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ARISTIDES ATELIER Classical Drawing & Painting AT GAGE ACADEMY OF ART


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CONTENTS 01 About The Aristides Atelier 03 About Juliette Aristides

THE ARISTIDES ATELIER

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telier, French for studio, is an educational model based on Beaux-Arts curriculum centered on historical studio practices. The Aristides Atelier at Gage Academy of Art, the

first Atelier in the Northwest, celebrates the figurative tradition. Students draw and paint dai-

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ly, three hours from the life model, and in the afternoons work in designated studio spaces to

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in a thesis body of work. The program is centered on a reverence for nature, the belief that a

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follow a curriculum that increases in complexity over time. The first year devoted to drawing, the second to monochromatic studies moving to limited and then full palette—culminating person with a pencil in their hand can experience and express whole worlds. Atelier training is based on observation from life, slow time, beauty and the continuation of a tradition. The Aristides Atelier at Gage Academy of Art was built from the vision and dreams of our first founding class. We are a lively community of diverse personalities who train with the

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same passion and dedication you would associate with classical musicians – honing our eye

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artistic vision and breadth of thought through reading. We are proud that many of our grad-

and hand to give voice to our vision. The foundational skills learned in the Atelier become a springboard for a lifetime of accomplishment. In the Atelier we invest in the cultivation of uates who gave so many years to their training continue to study, produce beautiful bodies of work and also extend their skills to others through teaching. Learn more: GAGEACADEMY.ORG/ATELIERS


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ABOUT JULIETTE ARISTIDES

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uliette Aristides founded the Classical Atelier at the Gage Academy of Fine Art in Seattle, in 2001. This year marks its fifteenth anniversary—a noteworthy milestone for any art

institution. It was the first atelier school of traditional realist painting in the Northwest and for a decade and a half has guided scores of students towards a life of reflective seeing and creating. Although primarily an artist, Aristides is so much more. Teacher, lecturer, writer and arts advocate – her impact on the visual arts in Seattle and across the country has extended far beyond the frame of any one of her paintings. Juliette embarked on her art journey in the 1980s and 90s when art based on careful observation was largely a forgotten discipline. At the time resources were few and information was scant. Like many who were determined to master this neglected art form, she had to cobble together an education, driven by the passion to learn the secrets of how to see and how to record the beauty of what you see. She enrolled in a series of remarkably diverse schools — ranging from the nation’s most prestigious institutions such as National Academy of Design and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, to grass-roots, artist-run ateliers such as Barnstone Studios, The Atelier in Minneapolis, and Jacob Collins’ legendary Water Street Studio (which she joined at its inception). Fortunately these schools happened to offer some of the best instruction available at the time. But each program revealed only a part of the puzzle. Aristides had to absorb various techniques and principles from different teachers and distill them into her own holistic vision. Her ability to comfortably synthesize information and readily share it with others lies at the heart of her writing and teaching. It forms the core of the Aristides Classical Atelier. Aristides believes in the Italian Renaissance concept of disegno. This term, which ostensibly means “drawing,” also includes the concept of “design.” To her drawing involves far more than simply copying what you see. It is a complex process where one must analyze and dissect visual information and reconstruct that knowledge on paper or canvas. This process affects the entire person and is a transformative experience. Each student who has had the benefit to study with Aristides comes away with a greater appreciation of the visual wonders of our world. We all hope that she will continue to teach for decades to come. Michael Zakian, Director Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art Pepperdine University


JULIETTE'S WORK

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ALUMNI WORK

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John Rizotto

see page 23 for more information about the artist


ALUMNI WORK

Tenaya Sims

see page 23 for more information about the artist

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Walker Hall


ALUMNI WORK

Zoey Frank

see page 23 for more information about the artist

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Bobby Ditrani (work in detail)


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ALUMNI WORK

Kevin Miller

Elizabeth Zanzinger

see page 23 for more information about the artist


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ALUMNI WORK

Susan Bari Price

D. Jordan Parietti

see page 23 for more information about the artist


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ALUMNI WORK

Loulia Kouskova

Larine Chung

see page 23 for more information about the artist


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ALUMNI WORK

Joshua Langstaff (work in detail)

see page 23 for more information about the artist

Robert Kamin


ALUMNI WORK

John Zadronzy (Teaching Assistant in the Aristides Atelier)

