Congratulations to Irena Korosec
Irena Korosec, head of the ARC Approved™ Bohemiarte School and Gallery, won first place in the 2014 art competition held by the Portrait Society of Canada.

The competition is the only professional on-line art competition in Canada.

Pieta – oil and gold leaf on canvas, 42 x 60 inches

Posted March 23rd, 2015

Michael John Angel Lecture at Ulster Festival
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.”

Posted March 20th, 2015

The Florence Academy of Art, NJ
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 or contact Alexa Marino,

Richard Greathouse, Principal Instructor at The Florence Academy of Art New York branch, “Smiling Self Portrait”

Posted March 19th, 2015

Figurativas 2015 Art Contest
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.

Posted March 18th, 2015

Juliette Aristides Article in Seattle Times
ARC Living Master™ Juliette Aristides has been featured in an article in the Seattle Times about her workshops at the Gage Academy of Art.
“The school advances a lofty idea that, for most of the past 100 years, has been out of favor — that the mere act of seeing the world clearly, then copying it, has value.”

To read the rest of the article, please click here.

Posted March 17th, 2015

CAS Scholarship Opportunity
The ARC Approved™ Center for Academic Study (CAS) will be holding their second annual scholarship competition. The competition is open to all skill levels and ends April 15, 2015 at midnight, MST.

For more information, please visit:

CAS is also holding a Plein Air competition for students only. The purpose is to help students who are just getting started in their studies or just about to transition from the student to professional world.

More information can be found here:

Posted March 16th, 2015

Studio Incamminati Open House and Financial Federal Aid
Studio Incamminati will be holding an open house event from 12:30 – 4:30 pm on March 14, 2015. See the curriculum come to life during a live-model painting demonstration and take guided tours including the private on-site faculty studios. Talk to a Chestnut Hill College representative and learn how to develop vital skills while pursuing a degree with the Integrated Art Studio major. Learn about scholarships and other financial aid and find out about life after art school by listening to their alumni success stories.
Studio Incamminati has recently received certification by the United States Department of Education to administer Federal Student Financial Aid programs.

Although the school offers partial scholarships, some students still need financial assistance. Financial aid programs enable Studio Incamminati to help qualified students by providing Pell grants and low-interest loans.

To learn more information about the open house and financial aid, please visit their website at

Posted March 13th, 2015

New Theresa Schwartze Image
A new painting, “Poor Yet Rich” by Theresa Schwartze with a write up by Cora Hollema, Schwartze expert, has been added to the ARC museum.

Hollema has recently published a book on Schwartze, with an English edition soon to follow.

“Besides producing portraits on commission, Schwartze also made genre paintings for the free market. Some critics claimed she was incapable of depicting ordinary people, “infected” as she was by her constant association with the wealthy…”

To read more, please click here.

Posted March 12th, 2015

Marci Oleszkiewicz 2015 Solo Show
ARC Living Master™ Marci Oleszkiewicz will be exhibiting in a solo show titled “Gratitude” at Gallery Russia – 7103 E. Main St, Scottsdale, AZ 85251.

The opening night is March 12 and the show will run from March 10th – March 19th.

For more information, please visit our events page by clicking here.

Looking Back by Marci Oleszkiewicz

Posted March 11th, 2015

LARA Easter and Summer Workshops
The London Atelier of Representational Art (L.A.R.A.) offers full time tuition in drawing, painting and sculpture utilizing traditional atelier techniques and practices.

They are now providing intensive master classes in portraiture and figure painting.

Places still available on their Easter and Summer Schools.

For more information, please visit

Posted March 10th, 2015

April DVI Workshop – Jersey City, NJ
Drawing Techniques for Educators

April 11 – 12, 2015
9:30 am – 4:30 pm

Florence Academy NYC Jersey City
Third Floor of the MANA Center
888 Newark Ave.
Jersey City, NJ 07306
With Jordan Sokol & Mandy Hallenius

For more information or to register, click here.

