Drawing On Timeless Principles Before Techniques

Our best efforts are spent on timeless principles before specific techniques.— Juliette Aristides, Lessons in Classical Drawing

Juliette Aristides, artist and author.
Juliette Aristides, artist and author.

I'm Juliette Aristides, an artist, educator, and author based in Seattle, Washington. I have joined on at Artist Daily as a blogger and wanted to introduce myself to all of you.

I strongly believe that during a tumultuous age (as ours is), artists have an important job bringing cultural renewal and vision to the time in which they live. Because of the importance of our calling as artists, we need every tool available to fully express ourselves to reach our full potential. In this spirit, I founded the Aristides Atelier at Gage Academy of Art. As a sanctuary for those who love beauty and the great traditions of drawing and painting, the Atelier continues as a vibrant community where students acquire the foundational skills necessary to become artists.

In order to help students get easier access to a traditional art education I have authored two reference books: Classical Drawing Atelier, Classical Painting Atelier, and one 'how-to' book titled: Lessons in Classical Drawing. These books include numerous schools of thought and artists all focused on the revival of drawing and painting skills.

I founded the Aristides Atelier with the mission of offering students a place to learn the great traditions of drawing and painting. Photos by Andrei Kozlov. I founded the Aristides Atelier with the mission of offering students a place to learn the great traditions of drawing and painting. Photos by Andrei Kozlov.
I founded the Aristides Atelier with the mission of
offering students a place to learn the great
traditions of drawing and painting.
Photos by Andrei Kozlov.

Within the Atelier, I am surrounded by the difficulties that students face and their ultimate triumphs–and these are issues that are faced by anyone in the pursuit of artistic excellence. It is my great pleasure to join the Artist Daily community to offer a glimpse into this experience as well as discuss how to draw with solid skills and techniques and general reflections on art. I look forward to our future conversations. Until then,

–Juliette

For more information about Juliette, visit her website and the Aristides Atelier, and join her on Facebook.

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About Juliette Aristides

Juliette Aristides is a Seattle based painter who seeks to understand and convey the human spirit through art. Aristides is the founder and instructor of the Aristides Atelier at the Gage Academy of Fine Art in Seattle, WA.  She teaches workshops both nationally and internationally. Author of Classical Drawing Atelier, Classical Painting Atelier and Lessons in Classical Drawing with Watson-Guptill, NY. Aristides has frequently contributed to Artists Magazine . Her work has been featured in magazines such as Art Connoisseur, American Art Collector, American Artist and Gulf Connoisseur Magazine. She exhibits in one person and group shows nationally.

Aristides has spent ten years acquiring a rigorous education on the principles of classical realism. She began her studies in 1988 under Myron Barnstone in Design Systems. She continued to study drawing and painting at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, then at The Atelier in Minneapolis in the tradition of Richard Lack. This work was followed two years of instruction at the National Academy in New York with Jacob Collins, while also receiving instruction from Carlos Madrid. Juliette spent a year working with a small group of students at Jacob Collins' studio prior to becoming a founding member of the Water Street Studio in Brooklyn, New York.

Juliette received both the Wilder Prize for Drawing and the Albert Hallgarten Traveling Scholarship while studying at the National Academy of Design. She is also a recipient of the Elisabeth Greenshields Grant. Her work can also be seen under the living masters gallery on the website for The Art Renewal Center.

3 thoughts on “Drawing On Timeless Principles Before Techniques

  1. I am a self trained artist and I was greatfull to find Juliette Aristides’ books; Classical Drawing and Classical Painting Atelier books. They are a great source of reference.

    My drawing skills have improved dramatically and if I were 40some years younger I would a student in her atelier.

    I’m looking forward to Ms. Aristides blog, learning is something we should never stop doing!

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