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Ani Art Academies are thrilled to congratulate Roneidy Caraballo Bonilla on completing the Language of Drawing program.  Roneidy is the first apprentice from Ani Art Academy Dominicana to move onto the Language of Painting portion of the curriculum.  We are so excited for Mr. Bonilla and cannot wait to see what he accomplishes when he picks up his brushes!  

February 18, 2016

Ani Art Academies are excited to announce that Ani America Instructor, Kevin A. Moore, and Ani Waichulis Apprentice, Victoria Steel, will be offering a free Language of Drawing workshop!  This event is designed to provide additional hands-on training to artists whom have started, or whom wish to start, the Language of Drawing DVD program.  There are limited seats available for this FREE workshop, which is being held at Ani Art Academy Waichulis on Sunday, February 28, 2016 from 9AM-4PM.  Please contact victoria@aniartacademies.org for more details, or to reserve your spot today.

February 12, 2016

Congratulations to Ani Art Academies Waichulis artist Victoria Steel on being awarded a tuition scholarship for the 18th annual “The Art of the Portrait” conference.  The conference welcomes artists from around the globe and offers the opportunity to participate in classes, workshops, technical discussions, lectures, critiques, and networking.  Ms. Steel was awarded a tuition scholarship to attend the event by The Portrait of Society of America, a national non-profit that works to further the traditions of fine art portraiture and figurative art.  The conference runs from April 14-17 at the Hyatt Regency Reston in Washington, D.C.  For more information please visit portraitsociety.org

February 10, 2016

Kicking of tonight, February 5th, is Gallery 1261’s 13th installment of their highly anticipated “Group Exhibition,” featuring a diverse array of subject matters from some of today’s best artists.  Joining the lineup at the contemporary Denver space is Anthony Waichulis’ Natura, the artist’s most complex work to date.    "Group Exhibition XIII" opens this evening and runs through March 12th.  Please visit Gallery 1261 for more information.

February 5, 2016

In an article written by Anthony Waichulis titled, “No Strings Attached,” the author discusses the use of the color string palette configuration, a premixed gradation or evolution along a particular axis of hue, value, or chroma.  Although Waichulis does not argue that any one particular device is superior, he does shed some light into his own perspective, including his choice to not employ the color string.  The artist further discusses the difference between an analog and digital dynamic in relation to application, and why he instead utilizes a limited range of foundation paints.To read the article in its entirety, please visit anthonywaichluis.com

February 3, 2016

Commentary by Prudence Williams:The St. Maarten Local Art Exhibition 2016, an impressive event showcasing the work of various Caribbean artists and including apprentices of the Ani Art Academies Anguilla, brought art lovers from a wide array of St. Maarten locations, including both the French and Dutch sides of the island. The artists of Ani Art Academies Anguilla were honored to join such an exclusive exhibition, which displays various types of work including paintings, drawings, and mixed media. Ani artists Romero Richardson and Prudence Williams were on hand to experience the break-taking array of fine work. Richardson commented, " I couldn't believe that the St.Maarten people were so fascinated with art,” while Williams added, " I am so satisfied to know that my birth island took so much interest in art."  Onlookers were sometimes moved to tears by the beauty of the display, with many simply not able to believe that the works were not photographs.Ani Art Academies Anguilla apprentices showcased in the event include Elizardo Mojica, Prudence Williams, Akeem Laing, Canita Ruan, Gineece Gumbs, Romero Richardson, and Shanicia Richardson. The St. Maarten Local Art Exhibition 2016 was truly a huge success, with many pieces of art going home with happy collectors that were thoroughly impressed by the painstaking detail and coordination that was put into the work.  Ani Art Academies were thrilled to take part in this unique event and are looking forward to their own upcoming Anguilla Local Exhibition!

January 29, 2016

Ani Art Academy America Instructor Kevin Moore and General Administrator Stephanie Gronchick attended the New Jersey Association of Veterans Service Officers Meeting in Toms River, New Jersey last week.  The two were invited as guest speakers and were ecstatic for the opportunity to share information about Ani Art Academy America with a plethora of Veterans Service Officers, Veteran’s Administration Representatives, and volunteers.  Those in attendance were excited to learn about the tuition-free art academy for physically disabled Veterans that is soon opening in Red Bank, New Jersey.  Ani Art Academies would like to thank John Dorrity, NJAVSO President, for extending a warm welcome to Kevin and Stephanie, and all of the meeting attendees for helping us to pass along information regarding this invaluable opportunity to the Veterans that it will benefit!Please follow Ani Art Academy America progress on their Facebook page!

