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What divides fine art from trendy gimmicks and fads? What is it that makes art timeless? Sculptor Rick Casali explains.
"My creative process is inherently about labor, and against the modern backdrop of instant, image-driven gratification, I have found the physical process involved in the painstaking, craft-driven rendering of a subject or a moment to be ever more important."
At 83 years old — and still painting — Figliola has been referred to as “a contemporary realist, painting the Renaissance and making it today.”
Artist D.K. Richardson shares her process for painting portraits, including her underpainting techniques, her preferred varnish, overcoming the challenge of accurate proportions, and more.
Contemporary figurative artist Alan Feltus shares an essay on painting the nude female figure.
In this guest blog post, Katie Swatland shares a painting demonstration that illustrates how to use brushwork to capture the energetic signature of your subject, as well as brushwork exercises to unlock more possibilities for your art.
“When one decides to dispense with the idea that becoming a painter involves some mysticism, real progress can be made,” says Tim Rees. “My painting career began with one assumption: There are very skilled artists painting realism, and if they learned how to do it, so can I.”
Save your spot for four days of hands-on learning with three stages and 20+ instructors. Here’s a sneak peek at the all-star faculty lineup.
Ryan Brown shares advice on how to give yourself the best chance to succeed and become an expert at what you do.
Nathan Ives, director of “Somewhere in the Middle,” takes us behind the scenes of his new movie, which raises the question about what it means to be a “successful” artist.

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