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Juliette Aristides

Ms. Aristides is a gifted, passionate, intellectually stimulating artist who seeks to understand and convey the human spirit through art. Ms. Aristides has spent the past ten years acquiring a rigorous education on the principles of classical realism. She began her studies in 1988 under Myron Barnstone in the methods of the Gammel tradition. 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. Further studies with Carlos Madrid and Jacob Collins in New York, combined with two years of classes at the National Academy of Design completed her formal education.

Recently featured in the Artist's Magazine, Aristides received both the Wilder Prize for Drawing and the Albert Hallgarten Traveling Scholarship while studying at the National Academy of Design. She has shown at the John Pence Gallery in San Francisco, the Salmagundi Club in New York and the Cork Gallery at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. More about Juliette Aristides.
Artist's Statement
I have a simple belief that the goal of learning to draw and paint is attainable by anyone who is willing to pursue it. It is as accessible as learning to write or play a musical instrument. Not everyone, however, has the desire and discipline to learn traditional drawing and painting skills--and these skills are not offered to the average student. Students should be given the tools to fully express all they see and feel.

These days, beginning artists have been told that the tools themselves inhibit one's uniqueness or self-expression. I believe that they enable one to fully express their vision without being hampered by a lack of education. Traditional skills are necessary for developing a foundation for the artist to work from. Craftsmanship is the foundation of self-expression, not the lack of it. Conversely, being creative without knowledge is like trying to decorate a structurally unsound building. It just does not make sense.

I have spent a long time trying to piece together bits of our artistic heritage that have been lost. Lots of different schools have fragments of the necessary tools for picture making, but none seem to pull it all together. This makes it very difficult to get an education. I have paid a high price in years and money to get this costly knowledge and I would love to share what I have learned.

I am excited about the possibility of helping pass on our artistic inheritance. I know that once this knowledge becomes commonplace again, it can only enrich our cultural life. I believe that there is more than one path that a person can follow to be a well-trained artist. What is necessary, however, is a passion for excellence, discipline and an unflinching desire to pursue truth.

When I teach, I try to transmit the information in a way that I feel is easiest to comprehend. The complex tasks of drawing and painting become more manageable when broken into their composite parts. An analogy can be made between art and the human form. With human anatomy, each part of the body is of great importance to the working of the whole; even a seemingly insignificant part has purpose and value. Art also is made up of many parts; the neglect of any one works to the detriment of the whole piece.

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