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The Artful Copy: How to Paint Like a Master

with Molly Herman
Explore the classic techniques of celebrated masterpieces to enhance your painting skills and creative vision!

Matisse, Picasso and Van Gogh perfected their craft by copying the works of others. Try this time-honored tradition and find out why! Deconstruct and transcribe a masterwork using instructor and classically trained artist Molly Herman's tips on how to copy a painting. Learn the impressionist-like Bezold effect, and add a sculptural sense of depth with the dynamic impasto technique. Discover how to use glazing with transparent paints to bring cohesion and harmony to your piece, and enjoy a bonus lesson on color theory and working with a limited palette. Unlock the methods of the masters in this fun, fast-paced exploration of iconic artwork, and learn how to make any masterpiece your own!

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Lesson plan


Lesson 1. Introduction

  • Meet your instructor, Molly Herman, and discover what you'll learn in class.


Lesson 2. Studying Artists & Their Techniques


Lesson 3. Setting Up & Blocking In


Lesson 4. Underpainting


Lesson 5. Using the Bezold Effect


Lesson 6. The Impasto Technique


Lesson 7. Working with Glazes


Lesson 8. The Finishing Touches


Lesson 9. Color Mixing With a Limited Palette

"Molly Herman was an excellent instructor. The lessons were well thought out, thorough, and proceeded at a good pace. She was calm, articulate, and well spoken, and she was fully prepared and in control of her materials (...) It was the perfect course to allow me to loosen my approach and forego fidelity to what I copy in favor of developing a more personal style. Highly recommended."
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