Classical Drawing Atelier

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 ...

Classical Drawing Atelier

Author: Juliette Aristides

Publisher: Watson-Guptill

ISBN: 0823008371

Page: 160

View: 636

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.

Classical Painting Atelier

In Classical Painting Atelier, Aristides, a leader in the atelier movement, takes students step-by-step through the finest works of Old Masters and today’s most respected realist artists to reveal the principles of creating full-color ...

Classical Painting Atelier

Author: Juliette Aristides

Publisher: Watson-Guptill

ISBN: 0823008363

Page: 256

View: 846

Want to paint more like Manet and less like Jackson Pollock? Students of art hailed Classical Drawing Atelier, Juliette Aristides’s first book, as a dynamic return to the atelier educational model. Ateliers, popular in the nineteenth century, teach emerging artists by pairing them with a master artist over a period of years. The educational process begins as students copy masterworks, then gradually progress to painting as their skills develop. The many artists at every level who learned from Classical Drawing Atelier have been clamoring for more of this sophisticated approach to teaching and learning. In Classical Painting Atelier, Aristides, a leader in the atelier movement, takes students step-by-step through the finest works of Old Masters and today’s most respected realist artists to reveal the principles of creating full-color realist still lifes, portraits, and figure paintings. Rich in tradition, yet practical for today’s artists, Classical Painting Atelier is ideal for serious art students seeking a timeless visual education.

Lessons in Classical Drawing Enhanced Edition

In this elegant and inspiring primer, master contemporary artist and author Juliette Aristides breaks down the drawing process into small, manageable lessons; introduces time-tested principles and techniques that are easily accessible; and ...

Lessons in Classical Drawing  Enhanced Edition

Author: Juliette Aristides

Publisher: Potter/TenSpeed/Harmony

ISBN: 0770433944

Page:

View: 457

The practice of drawing…distilled to its essential elements. Embedded with videos, beautifully filmed in Florence, Italy, that provide real-time drawing lessons so that any gaps in the learning process are filled in with live instruction. In this elegant and inspiring primer, master contemporary artist and author Juliette Aristides breaks down the drawing process into small, manageable lessons; introduces time-tested principles and techniques that are easily accessible; and shares the language and context necessary to understand the artistic process and create superior, well-crafted drawings.

Figure Drawing Atelier

Unique and inspiring, this book offers a serious art course for serious art students.

Figure Drawing Atelier

Author: Juliette Aristides

Publisher: Monacelli Studio

ISBN: 1580935133

Page: 128

View: 283

Figure Drawing Atelier offers a comprehensive, contemporary twist to the very traditional atelier approach to the methods that instruct artists on the techniques they need to successfully draw and ultimately paint the figure. The book offers art instruction, practical and progressive lessons on drawing the figure, and high-quality sketchbook paper in a beautiful package that includes blank pages for sketching and copying. Artists will then have a record of their process, like with a sketchbook, which many artists like to document and save. In this elegant and inspiring workbook, master contemporary artist and author Juliette Aristides breaks down the figure drawing process into small, manageable lessons, presents them progressively, introduces time-tested principles and techniques in the atelier tradition that are easily accessible, and shares the language and context necessary to understand the artistic process and create superior, well-crafted drawings. Atelier education is centered on the belief that working in a studio, not sitting in the lecture hall, is the best way to learn about art. Every artist needs to learn to master figure drawing. 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. Figure Drawing Atelier is like having an atelier in a book--and the master is Juliette Aristides, a classically trained artist and best-selling art-instruction author with almost rock star popularity in the contemporary world of representational art. On every page, Aristides uses the works of Old Masters and today's most respected realist artists to demonstrate and teach the principles of realistic figure drawing and painting, taking students step by step through the learning curve yet allowing them to work at their own pace. Unique and inspiring, this book offers a serious art course for serious art students.

Beginning Drawing Atelier

In this elegant and inspiring workbook, master contemporary artist and best selling author Juliette Aristides breaks down the drawing process into small, manageable lessons; presents them progressively; introduces time-tested principles and ...

