The ARC Salon Deadline Is This Saturday!
The 2014-2015 International ARC Salon entry period is almost over, but there is still time to submit works!

This year, we are offering more prizes and opportunities than ever. For the first time we will be having a live exhibition of some of the winners and finalists at the MEAM (Museum of European Art Modern), a museum dedicated to contemporary realism in Barcelona, Spain. Also, for the first time, we are offering an exhibition at a Rehs Contemporary Galleries, Inc., New York City, NY. Yet another new prize this year is the Knohl Collection Award for History or Literature Inspired Art. In addition, Streamline Art Video will award one finalist a showcase as a key featured part of a DVD on the ARC Salon, not to mention the $65,000 plus in cash awards and press coverage in at least six magazines and two newspapers; Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine will be publishing an article on the top winners of the 2014-2015 ARC Salon as well as select a finalist for a featured article. In addition, Plein Air Magazine, American Art Collector Magazine, Western Art Collector Magazine, American Fine Art Magazine, and International Artist Magazine will all be giving out awards as well. This year Brandon Kralik will be writing an article on the 2014/2015 ARC Salon for the Huffington Post and ARC Chief Operating Officer, Kara Lysandra Ross, will write an article on the top winners for the Epoch Times, a large international newspaper that publishes in 19 languages.

For more information and to enter the Salon, please click here.

Posted January 29th, 2015

Florence Academy of Art Ecorché Sculpture Workshops
The Florence Academy of Art offers Ecorché Sculpture at its three Locations: Florence, Sweden, Jersey City.
Throughout history the study of anatomy has played a major role in the education of both the representational painter and sculptor. Recognizing & understanding both the skeleton and the muscles and how they affect movement, form and surface anatomy are skills that help the artist in both accurately capturing nature and using more creative freedom while working with the figure. Écorché refers to a traditional way of studying anatomy by either drawing or sculpting the figure without skin. During the workshop, students will learn the full skeleton, the surface muscles and the proportions of the figure by sculpting first the bones and then adding the muscles one by one on one side of the sculpture, leaving the skeleton to show on the other side for reference. The material used is oil-based clay that allows for flexibility and maximum control over small details. The Florence Academy of Art has developed the Ecorché Sculpture course as part of its full time curriculum to ensure that each student gains a deep understanding of anatomy. It is now offering intensive workshops during summer session at each of its three locations.
For more information about Ecorché Sculpture, please visit, www.florenceacademyofart.com.

Posted January 28th, 2015

Arantzazu Martinez in Epoch Times

Dracula by Arantzazu Martinez
ARC Living Master™ Arantzazu Martinez recently had an interview with the Epoch Times.

“Art is a matter of pure passion for the Spanish painter Arantzazu Martinez. When her craving to paint like the 19th century masters could not be met at the academy in Madrid, she left Spain to study at Jacob Collins’s Water Street Atelier in New York.”

To read the full article, please click here.

Posted January 21st, 2015

2013-2014 ARC Salon Catalogs have arrived!
The 2013-2014 ARC Salon competition catalog displays the work of 685 finalists in full color. The catalog is 256 pages, includes an essay about the top winners in the salon, and an article by Frederick Ross, “Why Realism?”.

To order your copy of the 2013-2014 ARC Salon Catalog, click here.

There is still time to enter the 2014/2015 International ARC Salon (deadline, Jan 31). To view the prospectus, click here.

Posted January 19th, 2015

New Additional Award and Deadline Extension
We would like to announce the addition of another new award into this year’s ARC Salon.

The Knohl Collection Award for History or Literature Inspired Art – (Minimum of $5,000) This award is sponsored by Dr. Howard and Linda Knohl who are among the world’s most respected private art collectors. The award may be given to a single entry or divided among multiple works (up to three). The painting must have been inspired by history or literature and the award may come in the form of a purchase award in which case the work(s) may become an addition to The Knohl Collection, which is a stunning assemblage of hundreds of paintings and thousands of decorative art objects. With over 80,000 pieces, it includes a wide variety of art forms rarely seen in any single private collection. To learn more about the Knohl Collection, click here.

Due to a large number of requests for additional time we will be extending the ARC Salon entry deadline to the end of the month. All entries are due in by end of day January 31, 2015 EST.

Posted January 16th, 2015

Bartholomeus Spranger Exhibit
The Metropolitan Museum of Art in NY is showing the first major exhibition devoted to Bartholomeus Spranger (1546–1611), a fascinating artist who served a cardinal, a pope, and two Holy Roman Emperors. This exhibition examines Spranger’s remarkable career through a selection of his rare paintings, drawings, and etchings, most of which are on loan from international museums and private collections. The exhibit ends February 1, 2015.

