Private Lessons

Sargent Course

In this 6-day course you will be provided with a photographic reproduction of a John Singer Sargent painting. This will not be an ordinary photograph of a painting, but an actual-size, high resolution, color-matched glossy print. I have gone to great lengths to ensure that the photographs closely matches the original painting in values, colors, and contrast.

There is no better way to force yourself to paint with a strong yet loose stroke than to copy an artist like Sargent. I speak from experience. When I had only been painting for about a year, I was given the opportunity to copy a Sargent painting in person at a museum. It completely changed the way that I painted, and I went from painting everything with small detail brushes, to painting with a much more confident stroke. Indeed, Sargent himself did numerous copies of master’s work, especially the work of Diego Velázquez.

The object of this course is not to copy Sargent stroke for stroke, but rather to copy his strong brush work while retaining good color and value from beginning to end. You may choose one of these Sargent paintings to copy:

On the first day of the course, I will be teaching you how to copy a Sargent painting for the purpose of learning from him. After that, you will start to work on your own study of the painting you select while I offer guidance and instruction as needed. The most important lesson you will learn is how to paint with a strong stroke, while protecting you colors and values throughout the process.

The total cost of the course is $3,000 (USD), which includes all the art supplies you will be using, and a guarantee that you will be the only student in my studio for the duration of the course. Please send an email to if you have any questions or to request schedule availability and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

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