Tuesday, June 11, 2024

Become an Apprentice at a Unique Catholic Art School: the Stabat Mater Studio

The new Stabat Mater Studio in Tyler, Texas, is dedicated to training the next generation of liturgical artists.

Over the last 30 years, there has been a proliferation of ateliers and small independent schools in the United states which teach classical naturalism through the academic method of drawing and painting. While it is important that the basic skills of drawing and painting be taught to a high level, typically, these schools are secular in outlook and teach a philosophy of art that undermines the Faith.  

The Stabat Mater Studio, on the other hand, is an authentically Catholic environment that offers the five core disciplines of traditional Catholic artistic training (as described in my book The Way of Beauty). 

Under the guidance of Master Artist Robert Puschautz, students are immersed in the academic method that was developed by the great artist of the Renaissance. This is not just art instruction, but a holistic formation, integrating faith, prayer and artistic practice.

I met Robert 15 years ago and have maintained contact over the years. He came to the Scala Foundation conference last year in Princeton, New Jersey, where he met renowned iconographers Aidan Hart and Jonathan Pageau and was impressed by their description of the way that Byzantine iconography training aims at forming the whole person. He has now adapted that approach to the more naturalistic Western tradition.

The unique and uniquely Catholic curriculum combines drawing and painting fundamentals with sacred geometry and design principles in harmony with Catholic theology and philosophy. Students will copy masterworks, work from life, and actively participate in real church commissions, using an apprenticeship approach that was the norm for artists before the modern age.

In an increasingly secular world, Stabat Mater stands apart by unapologetically championing sacred aesthetics and craftsmanship in service of the Church.

To find out more and to apply, go to www.stabatmater.org/study.
Sacred Heart of Jesus
St Mark, cast drawing
Still Life
The Immaculate Heart of Mary
St Joseph and the Child Jesus, after Ribera
Master Copy: from the Coronation of the Virgin by Velazquez
Ecce Homo, after Ribera

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