Improve art skills at Springville school

r By Ryan Brown

The Center for Academic Study is a professional art school located at 43 E. 200 South in Springville. Although many people are not aware of the school, it has been open since 2008. This traditional art school teaches drawing and painting in the techniques and methods taken from the great schools of Paris in the 19th century. It is the only school of its kind in the western United States and is considered by many to be one of the top five art schools in the world.

The CAS is run by master artist and Springville resident Ryan S. Brown. There is a full-time curriculum and part-time classes are offered as well. Students progress at their own speed and there are no deadlines or grades. Students receive daily critiques and are adopted into the rich conversation and culture of traditional art. Teachers at the CAS can trace their lineage back through some of the greatest artists and teachers in history – back to the mid-18th century.

There are live figure and portrait sessions open to the public every Tuesday and Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. (figure) and Wednesday from 6 to 9 p.m. (portrait). The cost is $5 for the figure session ($15 if you’d like instruction) and $10 for the portrait session (or $90 for four instructed sessions). For more information, contact Ryan Brown at or visit

The CAS Foundation admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school.  It does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, age, religion, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and other school-administered programs. The officers, directors, committee members, employees, students, and persons served by this corporation shall be selected entirely on a nondiscriminatory basis.


Chris Baird
Chris Baird
Chris is a family man with a beautiful wife and four kids. Three Girls, One Boy. He enjoys playing basketball, being outdoors, and the old normal.

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