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.

While most of our evening and weekend classes are limited to each semester, you can enroll in Atelier classes at any time. Our 2015 Winter Semester is under way!

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ARA Boston Announces it's first annual Figure Painting Competition

The Academy of Realist Art Boston is hosting it’s first annual figure painting competition. The competition is open to all artists. Current Prizes: 1st Place: $5000, 2nd Place: Rosemary Paintbrush Bouquet, Viewer Choice Award (voting will be done online): Rosemary Paintbrush Bouquet. 10 participants will compete for 5 days from one sustained 30 hour nude figure pose. One painting will be completed.

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Spring Semester Begins April 6th!

We are now registering for our Spring Semester which begins April 6th. Sign up now to reserve your spot!

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The highest level of instruction possible in the classical methods of drawing and painting. I experience it as an affordable, flexible and impassioned academy in a very positive, non competitive and sharing environment.
— Sandra, Atelier Student

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