Posts for December, 2023

December 2023

Learn to Draw and Paint at the Angel Academy of Art, Florence

Published on December 29, 2023

The Angel Academy of Art, Florence, offers the opportunity to learn drawing and painting as the Old Masters did. Whether you are a beginner looking to explore Realism in Florence or an experienced scholar looking to manifest a career, their mission is to provide the experience and skills that you need to succeed.

Students can enroll in the Angel Academy of Art, Florence, for a summer workshop, a four-week intensive portrait course, or the three-year diploma program. Each of these cover techniques instrumental to mastering Realism in drawing and painting. For example, right from the first year of studies in the Diploma Program, the Angel Academy thoroughly teaches Pictorial Composition and the Process of Designing a Painting.

Each program offers the unique experience of learning as the Old Masters did and in the heart of Florence.

The full range of programs accommodate students with any amount of experience. No portfolio or previous experience is required.

Be in touch! Tell The Angel Academy of Art, Florence your goal and they will suggest a vision for you.


New ARC Associate Living Master

Published on December 28, 2023

ARC is pleased to welcome B. J. Parker as a new ARC Associate Living Master!

B. J. Parker is a realist artist based in Saint Louis, Missouri. His artistic approach amalgamates the ideas he has learned from studying with Patricia Watwood, Sadie Valeri, and Ron Cheek as well as his graduate work in ancient Near Eastern Religion. B. J. is committed to furthering the realist tradition within the contemporary art world and in his work he explores the in-betweenness of the human condition through figurative creations in graphite, charcoal, and oil. 

To view his gallery on ARC, please click here

Figural/People Art & Color 365 Magazine

Published on December 28, 2023

Congratulations to Norwegian artist and ARC Living Master Jon Bøe Paulsen for winning First Place in Art and Color 365 Magazine’s Figural/People art competition for his oil painting, “The Guests Arrive.”

Paulsen considers himself a new realist painter and focuses on chiaroscuro techniques in his work, accentuating strong contrasts between light and dark for dramatic effect.

A feature article about Paulsen has been published in Art and Color 365.  To learn more, click here

New ARC Approved® Atelier

Published on December 20, 2023

ARC is pleased to welcome the Classical Atelier as a new ARC Approved® Atelier!

Led by Co-Directors Larine Chung and Paul Rosiak, the Classical Atelier is a full-time program dedicated to training students of all backgrounds to achieve the highest level of drawing and painting skills possible. The program is centered around working from life, and through one-on-one mentorship, demos, lectures, a strong sense of community, and a structured curriculum, students work towards mastery and gain the tools and confidence to find their voice through the language of visual art.

To learn more about the Classical Atelier, please click here


BACAA Carlo Russo Workshop

Published on December 20, 2023

Instructor Carlo Russo will lead a Master Dutch Flower Painting Workshop in a historic artist studio in Chelsea, London, UK with exquisite north facing windows.  The workshop will include 2 days of museum visits and lectures by the instructor, and five days of painting in the studio. For centuries, artists and admirers have marveled at the exquisite floral bouquets painted by the Dutch artists of 17th century Holland. This is an amazing opportunity to learn the techniques of the old masters.

The workshop is July 4 - July 10, 2024. For details and registration visit


Botticelli Drawings

Published on December 19, 2023

Botticelli Drawings is the first exhibition ever dedicated to the drawings of Renaissance artist Sandro Botticelli. Exploring the foundational role drawing played in Botticelli’s work, the exhibition traces his artistic journey, from studying under maestro Fra Filippo Lippi to leading his own workshop in Florence. Featuring rarely seen and newly attributed works, the exhibition provides insight into the design practice of an artist whose name is synonymous with the Italian Renaissance. Botticelli’s drawings offer an intimate look into the making of some of his most memorable masterpieces, including Adoration of the Magi, which will be reunited with its preparatory drawing, surviving only in fragments. From Botticelli’s earliest recorded drawings through expressive designs for his final painting, the works on display reveal the artist’s experimental drawing techniques, quest for ideal beauty, and command of the line.

The exhibition runs from November 19, 2023 – February 11, 2024 at the Legion of Honor, 100 34th Ave San Francisco CA 94121.

To learn more, please click here

For more events, visit the ARC Calendar.

New ARC Associate Living Master℠

Published on December 14, 2023

ARC is pleased to welcome Bill Farnsworth as an ARC Associate Living Master℠!

Bill Farnsworth has spent more than 40 years as an Illustrator and Fine Artist. He spent most of his life in New Milford Connecticut painting landscapes of the rural area, while supporting himself and family with his growing illustration career. His paintings have appeared in many national shows, museums, and private collections throughout the United States.

Farnsworth says "through intense observation we begin to feel empathy for our subject and from that, comes understanding”.

To see Bill’s gallery on ARC, please click here

Plaster Casts for Sale

Published on December 13, 2023

Brooklyn-based sculptor @justinryankendall is having a Christmas sale on plaster drawing casts. View the Instagram stories on @fountainheadgipsoteca for discounted pieces and take 10% off your order at with promo code ARC.


