Art Renewal Center
International 2012/2013 Salon Competition
We are now accepting entries to the 2012/2013 International Salon Competition. This year in addition to our normal awards which consist of over 50,000 in cash prizes and promotion on the ARC website and in our Salon Catalogue, top winners will have their work featured in Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine, The Epoch Times, and one plein air style painter will have the privilege of a featured article done on their work in Plein Air Magazine.
The deadline is December 31, 2012.
Please Note: You must be at least a free registered ARC member to apply for the salon. Please click here and follow the prompts to either sign in or create a membership to apply for the salon.
Mark Your Calendars for the Annual ARA Christmas Party and Silent Auction in Toronto
Just a reminder about our Annual Christmas Party and Open House:
December 15, 2012
2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
2968 Dundas Street West in Toronto (Dundas & Pacific)
This year we'll also be hosting a silent auction to raise funds for the purchase of an anatomical skeleton for the studio. There are lots of items to bid on including:
- Original artwork from John Lynch and Juan Martinez
- A variety of top quality art supplies
- A workshop of your choice
- Instructional DVDs
- Dance lessons, jewellery, organization services and more
Donations for our silent auction are welcome, so if you would like to contribute, please let us know.
ARA Ottawa Hosting Its First Open House
To celebrate the official opening of the Academy of Realist Art Ottawa, we are hosting an Open House on Saturday, December 1st from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Join Colleen and Fernando for real and virtual studio tours, complete with demos of Bargue Drawing, Cast Drawing and raffles for Art Instruction DVDs.
On Sunday we will also be featuring a Figure Drawing demonstration. Registration is limited to 14 participants so be sure to come early on Saturday to sign up and secure a space. And don't forget to pass this invite along to your friends!
Here are the details:
MONART Art School of Ottawa
2445 St Laurent Blvd, Suite B2-244
2012 Scholarship Competition Winners
Thank you to all the artists that competed in our first annual scholarship competition. The judges final selection was made difficult by the overwhelming response and the high calibre of work submitted.
Congratulations to all the winners and thank you to all entrants for making this a huge success.
Grand Prize - Full time scholarship
2nd Place - Workshop
3rd Place - Workshop
A Cover Story for an ARA Student
ARA student Carey Alvez’ carbon pencil illustration “Tati with Attitude” will be gracing the cover of the newest edition of Strokes of Genius. The fourth release in the Best of Drawing series, this new book showcases 140 pieces in charcoal, pencil, pastel, ink and more by over 100 of the world’s best contemporary artists. Content also includes artist comments and discussions on their techniques. In this particular portrait of a friend’s daughter, Carey used carbon pencil on watercolor paper with an acrylic wash.
Strokes of Genius is scheduled for release October 25, 2012. It will be available through Amazon at
This is not the first time Carey’s work has been recognized within the international art community. Her portfolio also received an award of merit at The Portrait Society of America’s annual conference.
James Gurney draws capacity crowd at ARA
ARA had the pleasure of playing host to an evening with James Gurney. This is the second time that the noted author and illustrator - best known for his Dinotopia series - has presented at the studio. He spoke to the standing-room only audience on composition, referring to artists such as Repin, Howard Pyle, Sargent, N.C. Wyeth and other realist masters.
Gurney topped off his inspiring lecture with a portrait demo of Fernando Freitas to showcase his techniques for sketching people “in the wild” (i.e. in restaurants, subways, or concert halls).
Gurney’s works have been exhibited at The Smithsonian Institution and The Norman Rockwell Museum among others. His most recent book, Color and Light: A Guide for the Realist Painter (2010) was Amazon’s #1 bestselling book on painting for over 52 weeks and is based on his daily blog gurneyjourney.blogspot.com.
You can view the portrait demo by visiting: (URL).
ARA Graduate Katie Melanson a Finalist in the ARC 2012 Salon Competition
Everlasting Moments - Oil on linen - 14 X 16
ARA Graduate Katie Melanson was a finalist in the 2012 ARC Salon Competition in the Still Life Category.
James Gurney Lectures at ARA Toronto
Date & Time: July 30, 2012 @ 6:30 pm
Location: ARA Studios Toronto
"In this lively and informative presentation for art students and professionals, Dinotopia author and illustrator James Gurney looks at composition, focusing on the picture-making process of artist and illustrator Howard Pyle, who had a unique approach. Pyle talked about design, especially the arrangement of light and dark tones, but he placed a special emphasis on the story and the characters. This focus on human subjects rather than merely abstract design corresponds with surprising new research in the science of eye-tracking. Gurney will share practical tips and insights for artists interested in making compositions that communicate more effectively."
