The third and final installment of the Visual Language Curriculum, encompassing grades 9-12, is now available for download at The Waichulis Studio Store!   The Visual Language program is a strategic sequencing of educational visual arts exercises designed to develop visual literacy and communication skills in the most effective and efficient manner possible. Echoing the same rational sequence of skill building exercises from the Ani Art Academies’ core curriculum, Visual Language I, II and III seek to develop visual literacy and communication skills that will prepare K-12 students to successfully interact and contribute to a global environment that is increasingly dependent on visual stimuli.  Please visit The Waichulis Studio Store for a free download of the entire program.

December 18, 2015

The fifth installment of the Ani Art Academy Waichulis Research and Presentation Meeting series was held yesterday. An attentive audience enjoyed presentations given by Alex Jove, Kevin Moore, and Lisandra Nighelli.  Ani apprentice Alex Jove shared knowledge about both the history of murals, and the process in which they are created.  Ani instructor Kevin Moore discussed a cost effective solution for artwork storage, and demonstrated how a flat file box can be created from foam core.  Finally, Ani apprentice Lisandra Nighelli offered a presentation regarding aerial perspective and the effects that the atmosphere has on objects in the distance, in relation to the understanding and application for artists.

We would like to thank all of last evening’s presenters and our audience for joining in the discussion. Please stay tuned for the next installment of the Research & Presentation Meeting Series.  


December 15, 2015

Ani Art Academies would like to congratulate the Ani Apprentices whom were awarded a Certificate of Excellence for their hard work over the past year.  In recognition of their personal commitment, dedication, and performance to the Ani curriculum, the following artists were chosen: Ani Art Academy Waichiulis, Stephen Sebald – Hardest Working Artist, Chelsea Herron – Most Improved, Ani Art Academy Anguilla, Taffari Crawford – Hardest Working Artist, Prudence Williams – Most Improved, and Ani Art Academy Dominicana, Hardest Working Artist – Domingo Antonio Rosario, Most Improved – Saul Martinez Rodriguez.  All of the above artists were awarded a monetary prize, along with a certificate that expresses the organization’s sincere appreciation of their dedication.  Once again, congratulations to all of these hardworking artists; we look forward to seeing what they accomplish in the year ahead!

December 11, 2015

Original work from the artists of the Ani Art Academies has been added to the Waichulis Studio Store Online Gallery and is now available for purchase.  The gallery displays an array of drawings and paintings from the apprentices, instructors, and alumni of the Ani organization, with all of the proceeds from sales going directly to the artist.  Please visit the gallery to view the available art, along with artist information, high resolution images, and photographs of the front and back of the frames.  Purchases can be made directly through the Waichulis Studio Store site; questions and inquiries should be directed to

December 9, 2015

Unit London, a breakthrough independent contemporary art gallery, will host the grand opening of the Paintguide Exhibition.  The show, coined as the world’s first Instagram art show, will feature the work of 60 of the most exciting and prolific painters today, whom have all been featured on the popular Instagram account @Paintguide.  Anthony Waichulis joins the lineup with his oil painting, Love Story.  For more information on this unique event, which opens Thursday, November 26th, please visit Unit London. 

November 25, 2015

Roneidy Antonio Caraballo Bonilla (b. October 27, 1986) Ever since Roneidy was young, he was very interested in art. He has always been on the lookout for an opportunity to study art as there are not many here in the Dominican Republic. When he was 14 years old, he went to Santiago and studied art for six months. He then found the Ani Art Academies in his hometown of Rio San Juan. It is here that he is making great strides artistically.Ani Art Academies would like to congratulate Roneidy Caraballo Bonilla for being selected as the Ani Student of the Week!  Mr. Bonilla is incredibly dedicated, arriving early to the studio each day, and working diligently at home each night.  He strives to be the best artist possible, and has set a wonderful example that other students are working hard to follow!  Congrats to Roneidy on this well deserved recognition!Please visit Roneidy’s Image Gallery at

November 25, 2015

The highly anticipated John Pence Gallery event, “Figures & Interiors”, opens this evening, Friday November 20, 2015.  Leah Waichulis joins 34 skilled artists as they exhibit an impressive variety and subject matter in this group exhibition.  The opening reception will be held from 6:00-8:00pm, with the show running through December 19th.  Waichulis’ painting, Cabin Interior, “joins the work of fellow first rank painters displaying first rank work.”


For more information, please visit John Pence Gallery. 


November 20, 2015

Onefive4 Gallery, a digital venue showcasing artworks and the love of artistic expression, recently featured Ani Art Academy Anguilla Instructor Timothy W. Jahn in their weekly 10 Point Artist Profile.  The gallery asked Jahn a series of 10 short questions, including his own favorite artists, his biggest challenges, and his must have item.  This fun interview can be read in its entirety at onefive4gallery.

November 13, 2015

“The Renaissance of Realism,” a two-part exhibition being presented by Gallery 1261 in Denver, Colorado, will showcase Natura, the highly regarded painting by Anthony Waichulis.  The show, which opens Friday, November 13th at 7:00pm, celebrates masterful imagery wrought by deliberate and effective skill and concept.  Waichulis joins a salvo of skilled artists as the gallery invites art lovers to experience and reflect upon the works of this country’s best realist painters.  This is a must see show if you are in the Denver area!