January 26, 2016

The work of Ani Art Academies’ Artists Victoria Steel, Rodney O’Dell Davis, and Jason Brady will join the lineup of ARC Salon Exhibition winners on display at the Salmagundi Club.  The International ARC Salon Traveling Exhibition has made its way from the MEAM in Barcelona, Spain, and will now be open for your viewing pleasure at the New York City club, which has been a center for American art since 1871.  The show kicked off on January 18th and runs through February 4th, with an array of workshops and seminars being held throughout.  To view the schedule of events, please visit the Salmagundi Club.

January 20, 2016

In an article featured in The Giving Issue of  “Design Anguilla Magazine,” Ani Art Academies Founder and President, Tim Reynolds, is named one of the six people working to make Anguilla a better place. The article touches base on Reynolds’ vision for the non-profit Ani Art Academies, and how the school found its first international home on the island of Anguilla.  When asked about his dedication to the Ani project, Reynolds shared, “This is the project of my life, it will go on long after I do.”  To read the full article, please click here, then scroll to page 48. 

January 15, 2016

In an interesting article written by Anthony Waichulis, the artist discusses the idea that using a simplified abstraction to understand the mechanics of a phenomenon may be more beneficial in various circumstances.  While Mr. Waichulis was listening to a neuroscience lecture, the professor discussed two very different types of neuron models, one quite complex, and the other being a quite simplified version.  Waichulis realized that, “while the opportunity to incorporate many details into our models may exist, we may only need a simplified abstraction to comprehend the mechanics of a phenomenon.”  The article further discusses this concept in relation to the use of various color systems used by artists today.   To read the article in its entirety, please visit anthonywaichulis.com.

January 12, 2016

Ani Founder and President, Tim Reynolds, stopped by to meet the students of Ani Art Academy Thailand, the newest addition to the Ani global family.  Students were excited to introduce themselves and to show Mr. Reynolds around the campus, which has been open since October.  Tim was thrilled to see the progress that the students are making and enjoyed spending some time with Ani Thailand Dean, Rodney O'Dell’Davis.  Stay tuned to aniartacademies.org for more news from Ani Art Academy Thailand!  We can’t wait to enjoy the awesome work that they will soon be sharing with us!

January 8, 2016

A limited number of spots are still available for Anthony Waichulis’ Perception and the Practical Painter clinic.  The workshop, running April 2-3, will examine how a better understanding of visual perception can enhance your painting dynamic.  Please visit The Waichulis Studio Store for more information and to reserve your spot for this highly anticipated event.  

January 6, 2016

Ani Art Academy Waichulis would like to welcome our two newest students, Rachael and Andrea Bills!  The Bills’ sisters hail from Wisconsin, and are beyond excited to join the Ani family.  When asked their thoughts on beginning the curriculum, Rachael shared, “I'm very excited about the challenges ahead and growing as an artist through the Ani program. I've seen the achievements of students who have completed the program and I hope to greatly improve my artistic skills the same way."  Andrea added that, “I couldn't be more thrilled about all of the new and exciting things I'll learn at Ani, and experiencing the creative freedom that I will certainly achieve. The challenges will certainly be great, but so will the outcome."  We cannot wait for the ladies to get started, and we know they will enjoy great success!  Congratulations to Andrea and Rachel on the start of your new endeavor!

December 30, 2015

Leah Waichulis is joining in the fun at The 25th Annual Holiday Miniatures Show, a can’t miss art event in Denver, Colorado.  Her piece, Midday, joins the lineup at this charming show, which runs now through January 16th, 2016 at Abend Gallery.  The show displays a diverse array of work from over 100 creators, and includes over 500 pieces of original art, all no larger than 150 sq. inches.  This exhibition is a Colorado tradition, and definitely worth a trip if you are in the Denver area!  For more information, please visit Abend Gallery

December 23, 2015

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