Posts for May, 2022

May 2022

3 Weeks Left to Enter

Published on May 26, 2022

Over $130,000 in cash awards, 13 publications participating with awards, inclusion in the Lunar Codex, a chance to exhibit your work at Sotheby’s NY and LA, Rehs Contemporary Galleries, Fashion Week San Diego, The European Museum of Modern Art (MEAM), the Springville Museum of Art, and so much more. The 16th International ARC Salon will be accepting entries through June 16. Don’t miss your chance to compete!

To view the prospectus and enter visit the ARC Salon entry pages.

To view the Youtube video, click here.


The Methods and Techniques of Bouguereau

Published on May 26, 2022

Edinburgh Atelier of Fine Art Instructors Ewan McNaughton and Lea Vaughn are delighted to present their own personal experimentation and historical research into the methods of their favorite painter, William Adolphe Bouguereau.

Bouguereau was undoubtedly the champion of representational art during his lifetime. Whether it be his classically inspired nymphs and cherubs, or his peasant girl portraits, artists to this day are mesmerized by his true mastery of rendering skin, giving the illusion of truly luminous flesh in his paintings.

Over six days, students will be given short lectures and demonstrations, followed by the chance to put these methods to the test for themselves, working from a print. Many of Bouguereau’s paintings are very large so you will be painting a section from a larger painting at the same size it was originally painted. All prints will be portraits, so emphasis is given to achieving luminous flesh colors.

Stages of painting explained and demonstrated include the “ground color”, “bistre layer”, “ebauche”, “over painting” and final “glazes”.

All current Covid prevention methods will be in place.

To learn more about this workshop, click here

Murillo: Picturing the Prodigal Son

Published on May 26, 2022

During the 1660s, Sevillian artist Bartolomé Esteban Murillo set out to paint the biblical parable of the prodigal son. Many artists tackling this subject focus on the story’s conclusion—that is, the prodigal son’s return from squandering his inheritance to be welcomed by his father’s forgiveness rather than his wrath. Murillo’s depiction, however, draws out the drama into a narrative cycle of six large canvases.

In 2022, all six canvases will travel to the United States for the first time to be featured at the Meadows Museum. The exhibition therefore marks a rare opportunity for American audiences to view an important painting series by Murillo in its entirety, just as it was created to be seen. 

The exhibition runs until June 12, 2022 at the Meadows Museum, 5900 Bishop Blvd, Dallas TX 75205.

To learn more, click here.  

For more exhibitions, please visit the ARC Calendar.

Portrait Sculpture from Life with Piper von Paris

Published on May 25, 2022

Over this five-day workshop at the Edinburgh Atelier of Fine Art, students will methodically examine the structure of the head and neck through a series of group demonstrations and individual practice coupled with instructor critique.

Students will learn how to capture likeness of a live sitter using classical concepts and traditional methods. They will gain a deeper understanding of human anatomy, geometric planes, and natural proportions of the form. Working in the round helps to develop the eye as students broaden their methods for analyzing both the subject and personal technique.

Key concepts will include artistic anatomy, geometric planes, proportion, and major and minor forms.

This workshop is open to all skill levels and no prior sculpting experience is required. The concepts covered in this course are applicable to figurative art at any level regardless of medium, and thus beneficial to beginners and professionals alike. Tools and armatures will be provided for the duration of the course. There will also be a limited supply of tool sets available for purchase for those interested. The work you produce is yours to take home.

Piper von Paris is a classically trained figurative sculptor, specializing in portraiture and figurative art. Her passion for representational art began at an early age and led her to train with renowned artists throughout the UK and US. She holds a deep appreciation for anatomy, geometry, and rhythm of form, which she believes are paramount to accurately capturing a subject in the round.

For more information about this workshop, click here

The Florence Academy of Art - Master of Arts in Studio Art - Building Skill-based Techniques for the K-12 Classroom

Published on May 24, 2022

The Florence Academy of Art is delighted to partner with Mandy Theis and School of Atelier Arts to offer this degree program. ​With its emphasis on classical methods, the course provides training in drawing and painting to art teachers seeking to use these skill-based techniques in their classrooms, and to anyone interested in learning how to make realistic artwork. Candidates are not expected to come into the program with high levels of technical skill. Instead, the program is designed to provide the knowledge and develop the skill set of candidates from a variety of backgrounds and levels of experience. 

The Master of Arts in Studio Art is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). The MA program consists of 30 credits of full-time study, entirely studio-based and completed over 3 summer sessions. Each summer session is 6 weeks in duration. Students may choose to complete all 3 summer sessions in person, or attend up to 2 out of the 3 summer sessions remotely. For those who study remotely, the required in-person session may take place at St. Peter’s University in Jersey City, or at the academy’s campus in Florence, Italy. 

