The Academy of Realist Art, Boston is an art school that teaches traditional art techniques in drawing classes as well as painting classes, using a curriculum that is modeled on 19th century French academies. Students receive individualized practical instruction advancing at their own pace while working to achieve the highest levels of draftsmanship and painting skills. This intensive and focused teaching methodology has a proven record of success with students enrolling as beginners and those more advanced. For a downloadable pdf about our school click here.

Please note:  Please feel free to apply at any point in the year. We will be accepting applications throughout the year, but new students should expect to wait until the fall to be allowed to enroll. However, if there are openings in a semester, and you are on the waitlist, we will contact you about registering for classes. Students who are signing up for full time status are more likely to be accepted, however there may be exceptions along the way.


ARA Boston Instructor Sweeps 1st and 2nd place in the ARC Salon Portrait category

ARA Boston Instructor Emanuela De Musis has won not just first place, but also second place in the prestigious Art Renewal Center Annual Salon Competition in the Portraiture category. "Miss Rachel" and "Fritter and Waste" won first and second place in this highly competitive competition. Instructor Julie Beck won honorable mention and finalist for two of her paintings in the Still life Category and Assistant Instructor Eric Johnson placed as finalist in the Imaginative Realism Category. Congratulations!!


Atelier Schedule

Fall Trimester (start to 2016/17 Academic year): September 12th to December 9th (no class the week of thanksgiving)
Winter Trimester 2017: January 2nd to March 24th
Spring Trimester 2017: April 10th to June 30th

ARA has exceeded my expectations! The instructors in this school are highly accomplished artists, which in turn is reflected in their ability to instruct. Class sizes are small and support is abundant. If you are looking to improve your technical skills and observation abilities, this is the place to go. I cannot recommend this school enough!
— Ryan, Atelier Student
The mood and atmosphere of support, teaching of skill and technique as a way of sharing information, has been wonderful. There is never a time when one feels talked down to, or incompetent or in competition with other students. It is truly an inspiring place to be.
— Lynn, Atelier Student

Breakdown of Students