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Apr 9 14

Alumna’s success in major international portrait exhibition. Congratulations Tatyana!

by Basilio de San Juan Guerrero
Work by Tatyana Kulida Shelley, has been selected from over 1,000 entries to appear alongside paintings by some of Britain’s leading portrait artists. The Royal Society of Portrait Painters hold an annual open submission exhibition in central London each year.
Graced by portraits of royalty, celebrities, academics, mothers, daughters, fathers and sons, the exhibition is a feature of the social calendar. This year about half of the work will be by eminent Members of the Society and half by emerging artists selected through the open submission. With some 200 portraits on show this is one of the largest and most comprehensive exhibitions of recent portraits in Europe.
This year’s exhibition will be on display at the Mall Galleries near Trafalgar Square between 8 and 23 May 2014. The Royal Society of Portrait Painters have many prizes and awards available to exhibitors, including the £10,000 Ondaatje Prize for Portraiture and the £3,000 de Laszlo Foundation Award.
Kulida Shelley T. Rachel Holding on to joy
Apr 6 14

38 new works of students at The Florence Academy of Art. Winter trimester

by Basilio de San Juan Guerrero

Congratulations to students and teachers!

Matthew McDonald IMG_7102 Toby Neve_cast on tone paper Tobe Neve_Portrait on tone paper Sarah Chong_cast paiting Sarah Chong_cast on tone paper Robert Kelly_Anatomy Cast Drawing Rachel Personett_cast on tone paper Olivia Crane_cast on tone paper Oliver Chennells_long pose Niko Lauhkonen_cast painting Catherine EldrigeMegan Evell_cast on tone paper Lee Craigmile_long pose Dylan Gillespie_long pose Dylan Gillespie_Cast on tone paper David Mason_long pose David Mason_long pose_painting David Mason_cast_painting Rachel Personett_cast on tone paper Benjamin Arnold_cast painting Nicholas Chen_portrait painting in oil Lynn Guo_oil portrait painting Joshua Granberg_still life Joshua Granberg_long pose Johan Sjoholm_still life Johan Sjoholm_long pose Jamie Coreth_portrait_painting Jamie Coreth_long pose_painting Jamie Coreth_life_size_figure_painting_detail Jamie Coreth_life_size_figure_painting_ Anne Elisabeth Sanddal Koldso_still life_02 Anne Elisabeth Sanddal Koldso_still life_01 Anne Elisabeth Sanddal Koldso_portrait_01 08 Tony Pecoraro 07 Silvia Juez 06 Amanda Granberg Olsson 05 Amanda Granberg Olsson 04 Mathias Bader long pose 03 Maudie Brady

Apr 2 14

Grzegorz Gwiazda and Max Ginsburg will be guest lecturers at The Florence Academy of Art this coming May

by Basilio de San Juan Guerrero

As we mentioned before on our Facebook page, Grzegorz Gwiazda will be with FAA students and FAA alumni, this coming May 10th. Grzegorz Gwiazda was born in 1984 in Lidzbark Warmiński. He studied at Poznań and Warsaw Schools of Fine Arts, and then at the Accademia di Belle Arte di Brera in Milan, Italy, having been granted a scholarship. In 2009 he graduated with honours from Academy of Art in Warsaw (ASP), where he had studied sculpture under Professor Adam Myjak. In January 2014 he was awarded his doctorate. Since 2009 he has been working as Assistant to Professor Maciej Zychowicz in the Graphics and Sculpture Department at the Institute of Art Education at the School of Special Education (IEA ASP) in Warsaw…(read more about here)

Here is some of his work



On May 23, 24 and 25 we will  host Max Ginsburg,  an American Painter born in Paris, France, in 1931. He will present his work from 1956-2014 and speak about the development of his recent large multifigure paintings, from concept through finish. Then follow with a demo-workshop on May 24 & 25.

Max Ginsburg lives in New York. He explores human life situation related with war, social depressions, while explores also other fields related with fiction, romance and youthful life. As New Yorker recognizes a profound connection with the diversity of this city as source of inspiration. At the same time he also looks for inspiration in classical artists such as Caravaggio, Goya, Kollwitz and Picasso among others. 

FAA students and alumni cannot wait for Max’s lecture and demo! (More info about Max here)

It seems we are going to have a busy May at the FAA…!



Homage To Rembrandt

Max Ginsburg 'War Pieta'Unemployed on Line 1

if you are around New York don’t miss his exhibition in ArtRage Gallery. Details in the flier bellow

GINSBURG artrage bro -1



Mar 29 14

Read this interesting article about Angel Ramiro Sanchez, director of advance painting program in FAA

by Basilio de San Juan Guerrero



Honoring Dan’s Papers Cover Artist: Ramiro Sanchez

While this week’s cover by Ramiro Sanchez, “Maria! Maria!” resembles a portrait, it has some similarities with the artist’s striking landscapes. In fact, many of his portraits and figurative pieces have seemed like metaphors for fields, the sky and all manner of natural surroundings. Sanchez’s work, whether images of people or crashing waves, is emotional, evoking psychological states of mind.

keep reading here….

Mar 23 14

Apply now to The Alpine Fellowship 2014 Artists in Residence

by Basilio de San Juan Guerrero
From August 24th – 27th the Alpine Fellowship will take over Aldourie Castle on the banks of Loch Ness, Scotland. This year it will be a closed gathering to discuss ‘Representation in the 21st Century’.
Speakers include:
Professor Roger Scruton (Oxford University, St Andrews)
Professor Taylor Carman (Columbia University)
Professor Wolfgang Ulrich (Academy for design, Karlsruhe)
Professor Graham Locke (Oxford University)
Peter Trippi (ed Fine Art Connoisseur)
There will also be a number of postgraduate papers delivered, an award winning poet in residence Deryn Rees Jones, and evening recitals by virtuoso cellist Moray Walsh.
There are a small number of places available for artists in residence.
Applicants should send 5jpg images, a brief bio, and a 500 word essay outlining their artistic interests. Thoughts and opinions on ‘representation’  from a painterly perspective are particularly welcome.
Deadline: May 1st
Mar 1 14

Open House FAA Florence 2014. Second year students

by Basilio de San Juan Guerrero


Great afternoon with friends and students at Fratelli Bandiera, where we had the opportunity to see their works.

