A big congratulation to Alejandro Queris, Ani Art Academy Thailand Apprentice, for finishing his first creative project. The title of the drawing is “Gift from Ganesha,” and is the first in a series of works to come on the subject of endeavors through dreams, meditation, and astral projection. Alex has been a professional tattoo artist for the past twenty years. Whenever possible he would attend courses at the Crealde School of Art in Winter Park, Florida where he studied drawing, painting, photography, and ceramics. After finding the Ani Art Academies, always having a passion for classical realism, he decided to pursue his dream of representational art. Alejandro was accepted into the prestigious Ani Art Academies Thailand where he continues to hone his skills in drawing and painting. To view the entire drawing, please follow the link http://aniartacademies.org/artist-gallery?profile=artist&artistid=1045
Rio San Juan is located on the north coast of the Dominican Republic, halfway between the area of Puerto Plata and Samana peninsula. The areas of Rio San Juan and Cabrera are known as the Costa Verde for its beautiful beaches and coastal landscapes. It is also known for its annual seaside carnival. The Carnival has been held since 1997, from 14th to 17th of February, in the waters of the Gri-Gri Lagoon. This year Ani Art Academy Dominicana Apprentices took a significant role in the carnival. Besides painting beautiful murals for at the Gi Gi Lagoon, they also participated in various competitions. Every year a contest is hosted by Campo de Golf and the Town Hall for the best papier mache mask. The themes were marine species, Rio San Juan culture, and Carnival. Participants created masks out of paper mache and various other materials. Ani Art Academy Dominicana Apprentices received the following awards: Patricia Alonzo Diaz won first place for her Hermit Crab mask, and an honorable mention for her Queen Conch display; Felix Esteban Rosario, Domingo (Tony) Rosario, and Eddy Vargas all got honorable mentions for their marine life displays. We also would like to congratulate Eddy Vargas, who worked with six other local artists to create a "comparsa", a group of people dressed in a similar theme dancing on a decorated carnival float. Eddy and his friends won the first place award in Rio San Juan, and then took the first place in Santo Domingo, winning a big cash prize.To view images of the murals, papier mache masks, and Eddy Vargas’ carnival float, please follow the link https://www.facebook.com/pg/AniArtAcademiesDominicana/photos/?tab=album&album_id=2039613559431715
On March 9th, 2017 Ani Art Academies founder Tim Reynolds, Ani Art Academy America instructor Kevin A. Moore, and two of his students, Alessandra Alma and Michael Boyle participated in the New York job fair for veterans. They discussed educational opportunities available to all veterans at Ani Art Academy America. RecruitMilitary (http://recruitmilitary.com) is the nation's leading veteran hiring company, offering a diverse array of branding, employment, and retention services to help employers connect with America's best talent—its veterans. Ani Art Academies is offering tuition-free art education for veterans at the new location in Red Bank, New Jersey.
Town Hall officials approached Ani Art Academy Dominicana instructor Edward Dillon and his talented Apprentices, asking to help them prepare Laguna Gri Gri area for the carnival. The Apprentices spent nearly a week turning walls into beautiful works of art. The theme was Rio San Juan Culture and Sea Life. In total, the Apprentices were able to complete four major murals and four small design murals. For more images of the paintings follow the link to the Ani Art Academy Dominicana. https://www.facebook.com/pg/AniArtAcademiesDominicana/photos/?tab=album&album_id=2039613559431715
Ani Art Academies would like to congratulate the winners of our 3rd Annual Drawing Competition! A prestigious panel of judges including Joshua Rose, Kara Ross, Patrick Wilshire, Christine Serr, David Ethridge, and Tim Reynolds 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 Phil Kidd for his drawing, The Fall of Man. Phil will be awarded a $100 gift card for Marquis Art & Frame and an Ani Art Academies’ Annual Drawing Competition Certificate of Recognition. 2nd place is awarded to Patricia Alonzo Diaz for her drawing, Mind Over Music. Patricia will be awarded entry into the ARC Salon, one of the most challenging and diverse competitions for Representational artists today, and an Ani Drawing Competition Certificate of Recognition. A 3rd place tie is awarded to both Dan Christian for his drawing, The Oracle, and Elizardo Mojica, for his drawing, By Decree of Camelot. Both will receive entry into the ARC Salon, as well as an Ani Drawing Competition Certificate of Recognition. Artists receiving honorable mention are (in no particular order), Elizardo Mojica, First Jump, Patricia Alonzo Diaz, Lost in a Dream, Fraelo Lantigua Garcia, Beautiful Sound, Saul Martinez Rodriguez, Dona Maria is a Punk Rocker, Nakorn Sriphet, Dreamer, Taffari Crawford, Life is Easy, Roneidy Caraballo Bonilla, Grand Finale, and Ana De La Cruz, Anyi’s Adventure, all of who will be awarded entry into the ARC Salon. Additional Awards of Merit are awarded to Nicole Adkisson, Ya Amar, Chelsea Herron, All the Young Dudes, and Stephen Sebald, John Henry.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! We would also like to thank Marquis Art & Frame for graciously donating a gift certificate to award to our first place winner, their kindness is thoroughly appreciated.
Ani Art Academy Waichulis artist Dan Christian was excited to teach a portraiture workshop to an eager group of students in his hometown of Casper, Wyoming last month. The two-day workshop, Drawing the Portrait: First Steps, allowed participants to learn and practice basic technique, and to then apply what they learned in a life-drawing session. A wonderful time was had by all of the participants, and Dan is looking forward to hosting more workshops in the near future. Follow him on Facebook for more information on upcoming events and to check out his latest work!