For more information, please visit Gallery 1261.

November 10, 2015

The Ani Art Academies are thrilled to announce our next collaboration with Rehs Contemporary Galleries, Synesthesia, a collection of musically inspired works. The show will open on Saturday April 9th, 2016, at the New York City Gallery.  Ani Artists are hard at work and we are so excited to see what they will come up with for this art-meets-music exhibition; sure to be the best Ani & Rehs collaboration yet!  Stay tuned to and Rehs Contemporary Galleries for more information.


November 3, 2015

Lovetts Gallery in Tulsa, Oklahoma will now feature the work of Ani Art Academies’ Artist Leah Waichulis.  The gallery scouts, recruits, and represents many of the finest painters and artworks today, and produces a broad representation of regional, national, and international artists.  They have worked diligently to represent the most driven and committed artists who create works that are visually and emotionally fulfilling.  Congratulations to both Leah and Lovetts, we wish them luck in their future artistic partnership!  Please visit Lovetts Gallery to view and purchase work!

October 30, 2015

Ani Art Academy Waichulis artists visited the 9th Annual Illuxcon this past Saturday.  The exhibition is the world’s largest celebration of imaginative realism, and it showcased the work of over 90 artists and offered demos, lectures, workshops, and round tables covering an array of topics.  Ani Artist Victoria Steel was on hand to lead the group through the exhibit, as she was awarded a Scholarship to attend the entire 5-day event for her drawing, Of Earth, Heaven, and Sea. 

For more information on Illuxcon can be found at their website. 

October 27, 2015

In an article published earlier this week, Anthony Waichulis discusses the problems of “accuracy” in regards to the efforts of observational realists.  He notes that many publications touch base upon this topic, however, many lack the explanation of what drawing or painting accuracy really means.  Waichulis states, “ ‘Accuracy’ for the representational artist is not only found in the gathering of information (e.g. measurement) but also in the registration and organization of the marks that are intended to ‘represent’ the gathered information.”  The article further discusses the necessary variables that are needed to correctly gather information for representational drawing and painting, and provides detailed examples to allow the reader to better understand the proposed ideas.  To read this unique article in its entirety, please visit



October 23, 2015

The invitational exhibition “The Birds” opens this weekend at Lovetts Gallery in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  The show, which includes Ani Artists’ Victoria Steel, Leah Waichulis, Timothy Jahn, and Jason Brady, is a collection of original works of birds, about birds, and inspired by the Hitchcock classic.  The opening reception will be held on Saturday, October 24th, from 10am-5pm, with the show running through November 24th.  Please visit Lovetts Gallery for more details, and be sure to stop by and experience this unique exhibition if you are in the Tulsa area!

October 20, 2015

Ani Art Academies would like to congratulate the winners of our 2nd Annual Drawing Competition!  A prestigious panel of judges including Howard Rehs, Kara Ross, Dru Blaire, Kurt Willig, Tim Reynolds, and Steve Diamanté, examined each drawing for the qualities that best represent an artist in true command of his or her talent.

We are thrilled to announce that the 1st place winner is awarded to Taffari Crawford, for his drawing, Under Heaven.   Taffari will be awarded entry into the ARC salon, one of the most challenging and diverse competitions for Representational artists today, a custom frame for his piece, and an Ani Annual Drawing Competition Certificate of Recognition.  2nd place is awarded to Roniedy Bonilla for his drawing, A Cut Above, and 3rd place to Jonathan Ramon Frometa Vasquez, for his drawing, Serenity.  Both will receive entry into the ARC Salon, as well as an Ani Drawing Competition Certificate of Recognition. 

Also deserving honorable mention are (in no particular order), Catherine Acosta, Silent Voice, Felix Esteban Rosario, Friends Forever, Fraelo Lantigua Garcia, A Beautiful Distraction, Patricia Alanzo Diaz, Enchanted, Romaro Richardson, Homage to Rosie and Wendy, Carolin Melo, Last Day of Summer, and Victor Pena Chavez, Pensando En Ti, all of who will be awarded entry into the ARC Salon. 

We would like to extend our sincere gratitude to the panel of judges that assisted us in making this event a success.  Their time and expertise are thoroughly appreciated and we look forward to working with them in the future!


October 14, 2015

(b.1975) Although Dan has always had an interest in painting, he became serious about art in 2011 when he resigned from his corporate America position to pursue a more creative endeavor.  In an effort to earn a living through the utilization of anything art, Dan embarked upon an exciting journey as a tattoo artist.  While traveling the globe and perfecting his skill, Dan learned of the Ani Art Academies’ program from a fellow tattooer and Ani apprentice.  He was thoroughly impressed with the work that was being produced by the academy and was immediately inspired to apply.  Dan began his apprenticeship at Ani Art Academies Waichulis in 2014 with the intent of developing himself into the best artist possible and in turn opening the doors to future artistic opportunity.

Congratulations to Dan on being named the Ani artist of the week!  Keep up the great work, we can’t wait to see what your future holds! 

Click here to visit Dan's image gallery.

October 9, 2015