Archive for March, 2015
Posted Tuesday, March 31st, 2015
|We are pleased to welcome Albert Yi-Fu Chen as an ARC Living Artist™.
Albert’s art is centered on the human figure and human conditions, pursuing the notion of the existence of the figure that reflects human culture and functions. About his work Albert Yi-Fu Chen says “The ways of artists have been misunderstood since the beginning of modernism. People seem to think art is created out of a sudden revelation or even a kind of ‘mistake’ that renders art creation at the mercy of chance. The making of art is a complex process. It takes training to actually realize ones’ true potential. Therefore, through philosophical training one will see that art and theory are in fact the same entity.”
To view his gallery on ARC, please click here.
Split Second by Albert Yi-Fu Chen
|DVI Workshop at Ani Art Academy Waichulis|
Posted Monday, March 30th, 2015
|Recently the Da Vinci Initiative Partnered with the ARC Approved™ Ani Art Academy Waichulis in PA to bring a free skill-based workshop to K-12 art educators. About the workshop Waichulis said:
||“I am very pleased to report that the recent Visual Language workshop hosted by the Ani Art Academies Waichulis was a stunning affirmation for our recent curricula efforts. Our K-12 Core Program curriculum adaptation aims to develop visual literacy and communication skills that will prepare students to successfully interact and contribute to a global environment that is increasingly dependent on visual stimuli. Teachers in attendance arrived with an infectious enthusiasm that was impossible to evade. Suggestions and creative contributions from each attendee made the two day workshop far more productive than I ever could have hoped. It is thrilling to see the momentum growing behind this push for stronger visual arts education and I am elated to be a part of it.”
||In addition to district wide workshops and weekend retreats for educators, the Da Vinci Initiative partners with ARC Approved Schools™ in order to provide special workshops geared for art educators. To see a list of upcoming workshops and to register, please visit the DVI store by clicking here.
|The Art Renewal Center is the foremost entity for researching and vetting art schools that teach skill-based training techniques in the visual arts. ARC is known for keeping the highest standards in art education, only approving those schools who teach solid, skill-based training methods, which increase visual literacy. To view a list of ARC Approved Schools™, click here.
|Florence Academy 25th Anniversary Book|
Posted Friday, March 27th, 2015
|ARC Approved™ Florence Academy of Art is proud to announce the publication of their 25th anniversary commemorative book, The Florence Academy of Art: The First 25 Years. This 300-page volume chronicles the school’s fabled history, telling the full story of its founding and evolution and featuring artwork and historical images from the academy’s leaders, faculty, and alumni. Written and edited by Allison Malafronte, with more than 400 full-color images and detailed information and interviews from their most important figures, The Florence Academy of Art: The First 25 Years is an important visual and written record of one school’s international influence on several generations of draftsmen, painters, and sculptors. Available for pre-order from the FAA, email@example.com.
Posted Thursday, March 26th, 2015
|| ARC Living Master™ Daniel Greene will be having solo exhibition of new paintings entitled “At the Auction” from April 2 – 25, 2015. The paintings depict the moments of drama that occur in the high-stakes world art auctions.
The exhibit will be held at Gallery Henoch – 555 West 25th St., New York, NY and the reception is open to the public on Thursday April 2 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
For more information, please click here.
Posted Wednesday, March 25th, 2015
|Recently, the Da Vinci Initiative partnered with the Washington Art Education Association (the Board of Art Education for the State of Washington) to offer a free weekend retreat for art teachers. The event was a great success featuring ARC Living Master™ Juliette Aristides, and including an evening painting demonstration at the Gage Academy of Art in Seattle, WA, as well as a full-day figure drawing workshop.
|One attendee wrote of the event, “I am a changed person from the experience! Bravo, Kudos, and Thank You! Your efforts provided positive transformation, validation, reflection, motivation, and inspiration to all!”
To learn more about Da Vinci Initiative workshops and retreats, please click here. All Da Vinci Initiative workshops are held at ARC Approved™ Schools or are taught by artists affiliated with ARC Approved Schools™.
If you are unable to attend an event, consider the DVI’s online course entitled, “Introduction to Advanced Observational Drawing,”. The course includes 30 videos, approximately 5 hours of footage, as well as applicable lesson plans. Continuing education credits are available for some states. To learn more, click here.
|New Realist Gallery Opens in Fort Worth, Texas|
Posted Tuesday, March 24th, 2015
|The Texas Academy of Figurative Art (TAFA) opens TAFA Gallery with the inaugural exhibition “Reconfigure” featuring beautiful works of realist, figurative art by TAFA artists. Opening reception is Saturday, March 28th, 4-9pm.
|| TAFA Gallery brings realist art to Texas by displaying works of timeless beauty and technical sophistication. Ron Cheek, TAFA Director, hopes the gallery will be a premiere destination for figurative art: “Our students are very committed artists, and I want the TAFA gallery to be viewed as a serious effort at presenting realist, figurative art within Texas.”
|For more information about this and other events, please click here.
|Michael John Angel Lecture at Ulster Festival|
Posted Friday, March 20th, 2015
|On Thursday, March 12th, Michael John Angel, ARC Living Master and co-founder/studio director of the Angel Academy of Art, Florence, gave a talk which included over 120 projected images at the Ulster Festival of the Arts in Belfast. The subject was The Training of the 21st-Century Representational Painter, and included images that demonstrated the stages of that training as it occurs during the three-year program at the Angel Academy, Florence (or any well established academy or atelier), and examples of the great work being done by modern representational painters. These moderns included Nelson Shanks, Richard Schmid, Donato Giancola, Roberto Ferri, Arantzazu Martínez, Rob Liberace, Daniel Graves, Juliette Aristides, Marina Dieul, Jeffrey Mims, Jacob Collins, Odd Nerdrum and others.
