Archive for July, 2007

Return to Florence DVD Available in the ARC Store

“Return to Florence” is an award-winning documentary about American
& British art students in Florence, Italy. Filmed at the Charles H.
Cecil Studios, an ARC Approved Atelier, we share their experiences in
an intimate atelier environment.

Director Nick Brandestini
has graciously allowed the Art Renewal Center to offer this documentary through the ARC Store.
The DVD is available for $29.

For an additional $10, you can become a member of ARC when
purchasing this film.

Posted Monday, July 23rd, 2007

Dan Thompson Newest ARC Master

Dan Thompson, artist, teacher and co-founder of Grand Central Academy of Art has been approved as an ARC Master.

Look for Dan’s ARC Masters Gallery in the upcoming weeks.

Dan will be teaching a 10-day workshop at BACAA, in Belmont, California July30-August 10 and at the Art League of Alexandria, Virginia, in September.

Posted Friday, July 20th, 2007

2 Day Intensive Workshop with David Kassan at Salmagundi

David Kassan, a finalist in the 2nd ARC Salon Competition of 2005, will teach a two day intensive painting workshop at the Salmagundi Center for American Art at 47 Fifth Avenue in New York City.

For more info:


Click here for a brochure

Posted Monday, July 16th, 2007

Art School Confidential

   A GoodArt post by Brian van der Spuy:

I just saw a film on DVD, titled ‘Art School Confidential.’ It is a satire lampooning modernist art schools, and is both hilarious and infuriating at the same time. As John Malkovich, who plays one of the modernist teachers, said, he just found the idea of a bunch of talentless jerks at an art school, where the teachers are ALSO a bunch of talentless jerks, very funny. And it is. But also maddening.

The film relates the tale of Jerome, a talented but somewhat clueless youngster who goes to the famous Strathmore College (apparently loosely based on the Pratt Institute), where he turns out to be the only one in his class who can actually draw at all. But his work is either ignored or shot down in flames by both his pretentious fellow students and the teachers (although he does get an A at the end of the semester. But so does everyone else!). The star pupil in the class paints naive, childlike pictures of cars and trucks, but before he can achieve fame, it turns out that he is actually just an undercover policeman on the trail of a serial killer that has been terrorizing the campus, and that indeed, he knows nothing whatever about art. In the meantime, Jerome becomes the prime suspect and is promptly arrested. And then, thanks to the instant notoriety, his art career of course suddenly takes off in a big way!

Here’s the IMDB page on the film:

There is also a message board there, and I found some of the comments by viewers very instructive indeed. One unfortunately has to register to read the message boards, so here are some comments by people who saw the film:

“I was surprised at how much this little film was right on…when i studied art at concordia university i can tell you that this is exactly the way it was in school….from the wannabes who couldn’t draw a boob to the classicly trained painters who got trashed with no mercy by the lesser skilled students….”

Click here to read the rest of the article…

Posted Monday, July 16th, 2007

BACAA brings ARC MASTERS to the West Coast

Linda Dulaney, artist and founder of the Bay Area Classical Artist Atelier, or BACAA has invited several ARC MASTERS to the BACAA studio in beautiful Belmont, California.

Dan Thompson, Paul McCormack, Jon deMartin and Ted Seth Jacobs will all be leading workshops this year at BACAA studio with its 25 foot ceilings and high north facing windows located at Barret Hall, 40 minutes south of San Franciso.


Dan Thompson Artist Instructor of Grand Central Academy NY
Master Figure Drawing and Painting workshop
10 Day July 30-August 10, 2007

Learn the structures of the figure in detail; learn how
to use his contemporary palette

At BACAA Work Directly from the Model in an
environment, that offers exquisite high north facing light

Friendly Collaborative Insightful Rewarding Experience

Posted Thursday, July 5th, 2007