Posts for May, 2024

May 2024

New ARC Living Artist Pippa Chapman

Published on May 16, 2024

ARC is pleased to welcome Pippa Chapman as an ARC Living Artist! 

Pippa Chapman was born and raised in Australia and has lived overseas in the UK, France and Oman for many years. She has always been inspired by the great European Masters from the Early Renaissance to the 19th Century European Academies and she has spent many years studying, researching and experimenting with these techniques, painting directly from life using the sight-size methodology in her studio in Australia and the UK.

“My paintings take many months of patience and dedicated hard work to produce, with the aim of producing work of quality that brings ongoing pleasure to patrons for years to come. I try to imbue a sense of peace and tranquility in my work with a minimalist approach, without losing the strength of color or the drama of light.”

To view Pippa Chapman’s gallery on ARC, click here.

Image: Flutter By by Pippa Chapman

New ARC Associate Living Master

Published on May 15, 2024

ARC is pleased to welcome Kim Diment as an ARC Associate Living Master!

A northern Michigan native, Kim Diment’s art brings personality and life to the animals she portrays. Kim’s formal training involved a double major from Michigan State University in Zoology and in the Fine Arts.  She later went on to teach high school art for thirteen years while simultaneously pursuing her own art.  In 2003 she started painting full time.

Kim became addicted to travel and has visited countries that were especially diverse in wildlife. Kim’s travels include Ecuador, Belize, Canada, US, Kenya, New Zealand and throughout Europe.  Kim loves her subject matter and tries to help out in preserving it when she can through several conservation projects. 

To learn more and to view Kim Diment’s gallery, please click here.  

Image Shown: Big Blue by Kim Diment

New ARC Allied Organization

Published on May 14, 2024

Allied Artists of America, Inc. is now a new ARC Allied Organization!

Allied Artists of America, Inc. is a non-profit National Art Society composed of artists, sculptors, elected active members and sustaining associate members from across the country. The Allied Artists of America, Inc. has had long exhibition relationships with The National Academy, The National Arts Club and The Salmagundi Club, all three organizations located in NYC.

From it’s founding in 1914 to the present, The Allied Artists of America, Inc. will continue to achieve its goal of furthering the cause of contemporary American artists through its Annual National Open Exhibition in New York City (open to all members and non- members), demonstrations, lectures, awards at the Annual, slide program, a newsletter mentioning all activities of the Members and Associate Members and other cultural activities.

To learn more, please click here

Mary Cassatt at Work

Published on May 15, 2024

A celebrated member of the French Impressionists, Pennsylvania-born Mary Cassatt challenged the conventional expectations of Philadelphia’s elite. In Paris, Cassatt committed herself to a career as a professional artist and made the social, intellectual, and working lives of modern women a core subject of her prints, paintings, and pastels. These depictions lie at the heart of “Mary Cassatt at Work”, which will present over 130 artworks that follow the artist’s evolving practice. The exhibition will present new findings about the materials she used and her processes, which were advanced for her era.

The exhibition is the first major showing of the artist’s oeuvre since 1998–99. By considering her professionalism, her biography, and the wider Parisian world she inhabited, a richer and more complex picture of Cassatt develops, inviting contemporary conversations about gender, work, and artistic agency.

“Mary Cassatt at Work” runs from May 18 – September 8, 2024 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA 19130.

To learn more, click here.  

Visit the ARC Calendar for more events and exhibitions.

Michelangelo - The Last Decades

Published on May 14, 2024

This exhibition looks at the last 30 years of Michelangelo's remarkable life, when his return to Rome, having been summoned by Pope Clement VII to paint a fresco of the Last Judgment in the Sistine Chapel, brought him new commissions and reunited him with some of his closest friends. 

Preparatory drawings for the Last Judgment as well as the recently conserved Epifania, one of only two surviving cartoons by Michelangelo,show his renewed energy and desire to challenge himself. These works are displayed alongside studies for Michelangelo's grand architectural projects as well as drawings, poems and intimate letters that reveal his personal passions and anxieties. Rather than showing an artist in decline, this exhibition shows the astonishing dynamism that Michelangelo brought to his work in the final decades of his life as he explored salvation and confronted his mortality.

The exhibition runs from May 2 – July 28, 2024 at the British Museum, Great Russell St, London, England, UK.

To learn more about this exhibition, please click here.   

