Boston Art School

Studio Art Classes in Painting and Drawing
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Studio Art Classes in Painting, Drawing and the Human Figure – Life Drawing
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 that 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 contemporary European atelier. He is deeply inspired by many noted Boston-based painters active in the first three decades of the twentieth century. The school emphasizes realist art in the tradition of European atelier.

At the Boston School of Painting, Jason believes the freedom of artistic expression relates to the facility of one’s craft. That’s why he offers a variety of art classes focused on skill building.

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.

The Atelier Approach to Teaching Studio Art Classes

Throughout the course of study, mediums may change and the exercises may differ from student to student. However, Jason Polins believes that in a principle-based environment all information is valuable to the student, regardless of their place in development.

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.

The Boston School of Painting is located at 86 Joy St, Studio #51 Somerville, MA 02143.

Please feel free to contact the studio at 617.372.6555 or by   e-mail at

The art studio is near the Cambridge/Somerville line a short walk from Lechmere Station on the MBTA Green Line close to Boston.

Free parking is available for day and evening students.

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