Posts for January, 2019

January 2019

St. Petersburg Art Academy in Florence

Published on January 30, 2019

ARC is pleased to welcome the St. Petersburg Art Academy in Florence as our newest ARC Approved AtelierSM!

The State Academy of St. Petersburg I. E. Repin has recently opened an official branch in the heart of Florence, Italy. All the courses are based on the program of the Russian Repin Institute methods that have existed for more than 260 years. In their programs, particular importance is given to studying Renaissance artists. The branch of St. Petersburg Art Academy provides a creative experience, developing and updating programs to keep up with the changing times. The school looks confidently into the future, while remembering the traditional values of the artist's role in Russian society and the world.

To learn more, please click here


New ARC Associate Living Master

Published on January 30, 2019

ARC is pleased to welcome John Cogan as our newest ARC Associate Living Master™!

John paints almost exclusively in acrylic, working on canvas or panel. He strives to capture creation’s splendor in the landscapes of the American Southwest. His style is unique, consisting in thin underpainting and thicker finishes, rich pigments, glazes, scumbles and attention to detail. His focus is on color and the transient effects of light.

To view his gallery on ARC, please click here.

New ARC Living Artist

Published on January 28, 2019

ARC is proud to welcome Sandy Sherman as our newest ARC Living Artist™!

Sandy Sherman, a native of New Hampshire, has been painting in a realistic manner since 1980. Her forte is still life paintings which feature unusual objects with interesting effects of light and color. Irony, whimsy and fun pervade many of her canvases. She also hand paints the frames to tailor fit the subject matter.

To see her gallery on ARC, please click here.  

Portrait Painting with David Gray

Published on January 25, 2019

Portrait Painting with David Gray

Workshop runs from 4/1/2019 - 4/5/2019 at the ARC ApprovedSM Edinburgh Atelier of Fine Art.

David's signature style reveals a personal and contemporary expression of beauty and order which pays homage to the Classical Tradition in its craftsmanship. Collectors of David's work often relate that his painting evokes a sense of peace, stillness, or a contemplative mood. His award-winning works have been covered by major art publications including Southwest Art, Art of the West, and American Art Collector. David also teaches several workshops per year in portraiture and still life painting throughout the United States and abroad.

Through demonstration and personalised instruction, David will teach the application of the painting medium as he applies it in his own professional work. Stages of painting will include:

Underdrawing - methods and thought processes of how to construct the underlying drawing of your subject on your painting support (your canvas or panel).

Colour Study and Underpainting - discussion on some basic color theory and mixology. Creating a color poster study to help workout your major color concerns before launching into the portrait and applying a thin layer of oil color onto the drawing, in preparation for the next stage.

Overpainting - This is the real business of painting where David will show how to paint your subject region by region; bringing each area to a finish before moving on. Among other things he will discuss paint handling, basic color mixing and turning form.

Glazing and Continuing the Overpainting - On this day you will glaze and make minor adjustments as necessary. You will also continue to work on the overpainting.

In addition, students are encouraged to ask any other questions applicable to the art making process. In past workshops he has discussed other items such as: composition, how to take good photo reference material, the importance of drawing/painting from life, personal art making philosophy, and many other related topics.

For a full list of materials and to reserve your spot on this workshop, visit

Svetlana Cameron Interview in Pastel Journal

Published on January 23, 2019

Following her success in the Pastel 100 and Strokes of Genius competitions last year, ARC Associate Living Master Svetlana Cameron was invited to be a featured artist in the special 20th anniversary February issue of Pastel Journal Magazine.

A 6-page article about Svetlana’s art journey includes an interview with the artist, a number of full color reproductions of her work, and a step-by-step demo of her signature 3-color technique which she uses to paint realistic skin tones.

New ARC Associate Living Master

Published on January 23, 2019

ARC is pleased to welcome Linda Schroeter as an Associate Living Master™!

Linda worked as a commercial illustrator and graphic designer in the corporate world for over 28 years. During that time, she moved to California’s Sonoma County with her husband. She taught herself how to paint with oils and glazes and spent weekends attending workshops and studying paintings in museums and galleries.