The Ani Art Academies Art Auction to benefit baby Damian is nearing its final hours, with bids being accepted until tomorrow, Friday February 10th, at noon. Please visit the auction page to get your bids in while purchasing some awesome art and helping out a great cause!Gaby Luna modeled for Ani Art Academy Waichulis life drawing sessions throughout her pregnancy with her son, Damian. Damian was born on September 9th, 2016 at 35 weeks with Gastroschisis. He has been diagnosed with Short Bowel Syndrome, and consequently has to use a Gtube (feeding tube), Jtube (drainage tube), and a Broviac, which is a central IV line that is inserted through his neck into his vein near the heart. Damian was born with only 10% of his small intestines and microcolon. He has undergone more than 6 surgeries in his 4 short months of life.Gaby and Damian will be moving to Boston to be admitted to the Boston Children’s hospital where he will receive the special care he needs. The family would greatly benefit from financial help that would assist in both their relocation from Pennsylvania to Boston, as well as with Damian’s medical costs that are not covered by insurance.Thank you to all whom have bid thus far and to the great group of Ani artists that donated work to this wonderful cause. https://aniartauction2017.eflea.ca/
We are excited to announce the opening of Red: Emotion in Color, this Saturday, February 11th, at Lovetts Gallery in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Ani Art Academies artists join a lineup of over 60 creators from the around the globe in this exhibition that asked participants to consider what the color red means to them. Stop by the gallery to join in the fun, or view the exhibition virtually at Lovetts Gallery.
Anthony Waichulis joins the lineup at Robert Lange Studios in the highly anticipated exhibition, Attention to Detail. The show, opening tonight, February 3rd, will feature the work of 30 world-renowned realist painters with emphasis on time-oriented works. Attention to Detail is comprised of artists who find themselves on one end of the spectrum when it comes to rendering capability; they are obsessive in their practices and often employ small brushes and time as their greatest assets. All are welcome to attend the opening reception, being held from 5-8pm at Robert Lange Studios, Charleston, South Carolina. Please visit the gallery’s website for more information.
We are excited to announce the opening of the Ani Art Academy Art Action to benefit friend of the studio, Gaby Luna, and her son, baby Damien. The auction kicks off tomorrow, Friday January 27th, at noon and closes Friday February 10th, at noon.Gaby Luna modeled for Ani Art Academy Waichulis life drawing sessions throughout her pregnancy with her son, Damian. Damian was born on September 9th, 2016 at 35 weeks with Gastroschisis. He has been diagnosed with Short Bowel Syndrome, and consequently has to use a Gtube (feeding tube), Jtube (drainage tube), and a Broviac, which is a central IV line that is inserted through his neck into his vein near the heart. Damian was born with only 10% of his small intestines and microcolon. He has undergone more than 6 surgeries in his 4 short months of life.Gaby and Damian will be moving to Boston to be admitted to the Boston Children’s hospital where he will receive the special care he needs. The family would greatly benefit from financial help that would assist in both their relocation from Pennsylvania to Boston, as well as with Damian’s medical costs that are not covered by insurance.As such, the artists of Ani Art Academy Waichulis have created a charity site for Damian, where students, teachers, and alumni have donated small study works to be auctioned off, with all proceeds going directly to these financial needs. Please join us in supporting this cause that is near and dear to our hearts by bidding on an awesome piece of original art from the artists of Ani Art Academies!View the work and place your bids at: https://aniartauction2017.eflea.ca/
The works of Ani Art Academy Anguilla Dean Timothy Jahn and Ani Art Academy Dominicana Dean Edward Dillon were on display at the LA Art Show with Rehs Contemporary Galleries last week. The show, known as the region’s preeminent art fair, emerges as the annual civic celebration of the visual arts. We are thrilled to see Mr. Jahn’s and Mr. Dillon’s oil paintings included in the fun, and we thank Rehs Galleries for sharing some awesome photos of the highly anticipated event. Please visit Rehs Contemporary Galleries' Facebook page for more information on the event and available works.
The artists of Ani Art Academies are excited to share their work at Red, the upcoming exhibition at Lovetts Gallery in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Red: Emotion in Color opens on February 11th and will feature the work of over 60 artists from around the globe, including an array of charcoal drawings and oil paintings from the staff and students of Ani Art Academies. The gallery asked artists to create work that defines the color red and what it represents to them. Please visit Lovetts Gallery for more information and stay tuned for highlights from this anticipated event.
Ani Art Academy America is excited to welcome two new students to our school for Veterans and we are thrilled that they have joined the Ani family! Michael and Alessandra dove into the curriculum last week and have been working diligently as they begin to explore the first steps portion of the Language of Drawing. Ani Art Academy America is now open to ALL Veterans, regardless of ability or disability. For more information on this opportunity, or to apply, please visit aniartacademies.org or call 570-822-4111. Rolling admissions are underway now!
Please join Ani Art Academy Anguilla for Arts Hour as they create caricatures and portraits at Meze, a Moroccan-Styled Cocktail Lounge located at Sandy Ground on the island of Anguilla. The event, being held this evening, Friday January 6th from 9-11, will feature the artists of Ani Art Academies and live music from AIM. We hope to see you there!
The Ani Art Academy Waichulis studio is thrilled to be joined by Long-Distance Learner, Marion Snowdon. Ms. Snowdon has been working through the Waichulis Curriculum from her home in Australia and made the long trip to Pennsylvania to work in person with her Long-Distance teacher, Ani Senior Apprentice Dan Christian. Marion has thoroughly enjoyed her time at the studio and we feel quite thankful to have had the experience to work alongside her and to share in her progress. If you would like more information on how to become a Long-Distance Learner, please send a request for information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anthony Waichulis will host a Painting for Biology workshop on Saturday, March 25th, at Ani Art Academy Waichulis from 9am-2pm."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 WaichulisTo more information or to register for this event, please visit anthonywaichulis.com.