Rees Atelier


  • Free Open House and Open Studio

    As part of our program to bring awareness to the community and enrich it with art, Rees Atelier will be offering a series of Open Houses/Free Open Studios in between class terms.  The public is invited to come explore the space, see the artwork and speak to the instructor/student, draw or paint from the model, and have a bite to eat.

    The next event is Saturday, September 15, from 9:30pm-4pm.  The model, Cecil (in full Native American Costume), will pose from 10-4pm.  The experience is free, and all are invited to attend!

    The event will be held at our school: 1833 W. Main St, Suite 115, Mesa AZ 85201.  For questions feel free to email info@ReesAtelier or call 480-519-1476.




  • Rees Atelier goes Full-Time!

    Headline in a glance:

             A full-time program is now offered.  It meets Monday-Friday from 12-6pm. Cost: $1000 for 10 weeks
             The Academy allows you to now pick your days!  Tues, Wed, or Fri (pick 2) 3-6pm! $550 for 10 weeks
    Rees Atelier Goes Full Time!
    We are pleased to announce the beginning of our FULL-TIME program at Rees Atelier!  Open to only 6 students, the full-time program combines the curriculum of the successful Academy program with the tradition of working side by side with the instructor full time.  Students will work from the model 3 hours each day followed by 3 hours of work from master copies and still life.  All levels are combined in this program, and each student has assignments specific to their current level.
    We currently have 5 of the 6 full time spots filled, so if a full-time approach to study sounds best for you, contact us right away!  The introductory price of the 10-week block is $1000 (fees included).  Beginning in the new year, a model fee may also be added to the tuition cost (ranging between $300-500 per term).
                -Every level begins working with a figure model right away, Mon-Fri, 12-3pm*.
    -Each student meets afterwards from 3pm-6pm to study Bargue Plates, Casts, Still Life, Master Copies, or the current term’s lecture course (included in tuition cost).
    -Drawing and Painting are both offered, but only under the guidance and recommendation of the instructor. Those requiring more time to develop drawing skills may do considerably more drawing than painting in the full-time program.
    -Advancement through the curriculum is determined by instructor.
    *Thursday’s model session is from 9am-12pm
    Our Academy Program Just Got Better!
             The Academy program has blown its flexibility wide open!  Students can now start ANY week, and their tuition is good for the next 3 months!  That means if you have vacation planned, there’s no need to wait for a new term.  You can miss up to 3 weeks during the term and still get 10 weeks of great instruction! 
                Not only that, you can now pick which days you want to come class!  For the rest of 2017, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Fridays are open.  Just pick two of those days, and come in from 3pm-6pm for class*.  It’s the same great curriculum, but better for your schedule.  And starting in January of 2018, you can pick any day between Monday and Friday from 3-6pm!
    *LEC200, the anatomy lecture class, is a set time Thursday from 12-2pm.  Don’t miss out on your chance for anatomy- it won’t be offered again for another year!


  • Open House

    Join us on July 8th, from 5-9pm, for our grand opening!  We will have live music, refreshments, art supply giveaways from our sponsor Blick, as well as the drawing for the free painting!  Check out the facility, meet students and apprentices, and see what Rees Atelier is all about.  1833 W Main St, Suite 115, Mesa AZ, 85201.  Admission is free, bring a friend!

  • Help with our GoFundMe!

    As we continue to prepare for our transition we are looking at various facilities and organizing our growing equipment list.  With the goal to offer students all the equipment neccessary to make them as successful as possible, we have rolled out a crowdfunding to include the community in our endeavor.  Please consider donating any amount. Even one dollar brings us closer to our goal.  We also have various tiers of rewards for those who donate, from a catalogue of paintings, to the academy textbook and videos, to (soon to be announced) a raffle for an original painting!  

    visit to help, and thanks!



  • Branching on Our Own

    In an effort to improve the number of studio hours, equipment, tuition cost, and overall quality of the education, The Academy at Scottsdale Artists' School will be moving to Rees Atelier.  Although the Scottsdale Artists'  School has provided wonderful opportunities to begin this traditional program, the need has come to expand and focus on the original goals of the program: providing high quality realist training to dedicated individuals at an affordable cost, and to help train the next generation of artists.


    Our new facility will be located in a flex warehouse in Mesa, near the Scottsdale/Tempe border, an estimated 15-20 minutes from the Scottsdale Artists' School.  The facility will offer better natural light, more space, and more storage for students.


    We will also be hosting open studios with live models for students, with a broader diversity of pose lengths (from quick sketch to 10 week poses).  Less crowded open studios with more direct monitoring and classical poses will yield stronger results in student work.


    The warehouse will also have a gallery space in front, and the general public will be invited to see both instructor and student work. July 8th we will have an opening reception.  All are encouraged to see the show of recent Academy work as well as the new space.


    The new term, which will run July 10- Sept 15, will be held at this new facility. Registration for the first term of drawing is now open!


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