Atelier Old Master Copy Painting Project with Charles Miano

Project: Old Master Copy Painting

“You have to copy and recopy the masters and it’s only after having proved oneself as a good copyist that you can reasonably try to do a still life of a radish.” – Edgar Degas

Many great artists knew the value of assimilating principles of art through understanding how previous masters worked. The greatest way to mastery is to stand on the shoulders of those who came before.

With that in mind Southern Atelier’s Project: Master Copy is pushing artists forward by teaching a sure-fire method for replicating great paintings of art history.  After choosing a suitable Master Painting, artists will learn the Atelier Method for creating a convincing Replica. This course will build an understanding of painting principles, processes and effects as handed down by example in the paintings of the ages.



  • Understanding the Masters mindset
  • Learning how to prepare the proper oil painting materials
  • Planning and Strategizing the design and layout of the master copy
  • Direct drawing and measuring 
  • 17th-19th Century techniques 
  • Disegno
  • Dead Color 
  • Ebauche
  • Color Harmony
  • Understanding paint layers- fat over lean
  • Value Systems
  • Old Master Palettes
  • Modeling Form
  • Creating the “Light Effect”
  • Finalizing the Painting

Class Price:  

$360 of 12 classes, 6 weeks for this whole course

Starting Dates: Oct 17th, to Nov 23th, 2018

Time: 9:30am -12:30pm, Every Wednesday and Friday morning


Miano Classic Painting Materials 

Oil Colors

{Colors are listed in the general layout of Miano’s Palette, from left to right, and generally from dark to light. Use only the best quality paints. Do not use student grade paint.} *Note: If one chooses to use paint containing Lead, please follow the necessary health precautions.

UltraMarine Blue or Lapis Lazuli

Ivory Black or Bone Black

Raw Umber (Used for Dead Color)

Burnt Umber

Mars Violet

Transparent Oxide Red

Alizarin Crimson or Lake

Venetian Red


Indian Yellow

Yellow Ochre

Cadmium Yellow medium

Lemon yellow or Lead Tin Yellow

Yellow grey (Used for Dead Color)

Titanium white or Lead White (Used for Dead Color)


{Use the highest quality brushes}

Bristle brushes- variety of sizes, #2- #12.
Mongoose brushes- variety of sizes, #2- #12

Sable Rounds, #000-#1

Palette, Diluent and Mediums

Large Palette

Large Metal Brush Washer with lid, Walnut Oil and Paper Towels for cleaning brushes

Palette Cups for medium

Linseed Oil and Sun Thickened Linseed oil are the preferred traditional painting mediums. 

Traditional Megilp or Maroger are permitted but contain soluble lead and must be handled with care.

Liquin to control drying

*Note: turpentine, mineral spirits or any other toxic solvents are prohibited in the studio*


Canvas: cotton or linen, a variety of sizes, approximately 18” x 24”  – 30”x 40” will be used

Please follow studio guidelines when using Oil Painting Supplies. This includes proper disposal of towels as well as application of health standards including keeping containers closed and not eating or drinking in the vicinity of your materials.