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Because our craft is constantly evolving... message from Michel Nadaï

The craft of decorative painting, like all other trades, is in constant evolution as our clientele is become more demanding.  Yesterday's definition of a decorative painter was an artisan who specialised in marbling and graining, who also did patina effects, sign paintings, and occasionally skies and landscape seneries.  There was a clear line that separated Fine Arts and decorative painting, where on one side the artist was a creator and on the other side the artisan was one who embellished a space. 

Today all this seems to be changing, the frontier between the two worlds is not as rigid as before, clients are more informed and search for originality, creativity and know-how.  Artists are also giving it a shot by offering to paint murals, thereby pushing us decorative painters to realise the importance of perspective drawing, format and planes in order to compete with this new rival in the market.  The decorative painter's craft has expanded, techniques that were once reserved to Fine Art are now being adopted; in today's image-oriented world, it becomes urgent that advanced techniques are used to offer a demanding clientele the high end work they're expecting.

This is why since several years we've been inviting accomplished artisans and master artists who come and teach their specialty courses at our school.  We made the choice to broaden the range of subjects we offer to our students, even adding subjects that some may classify as fine art.  We are convinced that as decorative painters we can greatly benefit by studying academic disciplines.  Like any profession, our craft evolves and it's up to each one of us to lay down the foundations that will guarantee the tradition but also embrase the constant evolution of our trade.

Today, in a world that is becoming more and more complex, beauty and art matter even more!



Michel Nadaï


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2022-2023 Master Class Calendar

2022-2023 Master Class Calendar

Portrait and still life, trompe-l'oeil, murals, painting a seascape, icon painting, grotesca and more at Atelier Nadaï!

Icon Painting

Icon Painting

Icon writing course with Master Iconographer Deacon Nikita Andrejev of the Prosopon School of Iconography.

Still Life painting with David Gray

Still Life painting with David Gray

These classes will  benefit students who wish to take their classical portrait painting and still life painting techniques to the next level.

Portrait painting with David Gray

Portrait painting with David Gray

These classes will really benefit students who wish to take their portrait painting and still life painting techniques to the next level.

Graining and marbling intensive class

Graining and marbling intensive class

Join us for this 10-day intensive workshop on graining and marbling with Michel Nadaï!

The Portrait in pastel with Cuong Nguyen

The Portrait in pastel with Cuong Nguyen

During this workshop Cuong Nguyen will demonstrate his distinctive techniques using soft pastels and pastel pencils.

The spirit of Nihonga

The spirit of Nihonga

For those who wish to explore the aesthetics and the finnesse of Japanese paintings.

Still Life with Michel Nadaï

Still Life with Michel Nadaï

The objective of the course is to paint a still life in the spirit of the 19th century realism, using the classical academic techniques.  

The Art of Italian grisaille

The Art of Italian grisaille

Two back-to-back workshops with master decorative painting artist Stefano Luca on Italian ornaments painted in grisaille.

 

The Art of painting a Grotesca using egg tempera

The Art of painting a Grotesca using egg tempera

Learn how to use egg tempera, an ancient medium, to paint gorgeous Grotesca ornaments.