Tacoma Academy of Fine Art teaches classes based on a classical education model. We see the classical method as the most efficient approach to teaching drawing and painting as it is a tradition that has been refined over many centuries, always striving for saying an abundance using the most simple of means.

The classical method of art is focused on 2 areas: observation and design. In observing an image, we are concerned with the principles of how light interacts with form, and how to depict that on a 2-Dimensional drawing surface. Also, we are concerned with learning the principles of good design, so as to make a well ordered and beautiful picture that not only has the power to draw the viewer in, but also to maintain their attention.

Whether an artist leans toward an abstract or a representational style, their art will be positively affected through knowledge and experience gained in a classical art setting.