To learn more about this and other exhibitions, please click here.

Posted January 13th, 2015

Pastures Green: The British Passion for Landscape
Norton Museum of Art – 1451 S. Olive Avenue, West Palm Beach, FL 33401

Drawn from the remarkable collections of the National Museum Wales, the exhibition includes approximately 65 works by renowned artists such as Claude Lorrain, Salvador Rosa, Thomas Gainsborough, Joseph Wright of Derby, JMW Turner, John Constable, Claude Monet, Alfred Sisley, Augustus John, Graham Sutherland, John Piper, and Richard Long.

Audiences will be afforded a rare opportunity to follow the rise of landscape painting in Britain as the exhibition tells a story that runs from the Industrial Revolution through the eras of Romanticism, Impressionism, and Modernism, to the Postmodern and Post-Industrial imagery of today.
The Bard by Thomas Jones
The exhibit ends on April 5, 2015.

To view this and more exhibit, please click here.

Posted January 12th, 2015

DVI Online Class Now Available
We are happy to announce that The Da Vinci Initiative’s first online course, Introduction to Advanced Observational Drawing, has been officially released.

This class is an advanced observational drawing course comprising of 30 videos at approximately 10 minutes a piece, breaking down the drawing to the left into easy to understand segments. That is approximately 5 hours of instructional footage! The course, although appropriate for any adult who would like to acquire these advanced skills, is geared towards art educators with special bonus footage after many of the lessons with ideas of how to incorporate this type of training into K – 12 classrooms. In addition, the course will come with a series of free lesson plans for teachers and home schooling parents that can be use with their children and students and that utilize many of the foundational principles of this course.

The Da Vinci Initiative, part of a 501C3, nonprofit, educational foundation, is a mission for visual literacy in our contemporary world. With a focus on K-12 public and private schools, the goal of this project is to provide skill-based learning in art education in order to deepen the understanding and applications of the visual language that surrounds us.

The course is now available through the DVI website by clicking here.

Posted January 9th, 2015

New Additions to ARC Museum
15 new images have been added to the ARC museum, including 5 works by Petrus Van Schendel.

The ARC museum is always expanding, and we encourage our visitors to check back often.

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To see the additions to the ARC museum, please click here.


A Market Stall by Candlelight
by Petrus Van Schendel

Posted January 8th, 2015

Academy of Realist Art Boston Scholarship
ARC Approved Academy of Realist Art, Boston has launched its third annual scholarship competition for promising artists with a love for academic style painting and drawing.

The scholarship to be awarded is for one year’s free tuition, September 2015-June 2016.

Applicants must be 18 years of age or older. The deadline for submission is March 15, 2015. Winners will be announced March 30, 2015.

For more information please visit: http://academyofrealistartboston.com/scholarship-info/

Posted January 7th, 2015

10 more days left to enter the ARC Salon!
The January 15th deadline for the International ARC Salon is drawing near! Don’t miss your chance to compete for cash prizes, publicity, and a chance to have their work seen by some of the more than 5,000,000 annual visitors to the ARC website, as well as in other reputable venues.

For the first time we will be having a live exhibition of some of the winners and finalists at the MEAM (Museum of European Art Modern), a museum dedicated to contemporary realism in Barcelona, Spain. Also, for the first time, we are offering an exhibition at a top New York City gallery. Rehs Contemporary Galleries, Inc., New York City, NY and ARC will select a group of approximately 15 finalists who will be asked to supply the gallery with additional images. From those finalists, the gallery will choose 4 – 6 artists for a group show to be held at their gallery on 57th Street either late 2015 or early 2016. In addition, Streamline Art Video will award one finalist a showcase as a key featured part of a DVD on the ARC Salon.

To view the prospectus, please click here.

Posted January 6th, 2015

Suggested Donation Podcast

Pursuits – A Modern Vanitas
by Anthony J. Waichulis
ARC Allied Organization™, Suggested Donation, conducted an interview with ARC Living Master™ and head of ARC Approved Ani Art Academies, Anthony Waichulis.

“Anthony paints breathtaking Trompe L’Oeil paintings, runs the Ani Art Academies, and has released a series of instructional DVD’s entitled ‘The Language of Drawing’ and ‘The Language of Painting’, both long-term projects designed to share his rigorous training with a larger student base.”

To hear the podcast, click here.

