New ARC Living Master™
Greg Hildebrandt and his identical twin brother, Tim, were born in Detroit, Michigan in 1939. Both boys were avid artists from a young age and carried their artistic passion with them throughout their childhoods.

In 1975, Greg and Tim illustrated the first of a series of Lord of the Rings calendars for Ballantine Books. This series launched them into international fame with over a million calendars sold, and the name The Brothers Hildebrandt® was born! In 1977, Lucas Films hired the Brothers Hildebrandt to create the movie poster for first Star Wars film, Star Wars: A New Hope.

To learn more, and to see Greg Hildebrandt’s gallery on ARC, please click here.

Posted January 17th, 2017

Velázquez Portraits: Truth in Painting
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, located on 1000 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10028 is holding an exhibition of Velazquez portraits from now until March 12, 2017.

Seven exceptional portraits by Velázquez, including The Met’s iconic Juan de Pareja, are on view in this focused exhibition, which shows how the artist captured the variety of human experience. Two paintings from the Hispanic Society of America Portrait of a Young Girl and Cardinal Camillo Astalli-Pamphili were recently cleaned and restored at The Met and are also displayed.

For more information, please click here.

Posted January 16th, 2017

ARCALM Jane Jones Solo Show
ARC Associate Living Master™ Jane Jones is holding a solo show titled “Glorious Survivors”.

Every canvas tells a story, and each flower she paints represents survival, not only as a plant, but for what that strength portrays about the human condition.

The show takes place at the Bonner David Gallery – 7040 E. Main St., Scottsdale, AZ 85251 from January 19 – February 1, 2017.

There will be a special artist reception: Thursday, January 19, 2017 from 6 – 9 p.m.

For more information about this and other events, please click here.

Posted January 13th, 2017

Bargue Lesson 15 Released
Support the DVI on Patreon! Subscribers gain exclusive access to bonus tips and tricks videos with additional educational footage as well as access to the weekly footage one day in advance of the general public.

If you’d rather not wait, the entire course with additional footage can be purchased and downloaded now through DVI by clicking here.

To make a donation to The Da Vinci Initiative, click here.

To order a copy of the Charles Bargue Drawing Course Book,
please click here.

Posted January 12th, 2017

Project Home Artists Exhibition
Studio Incamminati has partnered with Project HOME to provide foundational drawing classes to the homeless. Participants in the program develop the empowering life skills needed as they transition from homelessness.

The show takes place at Studio Incamminati, School for Contemporary Realist Art, Fifth Floor, 340 North 12th St., Philadelphia, PA on January 17, 2017 from 6 – 8 p.m.

All sales benefit individual artists and Project HOME.

For more information, please click here.

To view other exhibitions and events, visit our exhibition page.

Posted January 12th, 2017

Academic Splendor: Nineteenth-Century Masterworks from the Dahesh Museum of Art
The Dahesh Museum of Art is the only institution in the United States devoted to collecting and exhibiting European academic art of the 19th century. Masterworks features paintings and sculptures by creative artists trained in the academies and private ateliers of France and other countries, including Jean-Léon Gérôme, William Adolphe Bouguereau, Lord Leighton, and Lawrence Alma Tadema.
The exhibition takes place at the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens – 829 Riverside Avenue, Jacksonville, Florida 32204 from January 27 – April 16, 2017.

For more on this and other exhibitions, please click here.

Posted January 10th, 2017

Truth and Vision: 21st Century Realism
Inspired by Robert C. Jackson’s 2014 publication, Behind the Easel: The Unique Voices of 20 Contemporary Representational Painters, this exhibition surveys the state of realistic painting at the start of the 21st century. Indicative of this moment are two trends in representational painting–the depiction of the natural world and the creation of fantastic imaginings. Featuring artists from throughout the United States and Canada, Truth & Vision: 21st Century Realism reveals the contemporary developments in a mode of painting historically tied to the greater Brandywine Valley.
The exhibition is taking place at the Delaware Art Museum, located on 2301 Kentmere Parkway, Wilmington, Delaware 19806 from October 4, 2016 – January 22, 2017.

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

Posted January 6th, 2017

GCA Open House and Winter Works Show
Join GCA on January 19, from 6-8pm to find out more about their full time studies. Meet current students, teachers and administrators and tour the studio.

Also, Eleventh Street Arts will be open for LIC Gallery Night – a final opportunity to view the Wrap Me Up: Winter Small Works Show, featuring a selection of contemporary realist paintings, drawings and sculpture by artists of the Water Street and Grand Central Ateliers.

Grand Central Atelier and Eleventh Street Arts are located at 46-06 11th St., Long Island City, NY 11101.

RSVP for the Core Open house here.

Posted January 5th, 2017

New Instructional Video in ARC Store
Erik Bossik, creator of “How to Create an Underpainting Like the Old Masters: A Step by Step Guide” has released a new instructional video titled “Underpainting Secrets for Artists”.

In this eighty-five minute video, you will learn exactly how to create an underpainting like the old masters.

To learn more, please click here.

Posted January 5th, 2017

Realism and Reality
ARC Living Master™ Max Ginsburg is holding a solo exhibition of his work titled “Realism and Reality”.

