Classical drawing and painting for advanced students of classical art

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TDA Advanced

The Drawing Academy

Classical figurative drawing and painting is a journey towards revealing the essence of nature; understanding reality and interpreting it through a synthesis of color, light and form. We invite you to start that journey with this course.

About TDA Advanced

  • Facts

    Title: TDA Advanced

    Language: English

    Credits: The course is not accredited with ECTS-points

    Duration of the program: 14 weeks.

    Daily schedule: Mondays-Thursdays 9-12, 13-15, Friday 9-12. Additionally, there will be life drawing twice a week as well as home work.

    Program start: Every year in January and August

    Next program start:
    Spring 23: February 20 – June 2, 2023

    Application deadline: November 1, 2022

    Fee: 36,000 DKK (approx. 4835 EUR). This covers both teaching and materials. Students from outside the European Union can stay in Denmark for maximum 90 days on a tourist visa. Please contact the school to get a special arrangement regarding the fee due to your limited option for staying the full semester.

    Students who attended a TDA semester course will get a discount of 6000 kr.

  • Structure and content

    Classical drawing and painting for advanced students of classical art

    Who can study TDA Advanced?

    TDA Advanced is for students who have a good foundation in classical drawing and are interested in exploring classical drawing and painting further. It is possible to attend the course for several semesters, so for those who are interested in a longer course of study, the course can provide an alternative to a more conceptual degree in art. However, you will not obtain an actual university diploma.


    Our approach to painting

    The invention of the photo camera pushed painting as an artistic genre into seeking new territories. What had actually happened? From being a form of document representing the physical properties of people or events, painting was challenged to address the metaphysics of existence instead.

    Now, since established, conventional reality can be represented by a photograph, the painting has to address the ultimate. That shift, which happened somewhere between the 19th and 20th centuries, still has a great philosophical impact on the modern state of the arts and what we call art these days.

    Both photographs and paintings are forms of reflection. There is a certain trend these days to paint based on the image in a photo, rather than the object itself: to reflect upon the reflection. That creates a great deal of confusion and stress, but most importantly, devalues artistic research, turning the divine process of observation into blind coping.

    The goal of this painting course is the opposite. We embrace the changing nature of things. We don't object to subtle shifts of the life model's hand, or a change of light in a still life, we embrace those movements, because they are the beacons of life, her celebrations. And that is exactly what we, as painters, are after. The painting creates an illusion: An illusion of movement in a static image. The illusion of depth in a flat image. In order to achieve that illusion, a mere copy, which is highly praised amongst amateurs, is not an option. In order to reveal the essence of nature, and its forms, one has to be utterly present as one moves through an unknown terrain, where every step has to be taken with great awareness.



    Your class hours are normally 9-13, Fridays 9-12. There will be a mix of lectures, individual guidance and study time, where you work on your drawings or paintings, processing feedback and information from the teachers. Extra work outside of class hours is to be expected.



    In special cases a scolarship can be granted for students of TDA Advanced. If you are interested in getting a scolarship, please send an application including your motivation for applying to

  • How to apply

    Online application

    Spring 2023: February 20 – June 2, 2023 - Apply now


    Application process

    When applying with the online link, you will be asked to present a portfolio, either as a link to an online platform or as a pdf. The portfolio should include:

    • 5 observational drawings at least 2 hours long each
    • 5 additional works of your own choice (paintings, drawings, sketches, compositions e.t.c.)

    After the application deadline, you will be invited to an interview.

    The selection of students for the course is based on both the quality of the work in your portfolio and the interview. We are looking for students who are talented and motivated aspiring artists.

  • Teachers

    Maja Vendelbo teacher at The Drawing Academy

    Maja Meisner Vendelbo

    Teacher, The Drawing Academy

    T: +45 28 15 46 52


    Maja Meisner Vendelbo is Bachelor of Fine Arts (Painting) from I. Repin St. Petersburg State Academy Institute of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture. Maja has taught at The Drawing Academy since 2015. Parallel to teaching, she has a career as a fine artist.


    Artem Alexeev teacher at The Drawing Academy

    Artem Alexeev

    Teacher, The Drawing Academy

    T: +45 87 55 49 43


    Artem Alexeev has a ph.D. in Fine Arts from St. Petersburg Stieglitz State Academy of Art and Design. Artem has taught at The Drawing Academy since 1997, and has taken part in shaping the Academy as we know it today. Parallel to teaching, he has a career as a fine artist.


  • Fees and finances

    TDA Advanced is 36.000 DKK (approx. 4835 EUR).
    You will be required to pay the full tuition fee around the time of the course start. If you have applied to the course but have to cancel, f.ex. because you get into a different program, you will not have to pay as long as you cancel before the date of course start. If you have started but wish to leave the course before completion, the Drawing Academy must be informed of this in writing. Please be aware that you will be obliged to pay for an extra four weeks of tuition after leaving.
  • Housing

    Students can choose to live in student dormitories or private housing arrangements. TAW's role is to assist with this.

    TAW itself has no accommodation. The school's role is to provide various opportunities for housing and help create contact between housing providers and new students - and to assist with language barriers if necessary. 

    Camp Logos

    The dormitory Camp Logos  is located across the street from the school and houses many of our students. Rooms at Camp Logos come with furniture. The availability in Camp Logos is very limited at this point. However, a new wing is under development and expected to be completed in late 2017 or 2018.

    The Merkur dormitory 

    Merkur Kollegiet (The Merkur dormitory) is located in a newer residential area in Viborgs eastern district, 3.8 km from The Animation Workshop. All rooms are furnished with bed and desk and all have cable TV and free internet access. Each room has a storage room.

    Shared apartments

    It is our experience that the majority of our students prefer to move into a shared flat in the city. Join our Facebook Housing group to team up with other students looking for roommates and new tenants for the apartments, they are leaving themselves.

    These websites may also be helpful:

    • Boligselskabet Sct. Jørgen(Camp Logos and various rentals across city) 
    • Boligselskabet Viborg(Merkur Kollegiet and various rentals across city)
    • Danhousing (many large apartments in the city – suitable for sharing) 
    • BoligPortal

    Cost of Living

    Dorm rooms in Viborg typically cost between DKK 2300 and 3500 (250 - 470 EUR) per month depending on size and whether you are willing to share facilities. Utility expenses, like electricity, internet and heating, are not included and usually cost around DKK 600 (80 EUR) per month. Private rooms in shared apartments can range depending on size, location and other factors, but aren’t drastically different from the cost of student accommodation.

    If you have questions about housing or need language assistance, please contact

  • Contact

    Maria Skov Pedersen is a teacher and coordinator at The Drawing Academy and Professional Training

    Maria Skov Pedersen

    Coordinator and teacher of the Talent & Skills Department

    T: +45 87 55 49 44