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! 

September 27, 2016

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.

September 23, 2016

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.

September 21, 2016

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.

September 16, 2016

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

September 13, 2016

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. 

September 7, 2016

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.

August 31, 2016

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.”

August 30, 2016

Guests of the Artists for Art Gallery enjoyed a presentation from Ani Waichulis Apprentice, Victoria Steel, last week.  Ms. Steel, curator of the AFA Gallery/Ani exhibition, From Near & Far, highlighted the endeavors of Ani Art Academies while giving a walkthrough of the show’s artwork.  The participants were excited to ask questions about the Language of Drawing and Language of Painting curriculum, and were quite impressed with the quality of work that was showcased. The From Near & Far exhibition closes tomorrow, Saturday August 27th.  Please visit AFA Gallery for more information. 

August 26, 2016

In the seventh and final installment of his composition series, Finale: A Primer on Pictorial Composition, artist Anthony Waichulis concludes his considerations for composition, along with the scientific support to demonstrate how and why it works.  The article includes examples of areas of modern scientific research that can offer insight into the art experience, and pulls together many of the concepts that he explored in earlier installments into one cohesive map of considerations for the navigating of pictorial composition.  Please read the full article, and earlier segments of the series, at anthonywaichluis.com.

August 23, 2016

Ani Art Academies would like to congratulate the Student of the Week, Nicole Adkisson, from Ani Art Academy Waichulis.  Nicole has shown the utmost dedication since starting the program, working diligently at her easel each day.  We wish her luck as she continues to hone her skills, and cannot wait to share her first creative project!  Please read more about Nicole below.For Nicole Adkisson, born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma, creating art has been a lifelong interest. Focusing on still life and landscape paintings, she strives to communicate beauty through every day objects and a sense of place and time for the viewer. After studying classical art for two years in Edmond, Oklahoma, her journey continues as an apprentice at the Ani Art Academy Waichulis.

August 17, 2016

From Near and Far, an Ani exclusive exhibition, opened to a packed house this past Friday at the Artists for Art Gallery in Scranton, Pennsylvania.  The crowd was in awe, and many had a hard time believing that the collections of work were not photographs.   We would like to thank Victoria Steel for curating this wonderful event.  Her hard work led to the great success of this unique showcase of art that truly came...From Near and Far.  Please visit AFA Gallery for more information on the show, which runs through August 26th.  

August 11, 2016

Ani Art Academy program designer and head instructor, Anthony Waichulis, has been featured in The Paintguide Book.  A compilation of the 60 artists that took over Instagram’s Paintguide, the book features the top 5 favorite pieces from each of the artists in a lovely ensemble put together by Henrik Uldalen.  Please visit The Paintguide Book website for more information and to purchase this fantastic collection of artwork.

August 10, 2016

Kicking off tomorrow at the Artists for Art Gallery in Scranton, Pennsylvania, is the Ani exclusive, “From Near & Far.”  The exhibition presented an open theme that could be interpreted literally or figuratively, by artists and viewers alike, and will showcase the cultural diversities amongst artworks. AFA Gallery, local to our flagship location, Ani Art Academy Waichulis, will host the opening reception from 6-9pm, Friday August 5th, coinciding with the city’s First Friday Arts Event. Please visit AFA Gallery for more details and we hope to see you at the show!

August 4, 2016

Ani Art Academies are excited to have Ani Waichulis graduate, Emma Hirst, filling in as an instructor at the Ani Anguilla studio, while Dean, Timothy Jahn, takes some time off to travel.  Ms. Hirst graduated from the Ani program last year and has since shown her beautifully crafted work in various exhibitions around the country.  We are thrilled for Emma to have the chance to work with the Anguilla apprentices, and we wish her well on her exciting journey! Safe travels to both Tim and Emma; we are looking forward to hearing all about both of your adventures!

August 3, 2016

In the 6th installment of his “Primer on Pictorial Composition” Series, artist and author, Anthony Waichulis, explores composition organization and some of the popular principles concerning it.  The article, Getting Organized, concludes that “to assess whether or not an image holds a true aesthetic harmony between its component parts, as opposed to the concept of harmony as a matter of personal preference, we would need to present the psychological or biological basis for the claim.” Please read the full article at anthonywaichuis.com, and stay tuned for the final installment of the series. 

July 29, 2016