What a great start to the year!

Wow! What a great start to the year!

January 2017 has been the best month ever at Inglis Academy.

What do I mean, the best month?

I have a simple metric: How many original paintings entered the world at Inglis Academy? And the answer is, about 50. Yep, that's a good month. Fifty people who have stepped into the arena and created something beautiful.

Monet: Meadow with Poplars, 1875 - painted by three beginners in their first lesson! Van Gogh: Starry Night -  painted by three beginners in their first lesson! Monet: Meadow with Poplars, 1875 - painted by three beginners in their first lesson!

This is going to be a great year!

Happy Australia Day 2017

Ord River, painted by Peter Inglis

Beneath our radiant Southern Cross,
We'll toil with hearts and hands,
To make this Commonwealth of ours
Renowned of all the lands,
For those who've come across the seas
We've boundless plains to share,
With courage let us all combine
To advance Australia fair.
In joyful strains then let us sing,
Advance Australia fair.

Words from 'Advance Australia Fair'.

I've seen the original!

Great! Making the effort to travel to the great museums of Europe and view the original masterworks is a worthy pilgrimage.


Van Gogh’s Starry Night. Or is it?

About 30% of the works in major museums are 'fakes', or as artists would say 'masterful recreations', but that shouldn't diminish one's enjoyment. A masterful work is a masterful work, regardless of its provenance.

People without training will see art on the surface level, and that is fine. With the development of Art Literacy, you can 'see' art in six discrete ways:

  1. Idea
  2. Form
  3. Idiom
  4. Structure
  5. Craft
  6. Surface

Our Art Literacy program will teach you to see beneath the surface of art by applying a structured methodology to the recreation of masterwork paintings.


A student at Inglis Academy getting beneath the surface of Cezanne.

As a result you will expand the depth of your 'seeing', and your next trip to Paris will be a richer and more fascinating experience.

(Thanks to the artist and scholar Scott McLoud for elucidating the six steps of artistry.)