Archive for July, 2014

Quintessential California
More than 50 contemporary and traditional artists associated with the historic California Art Club, an ARC Allied Organization, celebrate the enduring appeal of the Golden State. The exhibition highlights a variety of subjects that define California – from famed beaches and majestic mountainsides, to historic sites and abundant agriculture.

Anza-Borrego Desert Sunset by Betsy Bland
July 28 – November 2, 2014

Santa Paula Art Museum – 117 North 10th Street, Santa Paula, California.

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Posted Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Visit ARC on Pinterest and Facebook!
Come visit our new Pinterest page and pin your favorite old master paintings. Show us which old master artworks inspire you, make you think or just make you happy! This section will be dedicated specifically to the old masters, so any works pre-1800.

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Archduke Leopold Wilhelm in his Gallery by David Teniers the Younger
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Posted Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

Opportunity to Study with Joseph McGurl
Award winning ARC Living Master™, Joseph McGurl, will be conducting a landscape painting workshop Sept. 24, 25, and 26, 2014. It will be held at his home/studio on Amrita Island, Cape Cod. This will be a combination of demonstrations by Joe and plein air landscape painting by the participants. The class will focus on issues of concern to the landscape painter such as composition, drawing, perspective, value, color, and most importantly, light, shade, and atmosphere. A special emphasis will be given to developing a greater understanding of the physical aspects of nature which will lead to a more truthful depiction of the landscape on canvas. Participants will also learn the sight-size method of painting landscapes and the unique tools and techniques Joe has developed in order to render the elements of nature with paint on canvas.

For more information and a registration form, please visit and go to the workshops page.
Italian Inspirations: An Evening of Wine and Art with a Tuscan Terroir Featuring New Works by Joseph McGurl.

Opening reception on August 2nd from 5-7pm. The show ends on August 15th. At the reception, McGurl will describe how he approached the Plein Air process on his recent trip to Tuscany.

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Posted Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

Faked, Forgotten, Found: Five Renaissance Paintings Investigated
This fascinating exhibition showcases conservators’ forensic analysis of five Renaissance paintings in the Carnegie Museum of Art’s collection. Learn how curators and conservators discovered a portrait of Isabella de’ Medici attributed to Alessandro Allori beneath the surface of a work repainted in the 19th century, or how to tell the museum’s genuine painting by Francesco Francia apart from later imitations and copies. The discoveries about each work are presented through extensive multimedia documentation, highlighting a fascinating but little-seen aspect of museum practice.
Sir George Nevill by Hans Holbein the Younger or workshop
June 28, 2014 – September 15, 2014

Carnegie Museum of Art – 4400 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

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Posted Monday, July 28th, 2014

DVI Officially Endorsed by Washington State

The Board of Art Education in the State of Washington, the Washington Art Education Association (WAEA), has just officially endorsed The Da Vinci Initiative. The Da Vinci Initiative has been working closely with the WAEA to provide professional development resources for art teachers, including workshops that introduce atelier training. This year, The Da Vinci Initiative is also sponsoring a weekend retreat for the WAEA that includes a workshop and demonstration. This successful partnership that provides the WAEA with skill-based art education resources led the board to officially endorse The Da Vinci Initiative at their most recent meeting. The Da Vinci Initiative looks forward to building relationships and partnering with additional states to provide quality professional development resources for art teachers across the country.

For interested individuals looking to take workshops geared for art teachers k-12 and to discover an accessible approach to skill-based drawing education, there are limited remaining spaces in the upcoming DVI August workshops. The first workshop will run from 8/4 – 8/8 and the second from 8/11 – 8/15. The courses will be taught by the DVI President, Amanda Hallenius at the Aristides Atelier in Seattle, WA. Both classes qualify for continuing education clock hours.

For more information and to register,
click here.

Posted Friday, July 25th, 2014

A Victorian Obsession
A Victorian Obsession presents 50 exceptional paintings by many of the leading artists of the Victorian period within the extraordinary interiors of Leighton House Museum. The pictures all belong to the Mexican collector Juan Antonio Pérez Simón and form the largest private collection of Victorian art outside the UK. The works have never before been seen together in Europe and will have their only UK showing at Leighton House Museum.

Greek Girls Picking up Pebbles by the Sea
by Lord Frederick Leighton
November 14, 2014 – March 29, 2015
Leighton House Museum – 12 Holland Park Road, London W12 8LZ

To protect the delicate interiors of the house and ensure an enjoyable visit, entry will be by timed ticket only and advanced booking is highly recommended. Last entry is at 4:30pm.

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Posted Thursday, July 24th, 2014

Gordon Hanley News
Congratulations to ARC Living Master™ Gordon Hanley, who is featured in the July edition Australian Artist Magazine. Gordon’s work is also featured on the cover.
The article details the process of creating drawings using metalpoint, the art of drawing using gold or silver. A master of this medium, Hanley demystifies the process and discusses various pieces of his work.

