Online Class

The Artful Copy: How to Paint Like a Master


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

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What You Get

  • 9 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Class materials
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers to student questions from instructor Molly Herman
  • Closed captioning available (web only)

How it works

  • Once you purchase find your class in your class library.
  • Watch on any device anytime.
  • Find class materials in the class viewer.


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!

Lesson Breakdown

1. Introduction
Meet your instructor, Molly Herman, and discover what you'll learn in class.
2. Studying Artists & Their Techniques
3. Setting Up & Blocking In
4. Underpainting
5. Using the Bezold Effect
6. The Impasto Technique
7. Working with Glazes
8. The Finishing Touches
9. Color Mixing With a Limited Palette

Taught by

Molly Herman
Molly Herman
Molly Herman received her Masters in Fine Art from the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan, and soon afterwards joined the Parsons School of Design as an instructor. Her work has been featured in Mad Men and The Devil Wears Prada. She is thrilled to share her passion with Craftsy artists!
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