Opening Late 2012. Additional contact and Hours of Operation forthcoming.
MISSION STATEMENT AND ATELIER INFORMATION
Ani Art Academy Waichulis (AAAW) is a private educational resource located in Northeastern Pennsylvania to assist aspiring artists in their pursuit of Representationalism. It is also the domestic headquarters for the international Ani Art Academies education project.
The Ani Art Academies International (Anguilla and Dominicana) is a global, non-profit organization that delivers a comprehensive, multi-year drawing and painting education to aspiring artists around the world. The Academies are strategically located in exotic tourist destinations with the aim to empower local artists to create, express, and communicate in new and exciting ways so as to interact with tourists and natives in a more intellectually and financially rewarding capacity.
We are a collaborative project conceived by Tim Reynolds, and brought to life with the help of our passionate students and teachers. The curriculum for The Ani Art Academies was developed by renowned Master Artist Anthony J. Waichulis who has devoted his life to teaching drawing and painting skills to many aspiring artists. He has dedicated over fifteen years to carefully designing a world class program that promises to transform any dedicated student into a highly-skilled artist.
The Ani Art Academy Waichulis program focuses on the essential fundamentals of draftsmanship, anatomy of form, elements of perception, and various methods of painting. The program encompasses principles applicable to all venues of the realist endeavor including Still Life, Trompe L'oeil, Landscape, Portrait and the Figure. Traditional materials are employed throughout the training process focusing strictly on Charcoal and Oil.
The Ani Art Academies curriculum is divided into 7 sections: Introduction to Drawing, Governing the Material, Anatomy of Form, Natural Forms, Introduction to Painting, Painting Techniques, and Endgame. With an unwavering emphasis on rudimentary exercises, efficiency, and material dynamics, our goal is to help bring the Artist's intention to life through technical excellence.
The average time frame for the Ani Art Academies Apprenticeship Program is three years. However, there is a certain flexibility that allows tailoring to fit individual goals. Some areas of focus may require more time (meticulous rendering techniques, etc.) and will increase the length of the program. Prospective Apprentices must be willing to attend full time and be extremely dedicated to completion of the training program.
Full Merit Scholarships and financial aid for the Program are available for all students, enabling them to focus on their education. The last week of each Trimester is for Performance Assessment Reviews (PARS). The PARS review system is a comprehensive analysis of a student's performance within the program. Ani Art Academies Apprentices must maintain satisfactory reviews in order to maintain their Scholarship status.
AAAW - USA Schedule/ Trimesters:
Each year is divided into three trimesters for portfolio/application review, extra-curricular event purposes, and internal organization, however the AAAW runs year round only closing for weekends and all major Holidays. The Fall Trimester runs from Sept. 1st to Dec. 15th. The Second is Jan. 5th to April 15th. The Third is May 1st to August 15th.
The Ani Art Academy Waichulis has a very small instructor to student ratio, accepting no more than ten apprentices at any given time. We value this format as it allows for a great deal of individual attention. The studio is open weekdays from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm.
Academy - International Schedule/ Trimesters:
Each year is divided into three trimesters. The Fall Trimester runs from Sept. 1st to Dec. 15th. The Second is Jan. 5th to April 15th. The Third is May 1st to August 15th.
The Ani Art Academies maintain a very small instructor to student ratio (1:25 max.). We value this format as it allows for a great deal of individual attention. Please visit the Ani Art Academies website (www.aniartacademies.org) for each school's specific hours of operation.
On average, students can complete the apprenticeship program in three years. However, the intimate setting of Ani Art Academy Waichulis allows for tailoring to fit individual goals. Some areas of focus may require more time (meticulous rendering techniques, etc.) and will increase the length of the program. Prospective students must be willing to attend full time and be extremely dedicated to completion of the training program.
The Ani Art Academies welcome applications from all those who are dedicated to the pursuit of Representational drawing and painting. Our Program is an intensive, full-time course of study. Entrance to this highly sought after Program is primarily based on artistic merit and regional eligibility, and is determined by our thorough application process and portfolio review.
All Applicants must be at least 18 years of age, have citizenship in the region of the Academy, and have a high-school diploma or equivalent. Applications are reviewed 4 times a year (January, April, July, and October). Each Applicant will be contacted via email at the time of application review to schedule an initial phone interview and studio visit. Do not send any original artwork with your application. Please note that no application materials submitted to the Ani Art Academies will be returned.
Ani Art Academies Waichulis (the "School") admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, sexual preference, culture and religion, or with any disability, to all of the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to the School's students. The School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, sexual preference, culture, religion and disability in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship, loan and other financial aid programs, and arts and other School-administered programs.
Anthony Waichulis - (B. 1972) "hails from rural Pennsylvania and has established a national reputation for his Trompe L'oeil paintings. The brilliant dimensionality he achieves is as effective and as brilliant as the two most well known American Trompe L'oeil artists John Peto and William Harnett, but Waichulis goes well beyond in terms of the finiteness of his imagery. His paintings are compelling - conveying a sharp and wry sense of humor... he achieves perfection. U.S. currency, baseball cards, game pieces and memorabilia, as well as his own ingenious photos make up the subject matter and the results are unbelievable... ... Waichulis' works are highly prized by knowledgeable collectors from across the country and have been lauded by critics on many occasions." **