Archive for September, 2011

2011-2012 Prospectus Announcement
Dear ARC visitors,

Just a quick note to let you know that we anticipate uploading the new 2011-2012 ARC International Salon Competition Prospectus within the next few weeks.

Deadlines for submissions will be January 1, 2012.

Thank you for all your inquiries!

Posted Friday, September 30th, 2011

ARC Living Master™ Courses – Virgil Elliott
Historic Oil Painting Courses in Bruges, Belgium with ARC Living Master™ Virgil Elliott

The Flemish Classical Atelier will host two one-month courses with Virgil Elliott in 2012: the Early Flemish Method, September 1-30, and the Venetian Technique as practiced by Giovanni Bellini, October 1-30.

For more information, please visit

Virgil Elliott is the author of
Traditional Oil Painting: Advanced Techniques and Concepts from the Renaissance to the Present

Posted Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

Bouguereau Book Grant Thanks
booksleeves I am a third year student at Georgetown Atelier in Seattle, WA. Our instructor, Tenaya Sims, brought in the beautiful addition of the Bouguereau Catalog Raisonne that you offered our school. As a student it is not in my means at this time to purchase such a definitive work of one the finest French painters. I have admired his work at Orsay and our local musem, the Frye. However to have all his works available to study, page after page, is a sheer delight.
Thank you for your generous gift to our atelier library. I am so very appreciative of the dedication, long hours and effort it took to bring this book to print.

Courtney Estevenin

To Learn more about the Bouguereau Book Grant please click here.

Posted Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

ARC Living Master™ Adrian Gottleib Featured in
Southwest Art Magazine
ARC Living Master™ Adrian Gottlieb gets stellar write-up in Southwest Art, September 15th, 2011.
Ginsburg Don’t miss this fantastic article chronicling Adrian’s journey and development into one of today’s top Academic artists and instructors. Adrian is currently the head instructor of the Adrian Gottlieb Studio and Atelier in Los Angeles California.
To read article please click here.
Posted Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

New ARC Living Artist™ Sivananda Nyayapathi
We would like to officially welcome
Sivananda Nyayapathi as an ARC Living Artist™.

Siva is a juried member of the Portrait Society of Atlanta (PSA), a signature member of the Atlanta Fine Arts League, and an associate member of the Oil Painters of America. He has exhibited in many one man and group shows in the USA.

Click here to see the Sivananda Nyayapathi Gallery.


Larry Hall
by Sivananda Nyayapathi

Posted Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

ARC Approved Atelier™ ARA Launches Bargue Drawing DVD
ARC Approved Atelier™ Academy of Realist Art is excited to release the brand new Bargue Drawing Companion instructional DVD. Senior instructor and director Fernando Freitas instructs on the process of replicating the Charles Bargue drawings – the basis of the French atelier programs.
ARADVD The Charles Bargue Drawing Course was developed and widely used in the mid 19th century as a foundation exercise for fine art training. Throughout the years it has been used by many great masters as an essential process in understanding the principles of shape, proportion, value and form.

This DVD is for anyone interested in developing their drawing skills. Whether you are a beginner or advanced student, amateur or professional artist, the results will be beyond your expectations.

For more information, click here

Posted Monday, September 19th, 2011

Praise for Good Art Speech
“I just read parts of your 2001 lecture ‘Good Art, Bad Art: Pulling Back the Curtain‘. I was impressed… The simple distinction of art about art, and art about life, is clear and concise. Well done.”

-Adam Reeder

Click here to read the full letter.

Posted Friday, September 16th, 2011

New ARC Associate Living Master™ Mikel Olazabal
We would like to officially welcome Mikel Olazabal as an ARC Associate Living Master™.

His art covers a wide variety of themes, having the description of the figures and the narration of their situations as central elements of the scenes. With a careful attention to details, he brings to life an imagined moment and talks to us about certain aspects of the adventures, wishes, and eternal desires of the human being.

Click here to see the Mikel Olazabal Gallery.


Transmuting Fear into Art
by Mikel Olazabal

Posted Friday, September 16th, 2011

Max Ginsburg Realism Workshop
Ginsburg Carriage House Art Studios
Visiting Artist Series Presents:
Max Ginsburg
3 days – Revealing Realism
Oct. 21st – Oct. 23, 2011

ARC Salon™ Best in Show winner Max Ginsburg will be teaching this 3 day workshop which will concentrate on painting the model from life in a traditional realistic manner.

For more information click here.

Posted Monday, September 12th, 2011

ARC Appreciation Letter
“I have been reviewing your website several times over the last year or so. I have looked at virtually every one of the 225 artists and all their paintings and must admit you really do have the right point of view when it comes to traditional realism vs modern gook.”

-Nick Triveri
Armstrong-Indiana Behavioral and Developmental Health Program

Click here to read the full letter.

Posted Friday, September 9th, 2011

Bouguereau Book Grant
booksleeves The Morris and Alma Schapiro Fund has paid for 50% of 100 two volume sets of the Bouguereau Biography and Catalogue Raisonné; splitting the cost with ARC. These books are to be donated to ARC approved ateliers, reference libraries, and museums, so that art students and art lovers around the world will have access to this monumental book
To see a list of institutions that have recieved the Bouguereau books, click here.
Posted Thursday, September 8th, 2011

ARC Approved Atelier Florence Academy of Art Show
The Inaugural American Exhibition of Artists and Alumni of ARC Approved™ Florence Academy of Art
Faa alumni

September 15, 2011 at 6 p.m. and
September 17, 2011 at 12 noon

Artist and Faculty will be in Attendence

Galerie Michael
224 North Rodeo Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

For more information, click here.

Posted Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

Thank You For Your Wonderful Website
“Thank you for your wonderful website. I enjoyed reading the “Philosophy” section of your website immensely, and was truly educated by what I found there.

I have always been awestruck and moved by the works of Leighton, Waterhouse and Alma Tadema. Although I am not an artist and rarely spend the time or money to enjoy art, I feel as though a sham has been perpetrated on the public regarding Modernist work. I jokingly hold the belief that one day, hundreds of years from now, it will be discovered that Pollock, Warhol and the like had perpetrated a great hoax on the art world.”

- Shelley Bellopede
Undergraduate, History Department
University of St. Thomas, Houston

Click here to read the full letter.

Posted Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

Letter of Appreciation
“I wanted to give a quick thank you to the work you are doing. Your website made my day.

Although, I’m not an artist, I have always been instictively repulsed by modern ‘art’. I think this biased me against Art in general and kept me from seeking out and truly understanding the craft and skill required for producing true Art.

Viewing the paintings on your site, I felt like somone had opened a door to the past (and, I hope, the future) that had been right in front of me all along. I felt truly inspired and lifted after seeing them.”

- Jared

Click here to read the full letter.

Posted Thursday, September 1st, 2011