“Despite all of the precise, sometimes minute detail in these drawings, obtaining even tones across a large area is the single most difficult thing to achieve in metalpoint. This is because the control of stylus angle and pressure has to be faultless…. To successfully capture such a flawless complexion is a very satisfying achievement in metalpoint drawing.”

To see more of Gordon Hanley’s work, please click here.

Take Five by Gordon Hanley
Posted Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

Gods and Heroes: Masterpieces from the École des Beaux-Arts, Paris

Attention Mingled with Fear
by François Rude
Gods and Heroes will be a rich overview of masterpieces from the École des Beaux-Arts, the original school of fine arts in Paris, France, and a repository for work by Europe’s most renowned artists since the seventeenth century. The exhibition will include approximately 140 paintings, sculptures, and works on paper dating from the seventeenth through the nineteenth centuries. The focus will be on epic themes such as courage, sacrifice, and death, as well as the ways that changing political and philosophical systems affected the choice and execution of these subjects. The exhibition will feature artists such as Jacques-Louis David, Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, François Boucher, Nicolas Poussin, Albrecht Dürer, and Rembrandt van Rijn.
June 21, 2014 – September 14, 2014

Oklahoma City Museum of Art – 415 Couch Drive, Oklahoma City, OK 73102

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Posted Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

Opportunity to Study with Virgil Elliott
ARC Living Master™ Virgil Elliott will be conducting a three-day nude figure workshop August 15, 16 & 17 at his atelier in Petaluma, California. There are convenient accommodations for travelers in the immediate vicinity.

Virgil Elliott is the author of Traditional Oil Painting, published by Random House. The Atelier of Virgil Elliott is in Petaluma, California (Northern California Wine Country, 40 miles north of San Francisco).

See for more information.

Melancholy by Virgil Elliott
Posted Monday, July 21st, 2014

Florence Academy Student Work

Portrait of Mark by Jamie Coreth
Each year, the ARC Approved Florence Academy of Art adds excitement to their curriculum by holding an informal competition among their students and awarding one student the Best Painting Award.

This year the Best Student Painting of the Year 2013-2014 was awarded to Jamie Coreth for his painting “Portrait of Mark”.

To see more exceptional work being produced by the students of the Florence Academy, please click here.

Posted Friday, July 18th, 2014

New Letter to ARC
For the first time in my life I have applied for the Art Renewal Salon 2014 and really did not expect anything to come out of it. To my great surprise, not only did I make it as a finalist, but both my sculptures got honorable mentions. It really means a lot to me to find myself among those whom I admired so much when I was younger.
Mercurial by Francis Nguyen
Sculpture Category – Honorable Mention
2013-2014 ARC International Salon
About 10 years ago, before I first discovered that the Art Renewal Center existed, I did not even know people made realist art; I was only aware of the Old Masters like Michelangelo and Da Vinci. My school at the time was completely modernized and the history of traditional values was erased from the curriculum. Finding out that other living artists made this kind of high level work inspired me to such an extent that through your website, I found the ARA in 2005, studied with Fernando and Juan and began my academic studies.

To read the full letter, please click here.

To view the 2013/2014 ARC Salon Winners, click here.

Posted Thursday, July 17th, 2014

Opportunity to Study with Devin Cecil-Wishing

Griffin by Devin Cecil-Wishing
Artist and Grand Central Academy Instructor, Devin Cecil-Wishing, will be teaching a very special drawing intensive workshop in LA (Venice) September 24th-28th. The class, Drawing from the Cast: Building the Fundamentals of Realism, will be a great opportunity for artists of all ability levels to push their skills to the next level. The workshop will primarily focus on how to render light and form in a convincing manner by utilizing a conceptual model of how light actually works, combined with careful, direct observation from plaster casts of antique sculptures. This will be the first time that Devin Cecil-Wishing has come to LA for a workshop, so if you’re in the area, be sure not to miss it!

For more information on the workshop visit and to see more of Devin’s work visit his site at

Posted Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Vicki Sullivan Exhibition
July 10 – 22, 2014

Victorian Artists Society Galleries
430 Albert St
East Melbourne, Victoria 3002

We are happy to announce that ARC Associate Living Master™ Vicki Sullivan will be exhibiting her work in the Melbourne Society of Women Painters and Sculptors Exhibition entitled “Changing Perspectives”.

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

Frehza by Vicki Sullivan
Posted Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

BACAA Workshops

Skin Deep by Darren Kingsley
The Bay Area Classical Artist Atelier will be hosting a number of exciting workshops this summer and fall. Some of the summer workshops that still having remaining spots are listed below:

1. Graydon Parrish Workshop on Form Painting and Color Theory, July 21st – August 1st 2. Michael Grimaldi and Dan Thompson Workshop on Advanced Artistic Anatomy, August 4th – 8th, and 3. Juliette Aristides will be teaching a Figure Painting Workshop from August 11th – 22nd.

