|Mini, 8x10" oil on gessobord (sold)|
My favorite part to paint - the easel and the copy of the copy!
If you live near an art museum check out their policy to see if they have a similar program. Here's some additional info about the National Gallery of Art's program.
National Gallery of Art's copyist program
The National Gallery of Art copyist program has been in operation since the Gallery opened in 1941. A permit issued by the registrar’s office is required for copying works of art in oil or any other liquid medium. The Gallery provides permit holders with an easel, stool, and drop cloth; private easels are not allowed. Visitors may sketch with pencils or other dry media in the galleries without a permit.
To participate in the copyist program, applicants must meet all requirements outlined in the National Gallery of Art “Rules Governing the Copying of Works of Art” and agree to an interview and a security background check; they must acknowledge in writing their acceptance of the rules. For more information on the copyist program, please e-mail your name and mailing address to firstname.lastname@example.org. A packet of materials will be mailed to you within seven business days.
The issue of a copyist permit does not in any way constitute the National Gallery of Art’s endorsement of a copyist’s work.
Gregory Stapko, Copyist
C. Gregory Stapko, (1914-2006) was a portrait painter, painting restorer and one the nation's foremost copyist of famous works of art.