Beginning Drawing Atelier

Author: Juliette Aristides

Publisher: Monacelli Studio

ISBN: 1580935125

Page: 128

View: 937

"Atelier education is centered on the belief that working in a studio, not sitting in the lecture hall, is the best place to learn about art. Every artist needs to learn basic drawing skills. In this elegant and inspiring workbook, master contemporary artist and best selling author Juliette Aristides breaks down the drawing process into small, manageable lessons; presents them progressively; introduces time-tested principles and techniques in the Atelier tradition that are easily accessible; and shares the language and context necessary to understand the artistic process and create superior, well-crafted drawings. What makes this approach unique is the fact that it includes blank pages for copying and practicing within each lesson, facilitating traditional Atelier methods"--

Drawing Atelier The Figure

Learn to draw like Renaissance and Baroque Masters, balancing structural understanding and underlying geometry, the essential qualities to drawing the figure from both life and the imagination.

Drawing Atelier   The Figure

Author: Jon deMartin

Publisher: North Light Books

ISBN: 9781440342851

Page: 176

View: 852

Arguably the most challenging of subjects for the artist, the human figure also offers opportunities for works of incredible beauty and complexity. In this book, one of today's leading figurative artists shares techniques and approaches for drawing the human form. With a reverent grounding in the methods of the Old Masters and keen perspective developed over Jon DeMartin's 20+ years of making and teaching art, this comprehensive workshop focuses on the power of line and how it can be used to achieve a convincing sense of dimension and life. Beautifully illustrated with classical drawings as well as step-by-step progressions, these lessons explore the enlightening practice of copying, how to use proportion and measurement wisely, drawing the head and its features, rendering the figure in motion, short-pose exercises, and much, much more. Throughout, artists will master techniques for achieving a compelling "living force" in their drawings, while building a base of understanding that will ultimately make the process more intuitive and enjoyable.

Lessons in Classical Painting

With the same direct, easy-to-follow approach of Juliette Aristides's previous books, Lessons in Classical Painting presents aspiring artists with the fundamental skills and tools needed to master painting in the atelier style.

Lessons in Classical Painting

Author: Juliette Aristides

Publisher: Watson-Guptill

ISBN: 1607747901

Page: 248

View: 607

A companion volume to Lessons in Classical Drawing and an atelier in book form, Lessons in Classical Painting breaks down the foundational skills and techniques of painting in a format that is accessible and manageable for all readers. With the same direct, easy-to-follow approach of Juliette Aristides's previous books, Lessons in Classical Painting presents aspiring artists with the fundamental skills and tools needed to master painting in the atelier style. With more than 25 years of experience in ateliers and as an art instructor, Aristides pairs personal examples and insights with theory, assignments and demonstrations for readers, discussions of technical issues, and inspirational quotes. After taking a bird's eye look at painting as a whole, Aristides breaks down painting into big picture topics like grisaille, temperature, and color, demonstrating how these key subjects can be applied by all painters.

Drawing Atelier The Figure

How to Draw in a Classical Style Jon deMartin. Academy of Art (Grand Central Atelier), the Janus Collaborative School of Art, Studio Incamminati and Parsons ...

Drawing Atelier   The Figure

Author: Jon deMartin

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1440342873

Page: 176

View: 607

Arguably the most challenging of subjects for the artist, the human figure also offers opportunities for works of incredible beauty and complexity. In this book, one of today's leading figurative artists shares techniques and approaches for drawing the human form. With a reverent grounding in the methods of the Old Masters and keen perspective developed over Jon DeMartin's 20+ years of making and teaching art, this comprehensive workshop focuses on the power of line and how it can be used to achieve a convincing sense of dimension and life. Beautifully illustrated with classical drawings as well as step-by-step progressions, these lessons explore the enlightening practice of copying, how to use proportion and measurement wisely, drawing the head and its features, rendering the figure in motion, short-pose exercises, and much, much more. Throughout, artists will master techniques for achieving a compelling "living force" in their drawings, while building a base of understanding that will ultimately make the process more intuitive and enjoyable.

Drawing Atelier The Figure

In this book, one of today's leading figurative artists shares techniques and approaches for drawing the human form.

Drawing Atelier   The Figure

Author: Jon DeMartin

Publisher:

ISBN:

Page: 176

View: 142

Arguably the most challenging of subjects for the artist, the human figure also offers opportunities for works of incredible beauty and complexity. In this book, one of today's leading figurative artists shares techniques and approaches for drawing the human form. With a reverent grounding in the methods of the Old Masters and keen perspective developed over Jon DeMartin's 20+ years of making and teaching art, this comprehensive workshop focuses on the power of line and how it can be used to achieve a convincing sense of dimension and life. Beautifully illustrated with classical drawings as well as step-by-step progressions, these lessons explore the enlightening practice of copying, how to use proportion and measurement wisely, drawing the head and its features, rendering the figure in motion, short-pose exercises, and much, much more. Throughout, artists will master techniques for achieving a compelling "living force" in their drawings, while building a base of understanding that will ultimately make the process more intuitive and enjoyable.

