How I Make A Picture by Harold Von Schmidt - Famous Artists Advanced Program



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"America's most famous artists have spent a lot of their time, thought and energy in putting down for you in words and pictures all the ideas and methods they use in making pictures... we are confident you will find it fully expresses the man and his work, and is designed so you can readily understand his way of thinking about picture-making."

The Famous Artists School's Advanced Program which started in 1948 consisted of eleven separate volumes/binders each written and illustrated by a different faculty member (John Atherton, Austin Briggs, Stevan Dohanos, Robert Fawcett, Peter Helck, Fred Ludekens, Al Parker, Norman Rockwell, Ben Stahl, Harold Von Schmidt, Jon Whitcomb). It only lasted for a few years before school president Albert Dorne cancelled the program due to low enrollment and had all the material incinerated (according to an instructor at the school at the time) resulting in the scarcity of the remaining volumes.

This volume is Harold Von Schmidt's contribution to the Famous Artists School's Advanced Program. An entire course (8 lessons in 140 pages) written and illustrated entirely by Von Schmidt.

Von Schmidt, a student of Harvey Dunn, was a creator of "monumental" scenes, capturing the big picture, the dramatic moment. This course reproduces many of his story illustrations for the Saturday Evening Post: adventure, wildlife, African, and romantic scenes as well as the Western subjects for which he is best known.

As with all our copies of the Famous Artists Courses, we have verified the contents and completeness of this volume. All the pages are present including the tipped-in color plate.

This has a black Famous Artists Course binder rather than the usual maroon How I Make A Picture binder. The significance of this is unknown.


Harold Von Schmidt

Condition & Attributes

Near Fine in Near Fine binder. All the pages are present. Pages are generally clean. Some ringholes show mild wear/stress. The one-page assignment sheet is missing, but a facsimile is included. The binder is lightly worn.


Von Schmidt

Publishing Information

Westport, CT
Institute of Commercial Art

Physical Description

14 inches
12 inches
140 pages
1 tipped-in color plate, over 300 black & white illustrations
printed custom binder