ARC Scholarship Competition News
We will be announcing the results of the 14th Annual ARC Scholarship competition on Monday, August 25, 2014 at 12:00 p.m. est.

We hope that all of our ARC viewers will visit the site to see the work of these talented students!

Posted August 19th, 2014

Artists and Alumni of Studio Incamminati Exhibition and Sale at the Comcast Center
Starting on August 25, 2014, the artists and alumni of Studio Incamminati will be exhibiting and selling artwork at the Art Center at The Market and Shops at Comcast Center in Philadelphia, PA.

At a special Oct. 14 event, artists and alumni from the school will be on hand to discuss their individual pieces and the burgeoning representational art movement.

For more information, please visit our Events page.

Posted August 18th, 2014

Did You Ever Kill Anybody Father? Epoch Times
“Although Social Realist painters emerged in countries throughout America and Europe at the time, each with their own distinguishing factors, in England, Frank Holl was very prominent for this type of work. In his painting of Did You Ever Kill Anybody Father?, the artist depicts a strong psychological study of his daughter, Nina. The expression on her face is both inquisitive and fearful, having reached an age at which she begins to understand the realities of life and death.” – Kara Lysandra Ross

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Did You Ever Kill Anybody Father?
by Frank Holl

Posted August 15th, 2014

DVI Educator’s Workshop at Ani Art Academy

February 22-23, 2015 at the Ani Art Academy Waichulis
Bear Creek Twp., PA

This two-day workshop will explore several aspects of visual perception and language development to uncover an incredibly efficient method for introducing meaningful visual literacy development into the classroom. By looking to new scientific insights offered by Neuroaesthetics and Darwinian theories of beauty, we can revolutionize art education by better understanding what is meant by “the art experience”.

“Learning to ‘design’ is learning to see, an adventure that gets more and more captivating the further you go.” – by Oliver Reichenstein.

Spaces are limited, to reserve one now, click here.

Posted August 14th, 2014

New Additions and Updated Gallery

Rainbow by Aivazovsky
We are pleased to announce that we have recently updated the Aivazovsky gallery on ARC.

To view the gallery, please click here.

To view all new additions to the ARC museum, click here.

Posted August 13th, 2014

Dürer’s Women Exhibition
Running through September 21st, Dürer’s Women features over fifty of works from the Cleveland Museum of Art’s distinguished collection of Dürer’s prints and considers the artist’s multivalent depictions of women over the course of his career. Exploring such themes as love, temptation, and power, this exhibition juxtaposes his more traditional religious imagery of the Madonna and saints with his more complex and ambiguous secular depictions of women.

Cleveland Museum of Art – 1150 East Boulevard, Cleveland, Ohio 44106

To view more about this and other exhibits, please click here.

The Virgin with the Infant Christ
and Saint Anne by Dürer

Posted August 12th, 2014

Ani Art Academies Drawings Show
Several artists from the ARC Approved™ Ani Art Academies will be exhibiting at the John Pence Gallery.

“Drawings are at once the heartbeat, the bones, the musculature, and the spirit of all art. Drawings constitute a unique language for each artist, and the viewer is privileged to glimpse the skeletal elements of the art process first-hand. Drawings are personal: they reveal, they are intended as notes, they are a means to an end, and they represent the embryo of genius, the moment of an artist’s truth.” – John Pence

August 14 – September 26, 2014

The John Pence Gallery – 750 Post Street, San Francisco, CA 94109

Opening Reception: August 14, 2014 6-8pm

To view more about this and other events, please click here.

Posted August 11th, 2014

Of Heaven and Earth: 500 Years of Italian Painting from Glasgow Museums
With works by some of the greatest names in European art, the show entitled, Of Heaven and Earth: 500 Years of Italian Painting from Glasgow Museums, examines the thematic and stylistic developments in Italian art, from the religious paintings of the late Middle Ages and Renaissance to the secular neoclassical and genre paintings of the nineteenth century.

The exhibition’s summer 2014 stop at the Allentown Art Museum is its only appearance on the East Coast.

Salome with the Head of St John the Baptist by Carlo Dolci
June 8 – September 7, 2014

Allentown Art Museum – 31 North Fifth Street Allentown, PA 18101

To view more about this and other events, please click here.

Posted August 8th, 2014

New Artist Biography and Images added

Portrait of Maria Elisabeth Theresia (Elise) Schwartze-Herrmann with her grandchildren Letty and Lizzy Ansingh by Thérèse Schwartze
ARC is pleased to announce the addition of new biographical information as well as new images by 19th century Dutch female artist, Thérèse Schwartze.