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Jennifer Baker


ALUMNI ACCOMPLISHMENTS

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LARINE CHUNG

PATRICIA HALSELL

Hop Wai Visiting Fellow in Art and Culture, Chinese University of Hong Kong 2015

Puget Sound Group of Northwest Painters Annual Scholarship Award, 2015

Teaching Artist, Chinese University of Hong Kong, China 2015

Gamblin Paints Scholarship, 2014-15

Founder and Artistic Director of Eastside Artists Collaborative

Seattle Co-Arts Annual Scholarship Award, 2014

Art Instructor at Gage Academy of fine art, 2010 - present

Mary Gales Scholarship Award, 2013

Featured artist: Seattle Chinese Times, Interview and performance on King5.com

Coordinator of the Re-Mastered Program between Frye Art Museum and the Aristides Atelier

Interview and performance on King5.com evening magazine

President of Puget Sound Group of Northwest Artists (psgart.org), one of the oldest professional artist organizations in the country

VALENCIA CARROLL Participates in group exhibitions and Juried competitions including 2015 A Decade of Art Washington State History Museum and A Decade of Art Northwest African American Museum

JOSHUA LANGSTAFF Recipient of the Barbara & Dorothy Heers Award and the DeZordo Scholarship

2016 Co-Presenter: Seattle Art Museum/Creative Advantage Workshop

The Wright Foundation for the Arts Scholarship, an Art Renewal Center Scholarship

2016 Co-Instructor: The Northwest African American Museum

Two-time recipient of the Stacey Foundation Grant & the Hudson River School for Landscape Fellowship Publications in the Artist's Magazine, Southwest Art Magazine, and in several instructional books

SAVVY DANI Semi-finalist of the British Portrait Award 2016

D. JORDAN PARIETTI

Two-time winner of the 4Culture IndividualArtist Grant

Several two-artist shows, as well as group shows, at Fountainhead Gallery, 2012-Present

A 2015 smART Ventures recipient

Art Renewal Center International Competition, Finalist in Figure, 2011, 2014

Featured artist of VALA 2015 Women in Art Invitational

Portrait Society of America, First Honorable Mention Still Life, 2012

First-place winner of the Best of Gage 2014 Figure competition

Cast drawing is part of the Nitram charcoal logo

Finalist of the Manifest International Drawing Annual 7 First-place winner of the 2013 Seattle Co-Arts Award

EDUARDO FERNANDEZ

JOHN RIZOTTO ARC Scholarship Teaching at Gage Academy, 2006 - 2016

Portrait Painter & Exhibiting Artist - Portrait commissions include the Official Portrait of Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski

Solo exhibits 2004 -2007, 2009-2011 & 2014 at Kimzey Miller Gallery, Ella Rouskovand, Donna Gordon Gallery

Visual Arts Instructor at Pacific NW College of Art, Oregon College of Arts & Craft, Multnomah Arts Center and the Portland Art Museum

Two feature articles in The Artist’s Magazine: Silence and Slow Time and Still Life Strategies, 2009

Artist-in-Residence at University Club, Portland Or. (2013-14)

ZOEY FRANK Two Elizabeth Greenshields grants Residency Scholarship with the Jerusalem Studio School in Italy 2016 Manifest Gallery INPA, First Place award Artists Magazine, All Media Competition, Grand Prize Two solo exhibitions with Haynes Galleries in Nashville and Maine Working with Gallery 1261 in Denver and Gallerie Mokum in Amsterdam Publications in Fine Art Connoisseur, American Art Collector, Artist’s Magazine, Southwest Magazine, International Artists magazine among others

Multiple group exhibitions every year since 2004

TENAYA SIMS Georgetown Atelier, finishing its 7th year, composed of a full-time and part-time programs Workshops within the United States Group shows in Washington, current solo-show at Krab-Jab Gallery

ELIZABETH ZANZINGERS Fellowship Award at Grand Central Academy of Art, New York, NY 2016 Portrait Society of America Faculty for the 2016 Art of the Portrait conference, Washington DC Grand Prize, 2nd Annual Utrecht Art Competition Teacher at the Valerie Atelier in San Francisco


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FEATURED ALUMNI ACCOMPLISHMENTS

GEORGETOWN ATELIER

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eorgetown Atelier is a thriving full and part-time artistic community in South Seattle, presenting the foundations of classical art as building

blocks for imaginative professional artists. Georgetown programs are designed to develop visually inventive gallery and industry artists alike. Our apprenticeship-style approach specializes in classical drawing, classical painting, and digital painting, offering the guiding principles of the classics as a flexible system that students can ultimately shape to the needs of their own visions and endeavors. Founded by Tenaya Sims 2012 graduate of the Atelier.