Carey Alvez wins honourable mention from The Portrait Society of America
Carey Alvez was in for a pleasant surprise during a visit to The Portrait Society of America’s annual Conference on Philadelphia. Carey had travelled to the event with eight other ARA students, bringing along her portfolio for critiquing by faculty member (a service provided at the event).
“I wanted to take it because they are all well-known, established artists,” she explains. “When I got there I noticed they also had portfolio judging in the competition room, where the 20 finalists’ works are viewed, judged and voted on.”
It turned out that they also accepted portfolios for judging, so Carey’s was included among the 100 on display. When the winners were announced at the banquet, she was one of a half dozen artists to receive an award of merit.
“This was my first time at the conference and most portfolios submitted are professional portfolios by artists with established careers, so I was shocked that I was among those chosen,” she says.
The secret to her success was applying what she has learned at ARA. “I tried to develop a personal body of work in tandem with the projects at the school so I could apply what I learned directly to my own work. Each image I submitted is a direct extension of the specific lessons given there.”
Carey’s award-winning portfolio works are shown below.
Kingston Arts Council Juried Art Salon accepts works by Carol Hall
The Kingston Arts Council Juried Art Salon has accepted two paintings by ARA student Carol Hall. The selected works are her still life composition “Folds in Red” and her portrait entitled “Ryan”.
The Kingston Arts Council’s annual Juried Art Salon enables member artists from the region to enter up to three pieces in any medium and have their work judged by three professional artists. The awards ceremony is being held May 10. Works by the winners and finalists will be exhibited at the Wilson Room of the Kingston Public Library during the month of May.
Fat Over Lean and the Colour Continuum
This posting will look at two important principles in academic painting: fat over lean and graduating to colour. In academic art processes, you will often hear about the “fat over lean” rule. In fact it’s one of the earlier principles you learn as you progress through your first series of paintings.
Lean paint, is typically thinned with a solvent (e.g. odourless mineral spirits) to produce a matte finish, and is used for the laying in the foundation layer or dead colour (a topic for my next posting). With subsequent layers you increase the proportion of oil, working with pure paint in the first painting stage, and then adding an oil medium for the final stage or second painting.
One of the main reasons for this approach is that leaner stages dry faster than fatter layers. Another important item to note is that you should never paint lean over fat, unless the fat layer is completely dry. So it’s always best to correct any portions of your work you need to before you get to the fatter stages.
Once students work through the stages of monochrome painting, it’s time to build up your expertise in colour. Learning the right “mix” and tonal value is essential to a successful outcome, so we find it’s best to start with a limited palette and build from there. The experience you’ve gained in working with earth tones and warms and cools in the previous stages provides a strong foundation for learning the subtlety of tonal value and temperature shifts within a more complex palette.
The more you build up your proficiency with colours, the better you get at applying clear, clean statements in your work without muddying your painting. In life painting, students are required to complete four paintings, starting with monochrome, and progressing through increasingly varied palettes, from warm/cool reds and blacks, to basic flesh tones and finally a full palette. Still life painting is also completed in four stages, beginning with a red/white/green-based exercise, and ending with a perishables theme.
Harold Speed: Oil Painting Techniques and Materials
Dan Thompson on Academic Training
Earlier this year, realist artist Dan Thompson led a life drawing workshop at the Academy of Realist Art. Dan co-founded the Grand central Academy of Art in New York in 2006. He later moved on to co-found the Janus Collaborative School of Art.
While he was in Toronto, he took some time out to share his thoughts on academic training and ARA. Here’s what he had to say.
How has academic training helped your career?
“Academic training has been critical to my success. I have spent more than 10 years in full-time academic studies at various art colleges. What I discovered during my training is that the atelier system is ideal, since it allows you to spend the amount of time you need – in some cases months or years - to absorb and master techniques.”
Tell us a bit about your atelier.
“Our atelier is based on the visions of several individuals, not one. Each of us plays off each other very well. As such, we’ve been able to build something where we can work together with student and have a dialogue with them without getting caught up in one technique. That’s better than any individual teacher.”
How did you learn about ARA?
“I had the pleasure of meeting Fernando while teaching a class at the Grand Central Academy. He was kind enough to speak to the students studying at the time about what was being taught at his school. I later visited ARA and was very pleased to see the beautiful, precise work being done.”
Was this your first workshop at ARA?
