Books, e-Books, Essays and Publications

Charles Bargue and J. L. Gérôme, Drawing Course.
Edited by noted art historian, author and lecturer, Dr. Gerald M. Ackerman, and painter Graydon Parrish. “A complete reprint of the fabled but rare ‘Cours de Dessin’ originally published by Goupil & Cie, Paris in the 1860’s and 1870’s. For fifty years, this set of nearly 200 masterful lithographs was copied by art students worldwide before they attempted to draw from a live model.” 324 pages, 336 illustrations in color and bi-chrome. Available in hardback (Gelitex), and softcover.

The Practice and Science of Drawing by Harold Speed.
Highly Recommended. Available in a softcover reprint through A Stroke of Genius Fine Art Books. An unabridged reprint of the 1917 edition. Other editions available: Hardcover and CD. “Classic approach to the dynamics of drawing by a brilliant teacher with insights and practical advice on line drawing, mass drawing, visual memory, cast drawing, materials and more.”

Project Gutenberg’s electronic edition of The Practice and Science of Drawing by Harold Speed. Note: This book is pure gold and free to download and print. Original 93 Illustrations & Diagrams, Published 1913.

Oil Painting Techniques and Materials by Harold Speed
Highly recommended. “Stimulating, informative guide by noted teacher covers painting technique, painting from life, materials (paints, varnishes, oils and mediums, grounds, etc.), a painter’s training, and more. Expert analysis of work of Velasquez, Reynolds, Gainsborough, Hals, Rembrandt, etc. 64 photos. 5 line drawings.” This Dover Press edition is a reprint of the unabridged but “slightly altered” 1988 publication of a 1949 reprint.

Harold Speed’s book on oil painting was originally published in 1924 by Chapman & Hall Ltd, London, England under the title: The Practice and Science of Oil Painting. Copies are still available through purveyors of old and collectible books at affordable prices. At this writing, offers 1924 first editions (unaltered), and 1949 editions. Originals are also available through

Note: Check for used copies, often available at significant savings.

Artistic Anatomy by Dr. Paul Richer translated by Robert Beverly Hale
Long recognized as a classic, this famous text treats the subject with both scientific accuracy and aesthetics. Considered the most complete guide for achieving precise shape for the forms of the human body. 9″x12″, 256 pages, 150 anatomical drawings The original French edition was published in 1889. This English edition brings together the nineteenth century’s greatest teacher of artistic anatomy, Dr. Paul Richer, and the most famous twentieth century teacher of anatomy and figure drawing, Robert Beverly Hale, who translated and edited the book for the modern reader. Available in Hardcover, ISBN: 0823002209.

Anatomy Lessons from the Great Masters by Robert Beverly Hale and Terrence Coyle
100 great figure drawing analyzed. Available in paperback and hardcover. “This classic book, whose foremost author, Robert Beverly Hale, was one of the great artistic anatomy teachers of the twentieth century, is an invaluable instructor and reference guide for any professional, amateur, or student artist who depicts the human form.”

Videos: World Famous Lectures on Artistic Anatomy & Figure Drawing, presented by Robert Beverly Hale.
“In 1976, before he retired, Robert Beverly Hale’s entire Monday night series of lectures was videotaped in black and white in the order delivered at the Art Student’s League of New York. Future generations of artists and students will be able to benefit from the vast knowledge and penetrating insights of these famous lectures. Throughout the lectures, you see Mr. Hale demonstrating…the basic structure, proportions, anatomical details, function and renderings of the human figure, by way of the human skeleton and by his skillful step by step drawings.”

Gustav’s Library Reprint: The Painter in Oil by Daniel Burleigh Parkhurst (1898) :
Highly Recommended. “The Painter In Oil” is available in softcover, reprinted from a first edition. If you’ve been looking for an original, they are difficult to find. Gustav’s Library reports that the cost of an original print is now upwards of $450.00.

ARC’s online edition of The Painter in Oil by Daniel Burleigh Parkhurst. Illustrated with a short introduction by ARC Chairman. This is the Classic 19th century book on oil painting methods. It was out of print for many years and copies had become increasingly difficult to find.

