The Da Vinci Initiative Online Course Now for College Credit
Great News! Undergraduate and Graduate college credits are now available for the DVI’s first online course, Introduction to Advanced Observational Drawing, through a partnership with The Heritage Institute at Antioch University. The course, OBSERVATIONAL DRAWING SKILLS FOR THE TEACHER/ARTIST, involves additional online discussions and assignments and is available through the University for $395 plus the cost of the DVI Introduction to Advanced Observational Drawing videos which are purchased separately through DVI. For more information on how to get college credit for this course and to register for credits through the University, click here.
To view a lesson from our online course, click here.

To order the $100 version of the course consisting of just the videos though the DVI, click here.

Posted April 17th, 2015

Artists Share Facebook Group Page
The Art Renewal Center invites ARC Living Artists™, Associate Living Masters™, Living Masters™ and other talented artists who paint in the realist tradition to share their work on our Artists Share Facebook Group Page.

Please click here to visit the page and begin showing your work with other like-minded individuals.

We invite museum and gallery owners, the press, scholars, art lovers and educators alike to view and participate.

Posted April 16th, 2015

New ARC Associate Living Master™

An Elderly Woman from Southern Iraq
by Ali Ghassan Al-Zobaede
The Art Renewal Center is pleased to welcome Ali Ghassan Al-Zobaede as an ARC Associate Living Master™!

Born in Babel, Iraq, Ali Ghassan Al-Zobaede practiced fine art as a professional artist before entering the fine arts faculty.

Following the footsteps of the old masters, he can draw and paint using various techniques and using almost any medium.

To view his gallery on ARC, please click here.

Posted April 15th, 2015

Richard Lack Lecture
Gary Christensen will be conducting an overview of the Classical Realist painter Richard Lack, his life and artworks. The lecture will begin in 1943 when Lack was fifteen and continue through his last series of paintings in 1998. Lack was a master of all genres: portraiture, still life and florals, landscapes, interior and outdoor genre, etching, pastels, and imaginative paintings.

Today, April 14, 2015 at The Minneapolis Club – 729 Second Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55402

12pm to 1:30pm. Member cost: $16.95 Guests: $26.00 Inclusive. Parking is complimentary.

RSVP: concierge@mplsclub.org or call 612.332.2292

Posted April 14th, 2015

ARC 2015 Scholarship Competition

4th place, 2004 Scholarship Winner
Cupid by Yee Kang
The 15th Annual ARC Scholarship Competition will soon begin. At ARC, we believe the ARC Scholarship Competition one of the most important programs we offer. ARC Scholarships have been helping some of the most talented emerging realist artists in the world continue their studies at ARC Approved Atelier and Academy Schools™.

Entries will be accepted May 1 – 30, 2015.

For complete competition rules, please click here to visit the scholarship application page.

For general scholarship questions, please visit our Scholarship FAQ page by clicking here.

Posted April 10th, 2015

ARA Boston Competition
The Academy of Realist Art Boston, an ARC Approved Atelier, will be hosting a juried figure painting competition in Boston in July. They anticipate drawing on a national pool of high caliber figure painters. ARA Boston will be jurying applicants and selecting only 10 participants. These 10 artists will be painting from the figure model as a group for 35 hours over a period of 5 days in July. They have judges from different level of the Boston art scene as well, so this will be an exciting opportunity! First place prize: $5000 Second Place Prize: $250 Dick Blick Gift Card, as well as a Grand View Confidant New Wave palette Viewers Choice Award (people will vote online): Rosemary Brush set. Deadline for application is May 1st.

Click here to learn more.

Posted April 9th, 2015

Virgil Elliott Workshop
ARC Living Master™ Virgil Elliott is hosting a three-day Still Life Painting workshop from April 24 – 26, 2015. The workshop will be held at Olde Masters Galleria, 25 Irongate Park Drive, Centerville, Ohio (Dayton Ohio area).

The cost for the workshop is $350.00. Enrollment is limited.

For more information, please contact Cecilia Brendel cia@donet.com or call (707) 664-8198 or (707) 792-2825.

Posted April 8th, 2015

New ARC Allied Organization
ARC is pleased to announce the addition of a new Allied Organization!
The Sculptor’s Funeral is the only podcast dedicated to student and professional figurative sculptors living and working today. Hosted by American sculptor Jason Arkles and produced in Florence, Italy, The Sculptor’s Funeral discusses significant sculpture and sculptors throughout the Western European figurative tradition, analyses historical and current events relating to the production of sculpture and the culture in which it is made, plus the occasional interview with living sculptors and discussions about technical processes, techniques, and issues of a three dimensional, representational nature.

