I've seen the original!

Great! Making the effort to travel to the great museums of Europe and view the original masterworks is a worthy pilgrimage.

Van Gogh’s Starry Night. Or is it?

About 30% of the works in major museums are 'fakes', or as artists would say 'masterful recreations', but that shouldn't diminish one's enjoyment. A masterful work is a masterful work, regardless of its provenance.

People without training will see art on the surface level, and that is fine. With the development of Art Literacy, you can 'see' art in six discrete ways:

  1. Idea
  2. Form
  3. Idiom
  4. Structure
  5. Craft
  6. Surface

Our Art Literacy program will teach you to see beneath the surface of art by applying a structured methodology to the recreation of masterwork paintings.

A student at Inglis Academy getting beneath the surface of Cezanne.

As a result you will expand the depth of your 'seeing', and your next trip to Paris will be a richer and more fascinating experience.

(Thanks to the artist and scholar Scott McLoud for elucidating the six steps of artistry.)