Notebook’s electronic edition of Methods and Materials of Painting of the Great Schools and Masters [Originally titled: Materials for a History of Oil Painting], Vols. One and Two. Professional Essays. By Sir Charles Lock Eastlake. Originally published 1847.

Project Gutenberg’s electronic edition of The Notebooks of Leonardo Da Vinci – Complete by Leonardo Da Vinci.

The Visual Image – Silence and Slow Time
an essay by Charles H. Cecil © 2002.
“…Photography may have its own premise, but its use in painting deadens the artist’s perception of nature. It subordinates painting to a stereotype and makes it appear to be that which it is not…”

Notes on the Atelier by Kirk Richards

This link to the Notebook website takes you to the Materials and Methods section; however, this is complex website, worth investigating in depth.

Pigments Through the Ages The science of pigments; an online exhibition.


Ecorche’ with Rey Bustos
Ages old study of human anatomy through sculpture. His students are required to construct their own ecorche as an indepth, hands on, 3D study of human anatomy. Models are constructed in 1/4 scale from clay with a wire armature. Rey teaches ecorche’ at Disney Feature Animation, Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, and California State University at Los Angeles and more. Contact Rey for further linformaton.

Marshall Vandruff
Marshall Vandruff thoroughly demystifies the elements of composition and design, as well as opening an entirely new realm of consideration in the planning of one’s art. Check on his seminar schedule for his intensive composition workshops.

Of Interest

Return to Florence
Award winning documentary produced by Swiss filmmaker Nick Brandestini focusing on the students and faculty at Charles H. Cecil Studios. This film takes an honest peek into the unique environment of one atelier in Italy.
“Grand Festival Award – Documentary”: Berkeley Video & Film Festival 2006
“1st Place Short Documentary”: ReelHeART International Film Festival 2006 Additional Information:


Reference Sites

Art History Resources on the Web
In-depth hyperlinked lists divided by period and maintained by Chris Witcombe, Professor of Art History at Sweet Briar College, Virginia.

Art Online
Searchable fine art directory.

Health & Safety in the Arts
Health & Safety issues for artists working with hazardous materials. Sponsored by the City of Tucson’s Environmental Management Division through an Environmental Justice Grant.

Grove Art Online
An award-winning resource on every aspect of the visual arts from prehistory to the present day, provides web access to the entire text of The Dictionary of Art, ed. Jane Turner (1996, 34 vols.) and The Oxford Companion to Western Art, ed. Hugh Brigstocke (2001). Grove Art offers ongoing additions of new and updated articles, over 1,500 thumbnail art images and line drawings displayed in the text of articles, extensive image links, and sophisticated search and navigation tools.
Cameo Conservation and Art Materials Encyclopedia Online
A searchable encyclopedia developed at the Conservation and Collections Management Department at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Resource Library Magazine
Thousands of illustrated articles and scholarly essays on American art, including exhibitions and art related subjects from over 600 associations, organizations, clubs, studio school programs, ateliers and museums. Translate Magazine pages to French, German, Italian and Portuguese.

Steven Saitzyk’s Artist Materials Information website.

“…Index of artists” who are “represented at hundreds of museum sites, image archives, and other online resources” ARTcyclopedia policy: : “if an artist is in an arts museum collection, then he or she is qualified to be listed.”

Artlex Art Dictionary
Definitions for over 3,000 terms…thousands of images, pronunciation notes, quotations and cross-references. Useful art information search engine but does not include much of the traditional and historic vocabulary of classical Realist / Naturalist painting and drawing methods and instruction.

A non-profit webspace established in for hosting the ArtWorld community and outreach programs. TrueFresco is targeted to develop a foundation for the Fresco Painting Society. Check out their links page at

Discussion Forums

A moderated forum, “the Cowdisley Group…are successful professionals who share a common desire to add to the techniques, lift the skill level and promote the appreciation of the fine arts. Subscribe: Unsubscribe:

A Stroke of Genius Portrait Artist’s Forum
A forum for professional painters and serious students designed by Cynthia Daniel of “A Forum only for those who are serious about portrait painting as a career. There is an approval process for full Forum privileges.” Forums
Mission Statement: “a web community of artists here for one purpose, to help each other learn about art, provide the best place to showcase work, further our art educations, and to meet other artists from around the world — a community funded from within and with the support of our sponsors and professionals on the site.

