The Angel Academy’s evening anatomy programme has begun for the 2014-2015 academic year.  It includes 15 hours of lectures, 70 hours of drawing from the live model, 18 home assignments as well as an occasional trip to La Specola natural-history museum where students can study from anatomical models.



Anatomy class



Drawing from the live model


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Drawing at Body Worlds exhibition in Bologna



Drawing at La Specola


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Bring Skill Based Art to Public Schools

News from the ARC:

Help! – Bring Skill Based Art to Public Schools!!

Greater amounts are of course welcome, but even a $1 donation will help the DVI Kickstarter come up with greater frequency within Kickstarter Searches. If even a small portion of our subscribers were to donate $1 we would easily fund this Kickstarter campaign. We need your help. The Da Vinci Initiative has started a major fundraising campaign through Kickstarter to bring skill-based training in the visual arts to public schools K-12. Teaching realist based art skills such as those implemented by Da Vinci and Michelangelo not only aligns with current educational research that other subjects currently embrace, but it also enhances the number of choices students can make when creating their own work. To view the Kickstarter project and video or to donate, click here. The Da Vinci Initiative is officially endorsed by the Washington Art Education Association.

To view the Kickstarter project and video or to donate, click here.

Fun fact: Both alumni Teresa Oaxaca and Nancy Hines are Da Vinci Initiative Ambassadors! More about what they are doing for the DVI coming up… stay tuned!

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The Uncanny

The Uncanny-poster

AAA alumna Teresa Oaxaca is showing in the S.R. Brennen Galleries in Santa Fe, New Mexico, along with Katherine Stone and David Gluck. Katherine and David both studied at M. John Angel’s school in Canada. All three of these artists are brilliant, and we highly recommend looking at the show’s on-line catalogue.


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Teresa Oaxaca in her studio


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Katherine Stone – The Head of Sorrow


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Stazzema Show

La signorina Nera Simi (1890 – 1987) was the daughter of Filadelfo Simi, one of the great 19th-century Italian Realist painters. La signorina took over her father’s studio in 1923 and developed it into the only school in the western world that taught and specialised in representational painting.

The Simi family originated in Stazzema, a mountainous area near the marble quarries of Cararra, and, this year, the town of Stazzema commemorated her achievement by naming a town square after her and creating a show of her alumni’s work. The show ran from July 12th to August 20th, 2014, and was a great success, with over 300 people at the opening and an average daily count of 20 visitors.

Past students range from the classes of the 1950s to the classes of the 1980s: Antonio Ciccone, Nelson White, Fernando Bernardini, M. John Angel, Lance Bressow, Daniel Graves, Ben Long, Joke Frima and Simona Dolci, to name only a few.

An outline biography of Nerina Simi can be seen here:


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MJA in the new square dedicated to la signorina Simi.


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Stazzema show opening


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Stazzema show opening


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Stazzema show opening


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Academy Visits

Contemporary realist painters Robert Liberace and Juliette Aristides visited the Angel Academy of Art, Florence, with their students.  Jeffrey Larson also recently visited the school.


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MJA & Robert Liberace


Robert Liberace’s class visit


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Juliette Aristides


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Jeffrey Larson


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In 2010, the city of Florence celebrated the centenary of Annigoni’s birth. The Angel Academy of Art, Florence, was asked to start the celebrations by mounting a show of students’ and instructors’ works in the Villa Bardini, which houses the Annigoni Museum. In addition, maestro M. John Angel was commissioned to paint a portrait of Annigoni, which now hangs in the Villa Peyron Museum, a museum that honours expatriates like Angel who have contributed to the ongoing traditions of Florence.

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M.John Angel: il maestro Annigoni, 1954
oil on canvas
80 x 55 cm


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The Florentine drummers at the Angel Academy’s 2010 Villa Bardini show


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At Annigoni’s grave in San Miniato del Monte for the 2010 Centenary of the maestro’s birth. Left to right: Antonio Ciccone, Benedetto Annigoni, M. John Angel, Nelson White (standing to the right of the lady in white) and signora Rosella Annigoni (dressed in light green).


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MJA and Benedetto Annigoni, during a 2012 visit to the academy.
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2010 Villa Bardini show

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Outside the show, in the Bardini grounds
Villa Bardini show catalogue

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14th Annual ARC Scholarship Competition

Congratulations to 1st-place winners Chapman John Hamborg, Eleni Giannapoulou, Savannah Cuff & 3rd-place winner Landon Harris Clay in the 14th Annual Art Renewal Center Scholarship Competition!


