Posts for January, 2017

January 2017

California Art Club 106th Annual Gold Medal Exhibition

January 30, 2017

The California Art Club, an ARC Allied Organization™ , is holding it's 106th Annual Gold Medal Exhibition.

This year's Gold Medal Exhibition spotlights nearly 200 representational works of art from renowned contemporary-traditional fine artists, who have been active in expanding the interest in the plein air and classical arts heritage associated with the organization's beginnings in 1909.
During the exhibition, the California Art Club will present events and educational programs that enable art enthusiasts to learn more about classical art forms.

The exhibition is being held at the Autry Museum of the American West 4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles, CA 90027-1462 from April 9 to 30, 2017.

For more information, please visit

To see other events, visit our events page.

New ARC Approved Atelier™

January 27, 2017

The Rob Gutteridge School of Classical Realism is a new school, created by Rob Gutteridge in 2016 in Adelaide, the capital city of the state of South Australia, Australia. It provides atelier training in realist art with a focus on painting and drawing the human figure. Rob Gutteridge has been an artist and teacher for more than 40 years. His school developed out of the growing need expressed by local aspiring realist artists and students, for traditional skill based classical training in painting and drawing.
To learn more, please click here.

Bargue Lesson 16 Released

January 26, 2017

Lesson 16 in the Bargue course has just been released on Patreon!
Viewers supporting DVI on Patreon 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 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.

Mandy Hallenius, DVI President in Epoch Times

January 26, 2017

Mandy Hallenius, an artist and art teacher, says children can master the skills needed to draw or paint whatever they can imagine. To help children gain these skills, as well as open up many avenues for cognitive development, the classic method of training visual artists should be salvaged from the past and incorporated into the curriculum today. She co-founded the DaVinci Initiative (DVI), with ARC Chief Operating Officer, Kara Lysandra Ross, with this objective in mind.

To read the full article, please click here.

Treasures of British Art

January 24, 2017

Treasures of British Art presents a selection of paintings from the acclaimed traveling exhibition, providing a panoramic view of British cultural history seen through its art. Featured are examples by the pre-eminent artists of the British School: Anthony van Dyck, Benjamin West, Angelica Kauffman, Thomas Gainsborough, Thomas Lawrence, George Stubbs, and John Singer Sargent.

The exhibition runs now until April 23, 2017 at the Denver Museum of Art, located on 100 W 14th Avenue Pkwy, Denver, CO 80204.
For more information about this and other events, please visit our events page.

New ARC Associate Living Master™

January 20, 2017

Storm Approaching by Heidi Palmer
ARC is pleased to welcome Heidi Palmer as an ARC Associate Living Master™!

"Light, air, and the meaning of time are the three elements that I try to address in my paintings...Moments, memories, reveries, beginnings, endings, and longings are all part of what it is to be a human being in this world. Through my work I hope that viewers can experience a sense of place and time and its significance for themselves."

To see her gallery on ARC, please click here.

Florence Academy of Art, US News

January 19, 2017

The ARC Approved™ Atelier, Florence Academy of Art, US, located in Jersey City, NJ, now offers study visas to international students.

For information on how to study at the FAA, please click here.

ARA Boston News

January 18, 2017

The Academy of Realist Art, Boston, an ARC Approved™ atelier, launched its fifth annual scholarship competition for promising artists with a love for academic style painting and drawing. The scholarship to be awarded is for one year's free tuition for the school year, September 2017-June 2018. The competition is open to any student not currently enrolled at ARA Boston. This is a unique opportunity to jump start your classical training in a fun and supportive environment.
Deadline for submission is March 15, 2017. Winners will be announced April 1st, 2017. Details can be found here.

New ARC Living Master™

January 17, 2017

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.

Velázquez Portraits: Truth in Painting

January 16, 2017

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.

ARCALM Jane Jones Solo Show

January 13, 2017

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.

Bargue Lesson 15 Released

January 12, 2017

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.

Project Home Artists Exhibition

January 12, 2017

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.

Academic Splendor: Nineteenth-Century Masterworks from the Dahesh Museum of Art

January 10, 2017

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.

Truth and Vision: 21st Century Realism

January 6, 2017

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.

GCA Open House and Winter Works Show

January 5, 2017

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.

New Instructional Video in ARC Store

January 5, 2017

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.

Realism and Reality

January 4, 2017

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.

Valentin de Boulogne - Beyond Caravaggio

January 2, 2017

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.

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