Ani Art Academy Waichulis apprentices visited Brandywine River Museum of Art to view the Andrew Wyeth In Retrospect Exhibit. The Brandywine River Museum is a museum of regional and American art. The museum showcases the art of Andrew Wyeth, a major American realist painter, and his family: his father N.C. Wyeth, illustrator of many children’s classics, and his son Jamie Wyeth, a contemporary American realist painter. Our apprentices enjoyed the exhibit and got inspired by the beautiful works. The museum building itself is unique; it is converted nineteenth-century mill with a dramatic steel and glass addition overlooking the banks of the Brandywine River. To find out more about the museum and its collections, please visit www.brandywine.org

September 8, 2017

The Ani Art Academy Waichulis Studio is happy to welcome Marion Snowdon, Long-Distance Apprentice for her second visit to the Academy. Ms. Snowdon has been working through the Waichulis Curriculum from her home in Australia for close to two years and made the long trip to Pennsylvania to work in person with her Long-Distance teacher, Ani Senior Apprentice Dan Christian.  Marion visited for ten days, and thoroughly enjoyed her time at the studio.  If you would like more information on how to become a Long-Distance Apprentice, please send a request for information to anya@aniartacademies.org.

July 20, 2017

Thank you, everyone, for coming out to the opening of Capturing Realism 2017. It was a great turnout; over 1400 people attached the opening to show the support for the Ani Art Academies efforts. This year’s exhibit is one of the biggest in recent years. Over 70 works of art and over 50 skilled artists from around the globe participating in the show. Do not miss a chance to see this incredible collection of works. The show will be on display until August 26th. Pauly Friedman Art Gallery301 Lake St, Dallas, Pennsylvania 18612, United StatesGallery Hours:Mon: ClosedTues - Thurs: 10am - 8pmFri: 10am - 5pmSat and Sun: 1pm - 5pm

July 12, 2017

Capturing Realism is a wildly popular biennial exhibition of realistic paintings and drawings celebrating the efforts of the Ani Art Academies (formerly The Waichulis Studio) for nearly 20 years.This year's exhibition, Capturing Realism 2017, will bring together over 50 skilled artists from around the globe. Capturing Realism 2017 will feature artists associated with all Ani Art Academies (US, Anguilla, Dominican Republic, and Thailand), Long Distance Apprentices and Academies’ Affiliates. Both established artists and current apprentices will reveal the results of an unwavering dedication to their craft.Please join us for the opening reception on July 8, 2017, from 5 pm - 7 pm at the Pauly Friedman Art Gallery at Misericordia University. Artwork will remain on view until August 26, 2017. Featured Works for Capturing Realism 2017Phil Kidd, Ani Art Academy Waichulis, USA, The Fall of Man, 23x14", Charcoal and Pastel on paper Alejandro Queris Calderon, Ani Art Academy Thailand, Gift from Ganesha, 8x14", Charcoal on paper Domingo Antonio Rosario, Ani Art Academy Dominicana, The Home Stretch, 11x14", Charcoal on paper  Visit www.capturingrealism.com for more information and a sneak peak of the show.

“It is an honor to present this staggering collection of talent once again under the Ani banner, and judging by the works from this exhibit, the future of the Ani Art Academies may exceed all of our expectations.” - Anthony Waichulis 

July 4, 2017

Ani Art Academy Waichulis welcomed its first Summer Mentorship Program apprentice Morgan Masters a student of Lake Lehman High School, Lehman Township, Luzerne County, PA.  Ani Art Academies Apprentice Chelsea Herron is Morgan’s mentor, started her studies with a life model portrait session. The Waichulis Curriculum Summer Mentorship Program (WSMP) is an educational service offered to select candidates that are logistically paired with an approved WSMP instructor who is versed in the Waichulis Core training program. For more information contact Anya Dribas at anya@aniartacademies.org.  

June 16, 2017

Ani Art Academy Waichulis would like to welcome new apprentice Mitchell Bagnas. Mitchell was born in Turlock, California and raised in Hanover Township, Pennsylvania. In the early age of 12, Mitchell knew he wanted to become an artist. Sketching on place mats, store receipts, school desks, and anything else that he could find. After high school, he enrolled in the Painting & Illustration program at the Luzerne County Community College. There he was introduced to the fundamentals of drawing and painting. After graduating with an Associate Degree, Mitchell was excepted into the Ani Art Academy Waichulis. We are excited about the opportunity to get to know him, please make him feel welcome and say hello.  

