Get ready for tomorrows Alla Prima!  We welcome all artists to participate in the weekly challenges through Facebook on the Language of Painting forum.  For tomorrow’s theme… Decadent Desserts!  The outline for tomorrows study is to paint any dessert model of your choice in 30 minutes.  Use 5 strokes per palette draw and pre mixing is allowed.

If you would like to share your work on the Language of Painting, please email or message Anthony Waichulis on Facebook.  Good luck and have fun!

May 14, 2014

Artist and Ani alumni Brian O'Neill will be teaching a 5 day workshop July 16th to July 20th, 2014 on the Core Techniques in Realism.  Open to the public, this workshop will focus on rudimentary drawing exercises to aid in the artist’s ability to render value from the darkest dark to the lightest light with a full range of values and seamless transitions.  The workshop is open to all levels of skill and experience from the beginner to a seasoned artist and offers insight into the very same methods practiced by the apprentices of the Ani Art Academy.  For more information about "Core Drawing Techniques in Realism", please visit The Rochester Art Club website at:

"Core Drawing Techniques in Realism" (According to the Rochester Art Club website, as of 2/3/14 the workshop is full. Wait list only.)

When: July 16th-20th 2014
Where: Rochester Art Club
Studio #437-439
1115 E. Main St.
Rochester, NY 14609

May 13, 2014

Visiting us from California, Ani Art Academies apprentice Emma Hirst joins the studio to immerse herself in the painting section of the Ani program.  All of us here at the Ani Waichulis studio are so very excited for her to be spending some time with us.  We cannot wait to see what kind of work she produces in the near future!

Here’s a little more about Emma: born and raised in Oakland, CA, Emma has always had a passion for representationalism. After creating art as a hobby her entire life, she was introduced to Anthony Waichulis’ artwork at John Pence gallery in San Francisco, CA- just across the bay from where she grew up. This sparked an unexpected journey into what is now the Ani Art Academy Waichulis. After studying at The Waichulis Studio in 2006 for 3 weeks as a part of her senior project for Drew College Preparatory School, she went on to study Political Science for two years at Eugene Lang College for Liberal Arts at The New School University in NY. Deciding that this wasn’t for her, she began to follow her true passion for art and began the Waichulis program full time, in fall of 2008.

Since beginning her apprenticeship with Anthony Waichulis, Emma has been featured in several successful exhibitions and noted publications.  She continues to exhibit with The San Marino Gallery and Studio Gallery, both in California as well as Mainstreet Gallery in Kingston, PA.

May 12, 2014

(b. 1990) Raised in the Wyoming Valley of Pennsylvania, Chelsea has always known she wanted to become an artist. After graduating with high honors from Luzerne County Community College with a degree in painting and illustration, she continued her studies at the Pennsylvania College of Art and Design. She returned home determined to consort with the Ani Art Academy Waichulis where she was certain she would receive the education in representationalism she admired.

May 9, 2014

(b. 1982, New York City) Erika Baez graduated with honors from Baruch College, New York, with a B.A. in Graphic Design and Photography, and later pursued Drawing and Ceramics studies from Montgomery College, Maryland. At Montgomery, she was awarded a prestigious study abroad scholarship to learn the classic approach to drawing at Angel Academy of Art in Florence, Italy. It was in Florence that Erika developed a great interest in Trompe L'oeil and portraiture, and was later selected as an apprentice at The Ani Art Academy Waichulis from which she received her Masters of Fine Arts.

Erika currently lives and works in Charlottesville, Virginia where her primary focus is on still-life’s, portrait, and landscape paintings and drawings, which allow for a clear narrative within her work. She has recently opened her home studio to the public and offers art lessons for adults.  Make sure to check out more of Erika's work on her webpage at:

May 8, 2014

Mainstreet Galleries will host a small works show this summer titled "Small Works Big Ideas" on June 7th, 2014.  Drawings and paintings from all three Ani Art Academies (Waichulis, Anguilla and Dominican Republic) will be exhibited.  Opening reception is Saturday, June 7th 2014 at 6:00 PM.  Join us with friends and family for a spectacular show!

Mainstreet Galleries is the premiere provider of fine art, elegant gifts and expert custom framing in Northeastern Pennsylvania.  Located in Kingston, PA the 3000 sq. foot gallery hosts an extensive selection of original and limited edition works from art around the world and local.

May 6, 2014

For anyone involved in the Language of Painting that wants to augment their LoP experiences by keeping in steps with some of the AAAW studio practices, we are starting to share some of our weekly alla prima challenges on the Language of Painting Facebook group. Be sure to give some of these fun weekly challenges a try!  Visit the Facebook page here: Language of Painting (LoP) forum.