Well done! Here some pics of the afternoon

Daniel Graves with Tom Richards

Daniel Graves with Tom Richards

IMG_6906 Last moments before opening

Last moments before opening

Last retouches

Last retouches

Getting food ready

Getting food ready

Let's begin the partyDavid Masson

David Masson

Benjamin Arnold

Benjamin Arnold

David Masson's drawing

David Masson’s drawing

Francis Waplinger,Stella Lamikhov, Megan Euell, Maureen Hyde

Francis Waplinger,Stella Lamikhov, Megan Euell, Maureen Hyde

Catherine Eldridge and Erin McCarthy

Catherine Eldridge and Erin McCarthy

Chapman Hamborg,Sarah-Margaret Gibson and Lee Craigmile

Chapman Hamborg,Sarah-Margaret Gibson and Lee Craigmile

Daniella and Gerard

Daniella and Gerard

Some visitor

Some visitor from England

The Catalans

The Catalans

IMG_6924 IMG_6928 IMG_6964 David and Per Elof

David Masson and Per Elof


Vanessa Paladino, Rony Cadavid, Anna Rosa Paladino

Vanessa Paladino, Rony Cadavid, Anna Rosa Paladino

Feb 16 14

FAA teachers and staff visiting The Duomo and The Baptistery of St. John in Florence

by Basilio de San Juan Guerrero
Daniel Graves and Richard Great House

Daniel Graves and Richard Great HouseDuomo's facade. Florence Giotto's Bell Tower. Photo from Duomo's lanternWith the turist guide on the top on Duomo lanternOn top of the Duomo! photo from the Duomo's lantern Tatyana Kulida, Josefin Eriksson, Per Elof Nilsson Ricklund and Lynn Guo Teachers and staff in front Duomo Last stop!The Baptistery of St. John. Florence___



Feb 10 14

Basilio De San Juan Guerrero wins first place at YICCA 2013 for his painting, Augury

by Basilio de San Juan Guerrero

YICCA, Young International Contest of Contemporary Art

Basilio De San Juan Guererro wins first place at YICCA 2013 for his painting, Augury,

“YICCA” is an ambitious project regarding transparency, comparison and research of new artistic talents. Nowadays it is becoming more and more difficult to comply with the requirements of art market, in particular – facing the challenge of competing with the constantly increasing number of newly arising artists in the contemporary art field.YICCA was founded in 2009. The decision of its foundation was taken under the great influence of new ways of making and thinking art that recently have discovered many surprising and unusual forms of art.This general confusion and rapid change of offers is without any doubt challenging and extremely exciting. The main goal of YICCA is to understand and to improve new talents that in this “beautiful chaos” are able to interpret better the upcoming art.”


Feb 6 14

Chinese Artists Community at The Florence Academy of Art

by Basilio de San Juan Guerrero
During the evenings in Via Luna, The Florence Academy of Art hosts a group of students from China in a special class called Chinese Artists in Florence Community. The group was started by Lynn Guo from our painting program and Shi Yu. They recently had a special guest artist talk to the group, Professor ZhiQiang Yang of LuoYang University Fine Art Department. Prof. Yang was assigned to study in Russia, at the V. Surikov Moscow State Academy Art Institute by the Chinese government 10 years ago. Today he is a very well established sculptor and a fine arts professor in China. Last Tuesday evening, the class held a ’Q & A ‘ session with him for its students. Lynn says, “there were so many great questions that have been answered, including techniques, fine art trends,  how to approach the galleries & how to apply for a teaching position in Chinese schools & universities etc.”
Here is information on the Chinese Community in Florence:
Chinese Artists in Florence Community was founded on July 28th, 2013, in Florence, Italy. A non-profit organisation, its two co-founders are both third year students at The Florence Academy of Art, Lynn Guo (Painting Program and student teacher for first year students) & Liu Shi Yu (Sculpture Program). The community is mainly formed by a group of painters and sculptors, as well as a few filmmakers and musicians.  Chinese Artists in Florence Community aims to carry on the spirit of classical art and aesthetics, while embracing modern themes and contemporary culture; it promotes exchange opportunities between Chinese and western artists. The current workshops provide study/training opportunities to young Chinese art students, introducing them to classical drawing/painting/sculpturing techniques, and create work opportunities to teachers and models.
Dec 12 13

Guest Lecturer: Mark Coreth; Wild sculpting

by Basilio de San Juan Guerrero

A very interesting lecture at The Florence Academy of Art with Mark Coreth. He also did a demo during the lecture.

The final piece from memory

He also spoke to us about the ice bear project. What´s The Ice Bear Project?

The Ice Bear Project is a not-for-profit arts organisation. The inspiration behind it has come from animal sculptor, Mark Coreth. He witnessed the effects of climate change when he first travelled to Baffin Island during November 2007. Mark knew that few will ever experience the Arctic, but realised that he could bring the Arctic to everyone in the form of an Ice Bear sculptural event.

The Ice Bear Project is non-political. We simply believe that great art alone can speak for itself and has a significant role to play in connecting us all to the natural world.

Three plaques are placed in the ice below the Ice Bear. The text for them was written by Professor Peter Wadhams (Head of Ocean Physics at the University of Cambridge), Clive Desiré-Tesar (Head of Communications for WWF-International Arctic Programme ) and Pen Hadow (Director and Head of Surveying for the Catlin Arctic Survey).

Click in the image bellow for more information about the Project

Click in the image bellow for more information about the Film

Nov 5 13

Alicia Ponzio video interview at

by Basilio de San Juan Guerrero

Enchanting interview with former FAA student Alicia Ponzio. Alicia went onto teach at the Academy for a further 3 years before returning to California where she is currently based.

watch the interview for free here

Oct 2 13

An online library of tutorials, lectures and interviews. digiQualia it’s now live!

by Basilio de San Juan Guerrero

digiQualia is now live!. digiQualia is an online library of tutorials, lectures and interviews, available to everyone who seeks to further their artistic understanding, be they novice or experienced.

Although digiQualia is undoubtably a very international education center, it was born in Florence, Italy, home of the Renaissance and delicious gelato. Our current headquarters are still placed in Florence, a location that gives us easy access not only to great art collections and the surrounding architecture that goes with it, but the students, teachers and artists that pilgrimage here.

