Robert Henri, Laughing Boy

George Bellows, Lucie

A Sample Session

Cecilia Beaux, Ernesta

John Singer Sargeant, Carnation, Lilly, Lily, Rose


Exploring how and why great paintings affect us

In this series Paul DuSold explores how and why great paintings affect us emotionally and spiritually! 


By watching the recreation of a master painting from start to finish the viewer sees how the qualities of color, shape, texture, light and space engage the imagination as the painting goes from a blank canvas to a finished masterpiece. By seeing the painting develop, the viewer experiences the painting with much greater understanding!


As the painting develops, Paul describes every step of his experience walking in the footsteps of the artist who created the original. Context of social and aesthetic history will also be discussed.


Participants are allowed to ask questions at the end of each session.


The paintings Paul copies are both European and American masterpieces, historical and contemporary, representational and abstract, including the work of contemporary Philadelphia artists.

Starting April 7 Paul DuSold will copy paintings by John Singer Sargent, Cecilia Beaux, Robert Henri and George Bellows. They were all painters with Philadelphia connections who painted during the late 19th and early 20th century. Beaux and Sargent represented the greatest of Society portrait painting. Henri and Bellows were members of the so-called Ashcan school and painted portraits of the tenement dwellers of New York city. 

It's a fascinating comparison.

It’s the mirror of art held up to society!

 It’s the evolution of painting!


Wednesday mornings 10 am to 12 noon



April 7 to June 23. 12 sessions


The cost for the 12 sessions is $120. You may also purchase 6 sessions for $60, or an individual session for $10.


Recordings of each session will be available by request for those who need to miss a session.  There are no refunds.

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