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Shipwrecked by Chapman Hamborg


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Figure Study by Eleni Giannopoulou


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Casus, Casus, 4th Declension by Landon Clay


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Blue Teapot with Oranges by Savannah Cuff


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Graduate updates

Teresa Oaxaca

AAA alumna Teresa Oaxaca was recently profiled in Fine Art Connoisseur magazine.Teresa1




Fine Art Connoisseur magazine

Hayley Brown, Francis O’Toole, Nancy Fletcher and Travis Seymour

AAA alumni Hayley Brown, Francis O’Toole, Nancy Fletcher and Travis Seymour exhibited their artwork in the 126th juried exhibition of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters in London.  Francis received the L. Cornellissen & Son award and Travis received the Alan Gourley Memorial prize.

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Hayley Brown “Homage to Chardin”

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Hayley Brown


Francis O’Toole


Nancy Fletcher “Berliquet Wine”


Nancy Fletcher “High Sheriff of Lincolnshire – John William Lockwood”


Travis Seymour “Naval Oranges”


Travis Seymour “Mary Ellen in Red”


Francis O’Toole “Rae”

Rusudana Glonty

AAA alumnus Rusudana Glonty won third prize in the Artists & Illustrators 2013 Artists of the Year competition.

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Brian MacNeil

The work of AAA alumnus Brian MacNeil was featured in American Art Collector Magazine. Following this article, an exhibition of his work was hosted by the Royal Gallery in Providence, RI, where Brian also gave a painting demonstration.

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Brian MacNeil “Lakeville II”

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Brian MacNeil

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Staff News / November 2013

Martinho Correia

Having obtained his Master’s Degree in Architecture, Sacred Art and Liturgy in Rome, Martinho Correia ( finished his great painting of the resurrection, Ananstasis 2011, now in the collection of a Roman cardinal. He continues to paint in his home in Portugal and to give extremely successful workshops there. He also gives workshops in New Zealand, Canada and Italy.

Martinho Correia "Ananstasis"

Martinho Correia “Ananstasis”

Martinho Correia "Simon Says"

Martinho Correia “Simon Says”

Colleen Barry and Angela Cunningham

Colleen Barry and Angela Cunningham are two of the greatest Realist painters today and each will be teaching a two-week workshop in August, 2014, at the Angel Academy of Art, Florence. Information on all the workshops is available at

Colleen Barry "Draped Male FIgure"

Colleen Barry “Draped Male FIgure”

Colleen Barry "Julia"

Colleen Barry “Julia”

Colleen Barry:

Angela Cunningham "Safe Keeping"

Angela Cunningham “Safe Keeping”

Angela Cunningham "Blue Satin"

Angela Cunningham “Blue Satin”

Angela Cunningham:

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The Technical Page / Colour Composition

Colour Composition

Colour has three aspects: hue, value and chroma. Colour composition begins with a value scheme (lighter or darker greys), and there are eight or ten of these schemes (the disparity of the numbers is caused by the fact that the value schemes actually elide into each other, rather than being discrete; the cut-off point between schemes is not fixed). The two examples given here use what I call the Holbein Scheme and the Two-tone Silhouette.

The Holbein Scheme comprises a light-value focus (the face) that is supported by a dark base (the clothing), the dark shape of which is then designed upward to completely surround the focus. The whole of this is seen against a mid-tone background, whether plain (as here, in fig. 1) or representational.

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The artist next chooses a hue scheme from the colour wheel (fig. 2). These hue schemes can be of complimentary colours, near compliments, triads, analogous colours, etc. In our example, Holbein has chosen a complimentary scheme: red-orange (the face, the low chroma dark clothing and the sleeves) and a greenish blue (the background). Please note that these schemes have nothing to do with the style in which the painting is painted: the Annigoni (top row, second from the left) and the Holbein (third from the left) are smoothly painted, while the Rembrandt (first on the left) and the Millais (at the extreme right) are very painterly indeed, but the value schemes are identical. Please note, too, that the overall value family of the mid-tone background is the main factor in defining the mood of the painting: the darker the mid-tone family, the more brooding and/or mysterious the painting.

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fig. 2

The most mysterious of all the value compositions is, of course, the two-tone silhouette. In our example (fig. 3), we see, on the top row, a Rembrandt, a Caravaggio and a Thomas Lawrence, all essentially a number of light shapes seen against a very dark everything-else. True, there is a value range within the assembly of light shapes, but that range is nothing compared to the overwhelming contrast created by the dark “everything-else.” Caravaggio (on the bottom row) has superimposed his usual low- to middle-chroma yellow-orange to red-orange analogous hue scheme onto this two-tone value scheme.

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fig. 3

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