For more events, please visit the ARC calendar.

Painting in the Studio of Sorolla - Workshop with Artist Robyn Asquini

Published on May 10, 2024

Join Robyn Asquini for a 3-day workshop where participants will immerse ourselves in the vibrant world of the renowned Spanish painter Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida. Over the course of three days, students will explore Sorolla’s techniques, learning how to capture the essence of light, color, and impressionist brushwork in their own artwork. Through a presentation, discussions and live demonstration, participants will discover the beauty of Sorolla’s work and gain valuable insights into his artistic process.

Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced artist, this workshop offers a unique opportunity to expand your skills and creativity in a supportive and inspiring environment.

The workshop runs from May 24 – 26, 2024 at the Academy of Realist Art, 901 Lawrence Ave West, 3rd Floor, Toronto, ON, M6A 1C3, Canada.

For more information, please click here.  


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

Published on May 8, 2024

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 Approved Atelier

Published on May 7, 2024

ARC is pleased to welcome Atelier Melbourne Art Academy as an ARC Approved atelier!

AMAA was founded in 2019 with the goal of creating a unique platform in Australia to provide rigorous, in-depth training and knowledge that is inspired by centuries of studio practice. The vision of the academy emerged due to the lack of technical training within Australia. For many art students, it is unimaginable to afford the time and the expense of training overseas. AMAA was established to support the needs of students seeking a traditional art education inspired by Renaissance and 19th Century European Academies, combined with a modern approach.

To learn more about AMAA, please click here.   


A New Look at Jan Van Eyck

Published on May 3, 2024

To celebrate the historic conservation work carried out on Jan van Eyck’s masterpiece, the Louvre has decided to dedicate the first spotlight exhibition to be held in the Salle de la Chapelle since 2014 to Chancellor Rolin in Prayer before the Virgin and Child, also known as the Madonna of Chancellor Rolin. The layers of oxidized varnish that had darkened the paint were stripped away, restoring the work to its former glory.

Many aspects of this painting, less well known than it should be for such a major work of Western art, may seem difficult to understand. The examination of the Madonna of Chancellor Rolin will be driven by comparison with other paintings by Van Eyck, as well as with works by van der Weyden, Robert Campin and the great illuminators of the time. Some sixty painted panels, manuscripts, drawings, bas-reliefs and precious metal artefacts will be brought together for this exhibition, made possible by the support of many museums and institutions in France and abroad.

The exhibition runs from 3/20 – 6/17/24 at the Louvre, Rue de Rivoli, Paris, 75001, France.

Click here to learn more.  

For more events and exhibitions, please visit the ARC Calendar.

AtelierEftimov – New ARC Approved Atelier

Published on May 2, 2024

Congratulations to AtelierEftimov for becoming an ARC Approved Atelier!

As digital mediums evolve, the core of creating artwork is still in traditional, academic ateliers. Before entering any art-related career, students should have a full grasp of drawing and painting, both still life and figure drawing. Students should have training in an objective, academic setting that not only surrounds them with like-minded, ambitious peers but also allows for the instructor’s critical feedback for improvement. AtelierEftimov offers a timeline of instruction such that a focused and committed student can fully expect to have a firm handle on the entire spectrum of classical art education.

For more information about AtelierEftimov, click here.  

Image: Diana of the Hunt by Grigor Eftimov


ARC Scholarship Competition Opens

Published on May 1, 2024

We are now accepting entries to the 24th Annual ARC Scholarship Competition. The Art Renewal Center® (ARC) will award $30,000 to talented students attending ARC Approved ® schools. Entries will be accepted from now through May 31. To view the prospectus and enter, click here.

Image:  Giuseppe De Palma, "Portrait of Niccolò", 2023 Scholarship winner

New ARC Approved Atelier

Published on May 1, 2024

ARC is pleased to welcome Atelier Ireland - Schoolhouse for Art as a new ARC Approved Atelier!

Atelier Ireland - Schoolhouse for Art is introducing an intensive 160 hours accredited Atelier course. This academic art training is based on 19th century French and Russian Ateliers that many of the great masters of the past 200 years gained their experience in the craft of drawing and painting.

Academy trained painter and artist Will Nathans will be guiding students through this in-depth and accredited Atelier training. Students will complete a series of projects designed to measure their progress and mastery of precise techniques.

To learn more, please click here

Image: Julietta by Will Nathans

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