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Exhibition Detail
Copying Masterpieces at The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Theory and Technique
215 West 57th Street
New York, NY 10019

April 6th, 2012 11:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Juan de Pareja, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y VelázquezDiego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez,
Juan de Pareja, Oil on canvas
© Metropolitan Museum of Art
Mon-Fri: 8:30 am - 10:00 pm, Sat-Sun: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
The Art Students League of New York
traditional, figurative, metropolitan museum painting, copy

Leonid Gervits
Copying Masterpieces at The Metropolitan Museum of Art:
Theory and Technique

8 Fridays: 4/6, 4/13, 4/20, 4/27, 5/4, 5/11, 5/18, 5/25
11:30– 3:00 pm
Fee: $760 (includes fee for the Met)             
Instructor present each day
Enrollment limited to 11 students

This is an oil painting workshop that will teach old master techniques, through hands-on study and application next to each student’s selected masterpiece.

Interested applicants must request an application form ( in person or by emailing

Only one student is allowed per room, and early applicants are given priority regarding work selection.  (The sooner you apply, the greater the chances that you will get the work you wish to copy!) Based on applicant’s prior experience, the instructor may make additional suggestions of work to copy.

Once the work to copy has been approved, Anki will contact each selected student to register. Students are expected to research their selected work, including the artist and the technique of the time. The instructor will further introduce the topic, and suggest literature with concern to the selected art piece.

Leonid Gervits belongs to the European/Russian realist tradition of painting and drawing. In 1966, he graduated from the Odessa Art College; and in 1973, he received an MFA from Repin Academy, where he later worked as a professor for sixteen years. Mr. Gervits moved to the United States in 1991, working as an instructor at the New York Academy from 1992 to 2000. He has been an instructor at the Art Students League since 1997. An artist of the realist tradition and of serious academic training, Mr. Gervits is able to work in a broad spectrum of genres. For more information, visit

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