SOFA – The Society of Figurative Arts Forum
The Society of Figurative Arts is a privately funded organization. The forum is intelligently managed and draws serious students, and also professionals from the fine arts, and commercial arts.
Brick and Mortar Museum Websites:

Bert Christensen’s Museums and Art Galleries on the Web
Links to a long list of fine art museums worldwide, from Bert Christensen’s Cyberspace Home

Norton Simon Museum – Pasadena, California
A beautiful collection of European, American and Asian Art.

Pasadena Museum of California Art
Works representing the evolution of California art and design through exhibitions that explore the cultural dynamics and influences that are unique to California.

The Getty
The official Web site of the J. Paul Getty Trust in Los Angeles, California. Collection of Western art from the Middle Ages to the present against a backdrop of dramatic architecture, tranquil gardens, and breathtaking views. Photos of the Getty:

National Portrait Gallery, London
A truly amazing experience.

Musée du Louvre
The official site of the Louvre Museum (Paris, France) : Collection & Departments, Exhibitions, Guided Tours, Virtual Tours, Calendar, History of the Louvre and more.

Metropolitan Museum of Art
The collection contains more than two million works of art from all points of the compass, ancient through modern times.

The Panorama Museum
“The small town of Bad Frankenhausen, over a thousand years old, is the home of the Panorama Museum. Dedicated to realist art of the past and the current Contemporary Realist movement. Exhibition: Realism Revisited. Current and previous exhibition catalogs available.

Rijksmuseum Amersterdam – National Gallery of Art and History
Features a magnificent selection of Dutch paintings from the Golden Age.

The Mauritshuis
In the centre of The Hague, the collection of the Mauritshuis offers a survey of Dutch and Flemish art from the fifteenth to the eighteenth century.

The Frick Collection
Housed in the New York City mansion built by Henry Clay Frick…are masterpieces of western painting, sculpture, and decorative art, displayed in a serene and intimate setting.

Virtual Museum Websites

Rembrandt at the Web Gallery of Art
Paintings, etchings, drawings and engravings of Rembrandt van Rijn.

Anders Zorn
“Anders Zorn (1860-1920) is the most well-known Swedish painter and famous for his paintings of the people of Dalarna, the area of Sweden where he was born. He earned a worldwide reputation as a portraitist. Zorn made seven journeys to the US and his models included three American presidents.”

John Singer Sargent
The JSS Virtual Gallery is the passion and brainchild of Natasha Wallace, who with the support of volunteers worldwide has created the definitive artist monograph with essays and links to over 1,000 paintings by John Singer Sargent. Also includes an open discussion forum including topics such as Sargent’s use of the sight-size drawing method and his painting techniques.

ARC – The Art Renewal Center
Realism in paintings and sculpture beginning predominately with the Late Gothic and Early Renaissance. Of interest to painters and art historians are thousands of professional, genealogical, and institutional relationships between artists compiled by art historian Iian Neill (creator of the excellent but never-completed Renaissance Café website). In some cases it is possible to trace a painter’s artistic lineage (master-pupil relationship) back to the Baroque. Also exhibited is an extensive collection of photographs or portraits of artists.

The Web Gallery of Art
A virtual museum and searchable database of European painting and sculpture from 12th to mid-19th centuries.


Fellowships / Residencies

The Civitella Ranieri Center
The Civitella Ranieri Center is a workplace for gifted artists from different disciplines and countries, located in the 15th century Civitella Ranieri castle in the Umbria region of Italy. In keeping with the spirit of its founder, Ursula Corning, and the tradition of hospitality and support for the arts that she established at the castle, the Center seeks to enable its Fellows to pursue their work and to exchange ideas in this unique and inspiring setting. The Center is funded by the Civitella Ranieri Foundation, Inc., a non-profit corporation with offices in New York City. Please note: The Civitella Ranieri Center does not accept unsolicited applications. Read about their selection process at their Home page.


