Monday, June 28, 2010
the north studio looking good in natural light!
Michael Klein doing a demo in class
Klein's demo painting
Saturday, June 26, 2010
I've been out of town this month so Joy took these photos and she says thank you to everyone for filling our studios with focus and camaraderie during the month of June. A truly great group!!
Colleen Barry working with Will Jones
by Alex Tang
by Sheryl Kosovski
by Alex Tang
by Edwin Boone
by Mark Fiorenza
Angela Cunningham working with Shihwen Wu
Colleen Barry working with a student
the necessary supplies
by Adrienne Stanger
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Jon deMartin demonstrating technique on a student's work in his Head & Figure Workshop.
Mason Sullivan's The Portrait Inside & Out workshop participant Joseph Wilson working up until the end on the last day.
Scholarship recipient and Summer Intensive participant David Troncoso in the cast hall demonstrating his continued verve to work late.
Monday, June 21, 2010
Friday, June 18, 2010
This year, the Cast and Figure prize winners have tied for first place! Also, this year, a Director’s prize has been awarded for Interdisciplinary Excellence.
Figure Category – First place award of $10,000 to be shared
Angela Cunningham and Colleen Barry
Cast Category - First place award of $10,000 to be shared
David Troncoso and Katie Whipple
Director’s Prize for Interdisciplinary Excellence - $4,000
Will St. John
by Katie Whipple
by David Troncoso
by Angela Cunningham
by Colleen Barry
by Will St. John
The judging committee made up of Edward Minoff, Josh LaRock, Scott Waddell and Camie Davis engaged in fervent debate and had the edifying task of comparing finer points of beauty and excellence from a torrent of beauty and excellence gracing the walls of the South Studio. Here are specific notes from the judges:
Angela's painting and drawing each display an incredibly lifelike and human veneer which reflects a profound knowledge of the interaction between surface form and light. Her modeling has continued to develop aided by her sculptural conception of anatomy and form. Her drawing is subtle, reflecting the strength of her vast understanding of the human figure.
Colleen's penetrating eye seems to go beneath the surface, guided by a powerful command of anatomy: skeletal structure, proportion and balance. The result is apparent in her expert block-ins, which are simultaneously solid and delicate. Her paintings are supported by a masterful control of values, generating a warm glow and exhibiting a deep absorption of the classical aesthetic.
Both Katie and David have shown a tireless dedication to their work. Towards the end of the year, both were still at their easels when the last of the night students departed. Katie's drawings in particular seem to reflect the most thorough understanding of form modeling. David undertook perhaps the most ambitious cast drawing, considering the scale.
Congratulations to the winners! Also, thank you to all the students who contributed their work to the Student Exhibit hanging in the South Studio during the month of June.
Thursday, June 17, 2010
I was honored to be asked to judge the sculpture competition, representing the painter's
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
"Many people never have the opportunity to be naked in front of people for 40+ hours. Luckily, I now have bragging rights, having enjoyed the opportunity to have posed for the 2010 Grand Central Academy Sculpture Competition.
The stand on which I stood was located at the center of the room, about a foot or so off the ground with the ability to rotate 360 degrees. On the periphery, were the boundaries for the competitors, a series of 24 vertical and parallel lines that would divide the room into 12 areas from which the contestants sculpted.
Like the sun, I was the center of everyone's attention. The competitors, twelve unique planets, orbited around me with their clay moon man nobly in front of them. From time to time, a competitor would go out of their orbit and I would enjoy a few spray bottle showers while everyone else continued to focus on landing the spot of recipiency for this annual celebration.
The reason I say celebration is because there was no competition in this studio. Smiles were more visible than statues at times. Twelve extremely talented artists each with their unique background came together to create life out of clay. By the end of the competition, it felt like there were twelve more people added to the room. Unfortunately, they were all much better looking than I was.
I am honored and privileged to have been a part of something so beautiful. As artists we thrive on creating life and sharing it with our communities. And because of that, I now have 12 new brothers and 12 new friends to add to my Facebook."
Jimmy checking email and doing some lunges on a model break during the competition
Jimmy Martin is a writer/performer in NYC.
His website is www.jimmy-martin.com andnd he wants you to visit it... please.
Sunday, June 13, 2010
Will St. John, 1st place $10,000 prize
Susie Chism, 2nd place, $3,000 prize
Jiwoong Cheh, 3rd place, $2,000 prize
Angela Cunningham, honorable mention
Chris Waddell, honorable mention
"Will gave his sculpture a fullness and expansive quality that could be seen in the pitch of the ribcage which was angled up towards the light indicating a fullness of breath. His sculpture showed a clearer understanding of proportions and gesture grounding and weighting the standing leg and moving the force up the body with well articulated masses full of rhythm. This gave the figure a good sense of intentionality and motion. All the transitions between the body parts were well done, giving the viewer a clear understanding of sculpture's archetectonic qualities. The figure was broken down well, with a great understanding of the underlying structure. The parts fit well into the hierarchy of the whole. From a distance, the sculpture's values were in the right spots, showing that Will knows how to break down the life model into a form that explains well in sculptural terms how the body moves and reacts to gravity."
-Sabin Howard, Judge
On the Competition:
"The Competition was an amazing learning experience. Never before had I witnessed so much drive and perseverance in one group. It was a privilege working alongside such an outstanding group of professional sculptors"
-Will St. John
Saturday, June 12, 2010
Friday, June 11, 2010
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
The competition is fierce! Drop by to view
the 12 beautiful works-in-progress. Events
are free & open to the public.
The two remaining events are listed below.
Day 3 - June 9....TODAY!
Viewing of works-in-progress, 6-7:30pm
Day 5 - June 11....FRIDAY!
Awards Gala & Final Viewing, 8-11pm
*Viewing begins after prizes are awarded @ 8:30pm
This workshop still has room for a few more students! (July 19-30) Camie Davis has been teaching full time in the core program since the beginning of GCA. She is a high energy force of motivation at the school and her classes are always fun and challenging. This is an opportunity not to be missed!
Camie Davis teaches Jedi mind tricks and portrait drawing