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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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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Watson-Guptill; 1st edition (April 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823006581
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823006588
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 1 x 11.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #131,140 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Juliette Aristides, whose beautiful art is featured throughout this book, is the founder and director of the Classical Atelier at the Seattle Academy of Fine Arts. She studied with realist master Jacob Collins and at the National Academy of Design and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. She lives in Seattle, Washington.

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71 of 74 people found the following review helpful By Reviewer on April 12, 2008
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The author called her first book in this series 'the course I always wanted to take' in other words the highlights of all the different instructors and methods she encountered studying.

Unless you study at a formal atelier like, say New York Academy or Grand Central Academy, chances are you'll run into a variety of methods and approaches when learning to paint and draw.

This book gives what I think is the best comprehensive overview for people who want to become accomplished "realist" or 'classical' painters - its definitely filled in a lot of gaps for me.

There is no shortage of information out there about painting...the problem is its not distilled - what this book gives you is the distilled wisdom of the author- an accomplished painter who runs a respected atelier.

For example there is a great book about artists materials -but its 900+ pages long (artist materials handbook) - its great to have that information but whittled down materials overview in this book is "useable".

Some other key points:
The quality of the reproductions is outstanding
examples are not only old masters but contemporary realists - and not just the author!

Highly recommended and I might add ,an outstanding value.
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51 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Carolyn J. on August 3, 2008
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How the heck were great painters of old trained anyway? They were apprenticed in Ateliers. Reading this book is like trying to sip water from the fire hydrant of knowledge. Now I understand why they painted from plaster casts: if you can't paint in black and white from a white object holding still, how can you possibly hope to succeed with a live, flesh colored figure?

This book explains a lot, and then has exercises. The first exercise is to Di Vinci's "Lady with an Ermine", in black and white. Then you move up to doing studies in only warm and cool values. Why bother to apply color when the values aren't doing their job?

There are many gorgeous pictures, both of famous master paintings so you can examine their techniques, and student works, which are just as well done. If you want to paint realistically, get this book.
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81 of 89 people found the following review helpful By yaya on October 26, 2011
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Both of Aristides atelier books suffer from the same defect. Neither has a single example that shows the complete process step by step. They both have "lessons" but the lessons have the same formula. 1 - put down simple line work showing the basic shapes. 2 - block in the lights and darks simply. 3 - a miracle occurs. 4 - voila! the work is beautifully finished. Plus the photos of the finished examples are so small that you can't see any detail anyway! Very frustrating.

Anybody who has had any art training can do steps 1 & 2, it's examples of how to get from step 2 to step 4 that is needed. Detailed step by step examples are the very thing that any book with the words "Atelier: A Contemporary Guide to Traditional Studio Practice" should show. And neither Aristides book does.

On the plus side the books are lovely to look at and do have enough general information to be of value. But they should not be sold as a guide to studio practices unless they actually guide you through the practices.

I realize that no book can replace face to face instruction but for those of us that have neither the time, money, etc to attend an atelier then books/dvd's are the only option. Why can no one in the modern classical realism movement put out a good studio practices book?
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99 of 111 people found the following review helpful By Atlantic VINE VOICE on April 3, 2008
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Juliette Aristides has done it again. She has followed her first book titled Classical Drawing Atelier, with another book on painting. As in the case of the first book, she and the editors/publishers (Watson & Guptill) have created a beautiful book that not only provides helpful instruction, but it's simply beautiful as a work of art itself.

It's hard to keep this review short because there's a lot to discuss, but to start I'll admit that I'm biased. I'm thankful that Juliette has taken the time to write it and I hope it goes into its tenth printing in the next two years. The near death of classical painting and drawing at the hands of "modern" art would have been an incalculable loss for western society, but somehow, reason and knowledge remained in the minds of a few, and classical art survived. Many of us recognized all along that it has value and have rejected the alternative, but the pressure to conform to creating the ephemeral and inferior art that society desired was too strong for many. This stunning volume confirms that classical art is coming back and Juliette has helped that process.

The book comprises four parts and nine chapters: Part 1) The Artists Studio - describes both historic and contemporary atelier practices; Part 2) Timeless Principals - covers composition, value, and color; Part 3) Timeless Practices - discusses the process, inspiration, and the muse; and finally section Part 4) Masterworks - beautiful images from some of the most important realist painters through out history and some contemporary masters.

The author covers processes or "choices" if you will, and most importantly, she conveys "thinking" about those processes.
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