Naturally, the city offers some of the best schools in regards to fine arts, like The Florence Academy of Art and the Charles H. Cecil Studios, at the same time as providing more contemporary stimulance, like at the Accademia D’Arte and Polimoda.

With such an exceptional work environment, we have the luxuary of being contantly stimulated by the work of the old masters as we keep discovering new, exciting talent. A major part of digiQualia might be dedicated to academic art, but the material is fresh.
See more at

Sep 13 13


by Basilio de San Juan Guerrero

Click here for more details on

One-week Figure, Portrait, Still Life and Landscape Workshops
and our three new courses

Six-week Intensive Course: Drawing, Painting and Art History

Self Portrait Painting

Limited Palette Landscape Painting



Six-week Intensive Course: Drawing, Painting and Art History

Self Portrait Painting

Limited Palette Landscape Painting

Six-week Intensive Course: Drawing, Painting and Art History

Academic Figure Painting and Portrait Painting

Academic Figure Painting and the Self Portrait

Academic Figure Painting and the Still life

Still life Painting

Limited Palette Landscape Painting

Sunset Painting

Art History

Click here for more details

Sep 8 13

Congratulations FAA students who got scholarships ARC 2013

by Basilio de San Juan Guerrero

A big congratulations to our students: Mitch Shea, Tatyana Kulida Shelley, Sarah Margaret Gibson, Rachel Parsonett, Joshua Granberg and Thor Larsen

Sarah Margaret Gibson

Tatyana Kulida Shelley

Rachel Personett

Joshua Granberg

Mitch Shea

Thor Larsen

Jun 22 13

End of Year Graduation´s Students Awards 2012 – 2013

by Basilio de San Juan Guerrero



Rachel Personett, Best Begining Cast

Gerard Castellvi Gasco,Best Begining Figure Drawing

Niko Lauhkonen, Honorable Mention Beginning Figure Drawing




Anne Koldso Best Cast

Jennifer Keltos, Best Figure Drawing

Lynn Guo, Figure Painting




Vladimir Jovicevic, Best Painting

Ione Hunter Gordon, Best Figure Painting

Jordi Díaz Alamá, Honorable Mention Painting




Anna Maria Fusari, Best Ecorche


Stella Lamikhov wins the award for best Anatomy student 2012-13




Shi Yu Liu, Best Drawing in Sculpture

Brian Sheridan,Honorable Mention Drawing in Sculpture

Mitch Shea, Best Sculpture

Jun 12 13

The FAA Graduation Ceremony Pictures 2013

by Basilio de San Juan Guerrero

The graduating class of 2013, faculty and administration (left to right) first row: Max Vatovac, Tanvi Pathare, Ramiro Sanchez, Alex Morris, Simone Moritz, October Butler, Richard Greathouse; second row: Suzy Fiddy, Rafael Belfort, Rosemary Galli, Johanna Schwaiger, Laura Thompson, Anna-Brith Arnsten, Tatyana Kulida, Daniela Astone, Raffaella Freyre, Anna Maria Fusari, Sarah Margaret Gibson, Luigi Lanotte, Simona Dolci, Leonardo d’Este; third row: Jordi Diaz Alamà, Hege Haugen, Derrick Maddox, Steve Bettman, Frank Rekrut, Steffen Schubert, Sarah Pearn, Susan Tintori, Janne Jaaskelainen, Marc Vinciguerra, Ulrich Suberg; fourth row: Joakim Ericsson, Charles Weed, Daniel Graves, Maureen Hyde; fifth row: Per Elof Nilsson Ricklund, Jordan Sokol, Eran Webber, Robert Bodem, Vladimir Jovicevic

View all the pictures!

read more…

Jun 7 13

International 2012.13 ARC Salon

by Basilio de San Juan Guerrero

Congratulations to Nick Alm for winning the First Place Prize for Two Lovers, and to all our other graduates for their success in this year’s International Art Renewal Center Salon:


First Place Prize

Nick Alm,
Two Lovers


Finalists in the Figurative Category

Maureen Hyde,

Stephen Bauman,

Stephen Bauman,
Alone Together

Cecilia Thorell,
The Smoker

Tanvi Pathare,

Andreas Birath

Jennifer Gennari,
Something Borrowed


Finalists in the Imaginative Realism Category

Teresa Oaxaca,
The Dream of Pierrot

Gustav Sundin,

Ron A. Cheek,
Beautiful Feet


Finalists in the Still Life Category

Carla Paine,
Susan’s Shoes

Michael DeVore,
Copper Kettle with Peppers and Shallots


Chairman’s Prize

Frøydis Aarseth,
The Journey


Best Social Commentary Runner Up

Teresa Oaxaca,
La Vie En Rose


Finalists in the Sculpture Category

Cody Swanson,
Corpus of St. Joseph Cathedral

Cody Swanson,
Angel Playing a Lyre

Alicia Ponzio,
Claudia Regina Del Fiume

Lori Shorin,
Lady Lotus


Honorable Mention in Imaginative Realism Category

Joakim Ericsson,
Alone in the Wasteland – Sacrifice of the Innocents

Matthew Almy,
House of Mirth


Honorable Mention in the Sculpture

Alicia Ponzio,

Sara Stenlund,
“Go to the ant” 6-6-11

Cody Swanson,
Saint Emygdius Baptizing Polisia

May 25 13

Porta Romana Open House, May 31th

by Basilio de San Juan Guerrero

Scan the image bellow with your smart phone to view the studio’s address on a map




May 25 13

The Florence Academy of Art earns Accreditation from the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.

by Basilio de San Juan Guerrero

During its 22-year history, The Florence Academy of Art, led by Daniel Graves, has served its mission to train students to become highly skilled realist painters and sculptors. Success has been so far measured by the quality of the artwork produced by its students and graduates. Today, the academy accepts with pride its recognition by NASAD. It looks forward to continuing to provide students with fundamental skills to produce great art with enhanced academic status.

Accreditation allows students to earn university credits while obtaining the skills offered by the Florence Academy. Executive Director, Susan Tintori, says, “This is the moment we’ve all been waiting for: the classical curriculum of the atelier enters the mainstream. It will no doubt increase awareness among art students looking for sound techniques and training.” The diploma issued by The Florence Academy of Art upon completion of the three year course in Painting or Sculpture is a university level Certificate. A certificate may be used by an undergraduate as credit towards a terminal degree, or by a graduate as added proof of expertise.

