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January 2018

13th International ARC Salon Competition Update

January 19, 2018

The finalists for the 13th International ARC Salon Competition will be posted on the ARC website at 6 pm Eastern Standard Time.
We thank you for your patience and your interest in the ARC Salon!

Robert Pool Writes on The Da Vinci Initiative

January 18, 2018

DVI is thrilled to announce that Robert Pool, co-author of the best-selling book Peak, has written an article about the DVI and the atelier training method. He will also be including atelier training as part of his new Peak Deliberate Practice website! You can read his post on The Da Vinci Initiative and atelier training here

DVI encourages you to follow the Peak Deliberate Practice Facebook group and participate in the conversations to help communicate to a general audience why atelier training can and should be taught.

Golden Gate Atelier Lecture

January 17, 2018

This talk by John Robert Peck will introduce Margaret Livingstone’s book “Vision and Art” and provide direct applications for art students and artists. Since the “sight-size” methods of drawing and painting rely on breaking through the rational pre-conceived notions of subjects we observe, this book explains the mechanism for our awareness of light, shadow, edge and color.

The lecture is free and will take place on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 5pm at the Golden Gate Atelier in Oakland, CA.

For more information, please visit or to attend, rsvp

Lecture at GCA

January 16, 2018

The Grand Central Atelier will be hosting a lecture on Giovanni Battista Moroni given by Robert Bunkin, who is a figurative painter, art historian and former Curator of Art at the Staten Island Museum. In 2019 the Frick Collection will host the first NY exhibition of Moroni’s extraordinary portrait paintings. Although Moroni’s work is found in most major art museums around the world, his work is still under-known compared to his contemporaries such as Titian and Veronese. This talk will explore the fascinating works, mostly in American museums, of this Renaissance master, whose realism was a forerunner of Caravaggio and Velazquez.

The lecture is free and open to the public and takes place on Friday, January 19, 5:30pm at the Grand Central Atelier 46-06 11th Street, Queens, NY 11101.

Seating is limited. Please RSVP: or visit for more information.

Signs of Spring: A Day in the Garden

January 15, 2018

The California Arts Club, an ARC Allied Organization, is holding an exhibition that will showcase a range of paintings that capture the blooming of colorful flowers and budding of leaves that transform the landscape when winter transitions to spring. More than 40 works will transport the viewer to a variety of exquisite settings, from intimate backyard gardens and hiking paths dotted with wildflowers to beautifully manicured grounds of local landmarks and spectacular expanses of the desert.

The show runs from  1/16 - 5/20/2018 the CAC Gallery at the Old Mill, 1120 Old Mill Rd, San Marino, CA 91108.

For more information, please visit our events calendar.

Return of the Vinetropes Giveaway Contest

January 12, 2018

Sherry Ross is sponsoring a free giveaway of her fantasy novel, Return of the Vinetropes, on Amazon. Click on this link to enter the contest to win a free copy of her book. The contest ends January 16th and if you enter you will be notified by Amazon if you’ve won. If you accept, they will send you the book for free, including shipping and handling. Ten books are being given away.

If you want to know more about the book you can read about it in the ARC bookstore and if you click on the “to enter” link, you can also go to her page on Amazon, see excerpts from the book and read reviews. The book is an original fantasy adventure for tweens and teens. It is lavishly illustrated by ARC award winning artist, Julie Bell.

Sivananda Nyayapathi News

January 12, 2018

Sivananda Nyayapathi has recently been elevated from ARC Living Artist to ARC Associate Living Master! An ARC Associate Living Master™ shows significant skill in all of the building blocks of great art; these being for a painter: accurate drawing, compositional sensibilities, effective use of lighting, the technical ability to use modeling, glazing /scumbling, perspective, tone, hue and successful emotional expression. They have further developed their skills, experience and body of work to the point where they are in striking distance of becoming a full ARC Living Master.

To view more of his work, please click here.

Arcadia Contemporary at the LA Art Show

January 11, 2018

ARC Living Masters Julio Reyes, Shaun Downey, and Jeremy Lipking are among the many talented artists exhibiting with the Arcadia Contemporary Gallery at the LA Art Show. The show runs from January 10 - 14, 2018 at the Los Angeles Convention Center – South Hall 1201 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90015.

For more information, please visit our events calendar.

ARC Salon Update

January 11, 2018

Finalists for the 13th International ARC Salon Competition will be posted on the ARC website on January 19th, 2018. Please be sure to visit the ARC website to view a listing of the artists and titles of works which have qualified. All finalists will be shown on the ARC website and in the 13th International ARC Salon Competition Catalogue which will be co-published this year by ACC Art Books (formerly Antique Collector's Club), who are introducing it as a new addition to their line of fine art books. This will mean that the ARC Salon Catalogue will receive wide spread distribution both nationally and internationally in book stores and the like through their distribution network. We are excited to have such a reputable publisher working with us to bring the ARC Salon Catalogue into the mainstream market, furthering awareness of the amazing artists who enter works into the ARC Salon Competition.

Winners will be announced and final results posted on the ARC website in mid February.

Visions of Venus/Venus’s Visions in HuffPost

January 10, 2018

Dr. Elaine Melotti Schmidt, curator of the Visions of Venus/Venus’s Visions Show was recently interviewed by the Huffington Post.

PoetsArtists magazine and the accompanying exhibition at the Zhou B Art Center in Chicago seeks the work of artists and writers, regardless of gender, in the depiction of the eternal feminine, both as a subject (Venus’s Visions) and as an object (Visions of Venus).  

The deadline for submissions is January 15, 2018.

To read the full article, click here.

12 x 12 Exhibition

January 5, 2018

The Florence Academy of Art U.S. is holding "12 x 12, A Portrait Exhibition" at Mana Contemporary, Jersey City, NJ from January 12 - March 23, 2018, with the opening reception of on Friday, January 12th 5-8pm.

This exhibition will showcase 12”x12” portraits by over thirty of today’s leading figurative artists.

This event is free and open to the public. 

For more information, please click here

Artist Podcast Interviews

January 5, 2018

The website, Skill-Based Art: A Learning Resource for Art Students & Artist-Teachers, has recently conducted an interview with ARC Living Master Kirk Richards.

There are also interviews with ARC Living Master Allan Banks and Rob Gutteridge, head of the ARC Approved Rob Gutteridge School of Classical Realism.

To listen to the podcasts, please click here

Academy of Realist Art, Boston Scholarship Competition

January 3, 2018

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 2018-June 2019. 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, 2018. Winners will be announced April 1st, 2018. Details can be found here:

The Florence Academy of Art, Sweden Thank an Art Teacher Scholarship

Published January 2, 2018

Inspired by The Da Vinci Initiative and to show their appreciation for the hard work art teachers do,  The Florence Academy of Art in Mölndal, Sweden has established the “Thank an Art Teacher Scholarship.” They will be giving away scholarships to three teachers in Sweden to attend one of their spring workshop courses. The winners of the scholarship will have the opportunity to take a course of their choice during the Spring Workshop Session occurring March 26 – April 6, 2018. The scholarship also includes a dinner for all three awardees with the Florence Academy faculty.

Anyone working as an art teacher in elementary or high school in Sweden is eligible for the scholarship. Teachers can nominate themselves or be nominated by someone else. The deadline for nominations is February 1, 2018. For more information, visit here, email, or call +46 (0)31 70 60 860.


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