In this workshop, participants will be introduced to the skill-based model for teaching drawing in K-12 classrooms. Participants will explore a variety of methods for training young artists that enhance visual literacy through drawing. Each drawing concept will be introduced and presented with lesson plans for use in home classrooms. A certificate of completion will be provided for those wishing to apply this workshop towards their continuing education requirements.

For more information or to register, click here.

Posted March 9th, 2015

Florence Academy Guest Artist Series
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

Posted March 6th, 2015

Steven Hanks & Angela De la Vega Exhibition
ARC Living Masters™ Steven Hanks and Angela De la Vega are holding a dual exhibition at the S.R. Brennan Galleries 73-111 El Paseo, Palm Desert, CA 92260.

There will be a champagne reception on Friday March 6, 2015 from 4pm to 8pm.

The exhibition runs until March 16, 2015.

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

Summer by Angela De la Vega

Posted March 6th, 2015

ARCLM™ Liverpool Workshops
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

Posted March 4th, 2015

New ARC Living Artist™
ARC is pleased to welcome Jennie Smallenbroek as an ARC Living Artist™.

Jennie Smallenbroek is a fulltime professional artist residing in her native country, the Netherlands, but travels extensively to paint and further her education as an artist. She paints a wide range of subject matter including figurative, still life and religious themes.

To view Jennie Smallenbroek’s gallery on ARC, please click here.

Portrait of a Lady by Jennie Smallenbroek

Posted March 3rd, 2015

ARCALM™ Sergio Roffo Exhibition

Sunrise on Orr’s Island, Brunswick, ME
by Sergio Roffo
ARCALM™ Sergio Roffo will be exhibiting in a two person show titled Coastal Light. The show runs from March 6 – 31, 2015 at the Principle Gallery, 125 Meeting Street Charleston, SC 29401.

The opening reception is Friday, March 6th, 2015 from 5 pm to 8 pm.

For more information, please click here.

Posted March 2nd, 2015

Masterworks From the Corcoran
Running until May 3, 2015, the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC will display a selection of the Corcoran Gallery of Art’s renowned collection of paintings, sculpture, decorative arts, prints, drawings, and photographs. A number of celebrated works by great American artists such as Frederic Edwin Church, Albert Bierstadt, Sanford Robinson Gifford, Samuel F. B. Morse, and Hiram Powers will be exhibited.

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

Posted February 27th, 2015

IGOR Competition

Girl with Pearl Earrings by Vala Ola
The International Guild of Realism (IGOR), an ARC Allied Organization, is accepting entries from its members for its Masterworks Museum Exhibition, the tour of which is being promoted by David J. Wagner, L.L.C. The exhibition is scheduled from May 19 – July 26, 2015 at the prestigious R.W. Norton Art Gallery in Shreveport, Louisiana. This will be an IGOR members-only exhibition with an emphasis on museum-quality artwork.

Exhibition Premiere: May 19 – July 26, 2015 at the R.W. Norton Art Gallery in Shreveport, LA

For more information, please click here.

Posted February 26th, 2015

New ARC Living Artist™
ARC is pleased to welcome John Joseph Hunn as an ARC Living Artist™.

John Joseph Hunn is a Midwest artist predominately working with the human figure. Graduate of Fontbonne University in 2000, he lives and works in Saint Louis MO.

To view his gallery on ARC, please click here.

Delivery by John Joseph Hunn

Posted February 25th, 2015

Rediscovering George Elgar Hicks
Kara Lysandra Ross, ARC Chief Operating Officer, has written “Rediscovering Victorian Painter George Elgar Hicks”, a new article published in The Epoch Times.

A Cloud With a Silver Lining
by George Elgar Hicks
“In the 1870s with the decline of interest in bustling contemporary genre paintings illustrating scenes of Victorian life, Hicks moved on to portraiture commissions and a different type of genre painting, many of which are beautifully esthetic psychological studies of individuals or small groups. Although he has been most noted for his historic crowd scenes, it is most likely his later scenes of beauty and childhood that will become increasingly appreciated, as these are the ones that more closely resemble the works of his most sought after contemporaries.”

To read the full article, please click here.

Posted February 24th, 2015