Michael John Angel: instructional step-by-step, how to paint the human form-a leg study
|On the morning of the 12th, Mr. Angel formed part of a panel discussion on the relationship between preparatory drawings and the final work. About the lecture John Angel said the following: “Those like us are involved throughout our whole life in the newly reborn Realism, and we forget how few people know that this “revolution” is going on. The intake of breath from the audience was remarkable as they saw the works of these wonderful contemporary Realist artists, and (modestamente) of the Angel Academy’s students.”
|The Florence Academy of Art, NJ|
Posted Thursday, March 19th, 2015
|The Florence Academy of Art will officially celebrate the opening of its first US branch on May 3, 2015. The FAA has begun full time courses and workshops in Drawing & Painting in its superbly renovated north light studios in Jersey City, NJ. Located inside the arts center, Mana Contemporary, the FAA shares its new location with the Armitage Dance Studio, The Richard Meier Model Museum, and dozens of resident artists. The FAA and its neighbors at Mana will be open to the public on May 3. Join Us
For more information about the U.S. program, please visit http://www.florenceacademyofart.com/en/faa-newyork/ or contact Alexa Marino, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Richard Greathouse, Principal Instructor at The Florence Academy of Art New York branch, “Smiling Self Portrait”
|Figurativas 2015 Art Contest|
Posted Wednesday, March 18th, 2015
|| The Museum of Modern Art and the Foundation of the Art and the Artists in Barcelona, Spain will be holding the Figurativas 2015 art competition. This year, the jury is composed by Richard Estes, Daniel Graves, Odd Nerdrum, Antonio López, Eduardo Narajano, among others.
The deadline for artist submissions for the competition is May 30, 2015. Contestants that have been pre-selected will send the actual artwork for the jury to view on July 16 and 18, 2015. The final results will be announced towards the end of July.
For more information about the contest, please click here.
|Florence Academy Guest Artist Series|
Posted Friday, March 6th, 2015
||As part of the Guest Artist series, the Spanish contemporary figurative painter, Golucho, will conduct a lecture about his work, and demonstration of techniques to students at The Florence Academy of Art – Florence, Italy.
Galucho began teaching himself to paint at the age of 12 in Madrid, and says that the part of an artist that drives him or her to paint can come from many places, a moment long forgotten or a memory from childhood. His paintings have been called emotional, provocative and masterfully crafted. The academy looks forward to getting to know this artist in person, and to watch him at work.
|For more information on The Florence Academy of Art, please visit www.florenceacademyofart.com
|ARCLM™ Liverpool Workshops|
Posted Wednesday, March 4th, 2015
Michael John Angel, co-founder and studio director of the Angel Academy of Art in Florence, Italy and Juliette Aristides, founder and director of the Aristides Atelier in Seattle, Washington, will be giving figure-drawing and painting workshops.
The workshops are being held at the Hope University in Liverpool, UK. Juliette Aristides’ course runs from July 27 – 31, 2015 and Michael John Angel’s from August 3 – 14, 2015.
Liverpool also has two of the greatest 19th-century galleries in Britain: the Lady Lever Art Gallery and the Walker Art Gallery.
For further information, please visit www.angel-studios.co.uk.
How to Create a Classical Still Life in Pastel
What is Fine Art and Why Realism?
Opening of the 2014/2015 ARC Salon and Award Ceremony at the MEAM, Barcelona
The Power of The Representational Art Conference of 2015 "TRAC"
The Beaux Art Ball of 2015 for the Florence Academy Building Fund
Daniel Martin Stephanian
Richard T Scott
Mary Ross Buchholz
Albert Yi-Fu Chen
Ali Ghassan Al-Zobaede
John Joseph Hunn
Ekaterina Vassilenko Searcy
Student: Cast Drawing by Jason Budowski
Student: Still life by Kathleen Mccoy
Student: Cast Drawing by Melinda Ackerman
Student: Cast Drawing by Conor Jensen
Instructor: Santa Fe River with Water by Edward Duarde
Instructor: Haystack by Cheng Lian
Instructor: Sunday Afternoon by Karen Leoni
Instructor: San Joaquin Sunset by Edward Duarde
Instructor: The Real Warmth of Winter by Cheng Lian
Student: Still Life
Student: Landscape Study
Instructor: Weathered by Karen Leoni
Instructor: Smallenbroek The Beginning of the Exodus Jochebed an Aaron
Atelier Image: Atelier 1
Atelier Image: Atelier 2
Instructor: Still Life by Nik Anikis Skusek
Instructor: Joy by Nik Anikis Skusek
Instructor: Laocoon by Nik Anikis Skusek
Instructor: Treefrog by Jennie Smallenbroek
Student: Cast Charcoal Drawing by Student Clasien Pols
Student: Foot Cast Painting by Student Clasien Pols
Student: Bargue Drawing by Student Linda Posthumus
Instructor: Painting by Nik Anikis Skusek
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