Ani Art Academies’ artists Anthony Waichulis, Leah Waichulis, Emma Hirst, and Jason Brady will be exhibiting work in the upcoming show at John Pence Gallery, Still Life & Florals.  The event will showcase brilliant examples of Classical American Realism and is a must see if you are in the Bay Area.  The John Pence Gallery, in its 29th year in downtown San Francisco, is one of the premiere academic realist galleries in the United States, and is primarily known for its strong stable of living academic artists.   Still Life & Florals runs October 16th-November 11th, please visit the John Pence Gallery for more information.


September 25, 2015

Anthony Waichulis has created an informative video demonstrating the impact of automaticity in the development of representational drawing skills.  He states, “If the arts are to remain a viable component of early education, resources need to be made available to educators that demonstrate the development of specific visual arts skills and the effective means by which such skills can be objectively assessed.”  He hopes that this video is a resource that will make a small contribution to that effort. 

Please view Automaticity and Visual Art Skill Development here.


September 22, 2015

Ani Art Academy Anguilla artist Taffari Crawford was awarded the Student of the Quarter Award earlier this month.  After pursuing the study of art throughout high school, Taffari began the Ani curriculum in 2014, and has since committed himself wholeheartedly to the Ani program.  We were able to take some time to talk to Taffari and find out more about him, his inspirations, and aspirations as an artist living in Anguilla.

Q: When did you become interested in art?

A: I became interested in art, really, while in junior high school. Although I had always been making things and drawing for as long as I can remember and people would say I was 'artistic', it wasn't until second form of junior high school that I really started reading about art history on my own and questioning what I was doing, partly to impress a particular art teacher at the time.

Q: What inspires you as an artist?

A: As an artist, I would say that I'm inspired by culture. Although that’s a broad subject, I'm inspired by the grey areas where cultures overlap or are lost. I'm also inspired by things that define a particular culture.

Q: What are your artistic goals?

A: My artistic goal overall, is to create artwork in several practices that provides a question(s) involving culture

Q: How is the Ani Art Academy helping you to reach those goals?

A: The Ani Art academy is helping me reach my artistic goals by providing the opportunity to learn a discipline that, in its nature, inspires patience, dedication and alertness, which I believe are fundamental practices for anyone who wishes to achieve success in their field of practice. I am given the perfect situation, with an instructor, Timothy Jahn, who inspires us to think more and encourages different ideas and classmates who are all inspiring as well, as we are all willing to share our opinions. It is also very rewarding in the end.

Q: Do you have any hobbies that you want to share with us?

A: In my free time, I'm usually online looking at art galleries, watching art documentaries, exhibition walkthroughs, artists interviews etc. I listen to a lot of music mostly reggae, hip-hop, jazz and standards. I watch a lot of movies and TV shows. I also make miniature sculptures/ figurines out of clay, whicker, paper and other materials.

Q: How (if) does living in Anguilla contribute to your artistic aesthetic?  

A: Living in Anguilla contributes because of the cultural and ethnic diversity I encounter daily.

Q: Is there anything else about yourself that you may want to share?

A: I am originally from Jamaica. I moved here with my parents and sister when I was seven years old.

We would like to thank Taffari for his time and once again congratulate him on being selected as Student of the Quarter.  We certainly look forward to following his future artistic endeavors!

To view Taffari's biography and portfolio, please visit


September 18, 2015

Ani Art Academies would like to congratulate artist Emma Hirst on her graduation from Ani Art Academy Waichulis!  Upon her return to California, Emma will be participating in upcoming exhibitions with various galleries including Studio Gallery and John Pence Gallery.  We wish Emma continued success in her future artistic endeavors and look forward to seeing all that she accomplishes!  

To view Emma's work, please visit

September 15, 2015

Ani Art Academies graduate Sharon Hourigan has officially launched her brand-new website.  The site features a captivating portfolio filled with an array of drawings and paintings from the contemporary realist artist.  Please visit to view Sharon’s work and to stay informed on any upcoming exhibitions and events!

September 11, 2015

Ani Art Academies are thrilled to announce that artist Victoria Steel has been awarded an IlluXCon 2015 Scholarship for her drawing, Of Earth, Heaven, and Sea.  Victoria will receive an all-expense paid trip to IlluXCon 7, the world’s largest exhibition of imaginative realist art, being held at the Allentown Art Museum in October.  The symposium will feature over 150 artists and over 1000 pieces of imaginative realism work, an art form that combines classical painting technique with postmodern narrative subjects.  Congratulations to Victoria on this wonderful accomplishment!

For more information, please visit the IlluXCon website.

September 9, 2015

Ani Art Academies would like to congratulate artist Victoria Steel for receiving 1st Place in the 2015 Art Renewal Center Scholarship Awards Competition.  The Scholarship program is one of the most important projects provided by the ARC.  The fund distributes over $30,000 in direct scholarship aid in support of their mission of returning to an appreciation of great and enduring art, the visual expression of shared humanity, and academic, skill-based education.  In addition to her 1st place prize, Victoria was also awarded a purchase prize for her charcoal drawing “Of Earth, Heaven, and Sea.”  Once again, congratulations to Ms. Steel for this prestigious accomplishment, it is well deserved!  To view the entire list of winners, please visit the ARC Scholarship page.

