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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Watson-Guptill (7 Jan. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 082300659X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823006595
  • Product Dimensions: 19.5 x 2.2 x 26.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 31,500 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Juliette Aristides is an extraordinary artist with a deep and well-rounded education in and solid commitment to the atelier movement. She studied at the National Academy of Design, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and various private ateliers. She is currently the instructor of the Aristides Classical Atelier at the Gage Academy of Art in Seattle, Washington. In 2003, Juliette was awarded the Elizabeth Greenshields Grant. Her work can be seen at the John Pence Gallery in San Francisco and the Art Renewal Center Living Masters Gallery, www.ArtRenewal.com. She is the author of acclaimed bestsellers Classical Drawing Atelier and Classical Painting Atelier.

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By J. Waite on 15 Feb. 2012
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I'm very impressed with this book. I have Juliette Aristides' earlier book, which is interesting, but here she has gone from strength to stength. The text is clear and takes the reader through the ideas behind the 'atelier' movement, the notion that there is validity in a 'return' to nineteenth century ideas of academy drawing. The book is also a 'how to' and it does step by step analysis very well. There are plenty of examples of both unfinished and highly finished drawings that illustrate the points made. The structure of the book involves breaking drawing down into elements in order to learn aspects that then come together, so copying from the masters (an atelier basic) has a chapter, with later chapters on measuring, line and form. In this sense there is some of the 'orthodox' material one would expect here, but it is all strongly slanted towards accuracy, precision and encouraging the development of a thorough knowledge of what is being looked at. Aristides is convincing because her passion for the type of drawing she advocates is evident and, especially in the accompanying video, the care and craftsmanship she shows are highly impressive - and the same goes for the other artists in the video. In fact, good though the book is it is the free DVD that really raises this to an exceptional piece of work. Aristides herself is excellent, giving beautifully judged demonstrations that are also very well filmed. Her description of the procedure of starting from large, block shapes and refining to detail is impeccably delineated, and of course this, or some variant of it, is absolutely the way to go about making a representationl image, and arguably the best way to go about making any image. In this sense this book/DVD goes beyond the specialist field of academic drawing and I see no reason why it may not become an important addition to the canon of significant 'how to' books from Ruskin to Nicolaides. I can't give it higher praise than that!
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Colin Wilks on 18 Jan. 2012
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I've spent the last few hours looking through this book and watching the DVD that came with it. For over 40 years I've been drawing, painting and carving sculptures as a serious hobbie. My book collection exceeds 100. I've attended invaluable classes given by Bernard Dunstan and Rachel Clark to name a few. This book adds to those rich experiences. It goes to the top of my list. I wish I could have got something like it long ago. It has few peers, in my view. Beatifully written. Helpful insights. Amazing illustrations. All presented in a hardback cover that is a joy to hold. Anyone interested in the absorbing power of drawing, anyone wishing to develop their ability to see and experience visual sensitivity, anyone looking for clear quidance will find much in this book and DVD to enjoy. A great big thank you to Juliette Aristes (especially), her publishers and conributors who made this gem possible. I treasure it.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Steampunk TOP 500 REVIEWER on 8 Feb. 2013
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I very much enjoyed Juliette Aristides' previous book,Classical Drawing Atelier: A Contemporary Guide to Traditional Studio Practice, though I found it inspirational and theoretical rather than practical (in fact, in that book the 'hands-on' lessons were confined to a short section at the end of the book.)

Now, as if to set that right, LESSONS IN CLASSICAL DRAWING turns the theory into practice, providing not only informative text and inspirational drawings, but adding the bonus of a DVD.

In the history of art 'how-to' books, there are very few acknowledged classics, but this book really deserves to join them. The contents are invaluable, and the high-quality production of the book itself (not to mention the enclosed DVD) combined with the surprisingly inexpensive price really does make the book a must-buy for anyone seriously wanting to draw well or improve their work.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Hutch on 2 Jun. 2012
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When I ordered this book I was looking for a advanced tuition in classical drawing. There are many books which tell you how to draw a tree or a house, or an eye, but Janette Aristides goes way beyond that and teaches the reader how to approach drawing any subject in the classical way by representing accurately what is really there. The subject can be anything from a twig to a full life drawing, the techniques discussed here show how learning the diciplines and applying them using the materials in a professional way produce drawings of a very high standard. By taking the time to practice what Juliette Aristides teaches, the student can gain not only the skills, but the confidence to tackle any subject. This is definitely one of the best of many art books I have, and recommend it to anyone wanting to take their drawing to a higher level. The instructional CD is especially useful, giving practical demonstrations which bring to life the contents of each chapter
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By J. Ward VINE VOICE on 14 Jan. 2012
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This is a fine quality book that teaches, in considerable depth, the techniques of classical drawing much as they would have been practised in the studios of the old academic masters. The book is about 50-50 beautiful photographic reproductions and intelligent text. The illustrations include drawings by old masters, works by some contemporary artists who draw in an adapted classical style, and some quite beautiful drawings by Juliette Aristides herself, which harmonize well and don't look out of place. She exhibits her work, both paintings and drawings, in various galleries in California.

Juliette Aristides is a very serious, absolutely dedicated artist, whose own training took place over a long 8 years in various ateliers and schools under the direction of several US artists working in the classical style, including Myron Barnstone, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, the Nelson Shanks studio, National Academy of Design, with personal tuition from Jacob Collins and Carlos Madrid. Juliette Aristides also studied at the Richard Lack (1928-2009) Atelier which is part of an atelier historical lineage tracing itself back through RH Ives Gammell, to William Mcgregor Paxton, to Jean-Leon Gerome, to Paul Delaroche, and so back to the famous French academic artist, Jaques-Louis David (1748-1825). This lineage gives some idea of the tradition in which Juliette Aristides writes her book. Taking the best methods and practices from each of her teachers she has fused them together and evolved her own ideal method of training aspiring artists, which is probably of a much higher quality than is to be found in most contemporary schools of art. Juliette presently teaches at the Gage Academy of Art in Seattle, US.
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