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March 2019 Non-Fiction Releases

Beginning Drawing Atelier
An Instructional Sketchbook
By (author): Juliette Aristides
9781580935128 Hardcover English General Trade ART / Techniques / Drawing Apr 16, 2019
$34.00 CAD
Active 7.78 x 9.3 x 0.66 in 128 pages 100 Monacelli Press Monacelli Studio
Written by a well-known artist and best-selling art-instruction author with almost rock-star popularity in the contemporary world of representational art, Beginning Drawing Atelier, with its unique workbook/sketchbook approach, and high-quality paper, offers a comprehensive and contemporary twist on traditional Atelier art instruction practices.

Atelier education is centered on the belief that working in a studio, not sitting in the lecture hall, is the best place to learn about art. Every artist needs to learn basic drawing skills.

In this elegant and inspiring workbook, master contemporary artist and best selling author Juliette Aristides breaks down the drawing process into small, manageable lessons; presents them progressively; introduces time-tested principles and techniques in the Atelier tradition that are easily accessible; and shares the language and context necessary to understand the artistic process and create superior, well-crafted drawings. What makes this approach unique is the fact that it includes blank pages for copying and practicing within each lesson, facilitating traditional Atelier methods.

Ateliers have produced the greatest artists of all time—and now that educational model is experiencing a renaissance. These studios, in a return to classical art training, 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. Beginning Drawing Atelier is like having an atelier in a book—and the master is Juliette Aristides, a classically trained artist. On every page, Aristides uses the 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, the approach in this new book offers serious art courses for serious art students.

Traditional, atelier, approach to the learning to draw process

Readers are given dozens of historic and contemporary master drawings to copy

Unique format will appeal to all beginning and intermediate artists looking to learn or refine their representational drawing skills

Author Juliette Aristides is a popular instructor with demonstrated expertise teaching art in the Atelier tradition—both in the studio and through the publication of her best-selling books

High-quality, sketchbook-grade paper.

Juliette Aristides is an extraordinary draughtsperson and artist with a deep and well-rounded education and solid commitment to the atelier movement. She studied at the National Academy of Design, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, and various private ateliers. She is now the director of the Aristides Atelier at the Gage Academy of Art in Seattle, Washington. She is the co-founder of the DaVinci Initiative, which works to bring skill-based art instruction into public education. Aristides exhibits in one-person and group shows nationally. Her work can be seen at the John Pence Gallery in San Francisco and the Art Renewal Center Living Masters Gallery online. Aristedes is also the best-selling author of Classical Drawing Atelier, Classical Painting Atelier, Lessons in Classical DrawingLessons in Classical Painting, and Figure Drawing Atelier (September 2019). Visit her website at She is based in Seattle, Washington.

Author Residence: Seattle, Washington

Author Hometown: Seattle, Washington

Marketing: Featured title at College Art Association annual conference

Academic mailing promoting requests for exam copies

Online giveaways (Goodreads, etc.)

Author’s drawing workshops

Marketing partnership with Gage Academy of Art and galleries that exhibit the author’s work

Promotions through DaVinci Initiative, as well as other regional atelier groups around the country

Major outreach to author’s own contact list

Social media promotions

Promotional materials available

Publicity: National outreach to artist magazines and websites (Artists Magazine, Fine Art Connoisseur, Professional Artist, International Artist, Art in America, Artist Daily, Juxtapoz, Hyperallergic, Artists & Illustrators, Huffington Post Arts section)

Regional Seattle press outreach (Seattle Times, Seattle Weekly, The Stranger)

Author Website:

“Delightfully elegant and rational, Beginning Drawing Atelier carries you through the rigors of learning how to draw, like a master, ever so gently. All five books by Juliette Aristides are treasures, but this is perhaps the most engaging and impactful in fostering visual literacy. It is a book to experience. By its last page, you will be left with a poetic sense of the world.” — Milène J. Fernández, writer and contributor to

“I have met many thousands of artists over the last fifty years of painting and thirty-five years of making paint. Very rarely do I meet someone who is as good at writing as she is at her visual art. Juliette Aristides is one such personboth a terrific writer and great artist.” –Robert Gamblin, founder of Gamblin Artist Colors

“There are few who know about classical painting like Juliette Aristides. The book is the next best thing to studying with her in person.”–B. Eric Rhoads, publisher of Fine Art Connoisseur and PleinAir magazines 

Juliette Aristides, a leader in the revival of classical realism, outlines ways anyone can learn to draw—and why it’s imperative for today’s society.–John Burger, writer and reporter, ALETEIA.COM

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