A workshop, including a live demo and talk, will coincide with the reception of the exhibition on Saturday, Jan. 21 from 4 – 8 PM.

The show will take place at the Florence Academy of Art, US – 888 Newark Avenue, FL 3, Jersey City, NJ 07306 from January 16 – 29, 2017.

For more information, please click here.

To view other upcoming events, visit our events page.

Posted January 4th, 2017

Valentin de Boulogne – Beyond Caravaggio
The greatest French follower of Caravaggio, Valentin de Boulogne was one of the most original protagonists of the new, naturalistic painting. This is the first monographic exhibition devoted to Valentin.

The exhibition runs from October 7, 2016 – January 22, 2017 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art – 1000 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10028.

For more information about this exhibit, please click here.

Posted January 2nd, 2017

Charles Bargue Drawing Book in ARC Store
The Bargue-Gérôme Drawing Course is a complete reprint of a famous, late nineteenth century drawing course. It contains a set of almost two hundred masterful lithographs of subjects for copying by drawing students before they attempt drawing from life or nature. Consequently it is a book that will interest artists, art students, art historians and lovers and collectors of drawings. It also introduces us to the work and life of a neglected master: Charles Bargue.
To order a copy of this book, please click here.

This book makes a great companion to the DVI’s second online course, Charles Bargue in the 21st Century.

To purchase the course in full, click here.

Posted December 29th, 2016

Lesson 14 in Bargue Drawing Course Released
Support the DVI on Patreon! Subscribers gain exclusive access to bonus tips and tricks videos with additional educational footage as well as access to the weekly footage one day in advance of the general public.

If you’d rather not wait, the entire course with additional footage can be purchased and downloaded now through DVI by clicking here.

To make a donation to The Da Vinci Initiative, click here.

To order a copy of the Charles Bargue Drawing Course Book,
please click here.

Posted December 28th, 2016

ARC Salon Catalogue Update
The 12th International ARC Salon Catalogue is currently in the process of being created, but we expect to have the them in hand and ready to ship by April 2017.

The catalogue will include images of the winners and finalist works by all 640 artists and serve as our official exhibition catalogue for the live version of the ARC Salon.

To pre-order a copy at the reduced price, please visit the ARC Store.

Posted December 27th, 2016

ARC Salon Event Dates
We are pleased to announce these important dates for our 12th International ARC Salon Live Exhibition:

Public Opening (Salmagundi Club, New York, NY)
Saturday, May 13th, 2017, 11am – 3pm

Atelier Education Day (Salmagundi Club, New York, NY)
Friday, May 19th, 2017 10am – 2pm

ARC Award Ceremony and Figurativas Opening Ceremony: (MEAM Museum , Barcelona, Spain)
September 22nd, 2017 – Starts 19pm

Artists Forum: (MEAM Museum , Barcelona, Spain)
September 23rd, 2017 – Starts 11am

Posted December 22nd, 2016

Frank Dicksee Book in ARC Store
We are proud to offer the new volume, Frank Dicksee, His Art and Life in the ARC Store. This important volume, published in association with the Art Renewal Center, includes a history and catalogue raisonne of his works with approximately 300 pictures.

To purchase this book, please click here.

Posted December 21st, 2016

Eric Armusik in Epoch Times
ARC Associate Living Master™ Eric Armusik has recently been featured in an article in the Epoch times.

“Armusik realized he wanted to paint from real life, with real people who gave him a sense or feeling of certain characters from classic stories as models. He also wanted to closely observe their body language and inner feelings and communicate that to the viewer along with the story, making it feel authentic and accessible to everyone.”

To read the full article, please click here.

Posted December 20th, 2016

Live ARC Salon Exhibition News
The official selection of additional works for the Live Exhibition of the ARC Salon will begin on January 1, 2017.

The Live Exhibition will travel from the Salmagundi Club, New York, New York to the MEAM Museum in Barcelona, Spain.

To learn more about the exhibition and to see an updated list of works included in the show, please click here.

Posted December 19th, 2016

Kamille Corry Workshop at BACAA
ARC Approved™ Bay Area Classical Arts Atelier is offering a ten day workshop by Kamille Corry focusing on painting the nude figure from life. Starting with limited palette, and working up to a more extended color palette, students will be developing their painting by focusing on strong draftsmanship, building form with correct values, and honing their skills with naturalistic color application. Kamille will be painting alongside the students and giving individual critiques daily.
The course runs from January 30 – February 10, 2017.

For more information about this workshop, please click here.

Posted December 16th, 2016

New DVI Lesson Released
Lesson 13 in the DVI Bargue Drawing course has just been released.
The DVI is using Patreon to help finance the expense of producing high-quality video courses. Patreon subscribers gain exclusive access to bonus tips and tricks videos with additional educational footage as well as access to the weekly footage one day in advance of the general public. The videos are then posted on the DVI YouTube channel.
The entire course with additional footage can be purchased and downloaded now through DVI by clicking here.

To make a donation to The Da Vinci Initiative, click here.

Posted December 15th, 2016