Ani Art Academies would like to wish you a wonderful holiday filled with joy, laughter, and goodwill.  As the New Year approaches we look back upon a year that was filled with plentiful accomplishments, new challenges, and the reaching of milestones!  We are so excited for the busy year ahead of us, and we look forward to all of the wonderful masterpieces and memories that will be created in 2018!

December 22, 2017

We are excited to announce that Ani Art Academy Sri Lanka is scheduled to open by the end of January 2018. The facility will serve the local community, and hold up to 50 students. The Sri Lanka studio will be the second Ani Art Academy in Asia, joining the Thailand school that is currently operating under the instruction of Rodney O’Dell Davis. Ani Art Academy Anguilla instructor Tim W. Jahn, arrived in Sri Lanka earlier this fall and had been overseeing the finishing touches of the construction and building of the furniture by talented local wood craftsmen. We are thrilled to continue our expansion and look forward to the wonderful new opportunities that lie ahead for our schools, teachers, and students! 

December 14, 2017

In this time of gratitude, Ani Art Academies would like to give thanks to all the wonderful people who supported and continue to support the Academies and Art Education. We value your patronage and appreciate your confidence in our Apprentices. Counting you among our friends is something for which we are especially grateful. Happy Thanksgiving!

November 22, 2017

Ani Art Academies are thrilled to congratulate Alex Jove on completing the Language of Drawing program. We are so excited for Mr. Jove and cannot wait to see what he accomplishes when he picks up his brushes! For more Alex’s artwork, please visit:

November 15, 2017

To those in uniform serving today and to those who have served in the past Ani Art Academies honor you today and every day! Ani Art Academies America in Red Bank, NJ, provides tuition-free, comprehensive art education to all Veterans, as well as individuals with disabilities. Ani Art Academy America is committed to empowering those that have sacrificed so much while defending freedom and justice. Help us to spread the word and help Veterans develop a rewarding career that they can take great pride in. For more information, please visit:

November 13, 2017

Ani Art Academy Waichulis Apprentices started off the “spooky” holiday with life drawing session, where our beautiful model, Shaina Walker, who was dressed as a cat woman. All the Apprentices were in costumes of a ghost, little devil, the day of the dead, etc.. Let the goosebumps spread, and the hairs stand up on and let the candy fill your dreams. We wish you an eerie, spooky, hair-raising, spell-binding Halloween!   

October 31, 2017

Ani Art Academy Waichulis Alumni Victoria Steel is showcasing her works at the ILLUXCON 2017. Founded in 2008, IX is the first, ground-breaking art show, symposium, and celebration dedicated solely to imaginative realism—bringing artists, students, collectors, and art fans together for an annual gathering intended to inspire and create further awareness and zeal for imaginative realism and all that’s encompassed in the realm of the fantastic. As the largest display of original imaginative realist art in the world, IX is an entirely unique experience where artists are free to participate in the show just as attendees and students do. Make sure to stop by Victoria’s booth and show her your support October 18th – 22nd, 2017.  For more information on ILLUXCON 2017, please visit:  To view Victoria's artwork, please visit

October 19, 2017

Ani Art Academies Apprentices enjoyed cast drawing session at the Pauly Friedman Art Gallery at the Misericordia University. The gallery joined major art galleries around the world in celebration of French sculptor Auguste Rodin (1840-1917) with the exhibit, "Rodin: Portraits of a Lifetime-Selections from the Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Collections. Misericordia University welcomes all art students to visit and practice cast drawing skills and admire the extraordinary talent of Rodin.  Who is considered to be the greatest sculptor since Michelangelo. To schedule a drawing session, please contact Alexandra Isaac at The exhibit is on display until December 9th, 2017.  

September 27, 2017

It’s that time again Ani Apprentices! Deadline is approaching fast. Submit your entries into 13th international arc salon competition soon. This year ARC introducing a 9th category dedicated to plein air painting, as well as a few new exciting awards. The most prestigious realist art competition in the Americas and perhaps the world, the International ARC Salon offers over $100,000 in cash awards and International recognition through partnerships with prestigious magazines, galleries, museum exhibitions, and a strong online presence. All winners, honorable mentions, and finalists will have their entries accompanied by their name displayed on the ARC website and will also be featured in the 13th International ARC Salon Catalogue. In addition, all winners and honorable mentions will receive an Award Certificate suitable for framing. Good Luck! 

September 19, 2017

We are so proud of our apprentices Victoria Steel, Jason, Brady, Andrea Bills, Barbara Fox, and Taffari Crawford to be exhibited at the European Museum of Modern Art in Barcelona. All of them are winners of various awards at the 12th International ARC Salon Competition, which is the most prestigious realist art competition in the Americas and perhaps the world. MEAM museum is the first museum to display and promote contemporary figurative art exclusively. 75 works were chosen for the live version of the ARC Salon Exhibition. The exhibition will be on view at the MEAM Museum, Barcelona, Spain from September 23 - November 27, 2017. 

