Master Copy Course

 31st July-4th August & 7th-11th August 2017

Master Copy Oil Painting on the Northern Realist Classical Atelier Course, Manchester
Master Copy Oil Painting at Northern Realist

Making copies of master works was an essential part of traditional painters training. It was used as a method to study great paintings in detail and understand the techniques used to make them. On this course you’ll do the same, gaining a deeper insight into why these paintings are held up as masterworks while broadening your own artistic repertoire.

Choose between a range of high quality reproductions or if you have a particular painting in mind get in touch to discuss it.

Christopher Clements will guide you through the necessary process to make your own copy of a master painting. Each course introduces a new work but you’re also welcome to copy any of the paintings studied on the previous courses, these have included Rembrandt’s Self Portrait as The Apostle Paul and Vermeer’s Milkmaid.

You’ll learn about the methods used to layer the painting along with the palette used by the original artist as you build up your own copy week by week.

Main stages covered include:

  • blocking in
  • impasto underpainting
  • grisaille first painting
  • working up the colour
  • colour glazing & finishing

No previous experience of these techniques is necessary as Christopher will be show you how to complete each stage. Copies are perfect for learning about oil painting techniques as the artistic interpretation has already been done for you by the original artist, leaving you free to study their approach and method.

Find out more or book your place

  • Dates: 31st July-4th August & 7th-11th August 2017

  • Cost: £295 week or £550 for both.

  • Hours: 09:45 – 16:30 (Lunch 12:45 – 13:30)
  • Discounts: Early-bird and previous student discounts available.
  • Materials: Will depend on which course you do and can be supplied, email for a materials list.

  • Courses can be tailored to your own needs so feel free to get in touch if you’d like to discuss this or anything else.

  • More info: or use the form on the right – please mention which course you’re interested in