Monday, August 10, 2009


Juliette Aristides Resume:
Education: Studied the rigors of classical realism at the following academies:
1996-1998 Jacob Collins Studio/Water Street, New York, NY
1994-1996 National Academy of Design, New York, NY
Carlos Madrid Studio, New York, NY
1992-1994 The Atelier, Minneapolis, MN
1989-1992 Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, Philadelphia, PA
1988-1989 Barnstone Studios, Coplay, PA
Continued private study with Steven Assael, New York, NY

Honors and Awards:
2003 Elizabeth Greenshields Grant
2000 Realism Today Competition, American Artist Magazine
1995 Wilder Prize for Drawing, National Academy of Design, New York, NY
Albert Hallgarten Traveling Scholarship, National Academy of Design,
New York, NY

1999-Present Seattle Academy of Fine Art, Seattle, Washington

Juliette Aristides is actively dedicated to rebuilding a traditional arts education in the United States. This is exemplified by her teaching and writing. She was an original member of the Water Street Atelier and currently teaches at The Seattle Academy of Fine Art where she founded the award winning Classical Atelier Program. Aristides is a regular contributor to Artist Magazine and wrote two books for Watson-Guptill, Classical Drawing Atelier and Classical Painting Atelier. Aristides' work is imbued with confidence and bravura. An innate drawing talent permeates her work. Her work invites the viewer to share an inner world as she explores her identity through the roles of artist, teacher, historian and mother. Aristides utilizes historical references which entices the viewer's intellect. She employs a rich warm palette, reminiscent of another age.
(John Pence gallery)

Classical Drawing Atelier
Image from © 2009, Gage Academy of Art

In conjunction with her first book, Classical Drawing Atelier, Ms. Aristides has created not only a major work of technical knowledge, historical enlightenment and visual beauty, but has also made a definitive case in proving that realism in art, when used to communicate shared human experience and beauty, is the highest form of visual art.

Classical Painting Atelier
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Classical Realist Painter Juliette Aristides
Signing copies of her beautiful new book
"Classical Painting Atelier"
Daniel Smith Store in Seattle
Sunday, April 13th,2008
Image from DANIEL SMITH Art Supplies

Aristides' Introduction to Classical Painting Atelier will make even die-hard modernists and devotees of abstract art stop and think. Her book itself is powerful enough to change minds. The rational art lover, even if he or she remains convinced of the "greatness" of abstract art, will come to see that realism, by its very nature, is rich with meaning and purpose and is completely relevant in today's art world. And if they pride themselves on being free-thinking and democratic, they will see that realism has as much a right to be championed as modernism. Indeed, the realism of today is let the artist choose his or her tools limits.
(Art Renewal Center® Home)

Oil • 36 x 24
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Delft Vase
Oil • 22 1/2 x 16
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"Silver Teapot" 16x22.5

Juliette 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 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.
"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. There is more than one path 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. Traditional skills are necessary for developing a foundational base for the artist to work from. It is craftsmanship that opens the door to effective self-expression. I am excited about teaching the methods from our artistic inheritance. I know that once this knowledge becomes commonplace again, it can only enrich our cultural life." -- Juliette Aristides, August 1, 2002

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Early Evening
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Geometers Study
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And It's ...
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Natures Order
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Neoteric Art asked Juliette Aristides: Why and how can the atelier educational model benefit an artist today?
Juliette Aristides: "The world needs powerful new art. A dialog with great artists of the past enables us to speak with depth and clarity into our age. I recently finished a book by Eric Lui in which was written “Once you get to a certain point of proficiency what you can and can’t do musically is directly related to what you can and can’t do as a person.” Technical skill is an essential prerequisite, not necessarily the culmination, of great art.
The atelier model seeks to bring students out of the classroom and into the studio to learn the way their predecessors have done. The goal is to equip artists with every tool needed to thoughtfully create fine art. The history of art is peopled with towering geniuses who devoted their entire lives to mastering drawing and painting. We do not have to reinvent the wheel. Most of these artists were trained in a workshop under masters. In every field, knowledge builds upon past accomplishments to form the foundation for future achievements- so to in art.
Not everyone has the time or resources to spend years studying, fortunately any solid training will be of some benefit. A key tenet of the atelier education is direct observation of nature which teaches a student how to see as an artist. The contemplation of masterworks encourages practitioners to think like designers. And the progressive building of technique fosters self discipline, allowing students to develop skills until they become second nature.
The crowing jewel of a civilization is often its art. A masterpiece of art is a vehicle for meaning, recording for posterity unique aspects of our humanity. It remains a lasting tribute to the culture that produced it and forms a bridge to the era that follows. In that light, it is time to rethink how we train our artists so they are equipped with the every available tool for their high calling."
(Copyright © neotericart)

Sepia, pencil and charcoal
11 x 14 inches
Private collection
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At Aristides Classical Atelier gestural lines and comparative measurement are primarily used ,working back and forth between the two. This approach helps to determine and capture what inspires the artist as well as maintaining accuracy, and helps to deter one from creating an accurate drawing without feeling. Emphasizing dominate and/or repeating lines or curves, while subduing others brings attention to what is beautiful in the subject.
Atelier means: A place where students work and learn under a master artist.
Comparative measurement means: Continually comparing height to width staring with the largest forms or masses.
Sight-Size means: Placing one’s drawing surface in such a way that the subject and the drawing appear the same size when viewed form a specific spot.
(From rebeccagrey.files

Sketches by Rebecca Catherina Gray
One of Aristides gifted students
at Aristides Classical Atelier in Seattle
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