About Us

How are your classes different from taking art classes through community programs or studying at a school?
In short...completely different.  Our programs offer artistic opportunities you cannot find anywhere else in Northern Colorado. To truly get a feel for the Schissler Academy, we recommend you spend time exploring our website, or better yet stop in and see the academy for yourself. As a classical school, Schissler Academy teaches methods of composition that have existed since the Renaissance and were used by the masters themselves. All of our students work side-by-side in a studio setting. While some classes do contain lectures, instructors frequently demo the project or study being worked on alongside students. While we are serious about giving students instruction unmatched in its quality, your studies are as rigorous or recreational as you make them.   

If I take a class, can I just pick a topic that sounds interesting to me?
Since our curriculum builds upon itself, we strongly recommend that any new student at least begin in the line drawing segment of our Foundational Life Studies unit. We do offer topical classes in addition to our general curriculum. In the case of a student with prior experience in art or ardently interested in one of our more specialized areas of study, we are more than happy to accommodate.

Is there a class for beginners?
The academy's curriculum is structured to accommodate all levels. We work with a wide range of students, from those who had never before touched a pencil all the way up to practicing professionals. Our curriculum is structured to enable students to work at their level, usually beginning in our Foundational Life Studies unit. Again, since students work side-by-side in a studio setting they are always working one-on-one with our instructors. Think of our curriculum as offering you the chance for personal exploration of the arts, rather than taking a drawing class the way you might in a school building or community center.  

Will I need my own supplies?
Students do not need to purchase their own supplies until they begin working with pastel, watercolor, oil painting, or sculpture. Classes will provide an associated materials list. For your convenience supplies can be purchased in house at Colorado Fine Art Supply at a discount. In the case of classes like sculpture, associated materials for mold making, cold-cast bronze will be obtained by the academy.  

How much do classes cost?
Classes are charged on a monthly basis and a one time registration fee of $30.00 before classes start.
General Youth classes = $40/class. (160.00 per month)
General Young Adult Classes = $45/class. (180.00 per month)
General Adult classes = $50/class. (200.00 per month)

How often are classes held and how long do they last?
Most classes meet once every week and are generally structured on a four week schedule. The academy does not limit how long a student can continue to study a particular medium and all students are regarded as enrolled in an ongoing basis until that enrollment is ended. Adult classes last three hours while youth classes last an hour and a half. Young adult classes for students between the ages of 13 and 18 last for two hours. 

Do all of your instructors have degrees?
All of our instructors hold degrees from accredited schools, colleges, and universities or have studied and trained formally under recognized, professional artists. We suggest you explore their bios to learn more about each one, as all come from diverse backgrounds and bring a special skill and scope to our classical instruction.

Does that mean your instructors are professional artists?
Yes, Schissler Academy is very distinguished in that all of our instructors are practicing, professional artists. Most of our instructors actively show and sell their own work in numerous outlets, including galleries, events, and commission pieces.

How many instructors are there per classroom?
 As a classical school, Schissler Academy operates in a studio setting rather than a formal classroom.  Classes always maintain a 1-to-4 ratio of instructors-to-students, ensuring that every individual is able to work at their own pace while receiving personalized instruction. As a student you actually get to know your instructors.  

Colorado Fine Art Supply 

What exactly does the store sell? Is it only for students?
Colorado Fine Art Supply is an art supply store open to anyone. Casual enthusiasts and professionals alike frequent the store. We offer an array of high-quality and competitively priced supplies.  Our growing inventory covers all of the mediums we teach and even extends beyond into mediums as unique as Sumi painting. We offer supplies such as the rare Rosemary Brushes, often difficult to find elsewhere.     

Do you sell artwork?
The store is not a formal gallery, however displayed artwork by our instructors and students is available for purchase. If you are interested in work by an instructor that is not displayed in the academy we would be happy to connect you with that instructor, but do not handle those transactions in-store. Similarly, any interest in displayed student artwork which is not priced will be directed to that student. 

Do you offer any discounts?
Yes, all of our students receive a 5% discount on any supplies purchased at Colorado Fine Art Supply.

What about gift cards?
We offer gift cards as well, which can be loaded with any desired amount and are good both in the store and for classes through Schissler Academy of Fine Arts.