33rd Annual Holidays Miniatures Mini Show

Published on December 14, 2023

This group exhibition features close to 100 artists showcasing their miniature works of art.  Among the exhibiting artists are ARC Associate Living Masters Robin Asquini and Kazuya Ushioda and ARC Living Masters Marina Dieul and Anna Wypych.

The 33rd Annual Holidays Miniatures Mini Show runs from December 9, 2023- January 2, 2024 at the Abend Gallery, 1261 Delaware St, Suite 2, Denver, CO 80204.

To learn more, click here

Visit the ARC Calendar for more exhibitions.

ROI Annual Exhibition 2023

Published on December 13, 2023

The ROI Annual Exhibition has a well earned reputation for attracting talented young exhibitors, alongside much admired, more established member artists. ARC Living Master Ana Schmidt will be among the artists exhibiting.

The exhibition gives visitors the opportunity to see the many and varied ways in which artists use oil paint today, from a traditional approach, to more innovative uses of material, style, and content.

The Royal Institute of Oil Painters was founded in 1882 and provides a center of excellence and encouragement to all who love this robust medium.

The exhibition runs from November 29 – December 16, 2023 at the Mall Galleries, London SW1Y 5BD.

To learn more and to view the exhibition online, click here

For more events, please visit the ARC calendar.

Camille Claudel

Published on December 12, 2023

The trailblazing French sculptor Camille Claudel defied the social expectations of her time to pursue original and powerful explorations of the human form.

This exhibition is the first comprehensive display of Claudel’s work in the United States in over 20 years and marks the 130th anniversary of the first public presentation of her sculpture in this country—at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago. Featuring some 60 sculptures from more than 30 institutional and private lenders, the presentation gathers her key compositions, showcasing her remarkable technical ability and innovative creations across multiple genres and materials. 

Claudel’s sculptures contend with universal themes of love, loss, passion, and the intimacy of daily experience; they embody the artist’s uncompromising pursuit of stylistic and professional independence. Her genius and sensibility are so thoroughly modern that her works continue to resonate, perhaps even more loudly today than during her tumultuous life.

The exhibition runs from October 7, 2023 – February 19, 2024 at The Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60603.

To learn more, click here.   

Visit the ARC Calendar for more events and exhibitions.

New ARC Living Master℠

Published on December 8, 2023

ARC is pleased to welcome Carmen Drake as an ARC Living Master℠!

Since childhood, Carmen Drake has had a passion for drawing and painting, winning numerous awards as a young artist.  In 1984 she attended the Paire College of Arts until she moved to North Carolina in 1986.  She put her focus on family and filled any extra moments with creating decorative pieces and custom work for a boutique shop. In 2003, she opened C.R. Drake Mercantile, a shop where she sold antiques and her painted pieces.  In 2008 she received the Special Operations Fund Scholarship making it possible for her to attend the Academy of Classical Design and study with D. Jeffrey Mims. After nine months she became a student teacher, continuing her education at the atelier for nearly three years before studying under the direction of Paul S. Brown. During the summer of 2012, Carmen studied at the Grand Central Academy in New York City.

To see Carmen’s gallery on ARC, please click here.  


BACAA Workshop in Oxford UK

Published on December 7, 2023

Bay Area Classical Arts Atelier is happy to announce a workshop with master artist Darren Kingsley. Darren will be teaching students at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, UK for an 8-day Master Figure Drawing in Graphite Workshop. The first 3 days will be visits to London Museum with lectures by the instructor. Then there will be 5 days of drawing at the Ashmolean Museum in beautiful Oxford. The workshop is June 18-25, 2024.

For details and registration visit

New ARC Associate Living Master℠

Published on December 6, 2023

ARC is pleased to welcome Mark Harrison as an ARC Associate Living Master℠!

Mark Harrison studied illustration in a UK art college from 1970-74.  He has worked mainly in publishing as a freelance illustrator from 1974-2002, painting 484 book jacket covers for UK and USA publishers.

In 2005, he stopped working in illustration to focus on his personal work and exhibited in many galleries and juried shows. A chance meeting in 2013 led Mark to regularly exhibit his work at the Illuxcon (now IX) art fair held annually in Reading, PA. This led to him painting many works in the Imaginative Realism category alongside his work as a fine art landscape/cityscape painter.

He can be found listed in the Dictionary of 20th Century British Illustrators published by The Antique Collectors Club and an entry in Who's Who In Art published by The Morven Press in the UK.

To see Mark’s gallery on ARC, please click here.  

Claude Gillot

Published on December 6, 2023

A draughtsman and printmaker in the last years of the Grand Siècle, Claude Gillot is known for the inventiveness and originality of his works, heralding the freedom of expression and mores of the Régence period (1715–1723).

With his parodies, witchcraft scenes, farces and fairground improvisations, he is an artist known for satire, comedy and performing arts. His countless drawings attest to extensive activity in a broad range of fields such as illustration, theater, opera, costume and interior decoration.

The exhibition runs from November 9, 2023 – February 26, 2024 at the Louvre, Paris 75001 France.

To learn more, click here.  

For more events and exhibitions, visit the ARC Calendar.

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