Conceived as a flexible course, adaptable to the needs of the individual student thanks to its modular component, the intensive course will focus exclusively on learning drawing and painting techniques through practice.
Students who wish to may complement the practical lessons provided by the Modular Intensive Course with theoretical lessons, by enrolling in seminars chosen from the following:
- History of Beauty held by Alessandra Redaelli
- Aesthetics of Art held by Maddalena Mazzocut-Mis
- Anatomy in Space held by Maria Cristina Galli
- Techniques and History of Materials of Art held by Sandro Baroni
The modular intensive course offers a range of flexible solutions, with which each student can build their own personal study path according to their availability and the intensity of study they want.
The basic module of the course includes: two 3-hour long lessons per week, choosing between Monday and Wednesday or Tuesday and Thursday, in the preferred time slots.
The MPA Method™
The teaching programme at the Milano Painting Academy is based on an MPA study plan that moves 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the traditional dichotomy between the “Contemporary” Academy (where figurative language is seen as traditionalist and outdated) and the various figurative academies based on the French method, for example Bargue-Gerome.
The whole MPA method therefore revolves around a single simple but 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
Since the primary objective of the method is to provide the student 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 programme gradually, with a personalised path that progressively increases the difficulty according to the growth achieved.
Students interact constantly with teachers and have different teachers available for each work area with a goal of feedback on results and individual growth, which ensures that the student digests the teaching in each phase of their learning by correcting, modifying and improving constantly on all the critical aspects highlighted by the teacher.
The focus on drawing
Present to a greater or lesser extent in all disciplines taught at the MPA, drawing is the heart of the teaching process at the Milano Painting Academy, because without a solid foundation in the practice of drawing, most of the difficulties that will arise during the artistic journey would be insurmountable.
The focus on drawing as the founding design process of pictorial knowledge is in the MPA method the tool par excellence, preparatory to painting, the tool that allows you to validate an entire training path that leads the student to develop the plastic and expressive skills of a professional painter.
The teaching of the course is spread over an academic year.
The academic year lasts 9 months.
An academic week includes 6 hours of practice in two 3-hour lessons (drawing and painting).
Practical lessons will be held on Monday and Wednesday or Tuesday and Thursday:
- Morning 09:30 – 12:30
- Afternoon 13:30 – 16:30
- Evening 18:30 – 21:30
Depending on availability, it will also be possible to choose the combination of mixed time slots, for example: Monday morning and Wednesday afternoon.
It will also be possible to enrol in more modules, thus increasing the number of hours.
The modular intensive course is designed to be divided into courses of three different lengths, depending on the depth of study that the student seeks:
- Three months
- Six months
- One year
At the end of the study course, the Milano Painting Academy will issue an MPA certification for participation in the chosen study programme.