May 5, 2014

Welinton was born in Rio San Juan, Maria Trinidad Sanchez, Dominican Republic. He was very passionate about art as a child and was always drawing many different things. When he was twenty-four years old, he finished studying at the Universidad Abierta Para Adultos (UAPA) in Nagua where he graduated with a degree in Tourism. When Ani Art Academies Dominicana opened in his hometown, Welinton was very interested in studying there because it has always been his dream to be a professional artist. Now he is studying at AAADR where he feels a great sense of belonging. He is deeply immersed in the program and in the future, he hopes to be a respected artist in the Ani family.  Check out more of Welinton's work on his gallery page!

May 2, 2014

Helen has spent the last several years establishing her reputation as a truly gifted contemporary fine artist. Hailing from Dalton, PA Helen received her primary education in the arts within Northeastern Pennsylvania including a Liberal Arts degree from Keystone College in LaPlume (Pennsylvania) and a degree in Painting and Illustration from Luzerne County Community College. Helen completed her training under the guidance of nationally renowned realist Anthony Waichulis.

Helen continues to exhibit nationally and her work is sought after by many knowledgeable collectors across the country, from the John Pence Gallery in San Francisco to to the Salmagundi Club of New York, Helen's work continued to garner attention and accolades. While she continues to appear in most major art publication regularly, Helen's work recently touched upon international acclaim with her top honors in the U.K. Wildscape's Wildlife Painter of the Year competition, and was awarded First Place in the Animal Category by the Art Renewal Center.

Helen's work reflects her passion for animals and her love of nature. She is known to be extremely proficient working with traditional media in which her artistic concepts are brought to successful fruition. Helen continues to reside in Dalton, PA with her husband and maintains a studio where she continues to pursue her career with unwavering dedication.

May 1, 2014

Artists Emma Hirst and Susan Wallace received an honorable mention in the 2013 Shades of Gray drawing competition.  The Shades of Gray competition was open to all artists and all work was created entirely in black, white and gray medium.  Emma and Susan's artwork is being featured in the current spring issue of Drawing Magazine with a short write up about their drawings and the inspiration behind it.

Be sure to pick up for copy of the least issue of Drawing Magazine today!  For a complete list of 2013 winners, please visit their website at:

Congratulations Emma and Susan!

April 30, 2014

Every Tuesday, apprentices at the Ani Art Academy Waichulis take part in a live portrait session.  Whether they are in the drawing or painting part of the program, the students practice their medium with a live model.  The session lasts for 3 hours.  Each week, apprentices will go back to their previous exercise and work on the existing drawing or oil painting.

April 29, 2014

Since his childhood, Elizardo has been inspired by his family, who embraced his love for art. On the verge of finishing high school, Elizardo was approached by his guidance counselor Anita Ruan and was introduced to Ani Art Academies Anguilla. When Elizardo started the Waichulis curriculum provided by Ani Art Academies, he encountered a new challenge as he began working with charcoal and pastel, techniques and media that he had never encountered before. As his progressed, Elizardo was anxious to put the ideas that ran through his mind on paper and give in to the burning passion that was ignited in early childhood, the passion for art.  Check out his artwork at:

April 25, 2014

Jay Davenport has always been interested in and excited by fine art, especially, animals and wildlife. With an encouraging push from his grandfather, he began private instructions at an early age. His enthusiasm and education in arts continued as he later earned an Associates Degree in Painting and Illustration. His passion for Realism and Trompe-l’Oeil led him to a four year apprenticeship at The Waichulis Studio.

Jay has participated in many exhibits across the country, some of the awards he has won include, The Bosque Conservatory Silver Medal, and numerous awards in Artist Magazine Annual Competition. His passion for art has also been shown in many publications including 2007 Strokes of Genius, The Best in Drawing.

With his strong foundation in representationalism, Jay’s desire to paint the funny and humorous has materialized in this side of animals and how the different things they do relate to human life. His intention is for the viewer to “step back once in awhile and observe and even laugh at ourselves”.

Jay's work continues to be prevalent as his dedication to the craft reflects the promise of his future.  Jay offers personal instruction in fine art at his studio, Stillwater Studio, Lehighton, Pennsylvania.  Visit his website for more information and new works at:

April 24, 2014

Visit the Ani Art Academy Waichulis, Anguilla, and Dominican Republic Facebook pages for events, news, and apprentice art work.

The Academies are constantly evolving and changing, and we have lots more exciting developments.  'Like' our pages, join the conversation, and share with your friends!

And for those of you on Twitter, follow us at @AniWaichulis.

April 23, 2014

Ani Art Academy Anguilla had a very special guest visit the studio earlier this month.  Bruno DeLuca from MultiShow Brazil spent time at the studio speaking with Head Instructor Tim Jahn and his apprentices.  DeLuca and his crew were able to discuss the program with the students, learn more about the Ani Art Academies project, and have a live painting demo from Jahn.  It was an extremely exciting visit for the students and staff.

A big Thanks to Bruno DeLuca and MultiShow for taking the time to make the day very memorable at the Ani Art Academy Anguilla!

MultiShow is an entertainment channel in Brazil.  Bruno DeLuca is an actor and hosts the reality show, “To Go Where?" on the MultiShow channel.

April 22, 2014