Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Congrats, Christina!

Congratulations to ARA Boston instructor, Christina Grace Mastrangelo, for placing second in the Still Life Category of the Portrait Society of America's 2012 Members Only Competition.

                                                                                                 The Last Dance

Sunday, January 13, 2013

2013 Summer Workshops

The Self Portrait: Artist as Model

10 days, August 5th - 16th        10:00-5:00, one hour lunch break         
Cost: $1150.00

Instructor: Emanuela De Musis
During his life, Rembrandt completed at least seventy self portraits. These drawings, etchings and oil paintings created a diary of his life and served as tools of experimentation and promotion.
Using history as inspiration, this ten day workshop will open with a presentation of various self portraits and a discussion of their motivations and themes. This will aid the student in choosing a composition for their autobiography. More than other genres, the self portrait demands that the artist reflect not only on the self, but how to present this self to others.
Moving into the studio, students will begin a cartoon in graphite. This is a preliminary sketch that establishes proportion, gesture and the correct grouping of light and dark. This important phase creates a solid structure. Using a light table, the students will transfer the cartoon to toned paper and the drawing will continue in graphite and chalk where rendering techniques accurately capture delicacy of form and quality of flesh. Through the articulation of subtle plane changes and correct value assignments, the students will move towards a naturalistic and volumetric drawing.
The instructor will provide individual critiques, demos and lectures. 

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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

2013 Summer Workshops

Still Life Painting

10 Days, July 22nd - August 2nd   10:00 - 5:00, one hour lunch break.  Cost:  $1150.00
Instructor: Christina Mastrangelo
Students will learn how to approach an oil painting from start to finish. We start with drawing the still life in the sight-size method, transfer it to canvas, and paint in layers until the objects have form and detail. This course teaches traditional atelier-style methods, from using a campitura, to dead color, first painting, and second painting, all working from life. Demonstrations will be given on the layout & methodical uses of the full-color palette, as well as lectures and handouts on mediums, steps of the process, hue/value/chroma, color mixing, palette care, and varnishing. The goal of the course is to understand the observational painting process and come away with a realistic still-life painting.
This course is recommended for artists looking to create more realistic work. Prior experience with painting in oil is not necessary. This is a very logical, academic course; everything learned here will translate well into drawing or painting any subject from life. 

To view Christina's work, go to:

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Summer Workshops 2013

In the Studio of Velazquez

10 days, July 8th - 19th    10:00 - 5:00, one hour lunch break   Cost $1150.00

Instructor: Garrett Vitanza

This class will explore the painting method of Velazquez from his early period in Spain and Italy, to his later period painting for the Spanish court. A lecture series and day to day demonstrations will provide an in depth understanding of Velazquez's technique, painting surfaces, palette choices, and thought process in composing his paintings. With this knowledge students will then produce a master copy from a selection of high resolution images of Velazquez's work. The workshop will also offer demos on stretching and preparing surfaces in traditional methods and other basic technical skill utilized by Velazquez and other old master to provide a necessary understanding of the fundamentals for traditional oil painting.

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Sunday, January 6, 2013

Scholarship Competition

il Pomodoro e l'Aglio                                                 Cindy MacMillan

The Academy of Realist Art, Boston has launched its first annual scholarship competition for promising artists with a love for academic style painting and drawing.

The Academy is one of a select few art schools in the world that teaches the academic approach to figure drawing and painting. We model our curriculum and classical techniques on those used by 19th-century European academies to help students master fine art skills.

One scholarship is to be awarded for a year's free tuition (school year, September 2013-June 2014) for our full time program in Boston. Equivalent value is up to $6,150.

Contest Rules

Submissions shall be treated as being free of restrictions and limitations on their use and publication. Prizes have no cash surrender value and are not transferable. Any expenses incurred by the winner to claim the scholarship award are the sole responsibility of the individual.

Entries are accepted from the worldwide artist community. Applicants must be 18 years or older by September 2013 and not currently or previously enrolled at any Academy of Realist Art location. Team entries are not accepted.

Submission Deadline
Deadline for submission is March 15, 2013. The winner will be announced March 30, 2013.

Art Submissions
Submissions of representational art are accepted in the following categories:

FigurePortraitStill Life
Art work for figure and portrait may be either a drawing or oil painting. Still life submissions must be in oil paint. All submissions must be original and not a copy of an existing work. Artwork must be drawn by hand and not traced or copied using mechanical devices. Submissions are made by sending 3 to 6 un-retouched JPEG* images to:

* JPEG images should be no less than 2000 pixels X 2000 pixels
Entries require a short description in the following format:
artist name - title of work - media - dimensions (expressed in inches)
Submission should include a short biography telling us a little bit about yourself and your art. This must be less than 300 words and include name, address, education and a short explanation of your previous art making activities.

Submission Fees
The entrance fee is $30  (students currently enrolled in high school have no submission fee). 

This payment is made by going to www.academyofrealistartboston and clicking on the contact page. Select the credit card type you will be using and click on it. This takes you to a Paypal page. Once there, input your $30 entrance fee (it says donation but it is the entrance fee), update the total and then you can select to pay by paypal or go to the bottom left corner and under “Don’t have a paypal account?” click continue. This takes you to the page where you input your card information. You will receive a confirmation by email. Please don’t send cash through the mail.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Bargue in the New Year!

Each student enrolled at the Academy of Realist Art, Boston begins with 
Bargue Drawing 101: Drawing from the Flat

This class is designed to introduce the student to the fundamentals of drawing. Students work to develop a thorough understanding of shapes, values, and varying edges in nature. A step- by- step method, which utilizes a precise system of measurement will be used to successfully complete the projects. An introduction to tools and materials will also be covered at the beginning of the course. 

Charles Bargue (1826/27-1883) developed his Cours de Dessin along with Jean-Leon Gerome in the mid 19th Century. The course is comprised of 197 lithographs, divided into three parts. 

Working directly from copies of these lithographs, students in Bargue Drawing 101, draw from the first section of the course which contains plates of casts  (mostly antique sculpture).

Separated into four levels,  students pass from Bargue Drawing 101 through to Bargue Drawing 104. Each level progressing in difficulty.

Bargue class meets on:
 Mondays from 9:30 to 12:30 and 1:30 to 4:30.
Wednesdays from 9:30 to 12:30, 1:30 to 4:30 and 6:00 to 9:00.

All levels welcome. Call or email to register.
617 426 3006