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Art Heist: A Twist on the Traditional Master Copy
Instructor: Krista Peel Starer
2-week, 4-lesson class, mixed-media • $65
Class Dates: June 7 – 17, 2016


In this class we’ll steal from and re-create the works of four of our favorite artists. (As Picasso says: “Good artists copy; great artists steal.”)

An enormous part of making art is absorbing and converting what others have created into your own work.  In this class we’ll steal from and re-create the works of our favorite artists. Along the way, we’ll begin to understand their processes and personal mark making, even in profound ways, like looking through their eyes.  We’ll discuss how our favorite artists have made their work; the tricks they’ve used, the shortcuts they’ve taken, and how they developed a personal art language.

The goal is to come away with some new information — information you can use to go out and do the thing we are especially suited for; recording ourselves and our world.

Here is the breakdown: I’ll choose a few of my favorite works of art to re-create and you’ll do the same. The first theft will be in cut paper assemblage, the second and third in watercolor and the fourth using acrylic. During this caper, we’ll all be sharing our favorite treasures and introducing each other to gems of new artists.

We all make art differently, from the beginner to the master. In re-creating our favorite artists’ work, we can lift some great ideas and make off with a wealth of knowledge. Are you in?

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Class Itinerary:

Week 1

Lesson 1: Stealing for Beginners, Starting in Cut Paper
You will choose a favorite piece of artwork that has a part or detail you’d like to focus on. Working from your chosen source material, you’ll zoom in and develop a cut paper collage with the elements you love from that piece.

Cut paper collage inspired by Brazilian Illustrator Beatriz Milhazes 


Lesson 2: Grabbing the Whole Treasure, a Landscape Caper in Watercolor
You will work from another favorite piece; this time — a landscape. Using an easy watercolor technique, you will lift the whole piece, edge to edge. And during this process, you will personalize it and find more idea treasures to sneak away with.

“Luna in the Meadow” in the style of Illustrator Mary Blair


Week 2
Lesson 3: Advanced Theft, Image Stealing Techniques from the Masters
This is where we get highly secret, and show you the tricks that have been hidden among artists for centuries. (You may need to take the class to find out more . . . (HOMEWORK – watch BBC special David Hockney’s Secret Knowledge)


Watercolor copy of Alex Katz‘ 1969 painting, Vincent and Tony


Lesson 4: Absconded Sculpture, 3D Taken to 2D in Acrylics
During our final grab, you will use a photograph of a favorite sculpture and transform it into an acrylic painting. You will make off with multiple ideas, including an acrylic technique called faux bois. Now it’s time to make our getaway!


3D to 2D: Acrylic painting inspired by the sculpture of Barbara Hepworth

NOTE: You will choose artists that YOU love to work from… the artists here are Krista’s picks. 😀



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BONUS — Words Stolen (about stealing!)

“Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic. Authenticity is invaluable; originality is nonexistent.” — Jim Jarmusch

“The only art I’ll ever study is stuff that I can steal from.” — David Bowie

“I love art, I love being thrilled by art, and I love folding these thrills into my own practice. I love stealing….I absolutely believe my best work lies ahead of me, and lies in the work I’m absolutely on fire to steal from.” — Tom Hart

“A good composer does not imitate; he steals.” — Igor Stravinsky

“Those who do not want to imitate anything, produce nothing” — Salvador Dali

“What is originality? Undetected plagiarism.” — William Ralph Inge

“What to copy is a little bit trickier. Don’t just steal the style, steal the thinking behind the style. You don’t want to look like your heroes, you want to see like your heroes.” — Austin Kleon, from his book, Steal Like an Artist.