The Amsterdam painter Thérèse Schwartze (1851-1918) was a celebrated portraitist in her time, who combined great technical expertise with a superb head for business. She produced likenesses of the 19th-century Dutch beau monde and members of the royal family in a flamboyant, decidedly un-Dutch style that made her a millionaire. She established an international reputation, with countless exhibitions and commissions throughout Europe and the United States.

To read more, please click here.

Posted August 7th, 2014

Opportunity to Study with Max Ginsburg
ARC Living Master™ Max Ginsburg will be conducting a 5 day traditional realist oil painting from life workshop from his Personal Skylight studio located in Long Island City, NY.

The workshop runs October 13-17, Monday – Friday, 9a.m. – 4p.m.

A limited enrollment of 8 students enables daily critiques of work. Max will demonstrate his technique and after 4p.m. daily, he will discuss the concept, process and development of his large multi-figure paintings, some of which are displayed in the studio.

Pat – Bearded by Max Ginsburg
To view the workshop flyer, click here.

For more information or to register, please contact Maria Amor at 646-705-3833 or email

Posted August 6th, 2014

Jeremy Lipking wins Prix de West Award

Silence and Sagebrush by Jeremy Lipking
Congratulations to ARC Living Master™ Jeremy Lipking for winning the top prize purchase award in the Prix de West Art show held at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum.

The Prix de West competition is the one of the finest art competitions for western art held in the United States.

To view more works by Jeremy Lipking, click here.

Posted August 4th, 2014

DVI Sponsored Skill-Based Teacher Retreats for State Boards of Art Education
The Da Vinci Initiative is working with the State Art Education Associations, Boards of Art Education in the 50 states, to set up three DVI-sponsored skill-based retreats each year. For the 2014-2015 school year we are pleased to announce that the Washington, New Hampshire, and Wyoming Art Education Associations will receive free skill-based teacher retreats which include a nationally known skill-based artist to teach a workshop, space rental for 2 days, and art supplies. This allows for the State Boards of Art Education to become more familiarized with skill-based techniques like those taught in the ARC Approved Atelier Schools with the mission to help instill similar methods in public and private schools K – 12. Although DVI has a limited number of free retreats to give away, the organization uses their connections with artists to provide opportunities for education associations all over the country.
To donate to the DVI, please click here.

For interested individuals looking to take workshops geared for art teachers K – 12 and to discover an accessible approach to skill-based drawing education, there are limited remaining spaces in the upcoming DVI August workshops. The first workshop will run from 8/4 – 8/8 and the second from 8/11 – 8/15. The courses will be taught by the DVI President, Amanda Hallenius at the Aristides Atelier in Seattle, WA. Both classes qualify for continuing education clock hours.

For more information and to register,
click here.

Mona Lisa by Da Vinci

Posted August 1st, 2014

Quintessential California
More than 50 contemporary and traditional artists associated with the historic California Art Club, an ARC Allied Organization, celebrate the enduring appeal of the Golden State. The exhibition highlights a variety of subjects that define California – from famed beaches and majestic mountainsides, to historic sites and abundant agriculture.

Anza-Borrego Desert Sunset by Betsy Bland
July 28 – November 2, 2014

Santa Paula Art Museum – 117 North 10th Street, Santa Paula, California.

For more on this and other exhibitions, please click here.

Posted July 31st, 2014

Visit ARC on Pinterest and Facebook!
Come visit our new Pinterest page and pin your favorite old master paintings. Show us which old master artworks inspire you, make you think or just make you happy! This section will be dedicated specifically to the old masters, so any works pre-1800.

Please visit us at:
to post your favorite works.

Archduke Leopold Wilhelm in his Gallery by David Teniers the Younger
Also, please click here to visit our Facebook page, updated regularly with information and a featured artwork of the day. We would love to hear your feedback, so please feel free to comment!

Posted July 30th, 2014

Opportunity to Study with Joseph McGurl
Award winning ARC Living Master™, Joseph McGurl, will be conducting a landscape painting workshop Sept. 24, 25, and 26, 2014. It will be held at his home/studio on Amrita Island, Cape Cod. This will be a combination of demonstrations by Joe and plein air landscape painting by the participants. The class will focus on issues of concern to the landscape painter such as composition, drawing, perspective, value, color, and most importantly, light, shade, and atmosphere. A special emphasis will be given to developing a greater understanding of the physical aspects of nature which will lead to a more truthful depiction of the landscape on canvas. Participants will also learn the sight-size method of painting landscapes and the unique tools and techniques Joe has developed in order to render the elements of nature with paint on canvas.

For more information and a registration form, please visit and go to the workshops page.
Italian Inspirations: An Evening of Wine and Art with a Tuscan Terroir Featuring New Works by Joseph McGurl.