I did do some demo work at the Portrait Society of Canada, but this was my first full week-long workshop in Toronto. What was wonderful about the experience here was that I didn’t have to justify what I was talking about, since students were already getting a good education and solid information. It made my job a lot easier. I would be delighted to come back.”
For information on Dan Thompson, visit http://danthompsonart.com
ARA Toronto Lecture Series
April 20 6:30 to 9:30
Preparation and Materials for the Oil Painter Part 1
April 21 3:30 to 6:30
Preparation and Materials for the Oil Painter Part 2
April 28 3:30 to 6:30
The Academic Process: A History of Modern Academic Realism, from 19th c. Paris to 21st c. Toronto
On Friday, April 20 (6:30-9:30pm) ARA instructor, Juan Martinez, begins his 2-part lecture entitled "Preparation and Materials for the Oil Painter". This presentation will take a "cross-sectional" look at oil paintings and the materials necessary to make them. That is, in Part 1 (Friday) the under-layers or the surfaces upon which oil paintings are made will be explored (this includes canvas types, rigid panels, ground layers, etc., and a demonstration of how to prepare some of these things). Then, the paint layer itself will be introduced. This part of the discussion begins with the imprimatura and its function and then deals with the pigments proper. In Part 2 (Saturday, April 21, 3:30-6:30pm) Juan will continue with pigments, if necessary, and then delve into the mysterious world of mediums, diluents, and vehicles. Finally, the even more mysterious world of varnish will be placed at the end of the lecture, just as it is also placed at the end of an oil painting! A reference glossary of terms will be provided. There will be time for Q & A at the end of each day's presentation.
The following week, Saturday, April 28, 3:30-6:30pm in the lecture entitled, "The Academic Process: A History of Modern Academic Realism, from 19th c. Paris to 21st c. Toronto" Juan will present his lavishly illustrated discussion of the history of academic realism and the unique place of ARA in that history. Included will be some examples of the process used for rendering a drawing or a painting in an academic fashion.
MONART Open House - Ottawa
'Jannette' - by Yevgeniya Savosta
Date: Monday April 23rd,, 2012
Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location: MONART Studios 2445 St. Laurent Blvd. Ottawa
For more information contact:
ARA Students Win Prestigious Scholarship Awards
'Jackie' - 18X24
ARA student Adrienne Stanger has been awarded a first place in the 11th Annual Art Renewal Center (ARC) Scholarship Awards. She received the $4,000 scholarship for her graphite and white chalk life drawing entitled "Jackie". The ARC Scholarship is awarded to promising students at ARC-approved atelier schools to support their future training.
Adrienne joined ARA as a full-time student three years ago after having studied art on a part-time basis in various locations. She believes that ARA has played an instrumental role in helping her on the path to success. "I knew as soon as I started at ARA that it was exactly the right choice for my chosen path. There are so many things I have learned."
Find out more about the awards by clicking here.
ARA is also pleased to announce that first level student Courtland Schwartz has won a 2011 Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Award. Founded in 1995, the Foundation's goal is to promote the appreciation of art by providing financial support to worthy art students, artists or sculptors who are in the early stages of their development and have demonstrated a commitment to making art a lifetime career. Courtland joined ARA as a part-time student in 2011 and plans to pursue a career as a professional artist. For information on the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation, click here.
ARA alumnus to be recognized in Best of Worldwide Oil Book Classical Figure Drawing Workshop
Former ARA student Imam Azhari’s works have has been selected to appear in the newest edition of the Best of Worldwide Oil Book. His paintings Quicken, Stop and Zigzag will be featured in a 2-page spread (as shown above). The “Best Of” book series by Kennedy Publishing features professional artists from around the world whose work demonstrates style, innovation and uniqueness. Up to 75 artists from around the world are selected for each edition. The Best of Worldwide Oil Book is scheduled for release later this year; and selected artists will also be featured on the website. For information, visit www.bestofartists.com and go to the Best of Artists Worldwide Book Competitions link.
Imam’s Zigzag painting previously won a Best in Show award in the Richeson 75 Still Life & Floral 2010 Awards. His work – including the three paintings featured in the “Best of” book - will be on show at the Wellington Street Art Gallery in Toronto from October 16 to 31.
ARA Former Student Katie Melanson featured in South West Art Magazine
Katie was selected as one of 21 young artists under the age of 31 years that show promising careers. Congratulations Katie, your work is stunning!
Everlasting Moments - Oil on linen - 14 X 16
ART EDUCATION: Academy of Realist Art, Toronto.