To see Linda's gallery on ARC, please click here


Published on January 23, 2019

The ARC ApprovedSM Florence Academy of Art U.S. is holding its newest exhibition, 'PRISM', which is curated by Stephen Bauman and Edmond Rochat. The exhibition will feature a range of subject matter from landscape and still life to sculpture and portraiture. 'PRISM' will present the work of more than 15 artists who skillfully translate the visual world through the prism of their own distinct vision.

The show runs from January 18 - March 15, 2019 at the Florence Academy of Art, US 888 Newark Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07306.

To learn more, please click here.

For more events, please visit the ARC Calendar.

New ARC Living Master

Published on January 20, 2019

ARC is pleased to welcome Katsu Nakajima as a new ARC Living Master™!

"Around 2008, realizing that his mission in life was to become an artist, he started producing oil paintings while learning the basics of drawing at a painting academy. His thoughts when first handling oil paints were as follows: 'I was struck by the mysterious sense that I had been painting with oil since a long time ago, and there was no sense of unease at all.'"

To view his gallery on ARC, please click here.

Sotheby's 19th Century European Art Auction

Published on January 18, 2019

On February 1, 2019, Sotheby's, New York will be holding an auction for important 19th Century European art. 

The auction includes several works by William Bouguereau, Frederick Arthur Bridgeman, Frank Dicksee, Jules Breton, Jean-Leon Gerome among others.

Exhibition pre-sale times for the auction are from January 25 - 31, 2019 at Sotheby's New York  1334 York Ave, New York, NY 10021. Auction pre-sales are an important way the public gets to view paintings that go from one private collection to another.

To learn more about about the auction, please click here.

For more events, visit the ARC Calendar.

LARA Easter Scholarship Competition

Published on January 17, 2019

ARC ApprovedSM London Atelier of Representational Art is delighted to announce their inaugural Easter Scholarship Competition! 

LARA London will host one first prize winner for the full two weeks of Easter School/Introduction to Materials (1st-12th April 2019, worth £845). In addition, one runner up will be hosted for one week of the Easter School (subject to availability, worth £435). 
Over the course of two weeks on Easter School students will be taught the essentials of cast drawing and figure drawing and painting, spending ten full days in the studios with 60 hours of contact time with LARA tutors, with a special emphasis on experimenting with materials used on the LARA Diploma. 
Deadline for applications: February 11, 2019.
For more information, please click here.

Fernand Khnopff - The Master of Enigma

Published on January 17, 2019

A rare artist, this Belgian master of Symbolism has not had a retrospective in Paris for nearly forty years.
The exhibition brings together around one hundred emblematic examples of the complex aesthetic of Fernand Khnopff, who was a painter, draftsman, engraver, sculptor and the stage director of his personal work.
The exhibition runs from December 11, 2018 to March 17, 2019 at Les Petit Palais, Avenue Winston Churchill 75008 Paris.
For more information, please click here

For more events, please visit our calendar.

Edward Burne-Jones

Published on January 16, 2019

This exhibition is the first solo show of the work of Edward Burne-Jones at the Tate since 1933. The exhibition charts Burne-Jones’s rise from an outsider with little formal art training to one of the most influential British artists of the late 19th century.
Featuring over 150 objects, the exhibition will bring together major works from across his career for the first time in generations. Highlights include some of his best loved works, such as his huge paintings telling the dreamlike fairytale of Sleeping Beauty, wall-filling tapestries and his remarkable drawings.
Edward Burne-Jones Solo exhibition runs from 10/24/18-2/24/18 at the Tate Britain Millbank, Westminster, London, SW1P 4RG, UK.
For more information, please click here.  
For more events, please visit our calendar.

