The Barnstone Art Education Project continues to offer the same highly structured, disciplined training Myron Barnstone so successfully shared with thousands of students. People can choose from the recorded classes Myron himself taught; various workshops offered by distinguished Barnstone Studios alumni, or one-on-one art education training with Barnstone Master Guides.
As a youth, after he outgrew regional art schools, Barnstone set his sights on the prestigious Oxford University Ruskin School of Art in England. Even there, he grew disappointed that few of the professors offered real instruction in the finer points of drawing, but rather just commented on what students were creating. Even after establishing himself as a serious artist with multiple successful exhibits throughout Europe, Barnstone felt drawn to abandon his own career as an artist to bring back the fundamentals of learning to draw well in his own studio in Coplay, Pennsylvania, near Philadelphia.
The art community recognizes Barnstone as one of the leaders in restoring classical art training into contemporary classes. He taught students how to recognize and emulate techniques used by classical masters by having them analyze iconic works.
Alumnus Juliette Aristides
One of Barnstone’s alumni, Juliette Aristides, is the Founder and Director of the Aristides Atelier at the Gage Academy of Art in Seattle, Washington. She teaches workshops internationally, and is the author of six best-selling books about classical drawing and painting. She shares her memories of learning from Myron in the March-April 2020 issue of Fine Art Connoisseur magazine:
“Meeting Myron changed the trajectory of my life. I was a teenager studying at a small college in Pennsylvania, where arts education was little more than how to glue elbow macaroni onto paper plates. Visiting Barnstone Studios showed me a world I had sensed existed, but had never seen. Drawing was taught as a language, and Myron was ferociously passionate about his subject. The lessons I learned from my year there have stayed with me. I now run an atelier in Seattle where each new student watches Myron Barnstone’s Beginning Drawing Course. Myron continues to influence the next generation through his videos, and he lives on as a voice of excellence in the minds of those lucky enough to know him.”