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The Art Renewal Center is the foremost entity for researching and vetting art schools that teach skill-based training techniques in the visual arts. For those interested in acquiring strong technical skills in the visual arts, ARC Approval™ holds more weight than college or university accreditation, where for the vast majority, technical drawing, painting, and sculpting skills are not the priority. ARC is known for keeping the highest standards in art education, only approving those schools who teach solid, skill-based training methods, which increase visual literacy. The schools ARC endorses have instructors who have heavily trained in these methods and are able to produce high quality works of their own, thereby having the qualifications necessary to instruct others on how to create works of art with fully rendered and accurately depicted realistic imagery. The type of concentrated technical training the Art Renewal Center promotes first developed in the late middle ages/ early renaissance and was used as the primary form of studio art education throughout Europe and later, America. It was used all the way through the 19th century into the early 20th century before it died out almost completely with the inception of purely conceptual art. This type of training originally started as apprenticeships, and developed into guilds, small schools known as ateliers, and eventually large national schools during the 18th and 19th centuries, and was the type of training that almost all of the most famous old master and 19th century artists would have had, which is what enabled them to create accurate realistic imagery, shadow, and form, including anatomy and the human figure. This was the method learned by artists such as Michelangelo, Botticelli, Leonardo Da Vinci, Rembrandt, all the way through to Sargent, Bouguereau, Gerome, Alma-Tadema, Lord Leighton, Il'ia Repin, Ivan Aivazovsky, and even by artists such as Monet, Degas and Van Gogh.
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Atelier Index
Academy of Realist Art (ARA), Toronto, Ontario
Academy of Realist Art Boston, Boston, Massachusetts
Academy of Realist Art, Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland
Adrian Gottlieb Studio and Atelier, Los Angeles, California
Andreeva Portrait Academy, Salado, Texas
Angel Academy of Art, Florence, Florence, Tuscany
Ani Art Academy Waichulis and Ani Art Academies International, Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
Aristides Atelier at Gage Academy of Art, Seattle, Washington
Atelier BACAA, San Carlos, California
Atelier Canova, Rome,
Atelier Florence Academy of Art, Florence, Italy
Atelier Florence Academy of Art/Sweden, Molndal, Sweden
Atelier Florence Academy of Art/USA, Jersey City, NJ
Atelier Indiana, New Castle, Indiana
Atelier Madrid, Madrid,
Atelier Maui, Haiku, Hawaii
Atelier of Virgil Elliott, Penngrove, California
Atelier School of Classical Realism, Oakland, California
Atelier Stockholm, Stockholm, Solna
Atelier/Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art (LAAFA), Van Nuys, California
Barcelona Academy of Art, Barcelona,
Beaux-Arts Atelier, New York, NY
Bohemiarte School and Gallery, Montreal, Quebec
Bucks County Classical Arts Center, New Hope, Pennsylvania
Charles H. Cecil Studios, Firenze, Florence
Chiaroscuro Studio of Art, Miami, FL
Class: Avenue Road Arts School - John Viljoen, Toronto, Ontario
Class: duCret School of the Arts - Frank Falotico, Plainfield, New Jersey
Class: The Art Students League of New York - Frank L. Porcu, New York, New York
Class: The Art Students League of New York - Jack Faragasso, New York, New York
Class: The Art Students League of New York - Mary Beth McKenzie, New York, New York
Class: The Art Students League of New York - Sherry Camhy, New York, New York
Class: The National Academy of Design School of Fine Arts - Anthony Antonios, New York, New York
Class: Woodstock School of Art - Hong Nian Zhang, Woodstock, New York
Georgetown Atelier, Seattle, Washington
Golden Gate Atelier, Oakland, CA
Grand Central Atelier, Queens
Ingbretson Studio of Drawing and Painting, Manchester
L'Ecole Albert Defois, Les Cerqueux sous Passavant
Lafayette Atelier, Lafayette
Laguna College of Art and Design, Laguna Beach
Lavender Hill Studios, London
London Atelier of Representational Art, London
Long Island Academy of Fine Art, Glen Cove
Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art (LAAFA) - Extension Program, Van Nuys
Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts, Old Lyme
Marvin Mattelson Classes and Workshops, New York
New York Academy of Art, New York
Norway: Torhild Ramberg Studio, Steinkjer
Old Masters Atelier, Hialeah
Ravenswood Atelier, Chicago
Russian Academy of Art, Florence
Southern Atelier, Sarasota
Studio Incamminati, Philadelphia
Teaching Studios of Art, Brooklyn and Oyster Bay
Texas Academy of Figurative Art, Fort Worth
The Academy of Fine Art, Denmark
The Atelier: Studio Program of Fine Art, Minneapolis
The Center for Academic Study and Naturalist Painting, Springville
The Da Vinci Initiative Online Courses, Seattle
The Face of Infinity - Capturing the Spirit of the Head in Oil, Scottsdale
The Harlem Studio of Art: NYK Academy, New York
The Igor Babailov Institute of Realism, Brentwood
The Michelangelo Project, Memphis
The Ryder Studio, Santa Fe
The School of Representational Art, Chicago
The Schuler School of Fine Arts, Baltimore
Watts Atelier of the Arts, LLC, Encinitas
Workshops: Daniel Greene, North Salem
Workshops: Max Ginsburg, New York

Master Classes



Patrick Devonas ARCLMNarasca, Switzerland
Philippe Faraut ARCLMHoneoye, New York
Mary Minife ARCLMGroton, Massachusetts
Dan Thompson ARCLMBrooklyn, New York
Peter Fiore ARCLMPennsylvania and New York
Erik Koeppel ARCLMNew Hampshire
Anna Wypych ARCLMGdynia, Poland
Lance Richlin ARCALMLos Angeles, California


ARC Atelier News

  • Ateliers and schools may now apply for ARC Approval by downloading and filling out our application form. [ LEARN MORE AND APPLY FOR AND ARC APPROVED ATELIER™ MEMBERSHIP ]

  • Bob Renaud,Carthage HS Instructor thanks Fred Ross, ARC Chairman for bringing MASTERFUL works to his students.