To learn more, click here.

Posted April 7th, 2015

DVI at the WAEA
The Da Vinci Initiative recently partnered with The Washington Art Education Association to send Mandy Hallenius, DVI President, to Washington D.C. to lobby for art education funding as part of Arts Advocacy Day /AAD2015. The Da Vinci Initiative was granted this opportunity to meet with congress members about art education due to their increasingly well known and dedicated work for skill-based education in K-12 classrooms.
About the experience, Hallenus said, “I can’t wait to do it again. I couldn’t believe what a difference giving elected officials a little bit of art education knowledge makes.”

The Da Vinci Initiative will continue its efforts to reach elected officials about the importance of art education and skill-based training in the visual arts.

To learn more about the Da Vinci Initiative, please click here.

To donate to The Da Vinci Initiative, click here.

Posted April 2nd, 2015

New ARC Living Artist™
We are pleased to welcome Albert Yi-Fu Chen as an ARC Living Artist™.

Albert’s art is centered on the human figure and human conditions, pursuing the notion of the existence of the figure that reflects human culture and functions. About his work Albert Yi-Fu Chen says “The ways of artists have been misunderstood since the beginning of modernism. People seem to think art is created out of a sudden revelation or even a kind of ‘mistake’ that renders art creation at the mercy of chance. The making of art is a complex process. It takes training to actually realize ones’ true potential. Therefore, through philosophical training one will see that art and theory are in fact the same entity.”

To view his gallery on ARC, please click here.


Split Second by Albert Yi-Fu Chen

Posted March 31st, 2015

DVI Workshop at Ani Art Academy Waichulis
Recently the Da Vinci Initiative Partnered with the ARC Approved™ Ani Art Academy Waichulis in PA to bring a free skill-based workshop to K-12 art educators. About the workshop Waichulis said:
“I am very pleased to report that the recent Visual Language workshop hosted by the Ani Art Academies Waichulis was a stunning affirmation for our recent curricula efforts. Our K-12 Core Program curriculum adaptation aims to develop visual literacy and communication skills that will prepare students to successfully interact and contribute to a global environment that is increasingly dependent on visual stimuli. Teachers in attendance arrived with an infectious enthusiasm that was impossible to evade. Suggestions and creative contributions from each attendee made the two day workshop far more productive than I ever could have hoped. It is thrilling to see the momentum growing behind this push for stronger visual arts education and I am elated to be a part of it.”
In addition to district wide workshops and weekend retreats for educators, the Da Vinci Initiative partners with ARC Approved Schools™ in order to provide special workshops geared for art educators. To see a list of upcoming workshops and to register, please visit the DVI store by clicking here.
The Art Renewal Center is the foremost entity for researching and vetting art schools that teach skill-based training techniques in the visual arts. ARC is known for keeping the highest standards in art education, only approving those schools who teach solid, skill-based training methods, which increase visual literacy. To view a list of ARC Approved Schools™, click here.

Posted March 30th, 2015

Florence Academy 25th Anniversary Book
ARC Approved™ Florence Academy of Art is proud to announce the publication of their 25th anniversary commemorative book, The Florence Academy of Art: The First 25 Years. This 300-page volume chronicles the school’s fabled history, telling the full story of its founding and evolution and featuring artwork and historical images from the academy’s leaders, faculty, and alumni. Written and edited by Allison Malafronte, with more than 400 full-color images and detailed information and interviews from their most important figures, The Florence Academy of Art: The First 25 Years is an important visual and written record of one school’s international influence on several generations of draftsmen, painters, and sculptors. Available for pre-order from the FAA, info@florenceacademyofart.com.

Posted March 27th, 2015

Daniel Greene Exhibition
ARC Living Master™ Daniel Greene will be having solo exhibition of new paintings entitled “At the Auction” from April 2 – 25, 2015. The paintings depict the moments of drama that occur in the high-stakes world art auctions.

The exhibit will be held at Gallery Henoch – 555 West 25th St., New York, NY and the reception is open to the public on Thursday April 2 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

For more information, please click here.

Posted March 26th, 2015

DVI WAEA Retreat
Recently, the Da Vinci Initiative partnered with the Washington Art Education Association (the Board of Art Education for the State of Washington) to offer a free weekend retreat for art teachers. The event was a great success featuring ARC Living Master™ Juliette Aristides, and including an evening painting demonstration at the Gage Academy of Art in Seattle, WA, as well as a full-day figure drawing workshop.
One attendee wrote of the event, “I am a changed person from the experience! Bravo, Kudos, and Thank You! Your efforts provided positive transformation, validation, reflection, motivation, and inspiration to all!”

