If I had to put a sign over my door [to the atelier], I would write, School of Drawing, and I’m certain that I would create painters.
— Jean-Auguste Dominique Ingres

The efforts of the realist painter are only hindered in so far as to the limits of his or her drawing ability. Additionally, the ability to master the art of observation does not necessarily make one a good draughtsman.

At the Barnes Atelier, we believe that the means justify the ends – that drawings and paintings are constructed, not just copied; and that the ability to adapt to nature and, when necessary, improve upon it, gives the artist a level of mastery over their materials and confidence over their work.