  • Maria Neuhaus describes her rediscovery of the good art her father brought her up with as she attempts to develop a renewed art curriculum using ARC materials.

  • ARC offers serious atelier students an unfinished Bouguereau painting in super high resolution to aid with their studies. Scores of classical artists have been requesting this from us for years and finally it is now available.

    Letters pertaining to art training:
  • Mark Junge and other ARC correspondents discuss the problems of earning a living as a painter ...
  • ARC Founder, Brian Yoder, states clearly ARC's position on University art departments, and reiterates the path to the future for fine arts. [See also: the ARC Philosophy]
  • Vitali Satanovski discusses frankly the employment situation of art students who have graduated with an MFA.
  • Read an excellent example of difficulties confronted by countless thousands of talented would-be artists have confronted while looking for real information and training.
  • High school student Brianna Lee sends her gratitude to ARC.




  • More about ARC Approved Schools™

    IT IS A WELL-KNOWN FACT that few, if any, of the college and university art departments of today are able to provide the kind of genuine art instruction sought by ever-growing numbers of students and aspiring young artists. The Art Renewal Center recognizes the importance of providing information on ateliers, academies, schools and private instructors dedicated to the teaching of art in the traditional manner, and is pleased to list them here. The future of the fine arts is in the hands of the artists and teachers of today and of the next generation.

    The Twentieth Century was a disaster for art instruction, which degenerated into what amounted, at most colleges and universities, to no more than indoctrination to the modernists' party line, masquerading as education; a farce and a fraud. Several generations of would-be artists were tremendously discouraged by what was happening in the art departments of the educational institutions from the time of World War II onward, and were seriously handicapped, at the very least, in the pursuit of their goals to become capable artists in the true sense of the word. Art has suffered mightily from this travesty.


    The 20th century practically destroyed five hundred years of carefully acquired knowledge in the art and science of fine painting. Today, not many college or university art departments have faculties that can actually paint and draw with any ability or knowledge. Performance art, conceptual art, installations, video, talk and posturing, have largely replaced what we used to think of as art. Faculty members who are the products of modernism simply don't know how to draw or how to use paint. One doesn't teach what one doesn't know, hence the old ways are lost. This tendency has even spread to many professional art schools, where in many cases certain vital components are no longer properly understood or taught.

    Times are changing though. There is a great groundswell of interest on the part of the young in traditional painting and accurate drawing. The discipline will take twenty to fifty years before it gets back to the point where it was in about 1880. After that, watch out! Most of the great works are yet to be done.


    -- Bill Whitaker, professional artist


    It is now a new century, a new millennium, and time for the Twentieth Century and the worst aspects of it to be relegated to past tense. Let the ridiculous notions regarding art that characterized the past century be restricted to that century. It is time for something better.

    Only with mastery of one's medium is there any realistic possibility of artistic freedom, of creative expression, and of the attainment of excellence in the Fine Arts of drawing, painting and sculpture. These doors are not open to anyone lacking the skills and perceptive powers necessary to communicate his or her inspired visions to the intended audience in a comprehensible way. Without a solid grounding in the basics, effective communication through art is impossible. Thus it is of the utmost importance for serious aspiring artists to study where the basics are taught in a time-tested and proven manner. We at the Art Renewal Center are happy to provide information of where such quality instruction may be had, in the sincere hope and belief that art can and will once again be a respectable and respected endeavor; that great accomplishments can not only be achieved, but also acknowledged as such and rewarded handsomely, as is their due.

    This is our current list of ARC Approved™ Atelier and pre-atelier schools. All listings are subject to change as faculty, programs and curricula are always changing and shifting. As our staff continues to analyze and study programs of study that are on and off our list, inevitably we will add additional schools and occasionally some may need to be removed or their descriptions changed.

    This list should not be considered complete, as there are no doubt others, which have not yet come to our attention. We encourage our readers to inform us of schools, ateliers, academies and private instructors whose teaching is of the highest quality, that we may investigate and confirm these reports, and add the best of them to our ARC Approved™ list as a service to our readers, in order to help them become the best artists they can be.

    * The Art Renewal Center (ARC) is a private, not-for-profit foundation, that has experienced classically trained artists, art historians and scholars, whose judgement is based on years of experience and research, with expertise and standards for reviewing and approving schools, artists and ateliers that foster the classical tradition in art and are deemed worthy of recognition by ARC. Such recognition does not reflect in any way the support or accreditation of the United States Department of Education or any other governmental entity authorized to accredit educational programs or institutions. In fact ARC may be in disagreement with such institutions or agencies, most of which we believe have been warped or even over-run by Modernist ideology and theory. You should use our recommendations if you accept the principles, philosophy and mission of the Art Renewal Center.




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    Ani Art Academy Waichulis and Ani Art Academies International

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    Aristides Atelier at Gage Academy of Art

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    Atelier Canova


    Last updated on 2011-08-03



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