Swedish Academy of Realist Art

The Swedish Academy of Realist Art (SARA) was founded in 2006 as Sweden’s first school of fine art dedicated to traditional, realistic drawing and painting. SARA was located in Stockholm for 9 years (then known as Atelier Stockholm) and is since 2015 located in Simrishamn.  The full-time program runs for three years and the school also offers evening classes, open life drawing sessions and workshops. Enrollment numbers are limited, which allows for intensive individual instruction within an intimate and supportive atmosphere.  This unique environment often leads to rapid student development.

Students follow a prescribed curriculum, rather than being left to free experimentation. They complete a variety of artistic exercises designed to help them acquire and master certain fundamental skills such as accurate drawing, correct values, edge quality and color. These skills give students the necessary tools to express their ideas and visions through the medium of realistic painting and drawing.

SARA’s  highly specialized education attracts students from around the world and typically, 30 to 40% of students come from other countries.

The language of instruction is English.

The student body consists of both amateurs as well as professionals seeking to improve their skills. Students of SARA intend to work in a variety of fields upon graduation including fine art (as portrait, figure, landscape and still-life painters), illustration, and concept art within the film and computer game industry.

To learn more about SARA visit our subcategories: Tradition, Faculty, Learning Environment, Location, Testimonials and The Philosophy of SARA.


Contact SARA


The Swedish Academy of Realist Art (SARA)      Lilla Norregatan 17     272 31 Simrishamn, Sweden     +46 (0)414 68 44 71

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