The Waichulis curriculum is a comprehensive visual arts training program developed by professional artist/educator Anthony J. Waichulis. The program is an effective system of deliberate practice designed to develop adaptable skills that facilitate many aspects of successful visual communication. With a strict schedule of carefully calibrated exercises, artists experience significant development in a number of relevant domains including, but not limited to, visual spatial skills, visual analysis skills, visual integration skills, fine motor control, automaticity, strategic planning, information synthesis, and procedural fluency.
Entrance to this highly sought after program is primarily based on an artist’s level of commitment. We believe that great artists are not born – they are educated. Therefore, ÀNI Art Academies requires no previous artistic experience and instead seeks out individuals that are dedicated to the learning process and the completion of training.
The Waichulis Curriculum (currently the core curriculum of the ÀNI Art Academies) is divided into two sections, The Language of Drawing and The Language of Painting. Each section is organized into four subsections that aim to deliver a comprehensive foundation for effective two-dimensional visual communication.
1. First Marks: Our program begins with an introduction to the basic materials we employ and to several very rudimentary marks. These first marks will serve as the initial few pieces of a vast visual vocabulary. From gripping a pencil to executing a confident line, this introduction lays the groundwork for a thorough understanding of draftsmanship, perceptual mechanisms, and effective problem solving.
2. Governing the Material: Expanding on the previous section, this phase takes a more in-depth look at the material dynamics and the impact of improving control. With powerful skill-building exercises focused on pressure, the artist develops new levels of sensitivity and confidence.
3. Perception and Communication of Form: Exploring rudimentary forms such as spheres, cylinders, cones, and cubes, the artist learns how perceived luminance disparities inform us of our environment. Exhaustive, meticulous repetition exercises intimately familiarize the artist with the basic behavior of light as well as our perception of it; further developing the artist’s ability to communicate visually.
4. Advanced Visual Communication and Capstone(s): The section consists of the exploration of the concepts of ‘finish’ and ‘resolve’. More complex concepts of visual communication are explored here with the aim of producing a journeyman/journeywoman capable of successfully navigating a vast visual vocabulary as well as a creative career.
The artists that garner the most from this type of training system are defined by a drive and determination that is essential to meet the program’s many meticulous and painstaking challenges. This is what we look for in potential candidates. We value commitment and dedication far more than subjective “talent.” Great artists are not born — they are educated.
ÀNI Art Academies are open year round.
The average time frame to complete the ÀNI Art Academies Apprenticeship is three to four years. However, there is a certain flexibility that allows tailoring to fit individual goals. Some areas of focus may require more time (meticulous rendering techniques, etc.) and will increase the length of the program. Prospective Apprentices must be willing to attend full time and be extremely dedicated to completion of the training program.
The last week of each Quarter is for Performance Assessment Reviews (PARS). PARS is a comprehensive analysis of a student’s performance within the Program. ÀNI Art Academies Apprentices must maintain satisfactory reviews in order to maintain their Scholarship status.
**Specific quarter dates subject to change due to regional Holidays.