Ani Art Academies is a non-profit organization that provides an intensive multi-year art skills education to aspiring artists around the world. Utilizing the highly successful training system developed by artist Anthony J. Waichulis, the Ani Art Academies Program is designed to promote creative freedom through logic and discipline.
Since 1998, Anthony Waichulis has been training artists that are responsible for some of the most breathtaking Realist drawings and paintings of today. Works by Waichulis Apprentices have been celebrated by critics and collectors alike. Their endeavors populate the walls of prestigious galleries throughout the US, appear regularly in top national publications, and receive numerous accolades and awards. Rich with depth, populated with lush textures, and demonstrating remarkable accuracy, these works continue to captivate audiences. In 2010, The Waichulis Studio was approached by a newly forming entity with aspirations for an educational effort on a global scale. This new entity, The Ani Art Academies, was the brainchild of Mr. Tim Reynolds, co-founder of a thriving Wall Street trading firm, passionate artist, patron of the arts, and founder of The Tim Reynolds Foundation. Mr. Reynolds felt that placing some of the strongest artistic training into the hands of many aspiring artists around the world would give rise to a generation of creatives capable of contributing exciting new ideas, sharing robust cultures, and pioneering new means of connection and communication through expression on scale not seen before. The name ‘Ani’ was chosen to represent this massive undertaking as it is a play on the the Swahili word ‘Andjani’, meaning the “road” or the “path ahead”. With Mr. Reynold’s inspiring vision in place, The Waichulis Studio merged with The Ani Art Academies project to create a new entity with far more resources and opportunities for aspiring artists today, The Ani Art Academy Waichulis.
Today, Ani Art Academies is proud to offer this program in its entirety to new generations of emerging artists around the globe. Sponsored by the luxurious Ani Villas, full tuition scholarships and financial aid are available so that students may concentrate on their education.
2012 was the opening of the second Ani Art Academies on the Caribbean island of Anguilla (Ani Art Academies Anguilla). And in 2013, the third academy opened their doors in the Dominican Republic (Ani Art Academies Dominicana). Timothy W. Jahn, former Apprentice of The Ani Art Academy Waichulis, and the individual responsible for bringing the efforts of Tim Reynolds and Anthony Waichulis together, is the first International Instructor at the Ani Art Academies Anguilla. Ani Art Academies Dominicana is being run under the instruction of artist and former Ani Waichulis apprentice, Edward Dillon. Next up, Academies are scheduled to open in Thailand and Sri Lanka.
The Academies’ curriculum focuses on essential fundamentals of draftsmanship, properties of light, elements of perception, and various methods of painting without subscribing to any particular aesthetic. Through a comprehensive series of simple but challenging repetitive exercises, Ani Art Academies’ Apprentices develop the ability to communicate with a vocabulary of confident marks, lines, and values. It is the Artist’s particular employ of this highly adaptable visual vocabulary that will begin to reveal an artistic vision, and ultimately, a unique voice.
The skills that are garnered from the Ani Art Academies training program are applicable to all venues of the Realist endeavor and beyond. Consider making Ani Art Academies part of your artistic education and allow your world of creative possibilities to grow.
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