Books by Juliette Aristides

The Secrets of Classical Painting

The Secrets of Classical Painting

Would you like to learn the secret techniques of painting in the classical style of the Old Masters? Juliette Aristides takes you through an 8-hour video course of classical painting from start to finish, step-by-step. Available on DVD or digital download from Streamline Art Video. 


Lessons in Classical Painting: Essential Techniques from inside the Atelier

A companion volume to Lessons in Classical Drawing and an atelier in book form, Lessons in Classical Painting breaks down the foundational skills and techniques of painting in a format that is accessible and manageable for all readers.

With the same direct, easy-to-follow approach of Juliette Aristides’s previous books, Lessons in Classical Painting presents aspiring artists with the fundamental skills and tools needed to master painting in the atelier style. With more than 25 years of experience in ateliers and as an art instructor, Aristides pairs personal examples and insights with theory, assignments and demonstrations for readers, discussions of technical issues, and inspirational quotes. After taking a bird’s eye look at painting as a whole, Aristides breaks down painting into big picture topics like grisaille, temperature, and color, demonstrating how these key subjects can be applied by all painters.

“I have met many thousands of artists over the last fifty years of painting and thirty-five years of making paint. Very rarely do I meet someone who is as good at writing as she is at her visual art. Juliette Aristides is one such person—both a terrific writer and great artist.”
—Robert Gamblin, founder of Gamblin Artist Colors


“There are few who know classical painting like Juliette Aristides. This book is the next best thing to studying with her in person.”
—B. Eric Rhoads, publisher of Fine Art Connoisseur and PleinAir magazines



Lessons in Classical Drawing: Essential Techniques from Inside the Atelier

The practice of drawing, distilled to its essential elements. In this elegant and inspiring primer, master contemporary artist and author Juliette Aristides breaks down the drawing process into small, manageable lessons; introduces time-tested principles and techniques that are easily accessible; and shares the language and context necessary to understand the artistic process and create superior, well-crafted drawings. The companion DVD enclosed inside, beautifully filmed in Florence, Italy, provides real-time drawing lessons so that any gaps in the learning process are filled in with live instruction.

“I really enjoyed this book. I think it will go down as one of the classic books on drawing. The writing is clear, the approach valuable and the author’s/artist’s writing style is very personable and encouraging. The companion CD is also really helpful and adds a powerful extra dimension to the book. I love good books on art technique and this is one of them.”
—Suzanne Burnell

“This is an outstanding reference for anyone interested in learning more about learning to draw. Drawing is the basis of how artists learn to view their universe and Juliette’s new book details how artist’s should view drawing. Own this one soon!”
—Michael Mentler

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Classical Painting Atelier: A Contemporary Guide to Traditional Studio Practice

Students of art hailed Classical Drawing Atelier, Juliette Aristides’s first book, as a dynamic return to the atelier educational model. Ateliers, popular in the nineteenth century, teach emerging artists by pairing them with a master artist over a period of years. The educational process begins as students copy masterworks, then gradually progress to painting as their skills develop. The many artists at every level who learned from Classical Drawing Atelier have been clamoring for more of this sophisticated approach to teaching and learning. In Classical Painting Atelier, Aristides, a leader in the atelier movement, takes students step-by-step through the finest works of Old Masters and today’s most respected realist artists to reveal the principles of creating full-color realist still lifes, portraits, and figure paintings. Rich in tradition, yet practical for today’s artists, Classical Painting Atelier is ideal for serious art students seeking a timeless visual education.

“The Atelier method of art education is to take a master artist and have them instruct a student artist – the method has produced some of the greatest artists the world has ever seen and as such, some of the greatest works of art as well. “Classical Painting Atelier: A Contemporary Guide to Traditional Studio Practice” is an attempt to emulate this artistic practice in book from as author and artist Juliette Aristides seeks to pass on her skill and wisdom to her readers by going over distinct techniques and practices lesson by lesson. A book of essential advice for any painter, Classical Painting Atelier: A Contemporary Guide to Traditional Studio Practice is highly recommended to community library collections catering to art.”
—Midwest Book Review

“This book, along with the one on drawing is simply the truth about how to attain excellence in painting, not just a step-by-step or history based piece of literature. she has spent many years studying side by side with some of the greatest masters today including Jacob Collins and now she has attained a masterly level and runs her own atelier. the only way to understand these concepts better would be to learn it from the mouth of a master. i personally consider this book along with all the amazing visuals the prize of my library and a gigantic boost to my artistic endeavors.”
—Jesse Needham

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Classical Drawing Atelier: A Contemporary Guide to Traditional Studio Practice

In this groundbreaking book, artist and author Juliette Aristides focuses on the foundational principles of art and how they are being revived by the finest contemporary artists working today. Classical Drawing Atelier is a beautiful catalog of images from private and public collections.

Included in the book are works by master artists such as Michelangelo, Raphael, Pontormo, Rubens, Prud’hon, and Kenyon Cox, among others. Juxtaposed with these masterpieces from the history of art are exquisite drawings by contemporary artists such as: Steven Assael, Jacob Collins, Kamille Corry, Randolph Melick, D. Jeffrey Mims, Graydon Parrish, and Anthony J. Ryder in addition to many others. Together there are more than 50 different artists represented in this important work celebrating the tradition of great drawing.

“Thank you Julie Aristides for your supreme effort!! BRAVO!!! I highly recommend this book and look forward to what the next generation of visual artists will create with the help of all the ateliers springing up around the country.”
—Sabin Howard

“What makes Classical Drawing Atelier so unique is the specific choice of drawings used in conjunction with the intelligence of the text. Aristides has placed side by side, page by page, wonderful examples of drawings by many of the known masters of previous centuries as well as illuminating examples of drawings of many present day masters of the realist tradition. Aristides is herself a remarkable draughtsman and artist and she has selected a few wonderful drawings of her own making for the book. Much to the viewer’s delight, these contemporary drawings visually impress and inspire, and together with the masterpieces of other eras, the combined impact creates a powerful and integrated template for instruction and the appreciation of skilled drawing as the backbone of all great art.”
—Sherry Ross

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