Opening reception on August 2nd from 5-7pm. The show ends on August 15th. At the reception, McGurl will describe how he approached the Plein Air process on his recent trip to Tuscany.

To view more about this and other events, please click here.

Posted July 29th, 2014

Faked, Forgotten, Found: Five Renaissance Paintings Investigated
This fascinating exhibition showcases conservators’ forensic analysis of five Renaissance paintings in the Carnegie Museum of Art’s collection. Learn how curators and conservators discovered a portrait of Isabella de’ Medici attributed to Alessandro Allori beneath the surface of a work repainted in the 19th century, or how to tell the museum’s genuine painting by Francesco Francia apart from later imitations and copies. The discoveries about each work are presented through extensive multimedia documentation, highlighting a fascinating but little-seen aspect of museum practice.
Sir George Nevill by Hans Holbein the Younger or workshop
June 28, 2014 – September 15, 2014

Carnegie Museum of Art – 4400 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

To learn more about this and other events, please click here.

Posted July 28th, 2014

DVI Officially Endorsed by Washington State

The Board of Art Education in the State of Washington, the Washington Art Education Association (WAEA), has just officially endorsed The Da Vinci Initiative. The Da Vinci Initiative has been working closely with the WAEA to provide professional development resources for art teachers, including workshops that introduce atelier training. This year, The Da Vinci Initiative is also sponsoring a weekend retreat for the WAEA that includes a workshop and demonstration. This successful partnership that provides the WAEA with skill-based art education resources led the board to officially endorse The Da Vinci Initiative at their most recent meeting. The Da Vinci Initiative looks forward to building relationships and partnering with additional states to provide quality professional development resources for art teachers across the country.

For interested individuals looking to take workshops geared for art teachers k-12 and to discover an accessible approach to skill-based drawing education, there are limited remaining spaces in the upcoming DVI August workshops. The first workshop will run from 8/4 – 8/8 and the second from 8/11 – 8/15. The courses will be taught by the DVI President, Amanda Hallenius at the Aristides Atelier in Seattle, WA. Both classes qualify for continuing education clock hours.

For more information and to register,
click here.

Posted July 25th, 2014

A Victorian Obsession
A Victorian Obsession presents 50 exceptional paintings by many of the leading artists of the Victorian period within the extraordinary interiors of Leighton House Museum. The pictures all belong to the Mexican collector Juan Antonio Pérez Simón and form the largest private collection of Victorian art outside the UK. The works have never before been seen together in Europe and will have their only UK showing at Leighton House Museum.

Greek Girls Picking up Pebbles by the Sea
by Lord Frederick Leighton
November 14, 2014 – March 29, 2015
Leighton House Museum – 12 Holland Park Road, London W12 8LZ

To protect the delicate interiors of the house and ensure an enjoyable visit, entry will be by timed ticket only and advanced booking is highly recommended. Last entry is at 4:30pm.

To view more about this and other events, please click here.

Posted July 24th, 2014

Gordon Hanley News
Congratulations to ARC Living Master™ Gordon Hanley, who is featured in the July edition Australian Artist Magazine. Gordon’s work is also featured on the cover.
The article details the process of creating drawings using metalpoint, the art of drawing using gold or silver. A master of this medium, Hanley demystifies the process and discusses various pieces of his work.

“Despite all of the precise, sometimes minute detail in these drawings, obtaining even tones across a large area is the single most difficult thing to achieve in metalpoint. This is because the control of stylus angle and pressure has to be faultless…. To successfully capture such a flawless complexion is a very satisfying achievement in metalpoint drawing.”

To see more of Gordon Hanley’s work, please click here.

Take Five by Gordon Hanley

Posted July 23rd, 2014

Gods and Heroes: Masterpieces from the École des Beaux-Arts, Paris

Attention Mingled with Fear
by François Rude
Gods and Heroes will be a rich overview of masterpieces from the École des Beaux-Arts, the original school of fine arts in Paris, France, and a repository for work by Europe’s most renowned artists since the seventeenth century. The exhibition will include approximately 140 paintings, sculptures, and works on paper dating from the seventeenth through the nineteenth centuries. The focus will be on epic themes such as courage, sacrifice, and death, as well as the ways that changing political and philosophical systems affected the choice and execution of these subjects. The exhibition will feature artists such as Jacques-Louis David, Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, François Boucher, Nicolas Poussin, Albrecht Dürer, and Rembrandt van Rijn.
June 21, 2014 – September 14, 2014

Oklahoma City Museum of Art – 415 Couch Drive, Oklahoma City, OK 73102

To view more about this and other events, please click here.

Posted July 22nd, 2014