STYLE: At the moment my style is best described as realist, but I love many different styles and believe that over time I will experiment with a range of them.
INSPIRATION FOR YOUR WINNING PAINTING: The photograph in the background was my primary inspiration. It is a photo of my dad as a boy, fishing with his father. They are in the shadows, and it could be any father and child. I wanted to create a story around that relationship. I added my grandfather’s old fly rod and leather fly pouch. It is a very sentimental piece for me. I grew up fly fishing with my family every summer in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. I have wonderful memories of being on the river with my dad, fishing together and listening to stories about him fishing with his father. I wanted to capture the timeless bond between father and child and the connectivity of our memories over the three generations.
SECOND-CHOICE CAREER: Chiropractor or medical illustrator.
BEST ADVICE RECEIVED: A Michael Jordan quote that resonated for me throughout my university varsity athletic career: “Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, and others make it happen.” It’s advice that carries over to all aspects of life.
CREATIVE SPARK: Objects speak to me. They are symbolic. I feel inspired to paint something that expresses their meaning.
ONE THING MOST PEOPLE DON’T KNOW ABOUT YOU: I like to write. I’m working on a children’s book with my dog Olive as the main character.
PET PEEVE: When I’m working with natural light and I’m not able to finish the area I’m working on before the sun goes down.
FUTURE GOALS: To stay open to the world around me, to never stop learning, and to express what I learn. To paint pieces that will resonate and compel people to examine them long after I’m gone.
PRICE RANGE: $1,000 to $12,000.
ARA New DVD Launch - August 2011
The Bargue Drawing Companion
ARA is excited to release the brand new Bargue Drawing Companion instructional DVD. Senior instructor and director Fernando Freitas instructs on the process of replicating the Charles Bargue drawings - the basis of the French atelier programs.
Now you can learn the training techniques of the masters in this easy-to-follow instructional guide Drawing the Bargue. For the first time, artist and instructor Fernando Freitas of the internationally acclaimed Academy of Realist Art, shares his proven step-by-step instruction technique that has helped artists of all levels of experience master their drawing skills.
The Charles Bargue Drawing Course was developed and widely used in the mid 19th century as a foundation exercise for fine art training. Throughout the years it has been used by many great masters as an essential process in understanding the principles of shape, proportion, value and form.
This DVD includes information on:
• Selecting and preparing the proper tools and materials
• The essentials of measurement and proportion
• Drawing “in the flat”
• The principles of light and dark
• Rendering values and forms
• PLUS more than 25 pages of printable course notes
and reference materials
This DVD is for anyone interested in developing their drawing skills. Whether you are a beginner or advanced student, amateur or professional artist, the results will be beyond your expectations.
Order your copy today. Free shipping worldwide.
"Fernando Freitas is rare among drawing teachers, being both uncompromising in his standards and thorough in his teaching. In this new video, Mr. Freitas presents the sequence of steps for accurately rendering the Agrippa plate from the Bargue
thographs. The video is helpful for serious beginners or intermediate students who want a rigorous method for training the eye and hand. Mr. Freitas puts a special emphasis on accurate measurement and careful separation of light and dark values. It will be a useful addition to the library of instruction for students who want to know how to get the most out of Bargue’s classic source of academic instruction.”
—– James Gurney, author of Dinotopia and Color and Light: A Guide for the Realist Painter
National Gallery of Canada
Caravaggio and His Followers in Rome
17 June - 11 September 2011
Caravaggio and His Followers in Rome explores how one brilliant and temperamental artist changed the course of art history in a career that spanned less than two decades. Five years in the making, the exhibition brings together a dozen of Caravaggio’s masterpieces with more than 40 paintings by the great artists who looked to him for inspiration.
Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio transformed painting, offering a new way of seeing the world and his art continues to speak to us directly and forcefully more than four centuries after his death. Only some 70 works by the master still survive, and those are rarely sent on loan by their owners. Not one of his paintings is held in a public collection in Canada.
This exhibition charts the artist’s development over the course of his infamous years in Rome, chronicling the profound impact he had on artists in Italy and across Europe. The twentieth-century critic Roger Fry suggested he was the first “modern” painter. Caravaggio and His Followers in Rome celebrates his life and his artistic legacy and comprises works by 31 painters including: Peter Paul Rubens, Simon Vouet, Valentin de Boulogne, Orazio Gentileschi, his daughter Artemesia, and Jusepe de Ribera.