Modeles Classiques Nouvelle Edition

Once this is gained the artist is in a better position to integrate their imagination in a precision controlled manner. Should you buy a copy of this book?

Modeles Classiques Nouvelle Edition

Author: Burst Books

Publisher:

ISBN:

Page: 138

View: 669

This beautiful fine art drawing course will take you to a new level as an artist. Most aspiring classical artists are I believe aquainted with the Bargue drawing course and many of them are familiar with the Julien course also. Less are aware of the Juliet Ducollet course and it is presented here in restored form. I totally support the point of view of French art teachers of the 19th century that fine art students need to study the rich traditions of the classical art. French schools at that time advocated the following sequence of art education: Drawing copies of classical art plates Copying drawings by the Old Masters Drawing classical casts - busts and figures Drawing live models The 20th century brought various "isms" into art, and many art students become disillusioned with art education as it is practiced today. Copying the Old Masters and studying their art is an important part of traditional art education. Copying classical masterpieces will develop a proper artistic taste and style. I believe that thousands of fine art students will improve greatly from such exercises. These plates were created as a part of an intensive drawing course system much like the one designed by the late great draftsman, artist, and painter Charles Bargue During my atelier training plates like these were integrated in the curriculum (as I'd imagine with most ateliers around the world) and taught as a means of refinement of observational skills in the practice of drawing. Benefits are perpetual in the entire scope of the artist's development. To have the ability to accurately record what the eye sees removing deviation or mental hindrance, I'd say is the basic principle behind this drawing system. Once this is gained the artist is in a better position to integrate their imagination in a precision controlled manner. Should you buy a copy of this book? If you're really serious about improving drawing skills, and you're willing to put in some hard hours of practice, then yes, you should definitely buy it. If you just love drawing and have cash to burn, you should buy it. If you're in the habit of buying art instruction books but you cant really draw that much, this book isn't going to magically help you draw better. But neither is any art book.

The Dutch School Drawing Painting Lessons

The Classical Drawing Atelier. Beer, Nocilas – Sight-size portraiture Bridgeman, George. Bridgeman's Complete Guide to Drawing from Life.

The Dutch School   Drawing   Painting Lessons

Author: Jennie Smallenbroek

Publisher: Jennie Smallenbroek

ISBN: 9402128557

Page: 122

View: 363

This book exists of three parts: Part 1: Personal development; Part 2: Drawing lessons; Part 3: Painting lessons. The personal development that you go through when you start painting has a positive effect on your entire life. You will experience people, animals and things around you very differently because your perception changes. With practical exercises you can not only learn to draw and paint well, but you will experience your life more intensively. “After reading this book, you will not only have gained more knowledge of the different painting techniques, but you will also become more aware of why you are so busy drawing and painting. Reading this book will help you become aware of the different phases you go through while learning to draw and paint”

Drawing Basics and Video Game Art

RELIOGRAPHY B00KS Aristides, Juliette, classical Drawing Atelier. A Contemporary Guide to Traditional Studio Practice. Watson-Guptill (2006).

Drawing Basics and Video Game Art

Author: Chris Solarski

Publisher: Watson-Guptill

ISBN: 0823098486

Page: 240

View: 825

"This book supports my own 30-year crusade to demonstrate that games are an art form that undeniably rivals traditional arts. It gives detailed explanations of game art techniques and their importance, while also highlighting their dependence on artistic aspects of game design and programming.” — John Romero, co-founder of id Software and CEO of Loot Drop, Inc. "Solarski’s methodology here is to show us the artistic techniques that every artist should know, and then he transposes them to the realm of video games to show how they should be used to create a far more artful gaming experience ... if I were an artist planning to do video game work, I’d have a copy of this on my shelf." — Marc Mason, Comics Waiting Room Video games are not a revolution in art history, but an evolution. Whether the medium is paper or canvas—or a computer screen—the artist’s challenge is to make something without depth seem like a window into a living, breathing world. Video game art is no different. Drawing Basics and Video Game Art is first to examine the connections between classical art and video games, enabling developers to create more expressive and varied emotional experiences in games. Artist game designer Chris Solarski gives readers a comprehensive introduction to basic and advanced drawing and design skills—light, value, color, anatomy, concept development—as well as detailed instruction for using these methods to design complex characters, worlds, and gameplay experiences. Artwork by the likes of Michelangelo, Titian, and Rubens are studied alongside AAA games like BioShock, Journey, the Mario series, and Portal 2, to demonstrate perpetual theories of depth, composition, movement, artistic anatomy, and expression. Although Drawing Basics and Video Game Art is primarily a practical reference for artists and designers working in the video games industry, it’s equally accessible for those interested to learn about gaming’s future, and potential as an artistic medium. Also available as an eBook

Classic Human Anatomy in Motion

Classical Drawing Atelier: A Contemporary Guide to Traditional Studio Practice. New York: Watson-Guptill, 2006. ——. Lessons in Classical Figure Drawing: ...

