Artists have traditionally devoted themselves to their own improvement in knowledge and skills in drawing, composition and color, understanding their materials and in becoming competent in expressing themselves in their art. The California Academy of Painters provides an environment favorable to the development of these traditional values for artists of all levels of accomplishment.
Statement of Purpose
Our purpose is to revitalize the teaching of the technical skills necessary to allow the student painter to satisfy the non negotiable need of the individual for creativity. The training provided by the CAP is based on the observation and study of Nature: be it the human form, arrangements of objects, or the natural state of nature in the landscape. Our foundation is the great body of knowledge accumulated and handed down by painters of the past as a constant source of inspiration and guidance. The Academy will build upon that foundation, adding appropriate modern discoveries to increase the range and scope of our creative efforts..
The Academy presents workshops, classes and consultations to lay people, student artists and to professional artists who desire to experience or communicate these traditional values. Most recently, the Academy has curated group exhibits by over 15 artists presenting 130 pieces of work in community facilities and has successfully arraigned for a group of some fifteen artists to make a two week visit to France. Plans are underway for another trip for artists and students to visit France again. Workshops have been given in neighboring communities for the past ten years. New classes and workshops will be developed during this year. The Academy also is planning to assist in the formation of a school dedicated to teaching the arts of working after and in direct contact with nature.