About the Atelier
An atelier is an art studio that focuses on teaching representational (realism) drawing and painting, starting from the ground up. Students begin by learning foundational skills and progressing gradually to more advanced techniques. This is a thorough, classical approach that prioritizes building strong skills in drawing accuracy, light and shadow, and oil painting.
Nicole Sleeth has taught drawing and oil painting in her atelier classes for over 10 years. With a relaxed, practical approach, she has helped beginners and advanced students alike improve their drawing skills, add shading, and learn to paint. Now you can access this instruction through her online art courses, and learn at your home!
The lessons are divided into three categories: Drawing, Painting, and Studio Skills. The Drawing and Painting categories have instructional courses and lessons to teach you how to draw and paint realistically from observation. Studio Skills are shorter videos that help you get the most out of your materials and practice.
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Nicole’s work centers the female figure as an exploration of power, connection, and lived experience.
Born in Kingston, ON, Nicole met art at an early age through her grandmother, who offered books about Emily Carr and Claude Monet. In encountering Bob Grant’s Fine Art Studio in Ottawa in 1998, Nicole discovered the atelier method of instruction, where she developed a love for the figurative work of the masters, producing intensive studies of Rembrandt, Velazquez, Vermeer, and others. In 2010, following the end of a gallery position in Vancouver, Nicole opened her own atelier to teach and paint full time.
Nicole’s work has won awards in the Annual International Representational Show by the Federation of Canadian Artists, Figureworks Ottawa, and the Sooke Fine Arts Show, and has been featured in Focus and Boulevard Magazine in Victoria, BC. She has continued her education by participating in workshops at the New York Academy of Art and the Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio, studying with Alyssa Monks, Christopher Pugliese, and Max Ginsburg, and still considers Monet to be one of her greatest influences.
Nicole’s practice, studio and teaching atelier is based in historic Chinatown in downtown Victoria, BC on the unceded Coast Salish Territory of the Lekwungen and W̱SÁNEĆ nations.