Writes Florence Academy supporter, Sean Mcardle, “We live in a pivotal century, when a part of Western history, culture and techniques was almost lost. I am ecstatic the National Association of Schools of Art and Design recognized the FAA. It is truly epic, and it is thanks to your values and commitment!”

National Association of Schools of Art and Design, founded in 1944, is an organization of 322 schools, colleges, and universities that establishes national standards for undergraduate and graduate degrees and non-degree programs credentials.

Oil on linen
60×80 cm

May 21 13

Justin Hess is featured in American Art Collector.

by Basilio de San Juan Guerrero

Apr 29 13

Principal Painting Instructor, Daniela Astone, has been accepted into the 2013 National Gallery BP Portrait Competition

by Basilio de San Juan Guerrero

Congratulations to one of our Principal Painting Instructors and Resident artist, Daniela Astone, for her acceptance into the 2013 National Gallery BP portrait competition with her recent painting entitled, “Self Portrait”. The opening reception will take place on June 19th at London’s National Gallery and the exhibition will run through September 15. For more information click here

Apr 27 13

Tatyana Kulida has been awarded the John F. and Anna Lee Stacey Scholarship.

by Basilio de San Juan Guerrero

Tatyana Kulida, third year student in Advanced Painting, has been awarded the John F. and Anna Lee Stacey Scholarship. Tatyana says, “I am delighted and encouraged as I am now transitioning into creating more personal work.”

Apr 18 13


by Basilio de San Juan Guerrero

Artist, Steven Assael, will conduct a two-day workshop – demo for Florence Academy students June 1 & 2, 2013 – Via Ugo Foscolo, 6. Porta Romana studio- 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Apr 6 13

Alicia Ponzio’s portrait of Irving is a finalist in three competitions

by Basilio de San Juan Guerrero

Alicia Ponzio’s portrait of Irving is a finalist in three competitions: the Portrait Society of America, the Society of Portrait Sculptors (London) and the Art Renewal Center International Salon.  The PSoA finalists are all posted on the Underpaintings blog:

Apr 4 13

Student Artwork, Advanced Painting Program – Winter 2013

by Basilio de San Juan Guerrero

Apr 4 13

Student Artwork, Advanced Drawing – Beginning Painting Program – Winter 2013

by Basilio de San Juan Guerrero



Apr 1 13


by Basilio de San Juan Guerrero
Win a summer of inspiration
and creativity in Florence, Italy!


Drawing – Painting – Sculpture
July 1 – 26

Workshop of the winner’s choice and accommodations in a furnished apartment
Choose From Figure Drawing, Figure Painting, Portraiture, Still Life, Perspective, Landscape & Sculpture


About. The Florence Academy of Art is excited to offer a talented entrant the chance to study in Florence this July, with expert instruction from the academy’s faculty, as well as guided tours to the city’s historic galleries and museums (the Uffizi Gallery, the Accademia Gallery housing Michelangelo’s David, the Bargello Sculpture Museum and the Pitti Palace).

The winner will be given the chance to attend the workshop (Drawing, Painting or Sculpture – Figure, Still Life or Landscape) of his or her choice (space permitting).

Submission: Simply send us 3 good quality images of your works, produced in the last 2 years. Please note the quality of the imagery may affect judgment.

Eligibility. This competition is open to people of all ages and backgrounds. If you have a passion for figurative art we would like to see your work! For full details of terms and conditions, please click here.

Judges. The Florence Academy’s founder and director, Daniel Graves, along with several members of the Florence teaching staff, will select the winner from the examples of personal artwork submitted. The judges will be looking for an interest in figurative realism, an attempt to work from life or copy an old master, and artistic strength.

Apply. Applications will be accepted by email only.  Please send the following information to:

Your email must include:

- Full Name, Date of Birth, Mailing address, Phone number (with country codes)

- 3 low resolution jpeg images (maximum 72 dpi) of your recent drawings, paintings, or sculptures. Include your name and a title in the JPG file title.

- Maximum 250 words about yourself.

Deadline. May 1, 2013. Our 10 Finalists will be announced on our Facebook page daily fromMay 6th and the winner will be announced May 17, 2013, on The Florence Academy of ArtFacebook and Twitter pages.

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for competition updates.

For a complete description of our summer workshops in Florence, go to Summer Florence on our Homepage or click here.

Mar 3 13

Drawing of the Week

by Judson Monroe

Portrait of actress Eleonora Duse. Charcoal on canvas. 108 × 139 cm.
The State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow. copy

Feb 26 13

The Alpine Fellowship. A residential prize for classical painters

by Basilio de San Juan Guerrero

The Alpine Fellowship is a residential programme that brings together students of classical painting with philosophers and professional painters. The aim is to foster a community with clear values, a reconnection with nature, and an ongoing dialogue with aesthetics.​

The aim of the fellowship is to: reconnect and study nature, improve craft and skills in painting, foster a dialogue in philosophy and aesthetics.​

General information

The prize is aimed at intermediate to advanced students of classical painting and aims to assist and improve their technical skills; broaden their cultural and aesthetic vision; reconnect with nature and study the natural world; foster a new community of painters with a clear purpose and vision. Prize winners will be invited to reside in the Swiss Alps for the month of September.

Prize Specifics

Up to 4 places (two of which will be chosen from the Florence Academy of Art second year student body)
Three weeks (1.09.13 – 21.09.13) free accommodation (not including meals) and studio space
Weekly readings
Weekly seminar/painting tutorial with AJ Lawson
Visiting speakers and guest painters

for more information please click here

Feb 24 13

Drawing of the Week

by Judson Monroe

Adolph von Menzel, Young boy with a water glass

Feb 20 13

Daniel Graves exhibits at Eleanor Ettinger Gallery, New York. March 14 – April 20

by Basilio de San Juan Guerrero

Feb 20 13

Open Studio at FAA Sweden. March 16th

by Basilio de San Juan Guerrero

Feb 11 13

Drawing of the Week

by Judson Monroe

John Singer Sargent

Feb 4 13

Drawing of the Week

by Basilio de San Juan Guerrero

by Dagnon Bouveret

Jan 27 13

Drawing of the Week

by Basilio de San Juan Guerrero

by Valentin Serov

Jan 20 13

Drawing of the Week

by Basilio de San Juan Guerrero

by Alphonse Mucha

Jan 15 13

Alan Lawson wins 3rd merit in the Portrait of America, Still Life Catergory

by Basilio de San Juan Guerrero

Congratulations to alumnus, Alan Lawson, for being awarded 3rd merit by the Portrait Society of America in the still life category for his work, The Emptiness of things, the Fullness of Love, 40 x 40 cm, oil on linen.

