Directions to Us
Follow brown and white signs with arrows across the bridge, go right between the church and pond, then straight ahead to Abbey Art Works Parking sign to the left.
ABBEY ART WORKS
St. Joseph Abbey
75376 River Road
Covington, La. 70457
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Enrollment for SUMMER Open Now
New to Abbey Art Works? A beginner? Just need the supportive nudge of experienced instruction?
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Classical Instruction in Drawing and Painting
We now offer Day and Night classes in Drawing and Painting.
Open Studio for all students,
5 Day Intensive Sessions for out of town students,
Day or Night Private Sessions.
TO SIGN UP
Students make their own schedules by calling
What's new in the coop?
The Studio Facility
The Abbey's renovated farm building is now an rustic retreat with north light, tall, exposed rafter ceiling, new built-in work stations, central air and heat, excellent studio lighting for night classes, custom built personal storage lockers for students, studio easels, tables, personal still life stands, individual drawing stations with personal still life , grid, and lighting, and a selection of plaster casts for beginners.
Easy access to the building, more than ample parking and no stairs to climb make the facility convenient for all.
The chicken coop is very near the Abbey's 40 room retreat house, where bed and board will be available for students at specially planned week-end or week-long workshops and plein air events.
The beautiful grounds of the monastery, the Abbey Church bells ringing the hours, and the famous Benedictine welcome all contrive to give the student the perfect place to learn.
The Atelier Program
The teaching program is based on a unique method, "Leonardo's Legacy: Painting, Science, and the Life of the Soul", where Da Vinci's own words, seen through modern science's knowledge of visual perception, has shown that we all have the tools to draw and paint successfully. Students learn the importance of mindful preparation for the learning experience, the nature of the creative model, the path to 'the flow', and how the mind teaches us to paint.
Color Theory is no mystery here, where students learn the fascinating history of the artist's use of pigments and mixing and using color is easy through the introduction of our exclusive AAW Teaching Palettes and the Munsell Color Sphere.
Students work on painting projects which progressively teach the AAW Method of understanding the process of painting.
While in session, the studio atmosphere is likened to that of a library. The contemplative space of students is respected.
Before and after class students have the full use of this room adjacent to the studio. This cedar plank paneled room
with gallery track lighting for student and visiting artist exhibits is also an art library and gathering place for coffee, and snacks.
Available Only at Abbey Art Works
Abbey Art works introduces fine art instruction designed by AAW Artist in Residence, Lyn Taylor, which uniquely combines the traditional Atelier System with the results of decades of research in the study of painting, of professional studio practice, scientific investigation in current neuroscience and experimentation with provable, repeatable results.
The result is a teaching program that opens the world of painting to all, that proves its effectiveness with the most recent neuroscience, and shows how the contemplative nature of painting is simply good for the soul.
To Sign Up
Students make their own schedules by calling 985-789-6889
We will email you our current calendar and work with you to find the
class and time best for you.
Abbey Art works specializes in working with the Beginning Student.
STUDENT First Quarter Beginner
Photo of still life (above) and
student painting (below)
Learning to see and draw towards classical realism. Peg S.
Next Portrait Class May 2017
AAW will offer instruction in portraiture in charcoal, pencil, and oil painting.
Interested Students please call 985-789-6889
STUDENT PROCESS PROGRESSION
MAINTAINING FELT LIFE
From Abstraction to realism in original work.
Above: Photo record of the work in progress,
Below:Instructor's Notes on student's understanding of the process.
Abbey Art Works is dedicated to the idea that art can be taught.
Abbey Art Works offers training in the Leonardo's Legacy Technique© to teachers as well as students.
For Our Out of Town Students
Private 5-Day Sessions available Now with Lyn Taylor
5 Days back to back; 3 hours a day; morning or afternoon; 16 hours including extra final 1 Hour Wrap Up Session. Fee $560
Some study Choices:
#1 AAW's Shocking Truth About Color Theory and Revolutionary Teaching Palette Workshop (5 day )
#2 AAW's Leonardo's Legacy: Painting, Science, and the Life of the Soul Part 1 (5 day)
#3 AAW's Leonardo's Legacy: Part 2 ( day)
Note: Add $100 to have sessions videotaped for your future study.
Ask for a discount if you are a senior citizen or if you enroll for more than one session at a time.
Call for complete information 985-789-6889 or go to Contact Page here.
All student work is completely original and show unique styles and interests.
We are proud to work towards competence, confidence, and enjoyment for all students.
TO SIGN UP
Students make their own schedules by calling 985-789-6889.
We will email you our current calendar and work with you to find the class and time best for you.
AAW Artist Lyn Taylor Leads Southern Hotel's
First art workshop- Times-Picayune
Times-Picayune June 26, 2015
Click link below to read the full article
Study at AAW:
Call for availability of class times .
985.789.6889 or go to Contact Page here.
A New Feature
This space will contain
our new feature called the 'Fly on the Wall" Productions.
So, here is FOTW #1 and 2
Look for notice of an encore of this successful event in the future.
Detail of Portrait of Abbot Justin Brown, OSB,
by Lyn Hill Taylor,
Abbey Art Works Instructor, 2013
Plein Air Work at Jane's Farm
From St Joseph Seminary College