September 12, 2017

Ani Art Academy Waichulis apprentices visited Brandywine River Museum of Art to view the Andrew Wyeth In Retrospect Exhibit. The Brandywine River Museum is a museum of regional and American art. The museum showcases the art of Andrew Wyeth, a major American realist painter, and his family: his father N.C. Wyeth, illustrator of many children’s classics, and his son Jamie Wyeth, a contemporary American realist painter. Our apprentices enjoyed the exhibit and got inspired by the beautiful works. The museum building itself is unique; it is converted nineteenth-century mill with a dramatic steel and glass addition overlooking the banks of the Brandywine River. To find out more about the museum and its collections, please visit

September 8, 2017

The Ani Art Academy Waichulis Studio is happy to welcome Marion Snowdon, Long-Distance Apprentice for her second visit to the Academy. Ms. Snowdon has been working through the Waichulis Curriculum from her home in Australia for close to two years and made the long trip to Pennsylvania to work in person with her Long-Distance teacher, Ani Senior Apprentice Dan Christian.  Marion visited for ten days, and thoroughly enjoyed her time at the studio.  If you would like more information on how to become a Long-Distance Apprentice, please send a request for information to

July 20, 2017

Thank you, everyone, for coming out to the opening of Capturing Realism 2017. It was a great turnout; over 1400 people attached the opening to show the support for the Ani Art Academies efforts. This year’s exhibit is one of the biggest in recent years. Over 70 works of art and over 50 skilled artists from around the globe participating in the show. Do not miss a chance to see this incredible collection of works. The show will be on display until August 26th. Pauly Friedman Art Gallery301 Lake St, Dallas, Pennsylvania 18612, United StatesGallery Hours:Mon: ClosedTues - Thurs: 10am - 8pmFri: 10am - 5pmSat and Sun: 1pm - 5pm

July 12, 2017

Capturing Realism is a wildly popular biennial exhibition of realistic paintings and drawings celebrating the efforts of the Ani Art Academies (formerly The Waichulis Studio) for nearly 20 years.This year's exhibition, Capturing Realism 2017, will bring together over 50 skilled artists from around the globe. Capturing Realism 2017 will feature artists associated with all Ani Art Academies (US, Anguilla, Dominican Republic, and Thailand), Long Distance Apprentices and Academies’ Affiliates. Both established artists and current apprentices will reveal the results of an unwavering dedication to their craft.Please join us for the opening reception on July 8, 2017, from 5 pm - 7 pm at the Pauly Friedman Art Gallery at Misericordia University. Artwork will remain on view until August 26, 2017. Featured Works for Capturing Realism 2017Phil Kidd, Ani Art Academy Waichulis, USA, The Fall of Man, 23x14", Charcoal and Pastel on paper Alejandro Queris Calderon, Ani Art Academy Thailand, Gift from Ganesha, 8x14", Charcoal on paper Domingo Antonio Rosario, Ani Art Academy Dominicana, The Home Stretch, 11x14", Charcoal on paper  Visit for more information and a sneak peak of the show.

“It is an honor to present this staggering collection of talent once again under the Ani banner, and judging by the works from this exhibit, the future of the Ani Art Academies may exceed all of our expectations.” - Anthony Waichulis 

July 4, 2017

Ani Art Academy Waichulis welcomed its first Summer Mentorship Program apprentice Morgan Masters a student of Lake Lehman High School, Lehman Township, Luzerne County, PA.  Ani Art Academies Apprentice Chelsea Herron is Morgan’s mentor, started her studies with a life model portrait session. The Waichulis Curriculum Summer Mentorship Program (WSMP) is an educational service offered to select candidates that are logistically paired with an approved WSMP instructor who is versed in the Waichulis Core training program. For more information contact Anya Dribas at  

June 16, 2017

Ani Art Academy Waichulis would like to welcome new apprentice Mitchell Bagnas. Mitchell was born in Turlock, California and raised in Hanover Township, Pennsylvania. In the early age of 12, Mitchell knew he wanted to become an artist. Sketching on place mats, store receipts, school desks, and anything else that he could find. After high school, he enrolled in the Painting & Illustration program at the Luzerne County Community College. There he was introduced to the fundamentals of drawing and painting. After graduating with an Associate Degree, Mitchell was excepted into the Ani Art Academy Waichulis. We are excited about the opportunity to get to know him, please make him feel welcome and say hello.  

June 1, 2017