Master Works

In the Master Works class, students follow the same progression as in the Florence Academy of Art in a nurturing environment. Drawing and painting students work along side sculpture students learning basic quality of line in order to build a basis for more accurate observational skills. Students work with Bargue drawings, old masters works, and casts at first in pencil and then move on to charcoal.

Bargue Drawings & Old Master Copies

steinhart2.650Master Works is a based on the studies and work by Charles Bargue and other old masters. Charles Bargue created a classical drawing course with Jean-Leon Gerome called Cours de dessin. It influenced and was used by ateliers and schools across Europe. They include drawings Charles Bargue is mostly remembered for his Cours de dessin, one of the most influential classical drawing courses conceived in collaboration with Jean-Léon Gérôme. The course, published between 1866 and 1871 by Goupil & Cie, and composed of 197 lithographs printed as individual sheets, was to guide students from plaster casts to the study of great master drawings and finally to drawing from the living model.

Among the artists whose work is based on the study of Bargue’s platework is Vincent van Gogh, who copied the complete set in 1880/1881, and (at least a part of it) again in 1890.

These drawings help the student to work through many of the problems that need solving in order to gain a more masterful approach to 2 dimensional work, for example, when a line moves from soft and light to hard and dark in one long stroke. Students work with Bargue drawings, old masters works, and casts at first in pencil and then move on to charcoal.


  • Once a week, or two times a week programs available.
  • Individualized guidance and students work at their own pace.
  • Close, one on one instruction and daily critiques.
  • Small Class Size, no more than 5 students per session.
  • Instruction in the sight-size method.
  • Real time demonstrations of methods and materials.
  • Anatomy Instruction.
  • Introduction to Symbolic Geometry (ex. Golden Ratio)
  • Monthly lecture on modern realism and art history
  • Bargue and Cast Instruction (Casts Provided)

An interview is required for admission. Please contact the office for more information. A registration fee of $50.00 is required at the time of sign up for first time students.

Tools and Supplies

Here are our recommended supply lists. Choose the list which appropriate for you. Note, the items on the list are our suggestions and if you are having any issues finding the items, please tell us. It is important that you come to class prepared.

Sculpture Class Material List
Drawing Material List

Enrollment and Cost

Session Times

Tuesday 9am – 12pm
Tuesday 5pm – pm
Wednesday 1pm – 4pm
Thursday 1pm – 4pm


$525 for 3 month commitment or $175.00/month

Students may pay by the month if prior arrangements are made with the Director. No refunds after class has started.

Payment Options



Call us at (831)325-3289. We can take Visa or MC over the phone.

By Check

Send the check to :
Neoteric Renaissance School of Art
Studio #126 1050 River Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060