DA VINCI INITIATIVE

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he DaVinici Initiative began as a series of conversations between the Mandy Theis (2015 Atelier graduate) and Juliette Aristides. Mandy,

formally a public school art teacher, envisioned bringing skill based training into public school education using her Atelier training and content from the book Lessons in Classical Drawing. The vision to provide serious artistic skills to children in public school was made a reality by the Art Renewal Center, under the leadership of Kara Ross, in collaboration with Mandy. It has blossomed into a national movement to bring solid art skills to public school children.

The Da Vinci Initiative is a non-profit that supports skill-based, Atelier training in K-12 schools by providing atelier training for art teachers in more than 20 states, hosting atelier workshops for school districts, producing lesson plans that teach visual literacy skills, and more. You can learn more about The Da Vinci Initiative by DavinciInitiative.org.


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MASTERCOPY PROGRAM

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ver the centuries, artists in studios, private collections, and museums around the world have reproduced famous works of art with the goal of furthering their edu-

cation. Artists such as Rubens, Velazquez, Fantin-Latour, Ingres and Degas have all spent periods of time studying great paintings. Frye Art Museum partners with the Aristides Atelier, allowing select advanced-level art students from the Atelier program at Gage Academy of Art to create copies of works from the Museum’s collections. Re-Mastered is the only museum program in Seattle that allows student artists to create master copies from original artworks using traditional media in a gallery setting. Visitors are invited to speak with artists about their experiences as they paint in the Museum’s galleries. CAPITOL CIDER Seattle’s favorite public house is the home to a permanent exhibition of mastercopies produced by the Aristides Atelier. Work shown in Capital Cider is available in Gage also offers mastercopy works for sale through the Gage Academy website: gageacademy.org/mastercopy

Patricia Halsell

see page 23 for more information about the artist


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he Aristides Atelier would have not been the same without the collabo-

ration and friendship of David Dwyer who has co-taught this program since 2008. David is a realist painter who specializes in still life and floral painting and pastel figure drawing. He exhibits his work locally and nationally and has been featured in the books Classical Drawing Atelier, Classical Painting Atelier, Lessons in Classical Drawing, and Lessons in Classical Painting as well as Artists’ Magazine and Artists and Illustrators Magazine and the 2007 cover of the Stranger Magazine. A 2007 graduate of the Aristides Atelier, Dwyer is a passionate advocate for realist art education. He currently the Board President of the Gage Academy of Art; he leads specialized workshops for artists and educators and actively participates in the in the Frye Art Museum’s Re-Mastered program.

CO-INSTRUCTOR:

DAVID DWYER


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DAVID’S WORK

David Dwyer

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BOOKS & VIDEOS

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ver the years the principles of an Atelier education have been made available to a wider audience through our books and video. These documents give readers a glimpse of

Atelier training and feature many works by our current and graduating students. Ateliers, which have produced some of the greatest artists of all time, are experiencing a renaissance. In a return to classical training, these studios are based on the nineteenth-century model of teaching artists by pairing them with a master artist over a period of years. Students begin by copying masterworks, then gradually progress to painting as their skills develop. Classical Drawing Atelier is an atelier in a book. The master is Juliette Aristides, a classically

“Writing, teaching, and, of course, painting, Juliette Aristides continues to push for a rapprochement of classical painting with contemporary life -- and she has the quality and the voice to do it. Nearing the 15th anniversary of her atelier in Seattle and the publication of a fourth book on classical art methods and techniques, Juliette Aristides has already done much to recover the image of traditional art in today’s postmodern world.” Jeffrey Carlson Editor, Fine Art Today

“ 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.” Watson-Guptill Crown Publishing Group

trained artist. On every page, Aristides uses the works of works of Old Masters and today’s most respected realist artists to demonstrate and teach the principles of realist drawing and painting, taking students step by step through the learning curve yet allowing them to work at their own pace. Unique and inspiring, Classical Drawing Atelier is a serious art course for serious art students.

“ Artist, author and passionate advocate of an 18th-century style of teaching, Juliette Aristides brings a very disciplined approach to her art.” Steve Pill Editor of Artists & Illustrators

“Helping students to gradually attain artistic self_ actualization is the long-term aim of aristides' instruction.” Austin R. Williams Associate editor of American Artist


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