September 4, 2015

The Waichulis Studio Store is thrilled to announce that its brand new online gallery has officially launched and is open for business! The online gallery features the original works of apprentices, alumni, and instructors from the Ani Art Academy Organization that are available for sale.  New art will be continually added, and each piece includes artist information, high resolution images, and photographs of the front and back of the frame.  We are beyond excited to create this unique opportunity and look forward to sharing the work of the Ani organization with an even larger scope of art-lovers!  Please visit the The Waichulis Studio Store to view the gallery and make purchases.  Questions and inquires can be directed to

August 31, 2015

Ani Art Academy Waichulis artists visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City earlier this week.  Many of the artists were excited to view the John Singer Sargent exhibit, Portraits of Artists and Friends, and noted that it was the highlight of the trip.  The exhibit runs now through October 4th.  Please visit The Metropolitan Museum of Art for more details. 

August 27, 2015

Ani Art Academy Anguilla instructor Timothy Jahn and Ani Art Academy Waichulis artist Brian O' Neill have been accepted into the 2015 Art Kudos Competition Exhibition.  The annual international juried competition serves to recognize and honor excellence in the visual arts.  Jahn’s 30"x30" oil, Side Effects, and O'Neill's 36"x48" oil, Counterpoint, will join that of 151 artists from 29 countries exhibiting drawings, paintings, printmaking, photography, digital art, sculpture, installations, wood, glass, ceramics, fiber art, and mixed media.

For more information on the competition, please visit Art Kudos.

August 25, 2015

Leah Waichulis will be joining a stage of esteemed artists in the upcoming exhibition at Schomburg Gallery, “American Artists and the Allure of the East.”  The show focuses on both Japanese and Chinese culture, as well as the sudden and increased interest in other parts of the East, including Sri Lanka, India, and Thailand.   Waichulis’ piece, Late Spring, was inspired by Japanese woodblock prints, paintings, and architecture.  The show opens on Saturday September 9th and runs though October 10th.  Please visit Schomburg Gallery for more information.

August 20, 2015

The work of Ani Art Academy artists Victoria Steel, Rodney O’Dell Davis, and Jason Brady have been selected to join the Art Renewal Center’s 2014/2015 Salon Traveling Exhibition.  Steel’s Of Earth, Heaven, & Sea, Davis’ Rue, and Brady’s Unblinding the Seer will be showcased in a live exhibition that will begin at the MEAM in Barcelona Spain, running from November 17th through December 28th, and then move to The Salmagundi Club in New York City from January 18th- February 4th.  The highly anticipated traveling show will highlight work from the ARC 2014/2015 Salon in which Steel won 1st place and Davis 2nd place in the Drawing Competition and Brady was awarded a Purchase Prize. 

Stay tuned to the ARC Salon International Exhibition for more information.

August 18, 2015

Ani Art Academy Waichulis artist Emma Hirst has been selected by "Southwest Art" for their annual spotlight on emerging artists, 21 Under 31.  The yearly feature polls art schools, ateliers, galleries, and respected workshop instructors to find some of the most promising young painters in the country.  In an interview with the magazine, Hirst shares, “I am very inspired by what I choose to draw and paint, which is usually objects that are found in nature that I find aesthetically beautiful-plants, seashells, and animal bones.”  Emma joins a group of young artists that are as Southwest states, “an inspired and dedicated group who work hard and dream big.”  Congratulations to Emma and the talented group of young painters that she joins in this wonderful accomplishment.  To read Emma’s full interview and view her work, please visit 21 Under 31: Young Artists to Watch in 2015.

August 14, 2015

Ani Art Academy Waichulis graduate Kevin Moore was on hand to take one of the first tours of the building which will soon house Ani Art Academy America.  Moore, whom will be the head instructor of the brand new school, was excited to look over blueprints and get a first glimpse of the space as it is converted to house the organization’s 5th location.  Ani Art Academy America, located in Red Bank, New Jersey, is slated to open in the fall of 2015 and will cater to disabled veterans.  Stay tuned for more information on this awesome endeavor!


August 12, 2015

Ani Art Academy’s Leah Waichulis has donated one of her recent paintings, “Cabin Exterior” to an auction that benefits The Mikey’s Way Foundation.  The foundation, which enriches the lives of children with cancer and other life threatening diseases, started in 2005 when Mikey Friedman was battling cancer and chose to share his Make a Wish gift with other children fighting the disease.  Mikey went on a shopping spree and purchased an array of educational and interactive electronic devices that were passed out to patients in the children’s hospital.  As he knew from personal experience, the more that a patient is able to distract themselves from the side effects of treatment, the better chance of success they would have.  Although Mikey passed away in 2008, his legacy lives on through the Mikey’s Way Foundation. 


Please visit the Mikey’s Way Drive for Dreams website to view and bid on “Cabin Exterior,” a gorgeous painting of a warm and sunny scene.  Thank you to Leah for your generosity and to The Mikey’s Way Foundation for continuing such a wonderful cause.


July 31, 2015

Instructor Timothy Jahn visited the new Ani Art Academy Sri Lanka campus earlier this month.  The new school is currently under construction and due to open in 2016.  While visiting, Jahn was able to visit local schools and was greeted with enthusiastic teachers and students that are eagerly anticipating the offering of the Ani Art Academies’ curriculum.  We look forward to our upcoming endeavor in Sri Lanka, and cannot wait to share in this experience with its wonderful people!

July 31, 2015