To learn more about Da Vinci Initiative workshops and retreats, please click here. All Da Vinci Initiative workshops are held at ARC Approved™ Schools or are taught by artists affiliated with ARC Approved Schools™.

If you are unable to attend an event, consider the DVI’s online course entitled, “Introduction to Advanced Observational Drawing,”. The course includes 30 videos, approximately 5 hours of footage, as well as applicable lesson plans. Continuing education credits are available for some states. To learn more, click here.

Posted March 25th, 2015

New Realist Gallery Opens in Fort Worth, Texas
The Texas Academy of Figurative Art (TAFA) opens TAFA Gallery with the inaugural exhibition “Reconfigure” featuring beautiful works of realist, figurative art by TAFA artists. Opening reception is Saturday, March 28th, 4-9pm.
TAFA Gallery brings realist art to Texas by displaying works of timeless beauty and technical sophistication. Ron Cheek, TAFA Director, hopes the gallery will be a premiere destination for figurative art: “Our students are very committed artists, and I want the TAFA gallery to be viewed as a serious effort at presenting realist, figurative art within Texas.”
For more information about this and other events, please click here.

Posted March 24th, 2015

Congratulations to Irena Korosec
Irena Korosec, head of the ARC Approved™ Bohemiarte School and Gallery, won first place in the 2014 art competition held by the Portrait Society of Canada.

The competition is the only professional on-line art competition in Canada.


Pieta – oil and gold leaf on canvas, 42 x 60 inches

Posted March 23rd, 2015

Michael John Angel Lecture at Ulster Festival
On Thursday, March 12th, Michael John Angel, ARC Living Master and co-founder/studio director of the Angel Academy of Art, Florence, gave a talk which included over 120 projected images at the Ulster Festival of the Arts in Belfast. The subject was The Training of the 21st-Century Representational Painter, and included images that demonstrated the stages of that training as it occurs during the three-year program at the Angel Academy, Florence (or any well established academy or atelier), and examples of the great work being done by modern representational painters. These moderns included Nelson Shanks, Richard Schmid, Donato Giancola, Roberto Ferri, Arantzazu Martínez, Rob Liberace, Daniel Graves, Juliette Aristides, Marina Dieul, Jeffrey Mims, Jacob Collins, Odd Nerdrum and others.

Michael John Angel: instructional step-by-step, how to paint the human form-a leg study
On the morning of the 12th, Mr. Angel formed part of a panel discussion on the relationship between preparatory drawings and the final work. About the lecture John Angel said the following: “Those like us are involved throughout our whole life in the newly reborn Realism, and we forget how few people know that this “revolution” is going on. The intake of breath from the audience was remarkable as they saw the works of these wonderful contemporary Realist artists, and (modestamente) of the Angel Academy’s students.”

Posted March 20th, 2015

The Florence Academy of Art, NJ
The Florence Academy of Art will officially celebrate the opening of its first US branch on May 3, 2015. The FAA has begun full time courses and workshops in Drawing & Painting in its superbly renovated north light studios in Jersey City, NJ. Located inside the arts center, Mana Contemporary, the FAA shares its new location with the Armitage Dance Studio, The Richard Meier Model Museum, and dozens of resident artists. The FAA and its neighbors at Mana will be open to the public on May 3. Join Us

For more information about the U.S. program, please visit http://www.florenceacademyofart.com/en/faa-newyork/ or contact Alexa Marino, info.us@florenceacademyofart.com.


Richard Greathouse, Principal Instructor at The Florence Academy of Art New York branch, “Smiling Self Portrait”

Posted March 19th, 2015

Figurativas 2015 Art Contest
The Museum of Modern Art and the Foundation of the Art and the Artists in Barcelona, Spain will be holding the Figurativas 2015 art competition. This year, the jury is composed by Richard Estes, Daniel Graves, Odd Nerdrum, Antonio López, Eduardo Narajano, among others.

The deadline for artist submissions for the competition is May 30, 2015. Contestants that have been pre-selected will send the actual artwork for the jury to view on July 16 and 18, 2015. The final results will be announced towards the end of July.

For more information about the contest, please click here.

Posted March 18th, 2015

Juliette Aristides Article in Seattle Times
ARC Living Master™ Juliette Aristides has been featured in an article in the Seattle Times about her workshops at the Gage Academy of Art.
“The school advances a lofty idea that, for most of the past 100 years, has been out of favor — that the mere act of seeing the world clearly, then copying it, has value.”

To read the rest of the article, please click here.

Posted March 17th, 2015