Lecture with Dr. Francis Broun
Academy of Realist Art Toronto
Wednesday July 27, 2011
Jan Vermeer (1632-1675)
The Girl with the Pearl Earring is just one in a series of memorable images created by Jan Vermeer of Delft, arguably the most refined and thought-provoking master of the Golden Age of Dutch painting. Surprisingly unpopular during his all too brief life he has few rivals today, a measure of his success being the fact that he was the target of the greatest art forger of all time.
Note: NO cost for ARA students. Guests must reserve, a fee will be charged.
Art Gallery of Hamilton
The French Connection
May 21 to September 5, 2011 at the Art Gallery of Hamilton
For Canadian artists working in the last quarter of the 19th century, the lure of Paris was irresistible. With its teaching and exhibition opportunities, international artists flocked to the City of Lights in search of education and artistic validation. Indeed, during this period, an extended stay in Paris became an artistic rite of passage, with increasing numbers of Canadians boarding steamships to make their way across the Atlantic to pit their talents against the very best. In Paris, both emerging and mature artists found themselves in a vibrant and experimental artistic culture, unparalleled in the Western world.
This exhibition explores the essence of the French experience for Canadian artists and how it manifested itself in their work and thinking, alongside work by their French masters such as Jean-Léon Gérôme (1824–1904) and Jean-Paul Laurens (1838–1921). A central theme of the exhibition is a consideration of the annual Paris Salons, acceptance to which was considered the very apogee of one’s training in Paris. As such, The French Connection brings together works exhibited by Canadian artists at these pivotal exhibitions by such artists as Paul Peel (1860– 1892), Maurice Cullen (1866 – 1934), William Blair Bruce (1859–1906), George Reid (1860–1947), Laura Muntz (1860 – 1930) and Sophie Pemberton (1869–1959), among others.
Juan Martinez Invited to Join Portrait Society of America Fund Raising Events
This has been a banner year for Juan. In addition to being chosen a finalist in the 2011 PSA Conference and Competition, he has also been invited to join the PSA for its Thursday Night opening “Face Off”, in which 15 artists are given three hours to paint from live sitters. The final works are auctioned off at a later time in the conference. He is also participating in the second “6 x 9 PSA Fundraiser”, an invitational event where artists were asked to donate a work of art to be sold for PSA fundraising. “With all of this happening this year, the added news of his being selected as a Finalist has made me feel doubly honoured and humbled, by it all.”
ARA Instructor and ARA Grad as 2011 Portrait Society of America Top Finalists!
Robin - Juan Martinez | Sean - Will Nathans
Juan Martinez, ARA senior instructor in Toronto, and former ARA student Will Nathans, have been chosen as top 20 Finalists in the 2011 Portrait Society of America (PSA) Conference and Competition, being held in Atlanta, GA from April 28 to May 1. This is the first time that Juan and Will have been named finalists, although Juan has previously received a Certificate of Merit, Best Portfolio Recognition and Award of Excellence from the Society. The top finalists are chosen from 1800 entries from around the world.
Juan’s 18 X 12-inch oil on gesso portrait depicts Robin, a personal friend and one of ARA’s favourite figure models. “Robin is a vivacious and talented person, and I hoped to capture at least some of those qualities in my interpretation,” Juan says.
Will’s entry is a 60 X 36-inch oil on stretched linen portrait of Sean Sheridan, an Irishman and devout Catholic living and working in Dublin. After working on preliminary sketches with Sean, Will completed the portrait at home in Connecticut. “This wasn’t a commission – I was just inspired to paint him,” Will says.
We wish Juan and Will the best of luck at the 2011 PSA Annual Conference and Competition!
ARA Student - Katie Melanson - Cover Artist
Cover painting, Summer Storm at Hart Pool, oil on panel, 2008 by
Originally from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Katie is an old friend of the Margaree River, playing and fishing on its banks every summer since she was a child. A graduate of St. F.X with a B.Sc. in Human Kinetics, Katie has completed 5 years of professional training at the Academy of Realist Art (ARA) in Toronto, a private institution teaching drawing and painting in the old master tradition. She works in several mediums, including graphite, red chalk, watercolor and oil and draws inspiration from a range of artists, both classical and contemporary as well as the places and people near and dear to her heart. She is honoured to have her painting on the cover.
STUDY - More Days, More Ways
at ARA Boston
In an effort to help accommodate students with time restrictions we are offering a few "short courses" at the school. These courses teach the same precepts as the daytime classes but focus in on core concepts in order to strengthen students' draftsmanship.
