Why copy another artist's work? It's a question I've heard a lot of times, and in fact is something I wondered myself when I first looked into taking an art workshop and learned we would be working on reproductions only. In fact, the teacher insisted no one could work on an original piece until they'd completed a satisfactory number of copies under his instruction. I've since learned there is indeed great value in completed reproductions, both in developing useful skills and in developing a deeper appreciation for the work of the great master artists of the past.
Read more in my look at Why Reproducing Art is an Important Learning Tool for Artists.