Alan, who originates from the UK, studied at The Florence Academy of Art from 2008-2011.

Jan 13 13

Drawing of the Week

by Basilio de San Juan Guerrero

The sculptor Roberts Stigells by Albert Edefelt

Jan 4 13

Drawing of the Week

by Basilio de San Juan Guerrero

Portrait of writer Alexander Zhirkevich 1894

by Illya Repin, Charcoal


Jan 4 13

Tanvi Pathare wins the prestigious Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant for Painting

by Basilio de San Juan Guerrero

Portrait of Lone
Oil on canvas
120 x 100 cm

Portrait of Stephanie
Oil on canvas
50 x 70 cm

Self Portrait
Oil on canvas
50 x 70 cm

Jan 3 13

¨Figuratively Speaking¨. An exhibition featuring sculptures by Sara Stenlund

by Basilio de San Juan Guerrero

Figuratively speaking is a group show
featuring sculptures by Sara Stenlund
and figurative oil paintings by some of
Sweden’s top realist painters.

Opening Saturday 12/1 at 12-17

OPENING HOURS: Wed – Fri 12 – 18, Sat – Sun 12 – 16

St Gråbrödersgatan 13, 222 22 LUND, 046-276 00 55, 0709-30 75 86
Website: , email:

Dec 28 12

Drawing of the Week

by Basilio de San Juan Guerrero

Bashi Bazouk 1882 by Jean Leon Gerome. Pencil on paper

Dec 19 12

Student Artwork, Advanced Drawing – Beginning Painting Program – Fall 2012

by Basilio de San Juan Guerrero




Dec 11 12

Lori Shorn featured in Fine Art Connoisseur, Artists Making their Mark

by Basilio de San Juan Guerrero

To read the full article Click Here

Nov 16 12

Spring Landscape Workshop with Marc Dalessio at the Alpine Atelier

by Basilio de San Juan Guerrero

Saturday 23rd March – Saturday 30th

This is an intensive landscape painting workshop with master painter Marc Dalessio. Marc is renowned as one of the world’s best landscape painters. His works hang in galleries and private collections round the world. This course will be based out of a typical swiss chalet.  The surrounding area is replete withwaterfalls,meadows with cows, and snowy peaks.  1500chf everything included (painting materials, food, accommodation, local transportation)

Nov 16 12

Alan Lawson is interviewed for the blog, Drawn in Black

by Basilio de San Juan Guerrero

To read more click in the following link

Nov 14 12


by Basilio de San Juan Guerrero

FAA Alumni Jordan Sokol, Peter Van Dyck, Carolyn Pyfrom, Leo Mancini-Hresko and Ben Fenske are part of the group exhibition, CONVERGE

November 15-27, 2012
Opening Reception, November 15
25 Central Park West at 62nd St.
New York


Nov 9 12


by Basilio de San Juan Guerrero

PUBLIC OPENING new SCULPTURE STUDIO on Via Palazzo Bruciato 2r – Florence.

NOVEMBER 23rd. Join Us!


Nov 7 12

Florence Academy Students win top awards from the 12th Annual Art Renewal Center Scholarship competition

by Basilio de San Juan Guerrero

Bayasgalan Batmagnai, First Place, $ 3,500.00
Tanvi Pathare, Second Place, $ 1,800.00
Ione Hunter Gordon, Third Place, $ 1,000.00
Kresten Smedemark, First Place, $ 3,500.00 (won while attending another atelier, but Kresten is now at the FAA in Sculpture!)

For full details, click here (

Bayasgalan Batmagnai

Tanvi Pathare

Ione Hunter Gordon

Oct 24 12

Spring Workshops 2013 .This Spring, study Oil Painting, Sculpture, Perspective & Art History in Florence

by Basilio de San Juan Guerrero

Spring Workshops 2013

Academic Figure Painting and Portrait Painting
- with Jura Bedic
The Portrait In-Depth, Painting and Sculpting the Portrait from Life
- with Jordan Sokol and Eran Webber
Perspective for the Artist: A Practical Approach
- with Richard Payne
Art History – Various Destinations in Florence
- with Prof. Joan Reifsnyder

for details on SPRING WORKSHOPS 2013 click here
for Printable Application Form Spring Workshop 2013 click here

Jun 26 12

Spring 2012 Student Work

by admin3



Jun 5 12

Léon Bonnat

by kai halmesvaara

Léon Joseph Florentin Bonnat (1833–1922) was a French painter. A teacher of Sargent, Stanhope Forbes, P.S. Krøyer, Thomas Eakins, Charles Sprague Pearce and many other notable 19th century painters.

Wikipedia article

Artcyclopedia page


read more…

May 11 12

Sixth Alumni Exhibition Prize Winners

by Basilio de San Juan Guerrero

Best in Show – First Prize – $ 5,000.00
Eran Webber, Synopsis

Second Prize – $ 3,000.00
Stephen Bauman, The Violinist

Third Prize – $ 2,000.00
Tanvi Pathare, Portrait of Stephanie

Honorable Mention

Hywel Pratley, The Paraphanalia of Unseen Change

Carla Paine, My Father’s Hat

Toby Wright, Rooftops

Alumni Choice

Zacariah Kramer, Sower

Hege Haugen, Moist

Matthew Almy, The House of Mirth

President’s Prize

Richard Greathouse, Anne-Marie


Apr 30 12


by kai halmesvaara

Pascal-Adolphe-Jean Dagnan-Bouveret (1852-1929) was a french painter known for hes naturalistis style. He studied under Jean-Leon Gerome.

Wikipedia article

Artcyclopedia page

Closeups from the painting “Blessing of the Young Copule Before Marriage”. Photographs are taken by Jordan Sokol

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Apr 18 12

Naturalism pt. 3

by kai halmesvaara

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Apr 11 12

Academic Paintings

by kai halmesvaara

Academic paintings mostly from 19th century french Ecole dex Beaux Arts school or artist graduated from that school.

