The MPA Method™
The programme at the Milano Painting Academy is a study plan that wants to move away from the traditional dichotomy between the “Contemporary” Academy (where figurative language is seen as traditionalist and outdated) and the various figurative academies based on the French method, for example Bargue-Gerome. In fact, the MPA method revolves around a fundamental concept: drawing is a planning and fact-finding process and not an aesthetic experience. This vision has its roots in Renaissance thought, which sees drawing as a preparatory tool for painting.
The focus on the student
The primary objective of the method is to provide the students with all the plastic and expressive resources typical of a professional painter.
In the Drawing and Painting programme each student works and practises at their own pace and progresses through the course gradually, with a personalised path that progressively increases the difficulty according to the growth achieved.
Students interact with a different teacher for each work area with feedback on individual results in order to ensure that the student digests the teaching at each stage of their learning by constantly correcting, modifying and improving all critical aspects suggested by teachers or visitors professors.
The focus on drawing
Present to a greater or lesser extent in all disciplines taught at the school, drawing is the heart of the teaching process of the Milano Painting Academy. Without a solid foundation in drawing, most of the difficulties that arise during the artistic journey are insurmountable. Painting is the obvious goal of drawing, impossible to pursue without it, and is conceived as an ultra-language that is grafted onto the language of drawing, which provides for the management of anatomy, proportion, sign, hatching, perspective. As the student progresses towards more complex projects, teachers will encourage experimentation with technique, colours and stylistic solutions so that the student finds their own artistic language.