Scholarship Information

A highly respected resource for researching grants for individuals is The Foundation Center’s: Foundation Grants for Individuals Online.

The Art Deadlines List, a free monthly newsletter (email & paper; PREMIUM/PAID versions are also available), providing information about general arts opportunities such as scholarships, grants, juried exhibitions, competitions, calls for entry, residencies, festivals, funding, financial aid, and other opportunities for the general arts. Edited and published by Richard Gardner.
Scholarship Competitions

The Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation — Grant
The Greenshields foundation was founded in 1955 by C.G. Greenshields in memory of his mother. The objective of the Foundation is to promote an appreciation of traditional expression in painting, drawing, printmaking or sculpture, by aiding worthy students or emerging artists who need further training OR other assistance. An international competition.

Work must be representational or figurative.
Abstract or non-representational art is precluded by the terms of the Foundation’s Charter. The Foundation will not accept applications from commercial artists, photographers, video artists, filmmakers, craftmakers, or any artist whose work falls primarily into these categories.

To be eligible for a grant candidates are required to have already started or completed training in an established school of art and/or to demonstrate, through past work and future plans, a commitment to making art a lifetime career. No geographic requirements.

The Foundation welcomes applications throughout the year; there is no deadline for sending the application form. Each grant is $12,500 (Canadian). For more information, contact 1814 Sherbrooke Street West, Suite #1, Montreal, Quebec CANADA H3H 1E4 / telephone 514-937-9225 / fax 514-937-0141 / e-mail
Art Renewal Center (ARC) Annual International Scholarship Competition
Designed to help talented students who are studying the techniques of realist drawing, painting and sculpture at ARC recognized ateliers, studio schools and as apprentices (students of individual ARC recognized artists) worldwide. Please read the scholarship requirements carefully. Any special questions or requests can be directed to the program director, Paul McCormack, at

Download ARC Student Scholarship
Application (335 KB) – Microsoft Word

Download ARC Student Scholarship
Application (60 KB) – Adobe PDF
Important Note: Gottlieb Studio & Atelier is an Art Renewal Center (ARC) approved program of study. Qualified students are encouraged to apply for ARC scholarships. Letters of recommendation will be provided to those considered ready to represent the program..

The John F. and Anna Lee Stacey Foundation Fine Art Award
Although juried through the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, this is not a cowboy art competition and was never meant to be limited to American western or cowboy imagery.

The trust was started to support the study of classical painting and drawing techniques taught in the “western European tradition.”

The scholarship, known as “The John F. and Anna Lee Stacey Scholarship Fund,” is open to United States citizens only, both men and women, single or married, irrespective of race creed or color.

The age limit is between 18 and 35 years. Appointments will normally be for one year and the amount available for distribution will approximate $5,000.00. At the discretion of the Committee, this may be awarded in quarterly installments to one or more applicants.

The Committee reserves the right to disburse funds in whole or in part, as it deems advisable from careful study of the merits of the applicants as shown by their work and personal data. The decision of the Committee shall be final. Also, the Committee reserves the right to withhold appointments if, in its judgment, the work submitted fails to comply with the required standard or is inferior in quality.

The purpose of the Scholarship, in accordance with the clear stipulation of the Stacey’s will, is to foster high standard in the study of form, color, drawing, painting, design, and technique, as these are expressed in modes showing patent affinity with the classical tradition of western culture. ONLY THOSE SHOULD APPLY WHO ARE SKILLED AND DEVOTED TO THIS CLASSICAL OR CONSERVATIVE TRADITION.

In general, the recipient may use the funds granted him in any way he wishes to further his art education along conservative lines, but the Committee reserves the right to make recommendations. Each successful competitor will be required to submit a brief quarterly report together with digital images on a disk of his work and a more complete report at the termination of the scholarship. All possible care will be taken of entries, but the Committee cannot be held responsible for loss or damage.

Do not send images or any material before November 1, as the Committee does not maintain storage facilities. Send images and completed application blank in one package by U.S. MAIL or Air Express.

Strict Scheduling is not possible with regard to judging work and announcing the awards. An interval of some weeks is usual.

Address inquiries toDiane Fowler
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