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  • UPDATE! 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:
  • NEW! Mark Junge and other ARC correspondents discuss the problems of earning a living as a painter ...
  • NEW! 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.




  • Introduction

    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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    Atelier Index
    Academy of Realist Art (ARA), Toronto, Ontario
    Academy of Realist Art Boston, Boston, Massachusetts
    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, Seattle, Washington
    Atelier BACAA, San Carlos, California
    Atelier Canova, Rome,
    Atelier Dualis, Bethlehem, PA
    Atelier Florence Academy of Art, Florence, Italy
    Atelier Florence Academy of Art/Sweden, Molndal, Sweden
    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
    Beaux-Arts Atelier, New York, NY
    Bohemiarte School and Gallery, Montreal, Quebec
    Bridgeview School of Fine Arts, Long Island City, New York
    Bucks County Classical Arts Center, New Hope, Pennsylvania
    Charles H. Cecil Studios, Firenze, Florence
    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 Academy of Art, New York, New York
    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
    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 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
    Workshops: Michael Newberry, Santa Monica
    If you need financial aid to help attend one of these schools, please consider applying for the ARC Scholarship.

    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
    Lance Richlin ARCALMLos Angeles, California

    Academy of Realist Art (ARA)

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    Academy of Realist Art Boston

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    Andreeva Portrait Academy

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    Ani Art Academy Waichulis and Ani Art Academies International

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    Aristides Atelier

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    Atelier Canova


    Last updated on 2011-08-03



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    Atelier Dualis

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