For details visit 

To see a promotional video on YouTube, click here

ARC Select: INsight

Published on May 20, 2022

Rehs Contemporary, is pleased to announce their upcoming exhibit, ARC Select: INSIGHT, presenting new works by the winners of the Rehs Contemporary Galleries Award in the 15th ARC Salon Competition. Opening to the public on May 26 from 4pm – 8pm, INSIGHT features artwork by 5 international artists of various nationalities – Jesús Inglés and Arantza Sestayo (Spanish), Alexandra Klimas (Dutch), Roman Pankov (Ukrainian), and Anne-Marie Zanetti (Australian). The show will remain on view through June 24.

The ARC is accepting entries to the 16th ARC Salon, now through June 16. To read more and enter, visit the ARC Salon entry pages.

2022 Salon des Refuses

Published on May 19, 2022

The Salon des Refusés was initiated by the S.H. Ervin Gallery in 1992 in response to the large number of works entered into the Archibald Prize exhibition, which is one of Australia’s most high profile and respected awards which attracts hundreds of entries each year.

In 2022, 55 works have been selected for the ‘alternative’ exhibition, with 38 from the Archibald Prize & 17 from the Wynne Prize. ARC Living Master Vicki Sullivan will be among the exhibiting artists.

The exhibition runs from May 14 - June 24 , 2022 at the S.H. Ervin Gallery, 2 Watson Rd, Millers Point, NSW 2000 Australia.

For more information, click here.

To learn about more events, visit the ARC calendar.


Image shown: The Stolen Songline of Miss Roselands 2 year old by Vicki Sullivan

Miano Academy of Art: Apply Now for the Fall Trimester - Spaces are Limited

Published on May 18, 2022

The Miano Academy of Art now has a new location - 5320 Lena Rd Unit 105, Bradenton, FL 34211.

Miano Academy of Art is proud to present their Atelier Apprenticeship program under the direction of ARC Associate Living Master Charles Miano, designed as a 4-level program with a completely unique 2-fold course of study.

In addition to traditional long term projects such as casts, master copies, portraits and figurative works, the Atelier Apprenticeship curriculum highlights rigorous short, intermediate and long practice from the live model. This balanced approach develops hand eye coordination quickly and improves an artist's ability to see and capture life and movement dramatically while at the same time learning to finish works of art to the highest standards of excellence. An additional 5th level narrative specialization is open to Academy graduates.

Openings are limited and applications are accepted on a first come, first serve basis. One-on-one instruction with detailed attention is provided, so students can thrive in their study no matter their entry level. Throughout the apprenticeship program, students may also attend workshops at the Academy given by visiting master artists from around the world.

For more information visit: Apprenticeship - Miano Academy of Art

Whistler to Cassatt: American Painters in France

Published on May 12, 2022

Rediscover late 19th- and early 20th-century painters who left the United States as expatriates and returned to shape the course of American art. In Paris, they trained under the influence of the École des Beaux-Arts and studied the “old master” works at the Louvre but then went beyond traditional practices to experiment with new ideas and techniques. Whistler to Cassatt: American Painters in France examines the rich variety and complexity of American painting in the advent of modernism, as French avant-garde philosophies and styles melded with American individualism.

Assembled from international collections, the exhibition features more than 100 paintings by James Abbott McNeill Whistler, Mary Cassatt, and John Singer Sargent, Childe Hassam, Theodore Robinson, Henry Ossawa Tanner, Elizabeth Nourse, Cecilia Beaux, and many others.

The exhibition runs from April 16 - July 31, 2022 at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 200 N Arthur Ashe Blvd, Richmond, VA 23220.

For more information, click here

To learn about more exhibitions, visit the ARC Calendar.

Writing for the Visual Arts - Florence Academy of Art

Published on May 11, 2022

September 26 - December 9
Taught remotely from the Florence campus

November 28 - December 9
In-person option in Florence

If you would like to write with mastery about figurative art, or simply further your knowledge of art history and the history of literature about art, this course will survey figurative art throughout the ages, while examining the techniques that literature has historically used to write about art.

Starting with the Ancient Greeks and Romans, progressing on to the Medieval period, the arrival of Humanism, the rediscovery of Classical forms, the establishment of the Academies during the Renaissance, and the role of the Academies through the Early Modern period, you will learn to analyze select works by their medium, composition, subject matter, and patronage, and to place them within the greater context of the long tradition of figurative art. By studying the rhetorical techniques that literature has historically used in writing about art, you will develop your writing skills through short weekly exercises, moving step-by-step from literary strategies to the organization and construction of a solid expository essay by the end of the course.

In-person Option: Students may experience the Florence Academy from within to understand how students train to become figurative painters and sculptors, while also touring the main museums, galleries, and churches of Florence, during the final 2 weeks of class.

Click here to learn more. 


Atelier Studio Program of Fine Arts 2022 Full-Time Student Show

Published on May 10, 2022

In conjunction with the Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association's Art-A-Whirl weekend, The Atelier Studio Program of Fine Arts is holding its annual Full-Time Student Show. In addition to celebrating student accomplishments, there will also be a fundraising raffle to win an original painting created by the Atelier instructor of your choosing, and an Atelier instructor art show and sale.

