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.


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ARA Boston members in a featured show at the fabulous Bowersock Gallery in Provincetown MA

American Art Collector featured the exciting first major showing of ARA Boston students and instructors. Instructor Julie Beck and student Noriko Fox show regularly there, but Bowersock was excited to bring other ARA Boston members on board for the show. Opening is August 31st from 7 to 9 and runs from August through September.


Recent Student and Instructor Accomplishments


Guild of Boston Artists Silver Medal: Instructor Julie Beck
ARC Scholarship 2018: Eric John First Place, John Asimacopoulos and Noah Olsen Third Place
Richeson Figure and Portrait Honorable Mention: Instructor Garrett Vitanza
Head Start Competition Winner: John Asimacopoulos
Head Start Competition Honorable Mention: Brittany Haynes
Stacey Scholarship Winners: John Asimacopoulos, Eric Johnson, Noah Olsen
ARC Salon Winners: Emanuela De Musis (1st and 2nd in Portrait)


Atelier Schedule

Winter Term 2019: January 7th to March 29th
Spring Term: April 8th to June 28th

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