Historic European art training was developed through a 400-year lineage of master artist teachers, from Michelangelo through Gérôme.
Beginning art students historically copied master drawings, and Bargue's lithographic plates were commissioned in the 19th century to create a standard course for every art student. Reprinted in the early 2000's, the Bargue Drawing Course is again the basis for classical atelier programs today.
Art students from the Renaissance through the 19th century made drawings from plaster casts of ancient sculptures, and through this practice mastered proportion (shape) and values (light on form) to prepare for the challenges of drawing from the live model.
Applying the methods and procedures learned in the cast room, students who have completed their study of Bargue plates and casts are ready to draw the live model with confidence and accuracy.