June 1, 2017

Ani Art Academies joins the Da Vinci Initiative and other Atelier schools for the Atelier Art Education Day at the Salmagundi Club, New York, New York. The day was about encouraging high school students about Atelier skills. Anthony Waichulis along with other instructors provided portfolio reviews to the students, who were eager to hear that they are capable of achieving quality skills with appropriate training. There was a broad spectrum of artworks presented for review.  The Da Vinci Initiative is an education foundation that supports skill-based learning in K-12 art classrooms. The Da Vinci Initiative believes that the most creative children are those with the most tools at their disposal for making artwork, and provides atelier training and resources to art teachers to help them incorporate skill-based methods into their classroom practices. More than a hundred high school students visited the Salmagundi Club and had a chance to view 12th Annual ARC Salon Exhibit, which, undoubtedly, inspired them to pursue their passion for art.

May 25, 2017

We are very excited to see beautiful works from Ani Art Academies Apprentices displayed at the Salmagundi Club, New York. All works won various awards in the 12th Annual ARC Salon competition. Chairman's Choice Award: Jason Brady for his painting Slave to Myself. ARC Purchase Award: Victoria Steel for her drawing The Threads of Discord, Andrea Bills for her drawing Waiting For Alice, and Barbara Fox her drawing Carra. ARC Staff Award: Taffari Crawford for his drawing Under Heaven and Kevin A. Moore for his painting The Transcendence. ARC Salon Exhibition, consists of 82 Contemporary Realist works selected from an original 3,100 entries from 63 countries. It is the most prestigious realist art competition in the Americas and perhaps the world. ARC will be choosing approximately 75 works for the live version of the ARC Salon that will travel from the Salmagundi Club, New York, New York where it will be on exhibition from May 12th - June 1st of 2017, to The MEAM Museum in Barcelona, Spain where it will be on view from September 23rd - November 27th, 2017. 

May 16, 2017

Congratulation to Racheal and Andrea Bills for completing their first creative projects with the Ani Art Academies program. Both drawings are incredible, and we cannot wait to see what they will create next! For more information on the Bills sisters, please visit: http://aniartacademies.org/artists

May 11, 2017

Congratulations to Alex Jove and Nicole Adkisson for completing a major part of the drawing program. Alex is currently working on his cylinder wheel, and Nicole is working on a drawing for the upcoming Capturing Realism 2017 Exhibit, which will open July 8th at Misericordia University, Pauly Friedman Gallery.  For more on Alex and Nicole visit their pages at www.aniartacademies.org. 

April 30, 2017

A big thank you goes out to Sally Casey, the owner of the Mainstreet Galleries, Kingston, PA, for an excellent opportunity to show case Ani Art Academies Apprentices’ artwork. Sally has been a great supporter of the Academies for some years, hosting two exhibitions to promote and bring awareness to the organization. Mainstreet Galleries is the premier provider of fine art, beautiful gifts and expert custom framing in Northeast Pennsylvania. The Gallery has been serving the area for over 40 years. For more information, please visit www.mainstreetg.com

April 17, 2017

Ani Art Academy America participated in one of the largest art fairs in Red Bank NJ. Street Art Fairs are an excellent opportunity to show Ani Art Academies Apprentices artwork and spread the word about the schools. Kevin A. Moore, the head instructor of the Ani America Academy, met with hundreds of people, discussing the benefits of art education for veterans.

April 13, 2017

Ani Art Academy America is proud to announce its new membership within Monmouth Arts. Monmouth Arts, an official county arts agency, aims to perpetuate a vibrant arts community that truly enhances the quality of life in Monmouth County, New Jersey. The vision of Monmouth Arts is an arts community that enhances the quality of life throughout the county. It was founded in 1971, and today, through a variety of programs and services. Monmouth Arts continues to enrich the community by inspiring and fostering the arts throughout the County. Sign up for the X.it Magazine, and look for an article about Ani Art Academy America in the next issue.

April 6, 2017

We are proud to announce that Nicole Adkisson’s and Dan Christian’s works were selected to participate in the 4th Annual DRAWN exhibition at the Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio. Manifest Gallery was founded in-part to stand for the importance of drawing as a process, skill, and discipline, and as a continuing viable product of the creative fine art and design fields. The jury for this competitive exhibit resulted in the final selection including 43 works by 35 artists from all across the U.S., and the countries of Australia and Sweden. The gallery reviewed a total of 913 entries from 284 artists, and both Nicole and Dan were selected out if such big number of entries! Congratulation!

March 28, 2017

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

March 22, 2017

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

March 18, 2017