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Art Academy

Charcoal Drawing Tips for Beginners

Getting started drawing with charcoal is a longstanding rite of passage for anyone thinking of becoming a real artist. Since charcoal is so flexibl...

Meet Caravaggio, One of Modern Painting’s Most Influential Masters

Italian painter Caravaggio looms as one of the most important and influential of the early European masters. His name is synonymous with a particul...

The 5 Most Expensive Paintings Ever Sold

In May 2018, the famous Sotheby’s New York auction house broke its own record for the most expensive painting ever sold at auction with the sale of...

The Top 8 Greatest Painters of All Time

Many of the greatest painters of all time are so famous that they are almost as recognizable as the most iconic celebrities of our current era. And...

Which Stretched Canvas Size Works Best for You?

Now that you’re ready to start hanging art around your home, you’ve probably realized that you have a lot of different options in sizes, frames, an...

Face and Body Painting in History and Culture

In today’s modern society, face painting and body painting is usually associated with gaudy Las Vegas shows, Mardi Gras parades, Halloween costumes...

How to Best Use Fine Detail Brushes for Acrylic or Oil Painting

Flat head brushes The first thing you’ll notice about these flat head brushes is that they are square, flexible and can hold a lot more paint than ...

The Origins of Oil Paint

The beginnings of oil paint are shrouded in mystery. As some inventions tend to live on beyond the memory of the inventor, oil paint’s inventor – a...

Why Choose Oil Paint Instead of Acrylic Paint?

We get asked this question all too often, so it's time to break down the pros and cons of each side. 1.) Oil Paint dries slower. This gives the art...