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Press Release Date:  December 10, 2004
Contact:  Cindy Rullman, 859-259-4209,

            LEXINGTON, KY (December 10, 2004) Leonardo Da Vinci studied and sketched horse anatomy for several years before undertaking his (arguably) most famous work, the model for a colossal bronze horse which would later be known as the “Big Horse.”

            Following the footsteps of the masters and renaissance men, artists throughout the centuries have improved their skills by studying their subjects from life, in a variety of settings, under different light, from an assortment of angles.  “This is the beauty of conducting our Equine Art Workshops at the Kentucky Horse Park,” said Julie Buchanan, Executive Director of the American Academy of Equine Art (AAEA).  “Artists are able to improve their technical skills while observing living horses and they learn to translate the spirit and soul of a moving, breathing creature in a variety of mediums.

            “Horses are beautiful from every angle.  Their color, their graceful lines and their form-to-function make horses a challenging but ideal subject for artists at every skill level.

           “Our art workshops are conducted by some of the most respected equine artists in the country.  Both amateur and professional artists find these classes beneficial, and we limit the class size so each student receives plenty of individual attention,” she concluded.

            Schedule of workshops for 2005:  Susan Dorazio (watercolor) June 6-10;  Christine Cancelli (pastel and oil), June 20-24;  Rosemary Welch (oil, pastel, watercolor), July 11-15;  Elizabeth Lewis Scott (drawing), July 18-22;  James Crow (oil, watercolor), August 1-5;  Karen Kasper (sculpture), August 15-19;  Julie Buchanan (business practices for artists), Sept 13-14;  Cindi Nave (photography), Sept 14-15;  Elin Pendleton (marketing), Sept 16;  Elin Pendleton (oil, acrylic), Sept 19-23;  Larry Wheeler (oil), Sept 26-30;  Cindy Wolf (sculpture patina), Sept t.b.a.

            Classes fill very quickly, so interested artists are encouraged to register early. Contact Julie Buchanan, 859-281-6031 or email  Visit their website at The AAEA is headquartered in the Kentucky Horse Park’s National Horse Center. 


            The Kentucky Horse Park is a working horse farm/theme park and equine competition facility dedicated to man’s relationship with the horse.  The park is an agency of the Kentucky Commerce Cabinet that hosted 913,000 visitors and 80 special events and horse shows in 2003.  The park is located at Exit 120, Interstate 75, just north of Lexington.  The place to get close to horses, the park is open daily March 15 to October 31, and Wednesday through Sunday, November 1 to March 14.




Last updated: Friday, December 10, 2004