Continuum, The Art of Daniel Graves

Published on January 15, 2019

The exhibition of the work of American painter, Daniel Graves, will be the first in Florence since the artist's arrival in the city 40 years ago. The venue - the Accademia's exhibition hall - offers Graves the perfect setting to showcase his life-long study of the human figure, a central theme of his work. The Accademia delle Arti del Disegno was founded by Vasari 500 years ago, and was home to members the likes of Michelangelo and Cellini. Its current Board continues to uphold its tradition to provide a venue for living artists and cultural events open to the public.
Graves is also founder of the ARC ApprovedSM The Florence Academy of Art, a world-renowned institution dedicated to the training of figurative realism. Like the Accademia, the Florence Academy is both philosophically and physically rooted in Florence's artistic heritage. The "figurative" and "humanistic" tradition of both city and academy continue to attract young people who see Florence as the ideal place for their artistic training.
The exhibition takes place from February 2 -28, 2019 at Accademia delle Arti del Disegno, Via Orsanmichele, 4 Firenze, 50123, Italy.
For more information, please click here.
For more events, please visit our calendar

Gezien van de Riet TRAC Speech

Published on January 11, 2019

ARC Associate Living Master™ Gezien Van De Riet recently posted in her blog the last section of her speech at TRAC 2018 titled "Imitation and Imagination".

Her lecture on naturalistic realism fights the notion that there is no imagination and creativity in works that feature a large degree of imitation from nature.

Click here to read the final part of her speech.

Open Sketch for Teens at Grand Central Atelier

Published on January 8, 2019

Grand Central Atelier is inviting all high school students interested in learning more about studying art to attend portrait drawing session from a live, clothed model alongside the instructors.

No prior drawing experience is necessary. Students must bring their own drawing materials and may also bring their portfolios to receive feedback from the instructors during model breaks and/or during the Q&A. 

The Open Sketch takes place on January 12th from 9:30am - 1:00pm at the Grand Central Atelier 46-06 11th Street, Queens, NY 11101. 

The event is free and open to all high school-aged teens.

Please RSVP: 

For more events, visit the ARC Calendar

The Avant Garde’s Slide into Irrelevance

Published on January 8, 2019

A new article was recently published in Quillette by TRAC Chair, Michael Pearce, titled "The Avant Garde’s Slide into Irrelevance".

"Many adherents to the aesthetics of the avant-garde in tenured positions at American art schools and universities are still enthusiastic supporters of the ideas and strategies that won them the culture wars of the late twentieth century. They steadfastly cleave to the doctrinal ideas that brought them into their positions of power and authority and have entrenched themselves in defense of an exclusively Euro-centric cult of avant-garde art. But as Western culture has changed around them, they have been outflanked by sentiment and technology."

To read the full article click here.

Panel Discussion: Collins, Bauman, Watwood, & Mastromatteo; Moderated by Dale Zinkowski

Published on January 4, 2019

ARC Living Masters™ Jacob Collins and Patricia Watwood, and artists Stephen Bauman and Anthony Mastromatteo will be holding a panel discussion moderated by Dale Zinkowski at the Salmagundi Club, 47 5th Ave, New York, NY 10003.

The discussion takes place on Friday, January 11, 2019 with a reception from 5:30 to 6:30 pm in the parlor.  The panel will then run from 6:30 to 8.00pm in the Main Gallery.

Tickets are required and non refundable.

In conjunction with this event, attendees are welcome to dine in the Salmagundi Club dining room downstairs (calling at least a week in advance to make reservations (212) 255-7740.

For more information, please click here.

For more exhibitions, please visit the ARC Calendar.



Published on January 4, 2019

This is the first-ever major monograph exhibition dedicated to the 16th-century Netherlandish painter, Pieter Bruegel the Elder in commemoration of the 450th anniversary of his death.

Over 90 works by the master, the exhibition in Vienna has assembled a comprehensive overview of Bruegel’s oeuvre. Comprising around 30 panel paintings (i.e., three-quarters of extant paintings) and almost half of his preserved drawings and prints, the show offers visitors a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to immerse themselves in the artist’s complex pictorial world, to study his stylistic development and his creative process, and to get to know his method of work, his pictorial humor, and his unique narrative powers.

The exhibition ends on January 13, 2019 and is being held at the Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, 5 Burgring, Vienna Austria.

To learn more, please click here.

For more exhibitions, please visit the ARC Calendar.

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