The show runs from May 20 - 22, 2022 at The Atelier Studio Program of Fine Arts, 1621 East Hennepin Avenue, Suite 280, Minneapolis, MN 55414.

To learn more, click here

Visit the ARC Calendar for more events.

Fortuny Master of Light

Published on May 9, 2022

Mariano Fortuny y Marsal was born in the Catalan city of Reus. During a prolific but brief career—cut short by malaria—he became the most internationally acclaimed Spanish artist thanks in part due to his extensive travel and the popularity of his prints. His oil paintings and watercolors were a source of inspiration to later artists such as Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida and Pablo Picasso, while his graphic work, most notably in etching, continued a tradition in keeping with Rembrandt van Rijn, Jusepe de Ribera, and Francisco Goya.

The exhibition runs from Jan 22 - July 17, 2022 at San Diego Museum of Art, 1450 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92102.

For more information, please click here

To learn more about events and exhibitions, please visit the ARC Calendar.

Florence Classical Arts Academy Programs and Courses

Published on May 6, 2022

The Florence Classical Arts Academy is an accredited, private, and international Visual Arts Academy located in the heart of Italy. FCAA offers a variety of programs for students - Diploma in Visual Arts, One Year Program in Florence, Online One Year Program, Master Program, Artistic Anatomy, Nude Figure Painting Course, Advanced Portraiture Course, Summer Intake Intensive, Constructive Drawing, workshops and short courses.

To learn more about the Diploma in Visual Arts, visit

The FCAA also offers the Foundation Year Online, an online program for classical painting and drawing that is not subscription-based but is a full-rounded course which takes you from basic knowledge to drawing and painting portraiture with a life model in 12 months.

To find out more, please visit and watch a video about the program -

Begin your professional journey with the Florence Classical Arts Academy’s right from where you are.

From Hassam to Wyeth: Gifts from Doris and Shouky Shaheen

Published on May 5, 2022

This exhibition celebrates Doris and Shouky Shaheen's recent gift of twelve American oils and watercolors to the Norton Museum of Art. Ranging in style from Impressionism to Realism, the works demonstrate how American painters continued to depict the nation's distinctive and evolving landscape from the late 19th into the 20th centuries. In addition to Childe Hassam and Andrew Wyeth, artists represented include William Glackens, Jane Peterson, Edward Henry Potthast, John Henry Twachtman, Guy Wiggins, and Wyeth's son, Jamie.

The exhibition runs from April 5 - May 22, 2022 at the Norton Museum of Art, 1450 S Dixie Hwy, West Palm Beach, FL 33401.

For more information, please click here.

Visit the ARC Calendar for more exhibitions.

ARC Scholarship Competition Now Open

Published on May 4, 2022

We are now accepting entries into our student scholarship competition, which runs from May 1 - May 31, 2022. The ARC 2022 Scholarship Competition is devoted to supporting students whose works reflect the concept of traditional and contemporary realism.

To be eligible for an ARC Scholarship students must be accepted or presently enrolled in an ARC Approved™ program for the 2022 fall term.

To learn more and to enter the Scholarship Competition, please click here


Image Shown:
Ryan Gondarowski - Cast Painting
AAPL Award winner - 21st ARC International Salon

Royal Society of Portrait Painters

Published on May 3, 2022

This annual exhibition is an occasion for the public to enjoy the Society’s artist members’ most recent works and to discover new talents selected amongst thousands of applications for this show. It is a celebration of the very best in contemporary portraiture nationally and internationally.

ARC Associate Living Masters Arina Gordienko and Alex Callaway will be participating in the show.

Exhibition runs from May 5 - 14, 2022 at The Mall Galleries, London, SW1 UK. Opening and Awards Ceremony is on May 4, 2022.

To learn more, click here

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

Bernini and the Roman Baroque

Published on May 3, 2022

This exhibition celebrates the work of Giovan Lorenzo Bernini and the brilliance of the Roman Baroque period. Working for popes and princes, Bernini was one of the brightest luminaries in the history of art, creating theatrical sculpture, paintings, decorative arts, and architecture. His remarkable versatility and vision helped to transform the city of Rome during the early 1600s, and his artistic spirit inspired dozens of artists during his lifetime. The exhibition includes not only work by Bernini himself—embodying the Baroque ideals of intense drama, bold imagination, emotional engagement, and the activation of the viewer’s space—but by dozens of his fellow artists. Featuring over 40 splendid canvases by artists such as Pietro da Cortona, Mattia Preti, Jacques Stella, Salvatore Rosa, and Giovanni Battista Gaulli, this exhibition illuminates Bernini’s influence throughout the Baroque period. Bernini and the Roman Baroque celebrates the grand tradition of history painting, as well as portraiture, landscapes, and religious works. These rare paintings, prints, and decorative arts epitomize the period’s ultimate goal of elevating the viewer in both mind and soul and engaging them fully with the art itself

The exhibition runs until May 8, 2022 at Museum of Fine Arts Saint Petersburg, 255 Beach Dr NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33701.

For more information, please click here

To see more exhibitions, please visit the ARC Calendar.

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