Ani Art Academy Waichulis Artists Victoria Steel and Dan Christian are excited to announce their upcoming workshop, Drawing the Portrait: First Steps, to be held on November 19-20th from 10am-4pm at the Ani Waichulis studio. Limited seats are available for this two day intensive that is designed to present any artist, beginner to advanced, with a step-by-step approach to portrait drawing. The workshop will integrate basic drawing exercises from The Waichulis Curriculum Language of Drawing Program to develop the necessary skills needed to successfully navigate basic portraiture. Each day will begin with a lecture and end with a live portrait model session. For more information, or to register, please visit victoria-steel.com.
Opening tomorrow at Lovetts Gallery in Tulsa, Oklahoma is Cauldron, a collection of drawings, paintings, bronzes, wood carvings, metal work, and taxidermy, and featuring artists from the Ani Art Academies. The exhibition highlights strength and beauty through the process of transformation and creation and is a must see event if you are in the Tulsa area! Cauldron’s opening reception will be held tomorrow, Saturday October 22nd, from 10am – 5pm. Please visit Lovetts Gallery for more information.
The Ani Art Academy America studio was thrilled to host an event organized by Wounded Warrior Project and WWP staff member Ian Lennon. The workshop invited area Wounded Warriors to visit the studio to learn more about the Ani Art Academy America opportunity, to meet the staff, and to jump in front of an easel to try their hands at some of the exercises. It was truly awesome to share Ani's mission with the Warriors and we are grateful to have had the opportunity to introduce some area Veterans that had never met before. We could not be happier to have shared our day with such a great organization, and we look forward to seeing them at the studio in the future!
Congratulations to Ani Dominicana apprentice, Catherine Acosta, for completing the drawing gauntlet. Her charcoal and pastel, Nothing Lasts Forever, was inspired by the sculpture, Neapolitan Fisherboy, by Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux. Catherine is the latest Ani Artist to complete the drawing portion of the curriculum and to move onto the Language of Painting program. Good luck to Ms. Acosta as she picks up the brushes!
Mr. Phakapong Thawipat, the Governor of Phangnga province, and the team of Koh Yao Noi local governors visited Ani Art Academy Thailand with Mr. Krisana Lalai, a Thai journalist and human rights worker in respect with equality of people with disabilities and unprivileged people, and his production team. Krisana is also the leader of the Friendly Design Ambassador Project in Thailand, an initiative set up to publicize the details and awareness of "Friendly Design". Friendly Design, also known as Universal or Inclusive Design, is the idea of constructing inherently accessible buildings and environments for everyone, especially for seniors and people with disabilities. The visitors were impressed with the architectural design of the Ani Art Academy Thailand building, as well as the art curriculum that is provided to the students. The apprentices enjoyed sharing conversation about their passion and inspiration to be artists.
After years of hard work on a massive undertaking, Ani Art Academy Waichulis apprentice, Alex Jove, along with his father Gonz Jove, has helped to complete the largest painted mural of its kind in Missouri. The mural, located at the Better Family Life complex in St. Louis, is a visual comprehensive guide to the past, present, and future of African history. Measuring 90 feet long and 5 feet high, the mural will be officially unveiled in a ceremony in October. Congratulations to Alex on this impressive achievement!
Congratulations to Ani Art Academy Anguilla apprentice Elizardo Mojica on the completion of his drawing gauntlet! Elizardo is the latest artist to complete the charcoal portion of the curriculum and to move on to oil painting! We wish him luck on this new endeavor and cannot wait to accompany him through new accomplishments and challenges as he picks up the brushes! Please view Elizardo’s Artist gallery here.
Still Life: An Invitational Group Show will open next Friday, October 7th, at John Pence Gallery in San Francisco. Among an array of acclaimed creators, this exhibition will feature work from Ani Art Academies’ Anthony Waichulis and Ani Waichulis graduate Jason Brady, and will showcase some of the country’s best still life paintings. This highly anticipated exhibition runs through November 12th. More information can be found at John Pence Gallery, and a preview of the show can be read in this month’s issue of American Art Collector Magazine.
Ani Art Academies would like to congratulate Welinton Medina Lopez on the completion of his drawing gauntlet, Shadow of a Memory. Mr. Lopez is the latest Ani Dominicana apprentice to fulfill the requirements of the Language of Drawing curriculum and to move on to the painting portion of the program. Hats off to Welinton on a job well done!
