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Classical Drawing Atelier: A Complete Course in Traditional Studio Practice [Kindle Edition]

Juliette Aristides
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Book Description

Ateliers have produced the greatest artists of all time—and now that educational model is experiencing a renaissance. These studios, a return to classical art training, are based on the nineteenth-century model of teaching artists by pairing them with a master artist over a period of years. Students begin by copying masterworks, then gradually progress to painting as their skills develop. Classical Drawing Atelier is an atelier in a book—and the master is Juliette Aristides, a classically trained artist. On every page, Aristides uses the works of works of Old Masters and today’s most respected realist artists to demonstrate and teach the principles of realist drawing and painting, taking students step by step through the learning curve yet allowing them to work at their own pace. Unique and inspiring, Classical Drawing Atelier is a serious art course for serious art students.

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About the Author

Juliette Aristides is the author of "Classical Painting Atelier" and "Classical Drawing Atelier." She is the instructor of the Aristides Classical Atelier at the Gage Academy of Art in Seattle, Washington, where she lives. Her work is exhibited at the John Pence Gallery in San Francisco and can be seen at the Art Renewal Center.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 29288 KB
  • Print Length: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Watson-Guptill (15 Nov. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #190,238 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good information, and a beautiful book besides. 23 Oct. 2011
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I like this book very much, though it wasn't quite was I was expecting when I placed my order. I thought it would be very much a hands-on, 'how to' book, and was briefly disappointed when I realised that it wasn't.

The disappointment faded when I realised that it was much more. In my video 'flick through' you'll see that the book is full of beautiful drawings. Just looking at some of them is an inspiration.

However, the bulk of the text in this book is to do with theory. The book has around 140 pages, and the series of 5 practical 'lessons' begins on page 124 - That should tell you something!

Here's a fuller idea of what to expect:

After a short summary of artistic training methods from early days up to the 21st century, the book launches into "Timeless principles". There's a chapter each on Design, Line, Value, and Form.

The chapters on Design and Line give a good idea of the book's approach. In the Design chapter, a lot of time and space is devoted to the 'Golden Ratio' (and spiral forms derived from it) in nature and art. Fascinating stuff if you've not encountered it before, and it may forever change the way you look at some old master paintings.

The chapter on Line relates not to the quality of the drawn line on the page, but rather to the 'unseen' lines which underlie a picture's composition. The following chapters on VALUE and FORM also mostly deal with theory, and while the book doesn't loose sight of how theory must eventually become practice, beginners may find themselves occasionally scratching their heads and wondering 'But why do I need to know all THIS stuff? I just want to learn to draw!
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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars review 6 April 2009
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I first saw this book briefly in a bookshop and thought it was a revelation. I then read some of the reviews about this book and doubted my initial thoughts. I went ahead and ordered this book and haven't been disappointed. If you want a how to draw book, then this isnt for you. I already have lots of this type of book, from the very basic to the more advanced, but wanted more theory, more explantaiton as to how the great masters created their work. This book is full of lost secrects, and by taking the time to study and read it, I feel it has broadened my understanding and re-ignited my enthusiasm. Whilst I cannot devote the time to studying for four years five hours a day, I believe the only way to improve is to draw, draw and then draw some more using the techniques suggested in this book. If you don't want this depth of theory, the drawings alone are beautiful, and well worth the money. Other books might give you more instruction, but in the end, the only way to improve your skills is to practice, and this book certainly inspired me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful drawings 21 April 2008
I recently started drawing again after a 20 year break. I found this book in the shop at Tate Modern and nearly fell over. The examples of drawings, both old and modern are beautiful, and the author states that one of her goals was to publish some great examples. What surprised me was the quality of contemporary artists doing extremely realistic drawings, something that I understood to be out of favour.

The author's teaching is interesting, but ultimately describes a process without going into the "how to" detail. To sum it up she emphasises you just have to do lots of drawing, though she does give you a framework in which to do it, which I guess is the "secret"! I personally would have liked more hints about how to work with charcoal to the level of precision shown in the drawings.

However the true value of the book is that it is a collection of wonderful drawings from which you can learn a lot and use to improve your own technique. I thoroughly recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Fantastic Reference 28 Dec. 2013
Just like Julie Artist who reviewed this book on the 6th of April 2009, this was a revelation to me. I've been going to weekly life drawing classes for about three years now and absolutely love it, but always thought there was something `missing', something more I could do to improve my skills. I'm not into landscapes but I did discover a museum full of statues in Glasgow near where I live and started going up there every week or two to sketch the statues. I didn't know it was called Cast Drawing and is one of the main aspects of Juliette Aristides' book which she describes in perfect detail.

I've been using pencil but I'm now moving into charcoal and this book has given me the direction, motivation and reason to do this. The pictures inside are phenomenal, the descriptions excellent and the sequencing first rate. I have many books on `how to' but this will be a treasured addition to my library of art works. I absolutely love it.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a wonderful inspiring book. 30 Oct. 2008
As others have written this is not a how to draw book. What it is, is a beautifully written and illustrated book detailing the teaching methods and subject matter of atelier schools with plenty of examples of the results of these teaching methods. It goes much further, explaining why drawing the figure is so fundamentally important in art. It is a compelling read and I could not put the book down. Having read this work I now understand why I strive to draw better, why I am so interested in drawing the figure and the portrait and that I am right to be so.

It inspired and encouragied me, and confirmed that even though I cannot attend an atelier and likely never will, I am on the right track and I can and will one day draw as well as the artists included in its pages.

Treat yourself to some real motivation and buy this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I really like this book but I appreciate that its not for ...
I really like this book but I appreciate that its not for beginners on how to get started, but its more about how to get the detail and precise values. Read more
Published 16 days ago by KTB
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
professional advice and superb illustrations
Published 3 months ago by norman davis
5.0 out of 5 stars suggested book by artist
this is what you should learn at art school and wish i could roll back the years, truly worth while read real education
Published 12 months ago by Mr. Juggler B
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT
As a student of classical drawing (as well as painting) I love all of Juliette Aristides' books that give valuable guidance in correct precision with regard to creating beautiful... Read more
Published 14 months ago by RF.
5.0 out of 5 stars Very beautiful book
Even if you never draw, this is a lovely book with great illustrations. Very informative if you follow the exercises.
Published 22 months ago by Lillian Benson
5.0 out of 5 stars How to master classical drawing... easy!!!
If you want to understand classical drawing not only to look at, but also to recreate as the Masters did, then this has to be the book for you. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Andrew Wooton
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for interim and advanced artists
I have to admit that this book (along with Juliette's other books) are well written and provide a different view on the drawing or painting process. Read more
Published on 18 July 2011 by HS
5.0 out of 5 stars Classical Drawing
This is a great book, if you need a book to help you take the next step....not for a beginner to learn how to get the eye and mouth in the right place, but more for someone more... Read more
Published on 1 Nov. 2010 by Darryn Lee
2.0 out of 5 stars This is NOT an instruction book. It will not teach you.
The book is quite thin, just over half an inch thick (including the hardcovers). Somewhat ominous for what should be an "atelier education in a book". Read more
Published on 9 Nov. 2008 by D. Fink
1.0 out of 5 stars Review
OK, I'm gonna review this book briefly. This book is worthless and meaningless. The only purpose of this book is to make you fall under the "spell" of commercial marketing, they... Read more
Published on 1 Nov. 2008 by M. ABREU
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