Young Artist’s Program


The Mims Studios Young Artist’s Program concluded this past weekend after 12 weeks of intense drawing and painting each Saturday.  Images from this course are now online at

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Website Update: Illustrated Lecture Archives


Each Tuesday, illustrated lectures are given by director D. Jeffrey Mims in the main cast studio.  An updated list of past lectures is now online:

The History of the Academy
The History of Ornament

The conclusion to these lectures was a trip to Paris this spring.  Images from this trip are now online here.

Published in: on April 24, 2007 at 11:24 am  Leave a Comment  

Young Artist’s Summer Course


After the success of our Young Artist’s Program, Mims Studios is now offering 2 one-month summer sessions for students ages 11 through 18.  Patterned after the full time curriculum, the Young Artist’s Summer Course will be held three days each week.  Students will be critiqued individually and are invited to attend the weekly lectures. 

Session I:  June 11 – July 6
Session II: July 9 – August 10
Tuition for each session is $600.  Students may sign up for either or both sessions. 

For more information about either the regular Summer Program or the Young Artist’s Summer Course, please contact Abigail Dowd at

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2007 Summer Program


A few spaces are still available for the 2007 Summer Program.  The dates for this year’s program are June 11 through August 11.  Summer students will be able to observe the work of full time advanced students, and attend weekly illustrated lectures every week, as well as evening life classes.  For more information and applications visit:

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Greek and Roman Galleries Reopen at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

The column from the Temple of Artemis at Sardis, ca. 300 B.C.  

The Hellenistic, Etruscan, and Roman Galleries at the Metropolitan Museum of Art will reopen this month on April 20th, after a thirty year renovation.  Visit the gallery website for more information or see the New York Times Interactive Tour of the Gallery.

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Weekly Lecture – The Apollo Gallery


This week’s lecture was a film about the restoration of the Apollo Gallery (or Galerie d’Apollon)  in the Louvre – designed by Charles LeBrun for Louis the XIV, and finished in the 19th century with Delacroix‘s ceiling painting The Triumph of Apollo (below). 


The Apollo Gallery will be the subject of several following lectures – including the decorative painting and sculpture, the tapestries, and a look at this gallery in relation to the history of ceiling painting.  The second half of the film will be shown next week.

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Trip to Paris


Students from Mims Studios School of Fine Art have recently returned from a 10 day trip to Paris, France, where they were joined by several former students now living in Europe.  In connection with the study of the French Academy and the History of Ornament, this visit included tours by director Jeffrey Mims through selected galleries at the Louvre, as well as evening drawing sessions from museum masterpieces Landmarks such as the Pantheon, the Opera and a few hidden treasures tucked away in the quiet splendor of France’s greatest churches served to illustrate lessons in history, architecture, and painting.  
To see more images from this trip visit:

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