Classic Human Anatomy in Motion

Author: Valerie L. Winslow

Publisher: Watson-Guptill

ISBN: 0770434150

Page: 304

View: 410

This essential companion book to the bestselling Classic Human Anatomy provides artists and art students with a deeper understanding of human anatomy and different types of motion, inspiring more realistic and energetic figurative art. Fine-art instruction books do not usually focus on anatomy as it relates to movement, despite its great artistic significance. Written by a long-time expert on drawing and painting human anatomy, Classic Human Anatomy in Motion offers artists everything they need to realistically draw the human figure as it is affected by movement. Written in a friendly style, the book is illustrated with hundreds of life drawing studies (both quick poses and long studies), along with charts and diagrams showing the various anatomical and structural components. This comprehensive manual features 5 distinct sections, each focusing on a different aspect of the human figure: bones and joint movement, muscle groups, surface form and soft tissue characteristics, structure, and movement. Each chapter builds an artistic understanding of how motion transforms the human figure and can create a sense of expressive vibrancy in one's art.

The Value of Drawing Instruction in the Visual Arts and Across Curricula

Classical drawing atelier: A contemporary guide to traditional studio practices. New York: Watson-Guptill. Arnheim, R. (1954, 2004).

The Value of Drawing Instruction in the Visual Arts and Across Curricula

Author: Seymour Simmons III

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1351064177

Page: 396

View: 736

By applying philosophical and historical perspectives to drawing instruction, this volume demonstrates how diverse teaching methods contribute to cognitive and holistic development applicable within and beyond the visual arts. Offering a new perspective on the art and science of drawing, this text reveals the often-unrecognized benefits that drawing can have on the human mind, and thus argues for the importance of drawing instruction despite, and even due to contemporary digitalization. Given the predominance of visual information and digital media, visual thinking in and through drawing may be an essential skill for the future. As such, the book counters recent declines in drawing instruction to propose five Paradigms for teaching drawing – as design, as seeing, as experience and experiment, as expression, and as a visual language – with exemplary curricula for pre-K12 art and general education, pre-professional programs across the visual arts, and continuing education. With the aid of instructional examples, this volume dispels the misconception of drawing as a talent reserved for the artistically gifted and posits it as a teachable skill that can be learned by all. This text will be of primary interest to researchers, scholars, and doctoral students with interests in drawing theory and practice, cognition in the arts, positive psychology, creativity theory, as well as the philosophy and history of arts education. Aligning with contemporary trends such as Design Thinking, STEAM, and Graphicacy, the text will also have appeal to visual arts educators at all levels, and other educators involved in arts integration.

Remixing and Drawing

Classical Drawing Atelier. Watson-Guptill, 2006. Beverly Hale, Robert. Drawing Lessons from the Great Masters. Watson-Guptill, 1989. Buck, Stephanie.

Remixing and Drawing

Author: Ellen Mueller

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 135119061X

Page:

View: 866

This succinct book articulates a clear framework for remixing in drawing at intermediate and advanced levels. It begins by walking through the ideas of copyright and fair use, providing context, examples, and advice. Mueller directs students through building a collection of sources and influences, leading to the development and analysis of style. With a full chapter on techniques, including approaches to brainstorming, critique, and reflection, this book features over 50 exercises that are easily adapted to various approaches, media, and technologies as necessary. Two sample syllabi are included for both a semester and a quarter system.

Interactive Stories and Video Game Art

Classical Drawing Atelier: A Contemporary Guide to Traditional Studio Practice (WatsonGuptill 2006), by Juliette Aristides. Classical Painting Atelier: A ...

