Painters have always learned to paint by studying master painters!


“Everything is a remix, so steal like an artist,” Austin Kleon, Steal Like an Artist, 2012

One of the most important sources of inspiration for all painters is the work of artists who have stood the test of time and have become “Artist Ancestors”. Painting has always been taught by emulating the work of master painters—remember all those scenes of art students painting in the Louvre in Paris? We no longer need to go to museums to learn from the work of master painters but we can still learn by studying their paintings.

Download and read the attached article on "How to Steal Like an Artist." Locate images of two of your favorite artists' work and analyze them using the questions on the handout. As an example, read the attached analysis of The Goldfish by Henri Matisse which is the painting we will paint next.

For your homework, get a copy of Austin Kleon's little book "Steal Like an Artist" and read it!

Another great article: "Copying Paintings of the Masters and Other Artists" by Lisa Marder, 2019

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