Monday, June 29, 2009

Russians Rule

These books of Russian drawing & painting (19th century through today) are all in Chinese, but the reproductions are great! I ordered some and am really psyched. check them out at this link:

still life & sculpture workshop photos

Here are some photos from the workshops that are currently happening at GCA. Thank you Victoria for taking the photos!

Sculpture workshop with Philippe Faraut

Still life painting with Tony Curunaj

Friday, June 26, 2009

Portrait Sculpture books by Philippe Faraut

Philippe Faraut, who is teaching a sculpture workshop at GCA this summer, has a new book available called Mastering Portraiture: Advanced Analyses of the Face Sculpted in Clay. which is a follow up to his first book, Portrait Sculpting: Anatomy and Expressions in Clay. The book is available through the above links on Philippe's online store as well as through select sculpture supply stores and catalogs in the USA, Canada, England, The Netherlands, and New Zealand.

Philippe Faraut has been teaching portrait sculpture for fifteen years and participated in GCA's first sculpture competition last year.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Some better photos of the competition

These photos were taken of the sculpture competition by professional photographer Brian Houlihan

Joshua Koffman working on his winning sculpture

The eager crowds line up to view the finished sculptures!

Joshua Koffman's sculpture

Monday, June 15, 2009

Sculpture Competition Results

GCA's 2nd Annual Classical Figure Sculpture Competition took place
last week in GCA's Sculpture Atelier from June 8 - 12. Twelve finalists competed in a
40 hour competition, modeling a half-size figure from life.

The sculptures were judged Friday evening, 6:00 - 8:00pm.
Judges Jacob Collins, Stuart Feldman and Richard Cameron
awarded the following:

First Place - Joshua Koffman
Second Place - Kate Brockman
Third Place - Jiwoong, Cheh
Honorable Mention went to Julia Levitina McGeehan & Angela Cunningham

Carla, Colleen & Will keeping the cheese under control

Twyla serving the wine

and the winner is.... Joshua Koffman! here with his fiance Jessica

For photographs of the twelve final pieces, information about the finalists, and many more photos from the week-long event, check out our website tomorrow! Here are some that I took the night of the event.

Joshua's winning sculpture

2nd place Kate Brockman's sculpture

3rd place winner Jiwoong Cheh

Note: four of the finalists are competing in back to back figure
sculpting competitions! Mason Sullivan, Mark Porter, Adam Matano and Chad Fisher are
competing this week in the National Sculpture Society Competition taking place this year at the New York Academy.

Jacob Collins Portrait Drawing Demo

on the last day of Doug Flynt's figure painting workshop

by Carla Crawford (in Doug's workshop)

by David Gray

Jacob Collins doing a portrait drawing demo for the intensive workshop

Thursday, June 11, 2009

more FREE public events!

Please join us for the sculpture competition gala and awards ceremony
this Friday evening (tomorrow night!) from 7:00 - 10:00pm

The competition winners 1st, 2nd & 3rd place and Honorable Mention
will be announced!

ALSO, the Cast Hall is glowing with core student artwork
from this past school year, you are welcome to stop by today or tomorrow from 9:30 AM-9:30 PM to check it out.

Last but not least, there will be wine, grapes and cheese!

Attire: Art School Fancy Dress

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Summer Lecture Series at ICA&CA

The Hudson River Valley: An Allegory of its Architecture, Landscape and Artistic Legace, 400 Years After the Voyage of the Half Moon

Catskill Creek, 1845 by Thomas Cole (American 1801-1848),
Oil on canvas, 26 1/2 x 36 inches. The New-York Historical Society, Robert L. Stuart Collection.

LECTURE I – Sponsored by Hammersmith Studios
Wednesday, June 10
The Sanctified Landscape: Memory, Place, and the Mid-Hudson Valley in the Nineteenth Century by Dr. David Schuyler, Professor of American Studies, Franklin & Marshall College

LECTURE II – Sponsored by P.E. Guerin, Inc.
Wednesday, June 17
A Geography of the Ideal: The Hudson River and the Hudson River School by Linda Ferber, PhD, Executive Vice President & Museum Director of the New-York Historical Society

LECTURE III – Sponsored by Peter Cosola, Inc.
Wednesday, June 24
Historic Hudson River Houses 1663-1915 by Gregory Long, President and CEO of The New York Botanical Garden

LECTURE IV – Sponsored by Andrew V. Giambertone & Associates, Architects, P.C.
Wednesday, July 8
Edgewater: Building Classical Architecture along the Hudson River by Michael Middleton Dwyer, architect and editor (Great Houses of the Hudson River, Bullfinch Press, 2001)

General Society Library
20 West 44th Street
Receptions at 6:30 pm
Lectures to follow at 7:00 pm

The ICA&CA Summer Lecture Series is FREE to ICA&CA Members
and employees of Professional Member Firms, as well as all students with current identification
$20 per lecture General Admission; $65 for the full series

To reserve:
RSVP required, call (212) 730-9646, ext. 109 or reserve on-line at

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Scott Waddell show opening this week

Scott Waddell New Works
at the Cavalier Gallery in Greenwich, CT
show opening is 6-9pm this Thursday June 11th

Monday, June 8, 2009

events happening TONIGHT!!!

6:00-7:30 PM public viewing of work in progress from the sculpture competition

ongoing this week 10:00AM - 9:30PM student work on view in all the studios

Beguiling Nature of her Custom: An Illustrated Talk on Sculpture and Architecture

7:30-8:30 PM in the south studio

“I am aware that it is commonly held as a fact by most writers that sculpture, as well as painting, was naturally discovered originally by the people of Egypt, and also that there are others who attribute to the Chaldeans the first rough carvings of statues and the first reliefs. In like manner there are those who credit the Greeks with the invention of the brush and of coloring. But it is my opinion that design, which is the foundation of both arts, and the very soul which conceives and nourishes in itself every part of the intelligence, came into full existence at the time of the origin of all things, when the Most High, after creating the world and adorning the heavens with shining lights, descended through the limpid air to the solid earth, and by shaping man, disclosed the first form of sculpture and painting in the charming invention of things. Who will deny that from this man, as from a living example, the ideas of statues and sculpture, and the questions of pose and of outline, first took form; and from the first pictures, whatever they may have been, arose the first ideas of grace, unity, and the discordant concords made by the play of lights and shadows?” Giorgio Vasari— Lives of the Artists

In which we will look at work by Masacio, Ghiberti, Bramante, Michelangelo and other artists, and try to answer the question —Did Shakespeare visit Italy, and was Giulio Romano a sculptor?—in recognition of the commencement of the second annual sculpture competition of the Grand Central Academy of Art.

workshop update

Doug Flynt working with students in his figure painting workshop. They've just finished 3 days of drawing, transferred their drawings to their canvases, and are getting ready to start painting. Doug is talking about mixing color here.

Jacob Collins doing a demo and talking about cast drawing in the morning session of the drawing intensive workshop. In the afternoon, he taught using the same drawing that he started in the last demo. below are photos from the afternoon demonstation:

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Demo from the June Intensive Workshop

Jacob Collins giving a figure drawing demo for the students in the summer intensive drawing workshop. These students spend the morning cast drawing and the afternoons working from the live model. The workshop is from June 1-26. We still have room in some other workshops that start later in the summer so it's not too late to sign up!

Some of these artists came from as far away as Germany and London to take this workshop!

These photos of Jacob's demo show the progression of a block-in during a 4 hour pose. At this stage the emphasis is on moving from general to specific, seeing abstract 2 dimensional shapes in the figure and getting the tilts & angles all correct.

stay tuned for more demos and updates from the summer workshops!