Ian Factor, shown here demonstrating for his class at the Guangxi Arts University in Nanning, China, was born in Boston, Massachusetts. He received his formal art training at the DeCordova Museum School in Lincoln Massachusetts, the Museum of Fine Arts School and Massachusetts College of Art in Boston. He continued his education at the Art Students League and the National Academy in New York City. Factor earned his BFA from the School of Visual and Performing Arts at Syracuse University and his MFA from the New York Academy of Art where he graduated Cum Laude.

His work has been exhibited and featured in galleries and museums worldwide, including New York City, Los Angeles, Boca Raton, Boston, Maine, Paris, Florence, Siena, and Pietrasanta Italy. His work is held in private and public collections internationally.

A professor of fine art, illustration, and design for over 20 years, Factor has taught and run programs in universities and academies from New York City to Guangxi China. He currently lives in Bend, Oregon and teaches at Central Oregon Community College where he is the Coordinator and Lead Instructor of Satellite Campus Art Programs.

The Three Level Sequence of the Academy

Ian Factor - Founder, Director and Head Instructor

Regardless of what skill level and goals our students bring to the Academy, the approach is always focused on individual growth and development. Whether one's desire is to become a full-time career artist or simply just brush up on some skills for a weekend hobby, the training and studio time will address each student's needs and aspirations from the minute they enter the studio.

With small classes, the individual attention and time each student receives are the facets that set the Bend Academy apart from other schools in Central Oregon. 

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 discourse with the contemporary fine art and design worlds.

TEACHING ASSISTANTSHIPS

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.

What makes the Bend Academy so unique?

Emily Rose began her education in fine art at Pratt Institute, focusing on human anatomy and painting. Ensuing her time at Pratt, she spent years studying throughout Africa, the Americas, and Asia, engaging in a wide range of art applications. She studied traditional drawing and painting, landscape design, online marketing, and architecture. During her years of self-education, she became involved in various business endeavors from international exportation and music promotion to designing, building and operating food production farms.

 

Aside from art and business, Emily enjoys the sciences. She continues to focus her education on human anatomy and neuroscience. Currently, she has devoted herself to the study of neuroaesthetics. This is a new discipline that is allowing us to understand how and why our brains respond to art. It explores perception, art appreciation, and our attraction to objects of beauty in neurophysiological terms. This is a topic that will benefit the work of all artists and will offer them an unprecedented understanding of self-expression and interpersonal communication.

 

Emily is pleased to work with students of all artistic backgrounds to assure them that their time at the Academy is both gratifying and fulfilling. She is looking forward to incorporating neuroaesthetics and color psychology into the curriculum here at the Bend Academy of Art.

Emily Rose - Assistant Director and Head of Student Services

Factor's personal website: www.ianfactor.com

ABOUT US 

The Bend Academy of Art admits students of any race, color, national or ethnic origin, gender, gender expression, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status 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 any of the above in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.

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