The Artful Copy: Painting Like a Master

Learn to paint with confidence using simple transfer techniques to replicate the work of Old Masters and harness your own creativity to interpret photographs as paintings.

Stand on the shoulders of giants and learn to make bold, confident, completed paintings inspired by Old Masters. Copying master paintings to strengthen painting skills has been utilized since the Renaissance. Each student creates two paintings during this course. The first uses a simple step-by-step transfer system to copy an Old Master painting. This process familiarizes you with approaches to composition, value, patterns of light and application of color. The second painting is more freeform: transferring and copying a photograph of your choice. Each class begins with instructor demonstrations, showing examples of both student and professional artists who utilize the same methods to create their own masterful paintings. This class is appropriate for beginning and intermediate painters.

Image: Art piece by a student of the instructor, Laura Spector.


Section Instructor Format Schedule start date
GSTU2210.F18.1 Laura Spector On-campus 6:30-9 p.m. Monday, September 17, 2018

Instructor: Laura Spector

Laura Spector is a fellow of the New York Foundation for the Arts and a recipient of an Individual Grant Award from the Houston Art Alliance. She exhibited in ArtPrize8 at Grand Rapids Art Museum in 2016, at FotoFest 2014 and in Lawndale Center for the Art’s “Big Show” in 2013 and 2017. Her work has been published in The Harvard Review, Ripley’s Believe It or Not! and “The Real Real Thing: The Model in the Mirror of Art.” She has studied fine art at both the Flemish Classical Atelier in Belgium and Virginia Commonwealth University and was a resident artist at AtelierHaus Hilmsen in 2016. Her artwork can be seen in exhibitions and collections around the world.

Term: Fall 2018

Start Date: Sept. 17, 2018

End Date: Nov. 12, 2018

Schedule: 6:30-9 p.m.

Length: Eight Mondays (no class Oct. 8)

Location: Rice campus

Fee: $315 (Fee does not include cost of supplies, approximately $150 or higher depending on materials selected.)

Rice Alumni: $284

Note: Limited enrollment. Supply lists will be available two weeks prior to the course start date. For more information, please contact

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