Tuesday, March 31, 2009

ARC Salon Awards

The following entries by Water Street Atelier/Grand Central Academy students, alumni and teachers were awarded in the 2008/2009 Art Renewal Center Salon. Congratulations!

Camie Davis
The Athlete
Graphite on Paper
22 x 26 inches inches

Nancy Fletcher
Anna Marie
14 x 11 inches inches

Camie Davis
Graphite on Paper
16 x 26 inches inches

Joshua LaRock
Graphite on Paper
24 x 18 inches inches

Nancy Fletcher
Berliquet Wine
Oil on Canvas
25 x 17 inches inches

Joshua LaRock
Oil on Linen
8 x 18 inches

Hyeseung Marriage-Song
Samson at Rest
Oil on Canvas
22 x 17 inches inches

Arantzazu Martinez
The Witches House
Oil on Linen
72 X 36 inches inches

Gregory Mortenson
Ana Nina
Graphite and White Chalk on Paper
13 x 15 inches inches

Jiwoong Cheh
The Public Eye
Patina on Hydrocal
35 inches tall inches

Friday, March 27, 2009

Classical Architecture 101

On Monday nights, Richard Cameron teaches a class for GCA students and teachers that introduces the fundamental principles of classical architecture. Cameron co-founded the Institute of Classical Architecture and has taught drawing and the history of architectural theory at the Institute since its foundation in 1991.

The class has been studying renaissance drawings, with a particular focus on Michelangelo. They have also been drawing the Doric order from the treatise by James gibbs, and have done some drawing at the New York Public Library (2 blocks from school). Coming up next, the class plans to spend some time studying shadows using india ink wash rendering and getting to know the great classical buildings of New York City. Some introductory design exercises will also be covered by the end of the year.

Richard Cameron is also the co-founder of Ariel, The Art of Building. Ariel specializes in the hand drawing of architecture and design, and in high-end residential and institutional projects.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

1 week left to apply for sculpture competition

Application Deadline is April 1st 2009

The Grand Central Academy is proud to contribute this annual figure modeling competition to the growing renewal of classical figurative sculpture. The weeklong schedule of sculpting and events will encourage classical figurative sculpture and bring together exceptionally talented artists for dialogue and public review.

First Prize: $10,000
Second Prize: $3,000
Third Prize: $2,000

for more information click here

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

more work in progress

Instructor Tony Curanaj finished this still life demo in class yesterday. Tony teaches painting and drawing on a weekly basis in the core program. He is also teaching a still life painting workshop this summer from June 15-26. There is still time to sign up if you are interested!

Monday's portrait class has spent the last few weeks studying the skull.

Remi Cardenas


Angela Cunningham


Amelia Landes

Arturo Garcia

Friday, March 20, 2009

work in progress

I'll to try to post more photos of work in progress, so here is the first batch from the cast hall today.

Colleen Barry's cast painting just after she finished the underpainting or "wipe out" stage. She has just started modeling on the upper lip if you look closely. The small drawing to the left is a photocopy of her original block-in drawing. It is shrunk down so she can use it to make a small value study (not shown) which she will refer to while finishing the final painting.

Ashley Howell's cast drawing in progress

Neal Esplin just starting a block-in for his final cast drawing

A cast painting in progress by Salaz

Jiwoong Cheh (center) teaching Ecorche to Josh LaRock & Angela Cunningham

Jiwoong Cheh working with Angela Cunningham

Carla Crawford & Colleen Barry taking a snuggle break with Lucy

Colleen Barry & Will St. John experiencing canine perfection.

P.S. theres more of these photos on the GCA facebook page if you want to follow us on there too

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

March Sculpture Class, week 3

This class meets for 4 hours every morning, the pose lasts 1 month. All painting students are required to spend at least 3 months taking this class at some time during their studies here.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

The first St. Patrick's Day parade in New York City was in 1762. Today it is the largest parade in the world! 50,000 people march from 44th St up 5th Ave every year. Our school is on W44th St. between 5th & 6th Avenues, so we saw a lot of action today. About 6 bagpipe troops and 3 marching bands were practicing in the street below us, which was hard to ignore so a few of us took a break from drawing to go check it out. The music and the sunshine felt so good!