A very old… ancient, in fact… way of learning and growing your Art through a Master & Apprentice relationship, powered by a NEW kind of academy. Imagine a type of Hogwarts, online in Augmented Reality, where you always have a connection to your Master and your fellow Apprentices. Get your head around that, and you’ll see where this is going…
We believe that existing ways of learning art are broken. Brick and mortar multi-year programs are better for creating cogs in the global machine than for creating artists. Similarly, many online institutions have you pay monthly and give you access to hundreds or thousands of videos — a perfect recipe for being overloaded with options, but no clear path for personal growth.
Conversely, learning artistic disciplines through a Master & Apprentice relationship is a tried and true method proven through the ages of time. Sadly, this craft has been lost, replaced by institutionalized many-to-one learning and one-size-fits-all educational websites.
Read more about the Core Values of The Arcanum.
No, any device that connects to the Internet will work. Many of our Masters use Google Glass for live broadcasts and recorded videos, allowing for unique vantage points that hitherto have been impossible. No matter what technology you use, the key is that you’ll have a personalized human connection to your Master and your fellow Apprentices.
When you fill out an Application to join the Arcanum, you are placed into a special area where Masters will hand-pick their Apprentices. Because this is a human-to-human teaching scenario, it does not operate like other websites where your subscription simply gets you access to thousands of videos. This is an entirely new way of teaching. As things scale and new Masters emerge, they will pull more people from the waiting list. This will build slow and organically in a bottom-up manner. We want to do this right, and we appreciate your patience.
We are using an innovative infrastructure to connect Masters and Apprentices around the world. It doesn’t matter what kind of technology you personally use – anything from mobile phones to tablets to Google Glass to PCs – they all are different ways of sharing vision through our system.
An Apprentice has been invited into The Arcanum for the sole purpose of personal enrichment through the practice of creative artistry. They are to work with their Master and their fellow Apprentices within their Cohort to discover their own artistic path towards mastery of their own.
Every Master oversees a Mastery Cohort, which is a small private group of Apprentices. All Apprentices work one-on-one with their Master, and in a community with their fellow Apprentices, to improve their skills, Level Up and find their own personal artistic path.
From our strong Community emerge Heroes of The Arcanum. These Heroes are active Apprentices within The Arcanum. They generously volunteer their time to ensure the experience is engaging, challenging, rewarding and magical!.
A Master is solely dedicated to the enrichment of all the Apprentices in their Mastery Cohort. A Master is there to guide each individual on their own artistic path. Masters are to serve as mentors… as artistic shamans… to understand the needs and goals of their apprentices and to help these desires be fully realized through a personalized path. Through these experiences, a Master will find new layers within to take their own art to a new level of transcendence.
We have a leveling system that adds to the whole magical fun feeling as Apprentices work toward the individual goals the Masters have set for them. Upon achievement of the goals, new levels and appellations are earned!
This is just a small sampling of the many Masters in The Arcanum. Note these are all Sphere 2 Masters at Level 20. We will open up the expansion for Sphere 3 as the Apprentices level up. We’re watching…
Are you passionate about sharing your talents and techniques with others? Are you excited about mentoring others through their own artistic path? Perhaps you’re interested in one of our existing Disciplines or would like to establish a new one? If so, then we would love to hear from you! Click here to learn more about the expectations of a Master and the path to becoming a Master in The Arcanum.
We’re getting started with Masters dedicated to various fields of photography and other visual arts. As the Arcanum grows, we will add in other disciplines that benefit from the Master-Apprentice system of learning.
If you’re interested in a particular Discipline that we do not currently offer please let us know! We are always looking to add new artistic disciplines. So go ahead and Apply Now as an Apprentice or as a potential Master. We are starting small but we’re growing fast!
We have an ever-growing library of videos — but it’s not what you think. While you’ll have access to the entire video library, your Master will help you choose the best videos for your own personal artistic path.
We make a departure from other sites filled with training videos. Vast libraries can be overwhelming for those learning a new technique. Most people don’t even know where to start. When they do finally select a few videos, they’re worried they might not be watching the best ones! In The Arcanum, all of these worries go away because your Master serves as your own personal librarian. For example, if you struggle with composition in photography, your Master may select subset of videos for you to watch.
The Grand Library will also be filled with countless “Critique” sessions,since they are all recorded as part of the “leveling up” process. Want to see what happens at the Level 14 Critique session for a particular Master? Just look it up! Want to see a Level 19 Critique for Model/Fashion Photography? It’s all there for you, at any time.
We’ve got a fun application process that gets you started on your path through The Arcanum. You’ll provide us with some basic information about you, your passions and what Disciplines are interesting to you… landscape, architecture, portrait, model, or even something like hand-drawn art… whatever you prefer! We’ll add you to the Apprentice Antechamber, where you’ll wait for a Master to personally select you to be a part of their Cohort.