Fall Workshops are: 1. Darren Kingsley September 23-October 3rd , 2014, 2. Sean Cheetham (2 Days )September 27th- 28th, 2014 (and 3 days ) November 1st -3rd, 2014 , 3. Kate Savage September 20th – 21st, 2014, 4. Tony Pro October 4th – 5th, 2014 and 5. Stephen Perkins a 5-Day Figure Drawing and a 5-Day Sculpting class from October 27th-31st, 2014.

For more information, please click here.

Posted Monday, July 14th, 2014

The Pre-Raphaelite Legacy British Art and Design
May 20 – October 26, 2014

Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Avenue (at 82nd Street)
New York, NY 10028

Le Chant d’Amour by Burne-Jones
This exhibition will highlight the second wave of the Pre-Raphaelite movement as it unfolded from the 1860s through the 1890s, focusing on the key figures of Edward Burne-Jones, William Morris, and Dante Gabriel Rossetti. Some thirty works from across the Museum’s collections-including paintings, drawings, furniture, textiles, prints, and illustrated books, many of them rarely on view and united for the first time-will demonstrate the enduring impact of Pre-Raphaelite ideals as they were adapted by different artists and developed across a range of media. At a time of renewed appreciation for art of the Victorian age, the installation will direct fresh attention toward the Metropolitan’s little-known holdings in this important area.

For more information, please click here to visit our Events page.

Posted Friday, July 11th, 2014

Sergio Roffo Exhibition

Twilight Calm by Sergio Roffo
North Water Gallery – 27 North Water Street, Edgartown, MA 02539

ARC Associate Living Master™ Sergio Roffo will have an exhibition of works focusing on Martha’s Vineyard.

Opening Reception: Thursday July 24, 5-7pm

For more information, please call: 888-969-9500

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Posted Thursday, July 10th, 2014

Opportunity to Attend an Intensive Anatomy Course
The Golden Gate Atelier will be conducting a 19 – 22 week Écorché sculpture course. Students will be taught the bony and muscular shapes that impact the surface of the skin and create form. By sculpting the écorché figure in clay and completing detailed anatomical drawings, students will develop a deep appreciation for the geometric construction of the human body. Students can then apply this understanding when they draw the figure from nature or construct it from imagination. This course is excellent for painters, sculptors, illustrators, and digital artists who are passionate for the human form and looking to improve their understanding. It is open to artists of all levels of experience: advanced and beginners are welcome.
Classes begin on Tuesday, October 20, 2014. The maximum number of students that will be accepted is 12.

For more information, please email the head instructor, Andrew Ameral at:

Posted Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

New ARC Associate Living Master™

Veil of Expressions 2
by Marcos Damascena
Marcos Damascena was born in Poções Bahia in 1981 and rooted in São Paulo, where he began his artistic career studying with what was considered the biggest names in art education in his country. His talent developed with surprising speed. Damascena defined his style by painting in thin layers and depicting extraordinary details, a quality that has enabled him to be honored with several awards.

Deciding to depict recognizable forms, he began a new phase of his career using the human being as the basis of his work. He focused on the soul of the subject in various stages and the expressions and intimate moments intrinsic to each individual. The characteristic details drew the attention of several critics and dealers, marking his presence in Brazilian realistic painting.

Damascena is a legacy in Brazil, hailed for his technical and creative skill. He is one of the founders of the vanguard realistic movement of ARV.

To view his gallery on ARC, please click here.
Posted Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

Exhibition of work by former students of Signorina Nerina Simi
July 12 – August 20, 2014
La Casa del Berlingaio (Stazzema) and the Palazzo della Cultura di Stazzema (frazione di Cardoso), Stazzema, Italy

In the 1960s, Signorina Simi’s school was the only one in Europe that was still teaching properly the fine art of figurative drawing and painting. This exhibition showcases work by Signorina Nerina Simi’s 32 former students, paying tribute to her lifetime of teaching.

ARC Living Masters™ Michael John Angel, Daniel Graves, and Joke Frima will be among the artists exhibiting paintings.

For more information, please click here to visit our Events and Exhibitions page.

On the Woodpile by Joke Frima
Posted Monday, July 7th, 2014

America’s Eden: Thomas Cole and The Voyage of Life
Now through September 14, 2014

The Taft Museum of Art – 316 Pike Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

The Voyage of Life: Youth
by Thomas Cole
Discover a landmark of American art by Thomas Cole, a leader of the Hudson River School. Cole’s allegorical painting series, The Voyage of Life, depict the course of a man’s life as a river journey through four magical landscapes. Cole’s masterpiece, which rarely travels, is accompanied by 41 American landscape paintings and works on paper from the permanent collections of the Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute in Utica, New York.
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Posted Thursday, July 3rd, 2014