Welcome to the Bend Academy of Art

The Academy is the first and only school of its kind in Oregon. Located in the beautiful town of Bend, our main teaching studios are just up behind the Old Mill, a five-minute walk to the Deschutes River.

The curriculum at the Academy is thorough, well rounded and geared towards the diversity, needs, desires, and interests of our unique community.

Our courses and workshops range from Drawing, Painting, Anatomy, and Perspective to Illustration, Sculpture, Design and Digital Photography.

Our teaching philosophies and practices are based on a traditional three-level sequence:

Level One: Foundational skill building using the classical approach to drawing, painting, sculpture, anatomy, and perspective.

Level Two: Development and mastery of techniques beyond the foundations, focusing on the personal language of the individual, introducing narrative and content to the work while understanding one's place in the canon of art history.

Level Three: Unifying the technical, conceptual and personal vision of the artist with the inherent nature of the subject of study (Technical Narrative) and establishing a continuous discourse with the contemporary fine art and design worlds.

At the third level, some students will decide to pursue a teaching path and will begin a studio assistantship. This will be offered at the completion of the three-level training sequence.

In addition to the courses at our main location,
we are offering study abroad programs and workshops in Italy and Peru. We are also scheduling educational art and cultural tours of New York City and Boston. Keep an eye on this website and Facebook Page for updates and additions to these exciting opportunities. 

Class size will be very limited. Feel free to EMAIL or call with any questions or to register for our upcoming courses listed HEREOur website is continuously being updated so keep checking in and sign up for our quarterly email NEWSLETTER.

We look forward to seeing you at the Academy and are thrilled and honored to be adding to the art and culture of Bend, Central Oregon, and the Pacific Northwest.

With much gratitude and respect,



Ian Factor
Founder, Director and Head Instructor