Posts for February, 2023

February 2023

SARA Academy Livestream 28th of February 2023

Published on February 28, 2023

Join the ARC Approved® Swedish Academy of Realist Art on YouTube Live from SARA Academy and meet SARA co-founder Hans-Peter Szameit, rector Lena Olsson and students Ashlym Miles and Alexander Hedström in conversation. They will talk about the program, describe the structure of the curriculum, give general information on housing, tuition, and visas. Get an idea of what student life is like at SARA. Feel welcome to write questions you may have in the stream and they will answer as they go along when possible or towards the end of the Livestream.

Stream takes place 1pm EST.      Link -

Summer Intake Intensive Foundation Course in Painting and Drawing

Published on February 24, 2023

Florence Classical Arts Academy - April 11 – September 29,  2023

This course is designed for people who would like to receive the foundation training in Visual Arts and is held in Florence and optional in two other locations in Italy. The summer period in which the course is held allows spending class hours practicing outdoor painting and drawing along with many studio hours dedicated to working with the models, anatomy and various studio subjects such as constructive drawing, introduction to color science, and many others. 

This course provides the students with highly individual and customized training in small student groups. FCAA’s professors are top-notch experts who will meet you on your level of preparation and your artistic background. The sequence of learning unfolds from drawing and painting basic figures, then still-life then casts and finally leading to portraiture.  This program enables a student to gain the necessary applied knowledge in order to begin building their portfolio.

Subjects include:
Constructive drawing 
Plein-air painting
Portraiture (painting and drawing)
Sketches in various materials
Museum copy practice

For the full information about the tuition fees, deadlines, and policies please follow the link:

Tudor Mystery: A Master Painter Revealed

Published on February 23, 2023

Tudor Mystery: A Master Painter Revealed is the world’s first exhibition devoted to an important, talented and largely forgotten painter known as the Master of the Countess of Warwick. This exciting show will take you on an art historical journey to discover the signature style of this painter and speculate on his real identity. Learn about the production of art in Tudor Britain, the ways in which art historians use evidence to determine authorship and – once you have your eye in – cast your own vote.

The exhibition takes place from February 4 – May 7, 2023 at  Compton Verney, Warwickshire CV35 9HZ, UK.

To learn more, please click here

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

Alla Prima Shane Wolf

Published on February 16, 2023

ARC Living Master℠ Shane Wolf will be doing his first-ever livestream alla prima figure painting demo in association with Workshops in Yorkshire on Wednesday, March 8, 2023, from 6 - 9 PM GMT (London time!). Participants in this rare event will have the opportunity to ask Shane questions about his process, his art, his philosophy, why he only works from life, etc.

To join this live event, register at:

Steven Levin Interview

Published on February 17, 2023

Emilio Longo, Founder and Director of Skill-Based Art: A Learning Resource for Art Students & Artist-Teachers, has recently published a text interview with Minnesotan Modern-Classical Realist painter and ARC Living Master, Steven Levin.  

Mr. Levin trained in the realist drawing and painting tradition in Minneapolis, during the early 1980s, the city which perpetuated the teachings of the academic/Bostonian lineage of late twentieth century painter, R.H. Ives Gammell through his foremost student, Richard Lack. Since receiving his training, Mr. Levin has dedicated his life to his painting practice, gaining representation from numerous galleries and solidifying his name as an accomplished Modern-Classical Realist painter.  

To read the interview visit the link: 



Launch AdA Apprenticeship Program

Published on February 16, 2023

The AdA apprenticeship program offers specialized skill-based classical training for people wanting to learn to draw and paint, and who are looking to achieve a level of excellency in Contemporary Realism.

A selected group of motivated students will have the unique opportunity to learn under the tutelage and mentorship of ARC Living Master Joke Frima.  Joke Frima was a student of Nerina Simi in Florence 1976-1984.

You can Apply Now for the program starting in September 2023. You must commit for a minimum of 3 months.

The AdA Atelier school is a non profit association and is situated in Morvan Regional Natural Park, Central France. AdA has guest rooms for students.

To learn more, visit or email 

Saints, Sinners, Lovers, and Fools: 300 Years of Flemish Masterworks

Published on February 15, 2023

From the sacred to the irreverent, see the exhibition that Artnet News called a “visual buffet.” Visit the Dallas Museum of Art to discover the history and development of art in Flanders during the final presentation of Saints, Sinners, Lovers, and Fools: 300 Years of Flemish Masterworks. Organized by the Denver Art Museum in collaboration with The Phoebus Foundation, Saints and Sinners introduces over 130 works of art from The Phoebus Foundation’s rich collection of Flemish artwork that illustrate the remarkable developments in art production that took place in Flanders from the 1400s through the 1600s.

This traveling exhibition explores a rich repertoire of themes that reflect the societal changes of the time, while also adeptly mirroring contemporary circumstances surrounding the human condition. This unique presentation of artwork engages visitors in the detailed and sometimes passionate storytelling of Flemish masters such as Hans Memling and Peter Paul Rubens.

The exhibition runs from February 19 – June 25, 2023 at the Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 N Harwood St, Dallas, TX 75201.

For more information, please click here



Donatello: Sculpting the Renaissance

Published on February 14, 2023

The first major UK exhibition to explore the exceptional talents of the Renaissance master Donatello, arguably the greatest sculptor of all time. Experience a fresh vision of the artist and his influence on subsequent generations.

