About

Eric J. Heywood is from the Western United States, born in California and raised in Utah.  He currently resides in Italy with his wife and three children to study drawing and painting full time.  When Eric arrived in Italy he attended the first term of the Intensive Drawing Program at the Florence Academy of Art, under instructors Simona Dolci, Richard Greathouse, Simone Olivia-Moritz, and Vitaly Shtanko.  Here Eric had the opportunity to study Bargue Drawing, anatomy, oil painting materials, composition, and over 20 hours a week drawing from the nude model.

At the end of his first term at FAA Eric received top grades in his Final Critique; however, finding he was unsatisfied with their curriculum and academic practices, Eric applied to the Russian Academy of Art in Florence and was accepted.  Eric is nearing the end of his second year at the Russian Academy, being awarded the highest scholarship offered by the institution at the end of his first year.  At the Russian Academy, Eric is studying under Master-Graduates of the Imperial Academy of Arts in St. Petersburg, including Svetlana Kurbatskaya, Sergey Kurbatski,Svetlana Terekhina, and visiting instructors such as Valerii Beganov and Yurii Diatlovchief professor of anatomy at the Kharkiv Municipal College of Arts in Ukraine.   The Russian Academic program is an intensive, 45+ hour a week curriculum, which includes color theory, composition/elements of design, mastercopy, study in the museums, drawing, painting, and anatomy.

Art Education

Associate of Art | Snow College | Ephraim, Utah

In the art program offered at Snow Eric studied figure drawing, oil painting, portrait painting, figure sculpture, human anatomy, and ecorche.

Short Course: Portait Drawing & Painting Workshop | Beaux-Arts Academy | 2018

Instructors Nikki Covington & Andrew Payne

Short Course: Introduction to Oil Painting Workshop | Master's Academy of Art | 2018

Instructor Ryan Brown

Florence Academy of Art | Semester of Intensive Drawing | Florence, Italy

In the 3 months attending the Intensive Drawing program Eric had the opportunity to study anatomy, oil painting materials, composition, and draw from the nude figure and Bargue's.  The study truly was intensive, with 50 hours a week in the studio under instructors Simona Dolci, Simone Olivia-Moritz, Richard Greathouse, and Vitaliy Shtanko.  

Florence Classical Arts Academy | Russian Academy of Art | currently studying 

Eric is in his 2nd year on a scholarship studying the Russian academic technique full-time (50-60 hrs weekly) under Master Graduates of the Imperial Academy of Arts in St. Petersburg.  The curriculum includes color theory, composition/elements of design, mastercopy, study in the musuems, drawing, painting, and anatomy.  Full-time Instructors include Svetlana Kurbatskaya, Sergey Kurbatskii, Svetlana Terekhina, as well as visting instructors such as Yurii Diatlov and Valerii Beganov.

Human Anatomy Education

Snow College, Utah | Dr. Paul Gardner | 2018

This course was part of the Fine Arts Degree offered through Snow College.  Held in the science/medical facility on campus, this course included regular study from anatomical models, as well as both male and female cadavers.  The instructor, Dr. Gardner PhD, is a former veteran combat medic and operating room technician.  He instructs in Human Anatomy, Human Physiology, Human Biology, and various medical courses.  The course was in conjunction with two other courses taught in the sculpture studio under Brad Taggart: ecorche anatomy sculpture and portrait and figure sculpture.

Florence Academy of Art | Richard Greathouse | 2019

This course was held in the evenings and included both lecture and study/drawing from various nude models.

During the term attended in the Intensive Drawing course at Florence Academy of Art Eric was able to study anatomy under Richard Greathouse, former Director of Anatomy at FAA.  Greathouse studied human anatomy in a cadaver dissection course under Dr. Gil Hedley in San Francisco, CA, and taught anatomy at both the FAA in Florence and the U.S. branch, as well as in various workshops.

Florence Classical Arts Academy | 2019-2021

The Russian Academic program at FCAA includes an intensive study of the Human form, with a focus on the anatomical constructive schemes and working from life.  Practices include lecture, drawing, and painting from both ecorche casts and the nude model. Instructors include Professor Yurii Diatlov, one of the chief professors of anatomy at the Kharkiv Municipal College of Arts in Ukraine with over 30 years of anatomy teaching experience; Professor Svetlana Kurbatskaya, member of the Russian Union of Artists with over 20 years of artistic training in various schools, including graduation from the Repin Imperial Academy of Art in St. Petersburg, Russia; and Professor Svetlana Terekhina, a member of the Russian Union of Artists and graduate of both the Chelyabinsk Art College and the Repin Imperial Academy of Arts in St. Petersburg, Russian.  Terekhina has taught at various art colleges, schools, and academies since 1994. 

Awards

2011 Best of Show, Arts in the Park Show, Orem, Utah

2013 Merit Award, Spring City Plein Air, Spring City, Utah

2016 Purchase Award, Spring City Plein Air, Spring City, Utah

2017 Purchase Award, Spring City Plein Air, Spring City, Utah

2017 Lt. Governor’s Choice Award, Spring City Plein Air, Spring City, Utah

2017 Honorable Mention, Utah Plein Air, Brigham City, Utah

2018 Honorable Mention, 2nd Annual Beauty and Heritage Exhibition, Fairview, Utah

2019 Honorable Mention, 3rd Annual Beauty and Heritage Exhibition, Fairview, Utah

Group & Open Exhibitions

2011 Best of Show, Arts in the Park Show, Orem, Utah

2013 Merit Award, Spring City Plein Air, Spring City, Utah

2016 Purchase Award, Spring City Plein Air, Spring City, Utah

2017 Purchase Award, Spring City Plein Air, Spring City, Utah

2017 Lt. Governor’s Choice Award, Spring City Plein Air, Spring City, Utah

2017 Honorable Mention, Utah Plein Air, Brigham City, Utah

2018 Honorable Mention, 2nd Annual Beauty and Heritage Exhibition, Fairview, Utah

2019 Honorable Mention, 3rd Annual Beauty and Heritage Exhibition, Fairview, Utah

Joint Exhibitions

2018: Scenes of Sanpete: Duo Exhibition | Hub City Gallery, Mt Pleasant, Utah

2019: Duo Landscape Exhibition | Fairview Museum of History and Art, Fairview, Utah

Shows & Venues

2010: Scandinavian Festival | Ephraim, Utah

2011: Scandinavian Festival | Ephraim, Utah

2011: Orem Arts in the Park | Orem, Utah

2015: Spiritual-Religious Exhibition from the Parliament of World Religions | SLC, Utah

Collections

Private Collections across the United States

Private Collections in Italy

The Florence Classical Arts Academy Collection, Italy

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