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We teach fine craftsmanship and
inspire students to become masters.

“ Creation has three layers. She who works with only her hands is a laborer; she who
works with her hands and her head is a craftswoman; she who works with her hands,
her head, and her heart is an artist.”
— Sarah Ban Breathnach



Quatero Cento, the four great centuries of art, known as the “Classical Academic Period”

There were eight years of apprenticeship, during this period of academic art. The first two years were spent learning to draw and to paint by copying the MASTERS. During those two years students painted using monochromatic under-paintings. The remaining years the students learned to paint over the under-paintings using layers of colored oils. These are called colored glazes. Solid paint was used only in the illuminated areas of their paintings.


Once the students gained expertise by copying the Masters, they were allowed to compose their own paintings. At this point they had the knowledge and skill to create significant art of their own.


Following the eight years of apprenticeship, they received a degree of Mastery and were written up in the RED BOOK. The students were now considered MASTERS. They could get their own commissions and conduct their own classes.


Frank Covino has dedicated the last 40 years of his life to revive this classical academic approach to painting. He has taught over 20,000 students across the United States. “I believe that artists of this century can be as successful as our Renaissance ancestors. You do need patience, perseverance and a desire to succeed. But most importantly you need proper training, which means scientific, or academic training. This is the basis for all creative endeavor.” — Frank Covino


Sherry Huntting Academy of Classical Realism has been perpetuating this revival of Classical Academic Art since May of 2000.



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