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Apr 9 12

Paul Richer as an anatomist and sculptor

by kai halmesvaara

Paul Marie Louis Pierre Richer (1849-1933) was a French anatomist, physiologist and a sculptor. He had a imporatant role in the 19th art scene as a teacher of many notable 19th century painters, who studied in Ecole des Beaux Arts Paris. The Images of this post include many of hes works as a sculptor and illustrator for the anatomy books that he published

Wikipedia article

Downloadable E-books:

Nouvelle anatomie artistique du corps humain (volume 2), La Femme

Physiologie artistique de l’homme en mouvement (1896)

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Apr 7 12

Website for art books

by Basilio de San Juan Guerrero

Check out this website for art books on russian painters and materials:

Apr 5 12

Välkommen till öppet hus – 14 april 11.00-14.00

by admin2

Lördagen den 14:e April öppnar vi våra lokaler för dig som
funderar på att söka till vår treåriga yrkesutbildning i klassisk realistisk
teckning och måleri.

Detta är ett utmärkt tillfälle att skapa sig en tydligare
bild av hur det är att studera vid The Florence Academy of Art.

- Elever och lärare finns på plats för att svara på frågor
om utbildningen.
- Personal ur skolans administration rätar ut frågetecken
kring CSN-stöd, boende och andra praktiska detaljer
- Rundvandring i skolans lokaler, genomgång av utbildningens
- Elever och lärare utför demonstrationer

Under dagen finns möjlighet att lämna in ansökan för ht
2012. Ansökningsformulär finns att hämta på:

Götaforsliden 17, Mölndal
+46 (0)31 – 70 60 860




On Saturday, April 14, we open our facilities for future applicants to our three-year painting program. This is an excellent opportunity to gain a clearer picture of what it is like to study at The Florence Academy of Art.

- Students and teachers are available for questions about the program.
- Staff from the school administration answer questions about CSN support, housing and other practical details.
- Guided tour around the school premises, with a brief introduction of the program.
- Demonstrations.

During the day it is possible to submit the application for Fall Trimester 2012
Application forms are available at:

Götaforsliden 17, Mölndal, Sweden
+46 (0) 31-70 60 860



Mar 28 12

Winter 2011-12 Student Work

by admin3


Mar 1 12

Process, by Sarah Margaret Gibson

by Basilio de San Juan Guerrero

Second year student, Sarah Margaret Gibson, published an article entitled, Process, in the online magazine, Composite Arts, Click on the featured photo (No. 6 Process) to download the magazine as a PDF file.

Mar 1 12

New work by Alicia Ponzio, The Lingering Shadows

by Basilio de San Juan Guerrero


Mar 1 12

Under Construction

by admin


Feb 29 12

Work in progress in Sculpture

by Basilio de San Juan Guerrero

Feb 27 12

Sculpture Student, Chippie Kennedy, wins National Sculpture Society recognition.

by Basilio de San Juan Guerrero

Chippie Kennedy’s sculpture, Daphne, (here shown in clay) was one of 8 selected by the National Sculpture Society (NSS) for an outdoor exhibition to be held this summer in Newburgh NY. The ‘Sculpture For a New Century’ competition was sponsored by the NSS and State University of New York – Orange.

Jan 21 12

Fall 2011 Student work

by admin3

Phoebe Cripps Phoebe Cripps

Leonardo D'Este

Sarah Gibson Sarah Gibson

Ione Gordon Ione Gordon

Ione Gordon Ione Gordon

Vladimir Jovicevic Vladimir Jovicevic

Alan Lawson

Tanvi Pathare Tanvi Pathare

Tanvi Pathare Tanvi Pathare

Tanvi Pathare Tanvi Pathare

Scott Payan Sarah Pearn

Taylor Powell

Steffen Schubert

Johan Sjoholm Johan Sjoholm

Ulrich Sulberg Ulrich Sulberg

William Zwick William Zwick

Jan 19 12

The Florence Academy of Art in Sweden approved for study assistance (CSN)

by admin2

Thursday morning brought happy news as The Florence Academy of Art in Sweden was officially ackredited as a KU-education for study assistance by the Swedish state.

- The Florence Academy of Art is an alternative to the already existing art schools of Scandinavia. Students who study here do so because they acknowledge that tradition-based training in drawing and painting is a fundamental part of their artistic endeavor. FAA students now enjoy the same rights as students enrolled in colleges and universities in northern Europe – I think this is only fair, says Andreas Birath, Executive Director of FAA/Sweden.

The decison allows for Swedish students to apply for study assistance from the Swedish state (through CSN) to fund their studies at The Florence Academy of Art in Sweden. This study assistance consists of a loan and a grant.

- I am really happy for our students. They have shown such dedication. The training itself is highly demanding, add to that the insecurity of economic issues – it has been a great challenge for them. This decision now puts all of our students in a place where they can fully focus on their artistic training, says Joakim Ericsson, Academic Director of FAA/Sweden.

Starting with Fall trimester 2012, students at FAA/Sweden have the option of applying for study assistance. Deadlines for application are February 1, for early acceptance, and May 1.

For more information, please contact Birgitta Holmström, Office Manager at FAA/Sweden:

Dec 19 11

Florence Academy Students win top awards from the 11th Annual Art Renewal Center Scholarship competition

by Basilio de San Juan Guerrero



Richard Greathouse, First Place, $ 4,000.00
Terra Chapman and Dana Zaltzman, Second Place, $ 2,400.00 respectively
Tanvi Pathare and Sarah Gibson, Third Place, $ 1,400.00

For full details, click here

Dec 16 11

Roland Muntoiu, show

by admin2

Graduate Roland Muntoiu will show some work, mostly projects from his time at the FAA, at Sveaplan 29, Gothenburg Saturday December 17.

Dec 15 11

Epic Muse Cycle by James Henry Zukin

by Basilio de San Juan Guerrero

Click here to read an epic poem by contemporary poet, James Henry Zukin, kindly reproduced with consent of author, © Copyright 2011

Dec 14 11

Controlling the Creative Process: A painter’s guide by Justin Hess

by Basilio de San Juan Guerrero

Book Description:

“Controlling the Creative Process” is a painter’s guide that offers step by step photographic demonstrations and instruction on the preparation of oil paint, canvases, and frames using traditional methods and materials.
At 130 pages, with more than 200 color photos illustrating every stage of the process, this book is one to have by your side, in the studio, or at home in your private collection.
A 100% natural cotton hard cover, with dust jacket, protects the highest quality archival ProLine uncoated photographic paper, that will be sure to keep your paintings company as they stand the test of time together.
Controlling the Creative Process is also available as an ebook for iBooks app on the iPad, iPhone & iPod touch for busy painters on the go.

