Monday, 27 October 2014

Summer Workshops 2015

With great pleasure we announce that the Angel Academy of Art's:
Summer Workshop Programme, 2015
is now available on our website:
Come and enjoy the pleasure of studying in Florence during our Summer Workshop season in our state-of-the-art school.

Our temperature-controlled (air-conditioned) clean-air environment provides
optimum comfort during the summer months.

Please do not hesitate to contact us for more information
Angel Academy of Art, Florence


Sunday, 26 October 2014

Henna Uoti

Newspaper article, Siikajokilaakso, 7.10.2014
Young talent exhibits in Ruukki
Kirsi Junttila 
A talented artist's work charms the viewer. When at Ruukki, you should stop by the municipal building. In municipal buildings lobby are featured in October a young, very talented artist Henna's work. Pyhäjoki born Uoti has been interested in art since early childhood and has created many kind of art since primary school age. She studied first in Liminka Art School, where she continued to Italy, Angel Academy of Art in Florence. Studies still continue. Young 25-year-old artist's gifts speaks that her work has been published in the Digital Art Masters book. Digital Art Masters series describe the works of the world's best and most talented digital artists. Uoti's work has also been published in the Huffington Post article. She has had several smaller exhibitions in Finland. The works now in Ruukki have been done using different techniques. On Exhibit are works in carbon pencil, pencil, oil paints and watercolor. Uoti is also a digital technology expert, and there are some works in this media. In municipal buildings lobby are five watercolor works that are for sale. Other works won't be available for purchase.
Newspaper article
Henna with her recently completed still-life
Kitchen theme still-life


Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Anatomy Programme

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

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Bring Skill Based Art to Public Schools

Thank you everyone for your support!

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!

Thursday, 16 October 2014

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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Sunday, 12 October 2014

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

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

Jeff Larson
Jeffrey Larson

Saturday, 11 October 2014


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, 1954oil on canvas80 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