Figure Drawing - Constructs
These 8 week classes focus on mastery of the beginning stages of drawing the live model. Students work from multiple poses during the quarter sharpening their ability to get down the proportion and gesture of the model. Poses near the end of the semester include a 2 and 3 week pose where the focus is on describing form through careful articulation of the contour and shadow
Thursday, 6:30 - 9:30 April 14 - June 2nd
Saturday, 10:00 - 1:00 April 9 - May 28th
Saturday, 2:00 - 5:00 April 9 - May 28th
Portrait Drawing - Constructs
This class improves participants knowledge of the morphology of facial features, normal facial proportions and gives strategies for developing a better likeness of the model.
Tuesday, 6:00 - 9:00 April 12 - May 31st
Bargue/Cast Drawing Evening and Weekend
Wednesdays, 6:30 - 9:30
Saturdays 10:00 - 1:00
ARA Alumni Will Nathans
Will received 2nd place for the Portrait Society of America 2011 Members Show in the Commissioned Portrait category with his portrait of Cardinal John Foley. It was chosen out of over 500 applicants internationally.
Will is currently completing a portrait of an Irishman. He spent almost 7 months in Europe; three months in Zurich and Dublin Ireland, taught two workshops and painted in Scotland and other areas in Ireland.
While in Zurich he completed 6 portrait commissions of Swiss children and a portrait of Pope Pius XII for a Catholic Church in Kinkora Ontario, St. Patricks.
Will is back home in the US teaching routine at Silvermine. He is currently preparing to paint another cardinal; Justin Rigali of Philadelphia.
Will will also be in a landscape show with Alex Kanevsky, Robert Bauer, and a few others in Ridgefield, CT.
Well done William!
A Robin Pacific project with Artists Brian and Glen Anthony from Keele Centre
Toronto City Hall Rotunda, 100 Queen Street West
February 26 - March 6, 2011
Monday to Friday 7:30 am to 5:30 pm
Saturday and Sunday 8:00 am to 6:00 pm
ARA Toronto Lecture Series - Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema - 23 February 2011
Dr. Francis Broun
Lecturing on Sir Lawrence Alma Tadema
ARA Toronto | 23 February 2011 | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Dr. Francis Broun
Twice Nominated in TV Ontario's Best Lecturer Competition
“He’s bloody brilliant and makes the subject matter fun and interesting.”
Francis Broun came to Canada from Scotland in 1967. He has a B.A. from McGill and a Ph.D. from Princeton, both in art history. For fifteen years he worked at the AGO, teaching courses and helping to organise Old Master exhibitions like the Dutch paintings from the Mauritshuis and the Holbein drawings from the Queen's Collection. He also accompanied AGO trips to Florence, London and the River Danube.
Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema (8 January 1836 – 25 June 1912) was one of the most renowned painters of late nineteenth-century Britain.
Born in Dronrijp, the Netherlands, and trained at the Royal Academy of Antwerp, Belgium, he settled in England in 1870 and spent the rest of his life there. A classical-subject painter, he became famous for his depictions of the luxury and decadence of the Roman Empire, with languorous figures set in fabulous marbled interiors or against a backdrop of dazzling blue Mediterranean sea and sky.
Attendance Fee: Non ARA students $20.
The Academy Way Art Show
at the HCA
Feb. 12 - March 10, 2011
The Hamilton Conservatory for the Arts Gallery
The Academy Way
Saturday, February 12 – Thursday, March 10, 2011
Opening Reception: Sunday, February 13, 4 – 6:30 pm
following the HCA Piano Series concert Valerie Tryon
Participating ARA alumni and Instructors: Deborah Brent - Cindy MacMillan - Fernando Freitas - Evelyn Choi - Lenny Dass - Mirella Cirfi Walton - David Shepherd - Emanuela De Musis - Juan Martinez - Fulvio Delibato - John Lynch - Elaine Rakowski - Joe Trifiletti - Lynn Bertrand - Carol Hall - Ellen Erenberg - Marisa Lauri
126 James Street South, Hamilton, ON L8P 2Z4 905-528-4020
The HCAG is open Mon –Thurs 9–9, Sat 9–5
In recent years there has been a great return to academic drawing and painting throughout the Western world. There are a growing number of ateliers and academies involved in and respon- sible for this resurgence, perhaps none greater than the Academy of Realist Art (ARA) in Toronto & Boston. The Academy Way features select artworks from faculty, students and alumni of the ARA, and is proof positive that fine representational drawing and painting isthriving through a new generation who know that to move fordward one must also look back.