Have you ever tried copying Old Masters in order to learn a painting style?

Are you cringing right now at the thought of “copying Old Masters”?

Is it because of “copying” or the fact that I referred to “Old Masters“?

Did you know that students who study classical art, the training technique they use is copying Old Masters in order to learn that style of creation.  In some museums and art galleries you will see them in front of a painting or sketch and trying to replicate it.   I’ve even walked up to an Old Master painting, observed the strokes, cracks in the paint, the sheen of the glazes and the nuances of colour used for portraits and landscapes.  

So when I was preparing for this tutorial, I wanted to create a lesson that would be ideal if you sometimes don’t think you are good enough to create art, or you create art, but aren’t happy with it…you know that perfectionism syndrome that all us artists suffer from at one point in our lives.


I’m going to pull ideas from Wasilly Kandinsky.  

Stay with me…this will all make sense.

Wasilly Kandinsky was born on December 16th, 1866 in Moscow.  Art was not his first choice of studies…it was law and economics.  When he turned 30, that’s when he started his painting studies.  I’m not going to fill this tutorial with art history, but if you are interested, you can visit the Wasilly Kandinsky website and Wikipedia for more information.

In the video lesson, I will show you the painting that inspired this tutorial and yes, it involves circles.   But let’s take it up a notch and put our own spin on it and turn it into mixed media art.

Copying Old Masters - Kandinsky Quote

Use whatever you have in your art tool box…string, wire, thread, stamps, paper towel cores, lids or masking tape.  I suggest you watch the video first for the “idea” and then go to town to create your own version.  BUT you are more than welcome to copy my project and style for this tutorial.

There is no wrong way to create this piece of art when it comes to concept and design…seriously!   The only thing that can go wrong is the actual techniques, meaning not waiting long enough for drying or the glue not sticking etc.  

So let’s get to it and be inspired by Wassilly Kandinsky by not copying an Old Master to be exact, but to look at the painting and then pull some ideas to create our own circle art and break out from perfectionism, but most important, just have plain old fun doing it.

Copying Old Masters for Inspiration and Ideas

Ready to Make This?

Copying Old Masters - Kandinsky 400

What did you think?

Do you like creating abstract art?  do you find that it gives you a little more freedom to be expressive and not worry about perfection?  I’d love to hear what you think, so please share your comments below.