Teaching Information

Kim Myerson Atelier

Invites you to learn to draw and paint

No matter what your skill level, Kim Myerson believes that anyone can learn to draw like the old masters. Come and explore your innate talents and learn not just to look, but to SEE!
As an artist trained in the atelier tradition, Kim Myerson’s program teaches students at
all levels, from beginner to advanced, to develop realist drawing and painting skills.

Come and express your creativity in the Thursday morning painting class, produce your portfolio for university (architecture, fine arts etc.) or go through the atelier method as the old masters did.












A beginner painter or been painting for years but need help?

Bring the paintings you are working or copy an old master’s painting and learn some new techniques and polish your skills.

All levels welcome –  Beginners, intermediate and experienced artists

What mediums?      –  Oil, acrylic, pastel, graphite and ink














Getting into university these days has become very difficult.
Not only must students have top marks, but a professional portfolio is now also required for architecture, fine art etc.
Assistance is given to produce a top rate portfolio.



The Atelier method teaches techniques begun in the early 1400s and developed over the ensuing 600 years; it is the system that created the masters. Its adherents include many of the greatest painters such as Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Titian, Caravaggio, Velasquez, Rembrandt, van Dyck, Lord Leighton, Alma-Tadema, and Bouguereau.
The desire to begin painting, however, should not distract the student from preparing a strong foundation in draftsmanship. If drawing skills are lacking when the time comes to paint, the complexity of the new medium can become an insurmountable challenge
If you cannot draw, you will not be able to paint.









The programme begins with work from a specially prepared set of lithographs, which quickly teach the student the basic skills of accurate rendering (the lithos were made by Charles Bargue in the 19th Century, at the behest of Jean-Léon Gérôme). The prepared drawings quickly and effectively give a command of shape, proportion and tonal rendering and are done using graphite pencil.

To acquire the utmost in accuracy and execution, the venerable sight-size method is introduced. This technique has been used by painters since the Renaissance.

Students advance by way of  a step by step process, working at their individual speeds as they accomplish and build on techniques and methods gained at each stage.

With these new-found skills, the student progresses to cast work. Firstly in charcoal and then in oil paint.

Cast drawing/painting allows the student to analyze shape and proportion and to render the effects of light and shadows correctly. This process includes outline drawing, modeling, and the study of values. As the cast is both stationary and white, it enables the study of light on form without the complication of colour.
The curriculum goes on to still-life, the best arena in which to study colour, texture and the illusion of three dimensions and finally to portraiture.

If you are interested, I would suggest you coming over to the studio during class times.
Then I can explain the programme to you and you can see what the students are achieving.

The course times are :

     Mondays and Tuesdays 9:30-12:30am/ 7-10pm for the atelier method.
Thursday mornings 9:30 – 12:30 for painting classes                                                                           Afternoons for portfolio classes

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