it’s not everyone doing the same task. I make rounds and talk to each student about their projects. directing them and demonstrating in order to learn better craft and skill. I’m happy to answer any questions you might have. Would you like to come by and see the studio? You’re welcome to give me a call and set up a time to meet.

      Jason Polins

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