Friday, January 29, 2010

Student Work January 2010

Mason Sullivan teaching ecorche class

working hard in the cast hall

Copying Bargue drawings

Patricia Stratton finishing up her sculpture

Mark Porter

Mark's sculpture

Sam Worley is copying the Belvedere Torso

Stephanie Young's sculpture

the figure sculpture class casting their sculptures in plaster

Devin Cecil-Wishing's cast drawing in progress

by Lauren Sansaricq

by Carla Crawford (detail)

by Carla Crawford

by Robert Silverman

by Justin Wood

by Neal Esplin

by Connie Netherton

by Ashley Howell

by Emilie Lee

by Anonymous

by Ken Salaz

anatomy study by Ken Salaz (goes with the above figure drawing)

cuddle break

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

New Workshop added to Summer Schedule

This 3 day painting workshop with Sarah Lamb was just added to the summer workshop schedule. There are currently 11 workshops in drawing and painting scheduled for this summer ranging in length from 3-30 days, please check out the website for more information. Sculpture workshops will be posted soon!

Still Life Painting Sarah Lamb
August 9 - 11 (3 days) 10am - 5pm
$330 (balance in full due upon registration)
Class open, accepting registrations.

In this intensive 3-day course, Sarah will demonstrate how to paint a quick still-life from start to finish. She'll discuss how to choose the subject matter, composition and lighting. There will also be a brief demonstration on how to execute a "poster study" which is a small sketch of color and value only. It will be to the students advantage to have skills in drawing and painting experience.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Hudson River Fellowship

The deadline for Hudson River Fellowship applications is April 20.

Schoharie Creek, oil on canvas, 11"x9" by Jacob Collins

Mission: The Hudson River Fellowship will build a new movement of American art, modeling itself after the artistic, social and spiritual values of the Hudson River School painters. It will bring together the reawakening enthusiasm for the old American painters, the vigorous but unfocused scene of contemporary landscape painting and the urgent need for a renewed reverence for the land. By bringing back the skills and spirit of the pre-impressionist landscape painters the program will give much needed direction to a new generation of painters. As they learn to carefully study and reflect on the trees and clouds and blades of grass and cliffs, their paintings will become beautiful. Ideally, these artists and their beautiful representations of nature will help to lead the culture back to a stronger connection to the landscape. The fellowship seeks to make a contribution both to the art world and the conservation movement.

The Summer 2010 Fellowship will run from July 5th through August 1st. Please visit the website to learn more about the Fellowship and download the application. The HRF will provide all accepted students with a full-tuition scholarship and free housing.

Tree study by Thomas Kegler, 2009

The HRF is hosted by the Institute for Classical Architecture and Classical America in partnership with the Catskill Mountain Foundation's Sugar Maple Center for Creative Arts and is made possible by a leadership grant from the Morris and Alma Schapiro Fund.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Third Annual Classical Figure Sculpture Competition

This year's competition will be held June 7-11. The deadline for applications is April 1.

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

ELIGIBILITY: The competition is open to all figurative sculptors, including previous finalists. Participants will be selected on the basis of their modeling ability and demonstrated aspirations to make beautiful, excellent classical sculpture.

SUMMARY: Finalists will compete June 7-11, 2010 to model a 32” figure from life with the model posing 8 hours each day for a total pose of 40 hours. The GCA will host an armature-building Meet & Greet prior to the competition (on Saturday, June 5, 12-5:00pm). On Monday & Wednesday evenings, we will open the competition room for public viewing and dialogue. On Friday evening, we will host an awards ceremony and reception, also open to the public. For schedule details, please click on the 2010 Competition & Public Events Schedule link towards the top of the page.

MATERIALS: The GCA will provide water-based modeling clay, armature building materials, modeling stands, wrapping materials and water bottles. Finalists are to bring all personal sculpting tools.

AWARDS: Each year the GCA invites celebrated artists working in the classical tradition and professionals dealing in classical sculpture to serve on our panel of judges.


The GCA and the advent of the annual Classical Figure Sculpture Competition are made possible with the generous support of the Morris and Alma Schapiro Fund

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Arturo Garcia in American Artist Magazine

Jamon Serrano, oil on linen, 24x28, by Arturo Garcia 2009

There's an article about GCA alum Arturo Garcia in this month's issue of American Artist Magazine. The article is called "Blending Traditions of Still Life Painting"

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Recent opening at Eleanor Ettinger Gallery

Here are some photos from a recent opening at the Eleanor Ettinger Gallery in Soho. The show, The Figure in American Art 2010, will be on view from Jan 14 - Feb 28.

Richard Piloco and his three paintings, two depicting his 12-year-old daughter Phoebe, and one his 8-year-old son, Lucas. Richard teaches "The Painted Sketch" on Monday evenings at GCA.

GCA alum Hyeseung Marriage-Song with three of her paintings.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Tony Curanaj in Fine Art Connoisseur

"Balkan Peppermill on Book", oil on panel, 8x6 inches, by Tony Curanaj

Tony Curanaj is featured in this month's issue of Fine Art Connoisseur as one of the "Three to Watch: artists making their mark". Curanaj teaches still life painting at GCA.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Camie Davis in Nashville Arts Magazine

There is a very nice article about Camie Davis in the most recent issue of Nashville Arts Magazine, you can read it online at this link. The article was written by Eric Stengel, founder of Classical Arts Studio, located in Nashville, TN. Mr. Stengel reminds us that one of the greatest proponents of classical training was Andy Warhol, who helped establish the New York Academy of Art, where a disciplined approach to figurative drawing, painting, and sculpture is emphasised.

“If you teach a generation how to paint the way the masters did, you will change the art world.”

-Andy Warhol

Saturday, January 9, 2010

New Ecorche class, week 1

écorché |ˌākôrˈ sh ā|noun ( pl. -chés pronunc. same)a painting or sculpture of a human figure with the skin removed todisplay the musculature.ORIGIN mid 19th cent.: French, literally flayed.’

We have a large group of students who just started a new Ecorche class with Mason Sullivan this week. The class meets once a week on thursday afternoons. The same class is also offered on Thrusday evenings for people who are not in the core program. Above is a photo of Mason's example armature and skeleton, so that gives you an idea of what we will be working towards.

On our first day of class, we built the wire armatures. Next week we will begin sculpting the skeleton. Eventually, we will add all the muscles to the skeleton, learning their names, origins and insertions.