Eleven Year Old Copies the Old Masters – Carla and Megan’s Blog

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Megan discovers an original Rembrandt work of art on paper.

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Albrecht Durer’s engraving of Adam and Eve was there. So were works by   Cezanne, Renoir, Degas,  Gauguin, Leon Bakst and  Flemish Renaissance painter Pieter Brueghel who sketched all the kids, toys, dogs within a whole outdoor scene.

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An original Van Gogh was next to a Rembrandt.

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Sketching an original Van Gogh.

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Here she is copying a red chalk drawing done in the Rococo style of art  by the French painter Jean- Honore Fragonard.

Megan, my grand-daughter always has a drawing pad in her hand. When she came to visit in 2011, I arranged an hour appointment for the two of us in the  Achenbach foundation collections room at the Legion of Honor where she could view privately, about a dozen original works from the old masters. A young lady brought us into a room where she had set up original prints and drawings by artists I thought Megan would like to see. The woman showed us around, then said, call me if you have any questions and left the room. Megan looked at me, hesitantly. I said, go ahead, look, draw, do whatever you want. Don’t mind me. She sat down with each print and sketched them all. Afterwards, we ate lunch in the museum cafe where we just kept drawing. It was a great day for two people who love to draw. Megan is almost thirteen now. One of her favorite painters is Cezanne. In Categories on the right under  Carla and Megan’s Blog there are more examples of Megan’s work. Scroll to the second page, too. We received comments from all over the world.  http://legionofhonor.famsf.org/legion/collections/achenbach-foundation-graphic-arts

24 thoughts on “Eleven Year Old Copies the Old Masters – Carla and Megan’s Blog

  1. I see Megan is left-handed!!!!
    I love her focus!
    Copying the masters is just the perfect way to learn! I always remember the words of a teacher my dad had in his youth [painter as well]: “Copy the Old Masters. One day you’ll find you are no longer able to do that…”

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  2. a good museum teacher! P.S.: our daughter, left handed, started to paint aged four, we still have her calendars; today she’s nearly 40 – and an architect – just bought acrylic colors for her son, aged 5 …

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    • Interesting isn’t it? I have some paintings my grandmother did. My mother majored in art in college. I received a masters of art degree in college. My daughter majored in art and now my grand daughter is following in our footsteps. She may be the best of us all:)

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