Ani Art Academies are thrilled to be participating in yet another unique exhibition put together by Lovetts Gallery in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Ani Artists were asked to create work for The Cauldron that focused on the concept that the exhibition is the creative extract from a varied group of artists with different mediums, different backgrounds, and different genres, coming together through some alchemy, to emerge as one "beautiful brew." The metaphor of the cauldron is about brewing and mixing ideas and discoveries. The different parts retain their unique characteristics, but in coming together, create something new. The Cauldron opens on October 22nd, and we are eagerly anticipating to see what our artists come up with! Please visit Lovetts Gallery for more information.
Ani Art Academy Apprentices were excited to be able to join in the fun at the inaugural exhibition at Haven SBX in the South Bronx, New York. The work of Ani Artists Chelsea Herron, Romaro Richardson, Alex Jove, and Reidy Garcia, joined that of a group of creators for this unique exhibition. Friends: Passed and Present, running now through September 30th, features a diverse array of “friends,” and showcases various mediums including painting, drawing, photography, ceramics, glass, poetry, found objects, and more. For more information, please visit Haven SBX.
Ani Art Academies would like to extend congratulations to the following Ani Apprentices, Alumni, Instructors, and Long Distance Learners whom have been named as finalists in the 2015/2016 ARC Salon: Ani Apprentices: Andrea Bills, Victoria Steel, Dan Christian, Roneidy Caraballo Bonilla, and Taffari Crawford,Ani Instructors: Timothy Jahn, Kevin A. Moore, and Deborah Lloyd,Ani Graduate: Sharon Lloyd Hourigan,and Ani Long Distance Learners: Barbara Fox and Bailey Piechota (both of whom study with Ani Waichulis Senior Apprentice Victoria Steel).The winners will be announced in late October or early November. Once again, congratulations to all of the artists listed above, they all have created some awesome work! Please visit the ARC to view the entire list of finalists for this year's Salon.
Anthony Waichulis will host the Painting for Biology workshop on Friday, October 21, 2016, at Goggleworks in Reading, Pennsylvania from 2-4pm. This event, part of the Illuxcon IX week-long imaginative realism convention, can be attended by purchasing tickets at IX9. "Any path to effective visual communication must begin with the one factor that determines our ability to elicit meaning from visual stimuli, allows for our experience of aesthetic quality, and facilitates successful communication–our biology. Please join me for a cursory walkthrough of the many exciting and insightful contributions from modern vision science, empirical aesthetics, neuroaesthetics, cognitive psychology and evolutionary psychology that can augment or replace many of the long-standing heuristics that continue to guide contemporary compositional efforts. Starting with top-tier governing factors such as context, bias, priming effects, and perceptual set, Painting for Biology follows a carefully calibrated map of considerations that can effectively guide both the novice and the seasoned professional through the fascinating landscape of pictorial composition. Hope to see you there!" - Anthony Waichulis
Congratulations to Ani Dominicana apprentice and assistant teacher, Deborah Lloyd, on the selection of her artwork for inclusion in the upcoming publication, Strokes of Genius 9: Creative Discoveries. Ms. Lloyd’s charcoal and pastel drawing, Invincible, was chosen along with the work of 127 artists from around the globe. Please visit the Artist Network to view the entire list of winners.
Ani Art Academies is excited to be taking part in the upcoming inaugural exhibition of Haven SBX, Friends: Passed & Present. Ani artists Romaro Richardson, Alex Jove, Chelsea Herron, and Reydi Garcia Gil will be sharing work at the upcoming show, the first in the new gallery space that focuses on both having a large outreach and programs within the South Bronx community. The opening reception of this unique event will be held on September 17th, from 6-10pm. More information about Haven SBX can be found at their website, or by visiting The Bronx Visual Artist Directory Blog.
Ani Art Academies would like to congratulate Ani Anguilla apprentice, Gineece Gumbs, on the completion of her gauntlet project. Ms. Gumbs piece, Mr. Hall, is a 20x24” charcoal and pastel drawing that is a culmination of all of the skills that she has acquired during the drawing portion of her apprenticeship. Congrats to Gineece on a job well done, and good luck as you pick up the brushes! To learn more about Ms. Gumbs, please read her artist biography: Ever since a very young age, art has inspired Gineece. She realized her passion for art at the age of 4, when she took a pencil and paper and started to draw what she had observed from a party bag. Her career goal is to be a professional artist and to inspire generations to come. She always says, “If my career goal does not include art, I won’t be happy.”