Virtual Preview:

Dec 1 11

Toby Wright, solo show in Monaco

by admin3

Monaco’s Oceanography Museum marks its 100 year anniversary with a solo exhibition of paintings by Toby Wright, Portraits Du Temple de la Mer, on view through January 2, 2012:

More information at

Portraits du Temple de la Mer

Nov 4 11

Leigh Kaplan wins the A.M.E. Bale Travelling Scholarship

by admin3

Australia’s premier awards for realism and figurative art, the A.M.E Bale Travelling Scholarship and Art Prizes, were awarded last night to the artists who have excelled in traditional styles. Leigh Kaplan was announced as the winner of the prestigious A.M.E. Bale Travelling Scholarship, valued at $50,000. Kaplan, said she was thrilled to be given the opportunity to combine art and travel. “It’s invaluable for traditional artists to be exposed to both the old masters and also contemporary works. For Australian artists, travel is essential in our early careers – it fuels our curiosity and inspires new ideas,” said Ms Kaplan. The Scholarship is a sought-after prize for emerging artists keen to build their career. Ms Kaplan plans to use the A.M.E. Bale Travelling Scholarship to tour Europe, Russia and America over an extended period, to place herself in the best position for a future career as a painter.

“With travel from Australia often a lengthy and costly exercise, it’s difficult for emerging young artists to develop their skills abroad and learn from other artists. The scholarship allows the winner to travel and experience what the rest of the artistic world has to offer – a unique and exciting opportunity for any artist,” said Perpetual’s General Manager Philanthropy, Andrew Thomas. According to Mr Thomas, Alice Bale’s contribution to the arts through her charitable trust has made a lasting impact on the lives of many young Australian artists. “Alice Bale was an established artist who was known as one of Australia’s pre-eminent flower and still life painters of the early 20th century. Her legacy has continued for more than fifty years now through her charitable trust, supporting many artists in that time,” he said.

See more about the prize at

Portrait by Leigh Kaplan

Oct 25 11

A poem for the FAA

by admin3

I most enjoyed
receiving your splendid
Art eye candied delights.
A chinese plum; take just one?

Decidedly most effusive
Provider of undeserved praise
Sparked from ignition
so sparse as my larks of words

Visceral phenomenon
indelible if inedible
Secret recipe of

bark of mangrove
+ eye of viper
+ piss of rhino
+ yellow dust of bee

Will the paint harden
providing color
To meaning and
meaning to color?

Poetry you say;
I say let there be words
Reflected off juggling balls
of magic or

Effortlessly emerging
from Pandora’s secret place.
I am your poet; how will the
Academy use verbal imagery?

- By James Henry Zukin

Oct 13 11

Farewell to Leo Mancini-Hresko

by admin3

by Alan Lawson

With over a decade of outstanding service to The Florence Academy of Art, Leo Mancini-Hresko, director of drawing in the sculpture department and head of materials, leaves us for Boston.

As Leo moves on to focus on his flourishing painting career it is with sadness but also admiration that the FAA family bid him farewell. As I planned this brief tribute I spoke to some of his colleagues and students and amongst the comments were, ‘Leo the charismatic teacher, Leo the voracious and pioneering painter, Leo the bon viveur, the funny guy, and the man with time for anyone and everyone.’

I met Leo shortly after moving to Florence and I was struck by his bold painting, his unique style, his love of colour, and his willingness to share his knowledge. It would not be hyperbole to say that you can call Leo at any time to ask him about painting materials or techniques, and needless to say generations of FAA students have profited from his generosity and knowledge.

It’s impossible to do justice to someone’s past, present and important future career in such a short space, so I won’t attempt it. However I will give you one quote of Leo’s that offers something of an insight into his artistic vision. When I asked him about his paintings he said this:

‘Many of the painters I like are for that ‘illusion’ quality…impastos and glazes, using the paint itself, not just trying to paint an image, sculpting with the paint, dragging the brush back into it. Not slavishly painted detail but ‘suggestion’, ‘impression’. Tony Bennett had a good one, he told me, “You have to respect your audience. If you explain everything to them, if you don’t trust them to figure it out, that’s not respecting the viewer”’

It is with great respect that everyone at the FAA wishes Leo, and his fiancée Elpida, not adieu but a very fond au revoir.

To see more of Leo’s work, click on the link below:

Alumni Gallery in Florence Academy website

Painting by Leo Mancini-Hresko

Portrait of Guido, Oil on canvas, 2011

Snowy Landscape, Oil on canvas, 2011

Oct 11 11

Jordan Sokol Video interview

by Basilio de San Juan Guerrero

Insane Productions video interview, of Jordan Sokol is now available in American Painting Video Magazine in the new summer issue!. Click in here to go the web site. Here is  the trailer.


Jul 24 11

Alicia Ponzio and Teresa Oaxaca featured in American Art Collector Magazine

by Basilio de San Juan Guerrero

Check out the August issue of American Art Collector Magazine! The article, titled ‘Beyond a Likeness’, features alumnae and former instructors Alicia Ponzio and Teresa Oaxaca, who were both honored at this years Portrait Society of America’s portrait competition. The artists speak about what qualities they strive to create in a portrait! Click on the images to read the article

Jun 29 11

Jordan Sokol exhibits at Arcadia Gallery

by admin3

Jordan Sokol exhibits at Arcadia Fine Arts as part of the New Faces of Realism show through July 3. Check out the gallery’s website here and blog here.

Jun 8 11

Alicia Ponzio and Valentina Zlatarova, have been selected by the prestigious ‘Society for Portrait Sculptors’

by Basilio de San Juan Guerrero

Congratulations to two of our alumnae, Alicia Ponzio and Valentina Zlatarova, who have been selected by the prestigious ‘Society for Portrait Sculptors’, in London, to participate in their annual juried competition, called ‘FACES 2011′.

The Open Exhibition is the only forum for contemporary portrait sculpture and consists of about 70 sculptures of which approximately one third are chosen from open submission from non-members. It is held each year in May at The Gallery in Cork Street, London.