Posted January 5th, 2015

Visit ARC on Pinterest!
Visit the the Art Renewal Center on Pinterest!

Stop by to see the “Painting of the Day” or pin your favorite old master paintings. Show us which artworks inspire you, make you think or just make you happy! No modern or contemporary art please.

Please click here to visit us on Pinterest!


A Christmas Party
by Anton Heinrich Dieffenbach

Posted December 24th, 2014

The Florence Academy of Art Opens in the USA!
On January 5, the academy will begin full time courses in drawing & painting with places for 20 students. Intensive workshops begin in March. Academic Director, Jordan Sokol, and principal instructors, Amaya Gurpide and Richard Greathouse, are all painters trained in the philosophy, language of instruction, and methodology guiding the Florence studio. They are also all accomplished painters.

Lara – Charcoal on Toned Paper, 2014
Amaya Gurpide, Principal Instructor at The Florence Academy of Art New York branch
With its three locations in Florence, Sweden and the Jersey City, the Florence Academy will encourage its students and faculty to travel between branches to spend a trimester or year studying abroad. The methodology, curriculum and teaching style will be the same in each. However, students will have the important opportunity to study in Europe, live among architectural masterpieces, and visit the museums and galleries important to the classical tradition. At the same time, thanks to its university status, Florence Academy students will earn U.S. college credit for their coursework done at any of its three locations.
For more information about the U.S. program, please visit www.florenceacademyofart.com/en/faa-newyork/.

Posted December 23rd, 2014

DVI Online Class Now Available

We are happy to announce that The Da Vinci Initiative’s first online course, Introduction to Advanced Observational Drawing, has been officially released. All individuals who pre-ordered the course and all of our Kickstarter backers who get the course content in connection with their backer reward, will receive an e-mail with instructions on how to access the course within one business day. Please be sure to give us a positive review if you like the course!

If you have not ordered the course and would like to do so now, the course is available through the DVI website by clicking here.

Posted December 22nd, 2014

ARC Salon in the Epoch Times
ARC Chief Operating Officer Kara Lysandra Ross has written an article in the Epoch Times about the ARC International Salon.

“The Art Renewal Center, a nonprofit educational foundation dedicated to the renewal of traditional training techniques in the visual arts is currently accepting entries for its 11th annual competition. Artists have a deadline of Jan. 15, 2015, to submit their entries. Winners will be announced in the spring.


Adrift by Jeremy Lipking

The first international ARC Salon occurred in 2004, and since then the number of entries and the quality of work submitted has increased dramatically; no doubt due to the growing interest and appreciation in contemporary paintings utilizing realism and traditional painting techniques.”

To read the rest of the article, click here.

To view the ARC Salon prospectus,
please click here.

Posted December 19th, 2014

Congratulations to Sivananda Nyayapathi
ARC Living Artist™ Sivananda Nyayapathi won the fourth place award in the 2014 Portrait Society of America members only competition for his painting “Cycle of Life”.

To view more of Sivananda’s work, please click here.


Cycle of Life by Sivananda Nyayapathi

Posted December 18th, 2014

30 New Artworks Added to ARC Museum

The Siesta by Jose Villegas Y Cordero
Thirty new artworks have been added to ARC’s steadily growing museum. Among the new works added is “The Siesta” by Jose Villegas Y Cordero. ARC considers this painting to be one of the finest orientalist paintings we’ve ever seen, rivaling the best of Gerome or Lewis.

To read about this work, please click here.

To view the new additions to ARC, click here.

Posted December 17th, 2014

Goya – Order and Disorder Exhibit
This exhibit takes an innovative approach, organizing the extreme variety of Goya’s output thematically. The exhibition employs the poles of order and disorder to structure Goya’s creativity, moving from dignified portraits and daily rituals to the chaos of war and the pandemonium of the Bordeaux bull ring.

This is the largest Goya exhibition in North America in a quarter century and is on view only at the Museum of Fine Art, Boston, MA. The exhibit ends on December 28, 2014.

To view more about this and other exhibits, please click here.


The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters by Francisco Goya

Posted December 16th, 2014

International Guild of Realism – 9th Annual Exhibition
The International Guild of Realism (IGOR), an ARC Allied Organization™, has just concluded their 9th Annual Exhibition at Robert Lange Studios in Charleston, SC.
IGOR has produced a short slide show video which includes several images from all of the special events including images taken during the opening of the show.
To view the video, click here.

To read more about the show and to see the list of winners, please click here.

Posted December 15th, 2014