How I Make A Picture by Norman Rockwell - 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 is a step-by-step demonstration of Rockwell's approach and methods, thoroughly illustrated, and in the artist's own words.

As with all our copies of the Famous Artists Courses, we have verified the contents and completeness of this volume. All the lesson pages are present including all the color plates. The one-page assignment sheet is missing, a facsimile is included.

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.


Norman Rockwell

Condition & Attributes

Near Fine in Very Good+ binder. All the pages are present including all the color plates. Pages are clean. Ringholes show only light wear. The one-page assignment sheet is missing, but a facsimile is included. The binder is lightly worn along the edges an



Publishing Information

Westport, CT
Institute of Commercial Art

Physical Description

14 inches
12 inches
137 pages
4 tipped-in color plates, over 400 black & white illustrations
printed custom binder