Valentina Zlatarova received the Tiranti prize for the second time. The Tiranti Prize is awarded to the best work from a young portrait sculptor of 30 years old or under. Here is the sculpture that were selected. Valentina previously won the prize in 2008.

Here are the two sculptures by Alicia Ponzio that were selected for participation,

This is the website of the Society for Portrait Sculptors.

May 25 11

Angel Ramiro Sanchez ‘Realtà di Due Mondi’ (Reality of Two Worlds)

by Basilio de San Juan Guerrero

Angel Ramiro Sanchez, our painting program Director, will be having a one-man exhibition at ‘the pretigious Fondazione Stelline’ in Milan, from June 10-July 2, 2011.
The show, which will be Ramiro’s most important solo show in Italy to date, will include 31 works that chronicle his career with particular attention to his more recent work from the last year.
This exhibition of paintings by Angel Ramiro Sanchez has been organized by the Fondazione Stelline, the Embassy of Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to the Holy See and Consulate General of Venezuela in Milan, with the patronage of the Comune di Milano and the Concilio Europeo dell’Arte in recognition of this young master’s unique perspective on two worlds: his
native Venezuela, and the land where he lives and works, Italy.

“As this fascinating show reveals, the two worlds of Ramiro: Realtà di due mondi are the lands of his origins and formation, Venezuela and Italy. But they are also the pictorial worlds of visual reality, rendered by the brush as few other painters can, and the invisible reality of the spirit. Whatever theme he chooses, Ramiro is an artist who never ceases to look inside himself and indeed look reality in the face.”
John T. Spike
College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia 8 May 2011

After many smaller exhibitions, this present show at the Fondazione Stelline is the first important monographic exhibition of his work in Italy. Some thirty paintings and drawings from all phases of his career are included with an emphasis on his most recent work of 2010 and 2011.

May 18 11

Melissa Franklin ‘On the Terrace Loved by Picasso and Rodin’

by Basilio de San Juan Guerrero

FAA Alumn, Melissa Franklin, exhibits 20 paintings in Venice at ‘Il Paradiso’, an exhibition space on the terrace of the restaurant, ‘Paradiso’, made famous by artists such as Klimt, Rodin, Picasso and Warhol. The show will run until May 20, 2011.

May 7 11

Portrait Society of America, ‘International Portrait Competition’ 2011

by Basilio de San Juan Guerrero

FAA alumni shine at this years Portrait Society of America, ‘International Portrait Competition’.
The PSoA recently held their Art of the Portrait conference where they announced the winners for their annual International Portrait Competition. We’re very proud to have several FAA alumni among the winners.

Congratulations to all!

Graduate and former drawing instructor, Jesus Villarreal won the Draper Grand Prize with his painting, ‘The Mirror’.

Click here to see more of Jesus’s work.

Graduate and former drawing instructor, Teresa Oaxaca won second place with her painting, ‘Father Time’.

Click here to see more of Teresa’s work.

Our current Anatomy and Ecroche instructor, Alicia Ponzio recieved an honor award for her sculpture, ‘Claudia Regina Del Fiume’.

Click here to see more of Alicia’s work.

Apr 28 11

Lecture: Beauty, Teleology, and Taste by Alan Lawson

by Basilio de San Juan Guerrero

Lecture: Beauty, Teleology, and Taste

This lecture offers a brief introduction to the subject of beauty. It begins with the rejection of classical notions of beauty in the early twentieth century and the causes of this. The lecture then jumps back and forth in time in an attempt to show some of the major ethical and epistemological developments and their impacts on ideas of ‘beauty’. The conclusion, is not a definition of beauty but an attempt to frame the correct questions in approaching it.

“The answer to the question ‘What is beauty?’ is approached vicariously through another question: ‘how should we live?”


Apr 11 11

Insane Productions

by admin

Insane Productions was founded in 2009. Our goal is to create video tutorials for the arts, by interviewing contemporary young artists within different media. We want to push current art education tools beyond their borders and make them accessible to anyone who is interested. As artists ourselves, we think we can put our knowledge together to create something unique and useful, whether for a seasoned professional or for an aspiring beginner. Videos of artists, for artists, created by artists.

Great ideas often seem insane at their start, but given time, they integrate themselves into everyday life, until the world would seem insane without them. This concept is a driving force behind our aims to share traditional knowledge through modern means.

Creativity is the key to making a difference, and to making videos that can change the perception of what art education can be. To find out more about us, roll over “Team” in the menu bar…

Mar 21 11

The Florence Academy of Art blog

by admin

We are happy to launch The Florence Academy of Art blog and look forward to everyone’s contributions about artists, events, galleries, exhibitions, competitions, grants, information on materials and techniques, and videos. If you have news or an image you would like to share, please send it to one of the emails below:

Mar 21 11

Nude Study by Daniel Graves

by admin

Daniel Graves
Nude study
Oil on panel
40 cm x 50 cm

Mar 21 11

Jordan Sokol is featured in January’s American Artist Magazine

by admin

Jordan Sokol is featured in January’s American Artist Magazine, 11 Groundbreaking Artists to Watch in 2011

> View PDF

Jordan Sokol
Oil on canvas
40 cm x 60 cm

Mar 21 11

Joshua McPherson is winner of the prestigious A.M.E. Bale Travelling Scholarship.

by admin

Joshua McPherson is winner of the prestigious A.M.E. Bale Travelling Scholarship. The A.M.E. Bale Travelling Scholarship is Australia’s premier award for traditional realism and figurative art and is awarded to an Australian artist who has demonstrated talent and achievement in traditional styles. It is intended to encourage, support and advance classical training of emerging artists (in their early to mid-career) at any stage of life, who are pursuing the study and practice of traditional art and who desire to study the works of old masters.

Funded by the Alice Marian Ellen Bale Art Foundation Trust, the major prize is a travelling scholarship currently valued at $40,000. The scholarship allows the winner to travel around the world, learning from other artists and developing their skills. Joshua said he was thrilled to be given the opportunity to combine art and travel. “I believe the old master painters provide a foundation for great painting. Travelling to Western Europe, Russia and America to see the skill of the masters first hand and extend my own artistry will be invaluable in kick-starting my future as a painter.” Josh will chronicle his experience in a blog.