Book Review: Lessons in Classical Painting

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words. Cliche? Maybe. But even holding the cover of the book, Lessons in Classical Painting: Essential Techniques from Inside the Atelier by Juliette Aristides in your hands, the reader knows that the text they are about to embark upon is a very good stand-in for not studying in a studio and that by learning from a book, this book, they will take a very valuable journey.

The book includes high quality whole-page prints, sometimes even 2-page pictures which hold high appeal to readers of art books. Great choice of pictures make it very appealing to the reader! The text is a good length, not too long, and coupled with many shorter passages makes it easy to read, and keeps the usability focus on people interested in the arts.

From the beginning of the book you go step by step into the process, at your own pace, which is important because it’s a book that can be read and then re-read many times.  It’s an educational process, one where the reader just like an art student will stop, look, question, go from foundational studies to discover their own process and what speaks to them in art making You get the feeling you get closer into the authors atelier the more you read, becoming more and more practical, messy and contemporary, what I like!

The book fits right into the art studio, and as a beautiful piece on a coffee table where artists and their friends are invited into a very special world.  Overall, I highly recommend, Lessons in Classical Painting!

Disclaimer: I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.


Author: Deb Hemley

Writer and Social Media Coach

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