Thursday, 29 December 2016

Student Life: Long Pose Color

From the seventh term onwards, students begin long poses with the live model, painted in color. Each student paints a pose with Maestro Michael John Angel and Jered Woznicki as their individual instructors. 

In the photo, William Yeats Irhig has begun to render his painting, putting final textures, values, colors, and details in place.

Sunday, 25 December 2016

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

The Angel Academy wishes everyone the happiest of holiday cheer!! Florence is decorated with beautiful lights ready for Christmas celebrations! 

Buon Natale!!

Monday, 19 December 2016

Student Life: Lecture Mornings

The school gathers in the morning to watch a demonstration by Maestro Michael John Angel.

Thursday, 15 December 2016

AAA's 2016 ARC Salon Finalists

 Congratulations to all prize winners and finalists in the 2016 ARC Salon! The Angel Academy of Art is not only proud to sponsor the Still Life category of the Salon, but also to have so many of our students and alumni as finalists!

Representing the Academy:

Xavier Denia Valls
Nancy Fletcher
Bruno Galuzzi Corsini
Eleni Giannopoulou
Rusudana Glonti
Masako Kazue
Teresa Oaxaca
Michele Prezioso
Maliha Qureshi
Travis Seymour
Nik Anikis Skusek
Vicki Sullivan
Jesper Sundwall
Moritaka Suzuki
Juan Salvador Zarate

Thank you all for your beautiful work and for representing our school so well!! Congratulations again! 

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Student Work in Progress: Antonis Stavridis

Beautiful work in progress of a color cast-painting by fourth term student: Antonis Stavridis. We can't wait to see it finished!

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Student Life: Grisaille Figure Painting

In the fifth term at the Angel Academy, students study the Grisaille method in the figure room which allows students to become familiar with paint under the time constraints of working with the live model. This is their second of two five week paintings.

Here, the students have put the first impression of value and form in the light shapes, which the school coins: Big Form Modeling.

Sunday, 4 December 2016

Student Work: William Yeats Irhig

William Yeats Ihrig has completed his painting of the Dying Slave! This is his first color painting of a cast. Students must paint two casts in color before moving on to Still Life. 

Congratulations, Yeats! 

"Dying Slave" Oil on Canvas, 50 by 70 cm.

Thursday, 24 November 2016

That moment when you show up for life drawing and your easel neighbor stole your look: 


Thursday, 17 November 2016

Short Pose Color

When students reach their 6th term our senior instructor, Jered Woznicki, gives a detailed "Paint Along" lecture and demo on the basics of color painting from supplies and preparing a palette to creating form. 

In this term students create two day color studies of various limbs to familiarize themselves with the Angel palette and basic color theory before moving on to the full figure in the next term.

Thursday, 10 November 2016

2017 Summer Workshops

This year's summer workshops have been posted on the Academy's website:

New techniques and teachers have been added to this summer's courses so be sure to check them out!

Friday, 4 November 2016

1966 Flood of the River Arno 50th anniversary

Piazza del Duomo during the flood of 1966(photo: Bazzecchi/khi)

50 years ago on this day, Italy was struck by floods that devastated both Florence and Venice. It was the greatest loss of art and architecture from a natural disaster in 20th-century Europe.

It was the worst flood in Florence since 1557. The River Arno rose more than 10m above its normal level, engulfing the Ponte Vecchio and swept through jewellers’ shops on the 14th-century bridge. The historic city center also suffered damage, particularly to the Ghiberti doors of the baptistery.
The 1966 flood in Florence killed 101 people and damaged or destroyed millions of masterpieces of art and rare books.
Below is a video collection of images from the flood to offer a visual of the profound impact the flood had on Florence. It certainly wasn’t a warm welcome for our Maestro, who arrived in Florence only four months after flooding began.

Monday, 26 September 2016

Fall Term 2016

It's a new term with new faces once again. Welcome, fall class of 2016! Let's get to work!

(edit: due to human error this post was delayed. Apologies!)

Sunday, 28 August 2016

Watch the RAI Feature on the Angel Academy Here!

You can follow this link to watch the RAI episode of Campus Italia that features the Angel Academy of Art! We hope you'll enjoy this look into our school. The episode features interviews with Maestro Michael John Angel and featured students and teachers.

If you don't speak Italian we're hoping to create a version with subtitles in the future. So stay tuned!