Interactive Stories and Video Game Art

Author: Chris Solarski

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 1315401207

Page: 220

View: 627

The success of storytelling in games depends on the entire development team—game designers, artists, writers, programmers and musicians, etc.—working harmoniously together towards a singular artistic vision. Interactive Stories and Video Game Art is first to define a common design language for understanding and orchestrating interactive masterpieces using techniques inherited from the rich history of art and craftsmanship that games build upon. Case studies of hit games like The Last of Us, Journey, and Minecraft illustrate the vital components needed to create emotionally-complex stories that are mindful of gaming’s principal relationship between player actions and video game aesthetics. This book is for developers of video games and virtual reality, filmmakers, gamification and transmedia experts, and everybody else interested in experiencing resonant and meaningful interactive stories.

Bargue Figure Drawing Plates

Once this is gained the artist is in a better position to integrate their imagination in a precision controlled manner. Should you buy a copy of this book?

Bargue Figure Drawing Plates

Author: Burst Books

Publisher:

ISBN:

Page: 124

View: 583

The Bargue drawing course is one of the most popular classical art drawing courses in the world.Draw from the same Bargue art plates as artistic masters like Pablo Picasso and Vincent van Gogh and thousands more artists. Traditionally the art student would copy master drawings and then plaster casts of sculptures and monuments and then finally from life. The Charles Bargue master drawings are a series of prints ranging from simple to more advanced drawing. Training the eye of the student to understand the effects of light and shadow, the illusion of form. I totally support the point of view of French art teachers of the 19th century that fine art students need to study the rich traditions of the classical art. French schools at that time advocated the following sequence of art education: Drawing copies of classical art plates Copying drawings by the Old Masters Drawing classical casts - busts and figures Drawing live models The 20th century brought various "isms" into art, and many art students become disillusioned with art education as it is practiced today. Copying the Old Masters and studying their art is an important part of traditional art education. Copying classical masterpieces will develop a proper artistic taste and style. I believe that thousands of fine art students will improve greatly from such exercises. These plates were created as a part of an intensive drawing course system designed by the late great draftsman, artist, and painter Charles Bargue During my atelier training these lessons were integrated in the curriculum (as I'd imagine with most ateliers around the world) and taught as a means of refinement of observational skills in the practice of drawing. Benefits are perpetual in the entire scope of the artist's development. To have the ability to accurately record what the eye sees removing deviation or mental hindrance, I'd say is the basic principle behind this drawing system. Once this is gained the artist is in a better position to integrate their imagination in a precision controlled manner. Should you buy a copy of this book? If you're really serious about improving drawing skills, and you're willing to put in some hard hours of practice, then yes, you should definitely buy it. If you just love drawing and have cash to burn, you should buy it. If you're in the habit of buying art instruction books but you cant really draw that much, this book isn't going to magically help you draw better. But neither is any art book. Charles Bargue is mostly remembered for his "Cours de dessin", one of the most influential classical drawing courses conceived in collaboration with Jean-Léon Gérôme. The course, published between 1866 and 1871 by Goupil & Cie, comprised 197 lithographs printed as individual sheets, was to guide students from plaster casts to the study of great master drawings and finally to drawing from the living model. The Charles Bargue Drawing Course is used by many academies and ateliers which focus on Classical Realism. Among the artists whose work is based on the study of Bargue's plate work are Pablo Picasso and Vincent van Gogh, who copied the complete set in 1880/1881, and (at least a part of it) again in 1890. While the Bargue cast drawings are very fampous, the collection of figure drawings is leass well known. This book contains the figure drawings only.

Complete Bargue Drawing Course

Once this is gained the artist is in a better position to integrate their imagination in a precision controlled manner. Should you buy a copy of this book?

Complete Bargue Drawing Course

Author: Burst Books

Publisher:

ISBN:

