The studio is a private atelier established in August 2016 by painter Jason Tremlett. An atelier consists of a professional working artist and a small number of students following a coherent philosophy of study; a practice stemming from Renaissance Italy. In this regard an atelier is distinguished from an art school or academy.

Jason is a classically trained painter. He trained in the studio of Charles H Cecil in Florence, Italy, from 2012-2016 where he also taught on both the full time program and drawing and painting short courses. In 2015 Jason also studied at Studio Escalier in France. In 2014 Jason established a small teaching studio in Vera, Spain but now works on personal projects and commissions as well as teaching from his studio in Lewes. From 2016-2017 Jason also taught at the London Atelier of Representational Art (LARA).

The studio teaches the fundamental aspects of drawing and painting from life offering a full and part time study program for aspiring professional figurative artists as well as short courses and workshops. The teaching method is consistent with Jason's own training with his teacher Charles H Cecil in Florence, and is one of only a small number of studios teaching these methods in the UK. The rigorous and focused approach allows students to develop both their eye, to see, and their handling of contour, value and colour for an accurate representation of light.

Students work alongside Jason and benefit from instructor demonstrations and individual critique as well as the class discussion and experimentation that exists naturally in a working studio. Students benefit from Jason's ongoing dialogue with his teacher Charles H Cecil in Florence, as well as access to Jason's network of professional realist and contemporary painters, sculptors, and other UK and overseas ateliers. The studio is also pleased to welcome visiting realist and contemporary artists on a regular basis to offer advice and critique to students.

Classes are suitable for all levels of experience from complete beginner to experienced artist. Students must be 18 years old or over.



The main studio is situated in Lewes House in the heart of Lewes, East Sussex. 

Atelier Tremett, Lewes House, 32 High St, Lewes BN7 2LX

Lewes House is the former residence of Edward Perry Warren (January 8, 1860 – December 28, 1928). He lived in the house with his lover John Marshall and his collection of Greek antiques. In 1900 Warren commissioned a version of The Kiss from Auguste Rodin, which he offered as a gift to the local council in Lewes. The council displayed it for two years before returning it as unsuitable for public display in 1917. It remained stored in the coach house for 12 years until Warrens death in 1929. It is now in the Tate Gallery.

Renowned for Harvey's Brewery and its bonfire night celebrations Lewes sits within the beautiful South Downs national park. Just an hours train journey from London and minutes from Brighton, the town boasts an array of independent stores, pubs and restaurants. 





The teaching method stems directly from the leading ateliers of 19th-century Paris. Jason Tremlett was trained in these techniques by Charles H. Cecil at his studio in Florence, Italy. Charles Cecil was first trained by R. H. Ives Gammell of Boston whose teacher William Paxton studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris, and Richard F. Lack in Minneapolis. Author of Twilight of Painting (1946), Gammell is acknowledged to have been the pivotal figure in reviving atelier training during the past century. 

The Sight-Size Technique

Students are taught the sight‑size method. The technique requires the artist to stand back from the easel and model to depict the subject in proportion. The technique is an excellent way to train the eye since subject and image are seen to scale simultaneously. It encourages consideration of the appearance of the whole rather than individual parts. Sight-size has its origins in the Renaissance treaties of Alberti and Leonardo da Vinci, although historically its use has been largely associated with portraiture. When properly understood the method is not simply a measuring technique, but a philosophy of seeing.