The exhibition runs from February 11 – June 11, 2023 at the Victoria and Albert Museum South Kensington, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 2RL, UK.

To learn more, click here

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

George Inness: Visionary Landscapes

Published on February 10, 2023

The Montclair Art Museum is pleased to present a significant new installation of its world-renowned George Inness collection.  For the first time at MAM, Inness’s work is displayed in a salon-style hanging, which was the norm until the early 20th century. 

This installation is based on works selected from the MAM's comprehensive collection of more than 20 paintings and works on paper. Every important period of Inness’ career is represented in this exhibition, from his earliest, more realist work of the 1840s, rooted in European landscape conventions, to his final, more abstract expressions of his belief in the total unity of material and spiritual existence.

The exhibition runs from September 10, 2022–June 30, 2024 at the Montclair Art Museum, 3 South Mountain Avenue, Montclair, NJ 07042.

For more about this exhibition, please click here

To see more events, please visit the ARC Calendar.


Published on February 9, 2023

Never before has anyone been able to see so many of Johannes Vermeer's paintings in one exhibition. The Rijksmuseum will bring most of Vermeer's paintings together from all over the world.

The exhibition will include masterpieces such as The Girl with a Pearl Earring (Mauritshuis, The Hague), The Geographer (Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main), Lady Writing a Letter with her Maid (The National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin) and Woman Holding a Balance (The National Gallery of Art, Washington DC).

Works never before shown to the public in the Netherlands will include the newly restored Girl Reading a Letter at the Open Window from the Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister in Dresden.

The exhibition takes place from February 10 - June 4, 2023 at the Rijksmuseum, 1 Museumstraat, 1071 XX Amsterdam, Netherlands.

To learn more about this exhibition, click here.  

Visit the ARC Calendar for more events and exhibitions. 

Portrait Painting Master Class

Published on February 8, 2023

Join the ARC Approved® Princeton Academy of Art and Leon Okun for a week-long portrait painting master class. Okun's painting style merges the traditional European classical approach with the bold colors that Russian painters throughout history have been noted for.⁠ Students will be guided through Okun's method exploring the fundamentals and advanced nuances of temperature shifts, full-chroma color, and atmospheric perspective.⁠⁠

Emphasis will be placed on the analysis of planar forms and the relationship between the sitter and their environment. ⁠⁠Students of various backgrounds, techniques, and subject matter are encouraged to join this master class. A full-color palette is a powerful tool in the contemporary artist's kit when used in a balanced and informed way.⁠

The class runs from March 20-24, 2023 at the Princeton Academy of Art 138 Nassau Street, FL 2, Princeton, NJ 08542.

Tuition is $850.00 (50% due upon registration. Second half due 3/6/23)

To learn more, visit

Nineteenth-Century French Drawings from the Cleveland Museum of Art

Published on February 3, 2023

Drawing transformed radically in 19th-century France, expanding from a means of artistic training to an independent medium with rich potential for exploration and experimentation. A variety of materials became available to artists—such as commercially fabricated chalks, pastels, and specialty papers—encouraging figures ranging from Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres to Paul Cezanne to reconsider the place of drawing within their artistic practices. A growing number of public and private exhibition venues began to display their creations, building an audience attracted by the intimacy of drawings and their unique techniques and subjects. 

This exhibition celebrates the Cleveland Museum of Art’s internationally recognized holdings of 19th-century French drawings—a cornerstone of its collection since the institution opened in 1916. The approximately 50 featured artworks explore the history of drawing in 19th-century France and chronicle the remarkable role the medium has played at the CMA.

The exhibition runs from January 20 - June 11, 2023 at the Cleveland Museum of Art, 11150 East Blvd, Cleveland OH.

To learn more, click here.

Visit the ARC Calendar for more events and exhibitions.

Innocence and Experience: Selections from the Department of Drawings and Prints

Published on February 2, 2023

This installation considers how artists working in early Renaissance Italy, late Georgian Britain, and nineteenth-century Europe and America sought new approaches to record and shape visual imagery. Sections also focus on representations of motherhood and on portraiture.

Early Italian drawings, a treasured copy of William Blake’s Songs of Innocence and Experience, prints and drawings by nineteenth-century European, British, and American artists convey the intimate relationship of mother and child. From formal portraits to scenes of the private sphere, these works communicate the tenderness and tribulations of early motherhood. Finally, a group of etched portraits brings together artists, especially printmakers, in the circle of Edouard Manet and Edgar Degas.

The exhibition runs from February 9 - May 16, 2023 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art 1000 5th Ave, NY, New York.

For more information, please click here.

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

AdA Apprenticeship Program

Published on February 1, 2023

The ARC Approved®  AdA apprenticeship program offers specialized skill-based classical training for people wanting to learn to draw-paint, and who are looking to achieve a level of excellency in Contemporary Realism.

A selected group of motivated students will have the unique opportunity to learn under the tutelage and mentorship of ARC Living Master℠,  Joke Frima.

Joke Frima was a student of Nerina Simi in Florence 1976-1984, subsequently she had a career as an independent artist. She has now decided to take up the legacy of Nerina Simi and devote herself to transmitting the skills she learned.

You can Apply Now for the program starting in September 2023. You must commit for a minimum of 3 months. AdA offers a Three Year Curriculum. €2000 a trimester, €5000 a year.

The AdA Atelier school is a non profit association and is situated in Morvan Regional Natural Park, Central France. 

AdA has guest rooms for students.

To learn more, visit  or email

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