Page: 140

View: 838

The Bargue drawing course is one of the most popular classical art drawing courses in the world.Draw from the same Bargue art plates as artistic masters like Pablo Picasso and Vincent van Gogh and thousands more artists. Traditionally the art student would copy master drawings and then plaster casts of sculptures and monuments and then finally from life. The Charles Bargue master drawings are a series of prints ranging from simple to more advanced drawing. Training the eye of the student to understand the effects of light and shadow, the illusion of form. I totally support the point of view of French art teachers of the 19th century that fine art students need to study the rich traditions of the classical art. French schools at that time advocated the following sequence of art education: Drawing copies of classical art plates Copying drawings by the Old Masters Drawing classical casts - busts and figures Drawing live models The 20th century brought various "isms" into art, and many art students become disillusioned with art education as it is practiced today. Copying the Old Masters and studying their art is an important part of traditional art education. Copying classical masterpieces will develop a proper artistic taste and style. I believe that thousands of fine art students will improve greatly from such exercises. These plates were created as a part of an intensive drawing course system designed by the late great draftsman, artist, and painter Charles Bargue During my atelier training these lessons were integrated in the curriculum (as I'd imagine with most ateliers around the world) and taught as a means of refinement of observational skills in the practice of drawing. Benefits are perpetual in the entire scope of the artist's development. To have the ability to accurately record what the eye sees removing deviation or mental hindrance, I'd say is the basic principle behind this drawing system. Once this is gained the artist is in a better position to integrate their imagination in a precision controlled manner. Should you buy a copy of this book? If you're really serious about improving drawing skills, and you're willing to put in some hard hours of practice, then yes, you should definitely buy it. If you just love drawing and have cash to burn, you should buy it. If you're in the habit of buying art instruction books but you cant really draw that much, this book isn't going to magically help you draw better. But neither is any art book. Charles Bargue is mostly remembered for his "Cours de dessin", one of the most influential classical drawing courses conceived in collaboration with Jean-Léon Gérôme. The course, published between 1866 and 1871 by Goupil & Cie, comprised 197 lithographs printed as individual sheets, was to guide students from plaster casts to the study of great master drawings and finally to drawing from the living model. The Charles Bargue Drawing Course is used by many academies and ateliers which focus on Classical Realism. Among the artists whose work is based on the study of Bargue's plate work are Pablo Picasso and Vincent van Gogh, who copied the complete set in 1880/1881, and (at least a part of it) again in 1890. This book contains the plates from the original "Cours de dessin" digitally restored to more faithfully represent the original plates as they appeared when new. Also included are some example drawings from original Bargue students. Finally there is the complete collection of Bargue figure drawings making this a complete set of drawing plates exceeding those in the basic course.

The Bargue Drawing Plates

Once this is gained the artist is in a better position to integrate their imagination in a precision controlled manner. Should you buy a copy of this book?

The Bargue Drawing Plates

Author: Burst Books

Publisher: Independently Published

ISBN:

Page: 141

View: 100

The Bargue drawing course is one of the most popular classical art drawing courses in the world. Draw from the same Bargue art plates as artistic masters like Pablo Picasso and Vincent van Gogh and thousands more artists. Traditionally the art student would copy master drawings and then plaster casts of sculptures and monuments and then finally from life. The Charles Bargue master drawings are a series of prints ranging from simple to more advanced drawing. Training the eye of the student to understand the effects of light and shadow, the illusion of form. I totally support the point of view of French art teachers of the 19th century that fine art students need to study the rich traditions of the classical art. French schools at that time advocated the following sequence of art education: Drawing copies of classical art plates Copying drawings by the Old Masters Drawing classical casts - busts and figures Drawing live models The 20th century brought various "isms" into art, and many art students become disillusioned with art education as it is practiced today. Copying the Old Masters and studying their art is an important part of traditional art education. Copying classical masterpieces will develop a proper artistic taste and style. I believe that thousands of fine art students will improve greatly from such exercises. These plates were created as a part of an intensive drawing course system designed by the late great draftsman, artist, and painter Charles Bargue During my atelier training these lessons were integrated in the curriculum (as I'd imagine with most ateliers around the world) and taught as a means of refinement of observational skills in the practice of drawing. Benefits are perpetual in the entire scope of the artist's development. To have the ability to accurately record what the eye sees removing deviation or mental hindrance, I'd say is the basic principle behind this drawing system. Once this is gained the artist is in a better position to integrate their imagination in a precision controlled manner. Should you buy a copy of this book? If you're really serious about improving drawing skills, and you're willing to put in some hard hours of practice, then yes, you should definitely buy it. If you just love drawing and have cash to burn, you should buy it. If you're in the habit of buying art instruction books but you cant really draw that much, this book isn't going to magically help you draw better. But neither is any art book. Charles Bargue is mostly remembered for his "Cours de dessin", one of the most influential classical drawing courses conceived in collaboration with Jean-Léon Gérôme. The course, published between 1866 and 1871 by Goupil & Cie, comprised 197 lithographs printed as individual sheets, was to guide students from plaster casts to the study of great master drawings and finally to drawing from the living model. The Charles Bargue Drawing Course is used by many academies and ateliers which focus on Classical Realism. Among the artists whose work is based on the study of Bargue's plate work are Pablo Picasso and Vincent van Gogh, who copied the complete set in 1880/1881, and (at least a part of it) again in 1890. This book contains the plates from the original "Cours de dessin" digitally restored to more faithfully repesent the original plates as they appeared when new.