Friday, 19 August 2016

August 21st Air Date for RAI Feature on the AAA

This Sunday, August 21st, RAI will broadcast the feature on the Angel Academy of Art! Check below for broadcast times:

RAI 1 Italy (Americas) NEW YORK / TORONTO Sunday at 02:00
Italian RAI 2 (Australia - Asia) SYDNEY Sunday at 07:55
BEIJING / PERTH Sunday at 04:55
Italian RAI 3 (Africa) Sunday JOHANNESBURG 17:15

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Cesar Santos Wins Again!

Academy of Realist Art, Boston has finished hosting its second annual Figure Painting Competition and has announced Angel Academy of Art, Florence alumnusCesar Santos, as the grand prize, and viewer's choice, winner! 

The competition spanned over five days with ten big name artists from all over the world. Santos's winning painting is pictured below:

You can see all the final works and a recap from the school here:

Sunday, 24 July 2016

Savannah Cuff Wins Grand Prize of GCA's Figure Drawing Competition

Angel Academy alumna Savannah Tate Cuff, who is in her second-year of post-graduate work at Jacob Collins's Grand Central Atelier in New York City, has taken home the $10,000 grand prize of the aforementioned atelier's annual figure drawing competition. 

The competition had eleven participants that drew the live model for 40 hours in the span of just five days. GCA founder and renowned artist, Jacob Collins was the primary judge of the competition. Also judging was Jordan Sokol, the academic director of The Florence Academy of Art in the United States, and Katie Wipple, a GCA alumna - each great teachers and painters in their own right

Congratulations, Savannah on your exceptional work!! 

Sunday, 10 July 2016

Mischa Tranquilli's Workspace

Angel Academy Student Mischa Tranquilli has put a lot of time and effort into her complex and spectacular still life! Here is a peek at her workspace, complete with palette and a portrait in progress.

Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Students at Work

Students in their first, second, and third years working hard to finish their projects before the term comes to an end.

Thursday, 30 June 2016

Angel Academy's Graduating Class of Spring 2016

The 2015-2016 year has come to an end and we would be remiss if we didn't congratulate our graduating students this term! Nik Anikis, Julie Nord, and Saara Kauhanen have all completed the program. Complementi ragazzi! We'll miss you!

Saturday, 25 June 2016

RAI Campus Italia Films at the Angel Academy

In the last week of school the RAI, the Italian state television, filmed at the Angel Academy for a programme called Campus Italia that features vocational schools in Italy. The cameraman braved a packed cast room, a hot day of en plein air, and the busy figure rooms for the featurette.

When the episode is set to air we will announce it here!

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

'Flaming June' Returns to London’s Leighton House Museum

Sir Frederic Leighton's masterpiece 'Flaming June' will go on display at the London’s Leighton House museum this winter! The painting will be on loan from a collection in Puerto Rico and will remain there into the spring.

Flaming June: A Masterpiece Comes Home , Leighton House museum, November 4 2016 - April 2 2017.

You can read more about the history of the painting and the museum on the Guardian's website:

Saturday, 28 May 2016

Andrea Mosely's New Self Portrait

Angel Academy of Art Alumna Andrea Mosley's has unveiled a new self-portrait! Andrea is available for private commissions. Visit her website at for contact information.

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Matthew Grabelsky's Opening at Thinkspace Gallery

It looks like Angel Academy's Alumnus Matthew Grabelsky's show at Thinkspace Gallery (Culver City, Los Angeles) was a great success! We cannot wait to see more of Matthew's work in the future. Keep us updated, Matt, and congratulations!!

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Opening of "Dignity Through Art" Exhibition

Left to Right: Brown, Citynskyj, Kazue, Ying, Skelcher, Patel, and Tucker

Monday night was the opening of "Dignity Through Art" at the Museo dell’Opera del Duomo, which featured local artists who sought to highlight the needs of those marginalized, homeless or needy people in Florence to tell their stories and honour their essential human dignity. The show will run from 16/05 to 26/05.
The Angel Academy was represented well by students and teachers alike! John Skelcher, Yang Ying, James Tucker, Ashish Patel, Hayley Brown, Masako Kazue, and Stephen Citynskyj all made work for the exhibit. It was a packed house - great show everyone!!

AAA Teacher James Tucker

Student Yang Ying

AAA Teacher Ashish Patel

Student John Skelcher (and children)
AAA Alumna Masako Kazue

Student Stephen Citynskyj

Monday, 2 May 2016

Mark Stahmann - The Worth of a Soul

Angel Academy alumnus Mark Stahmann recently showed his great The Worth of a Soul at the George S. and Dolores DorĂ© Eccles Gallery in Salt Lake City, Utah. 

There are reproductions of the painting available from Mark through his e-mail address: <>