Thursday, July 26, 2012

Hudson River Fellowship - Week 2

We're now heading into our second week here in New Hampshire. The first week was spent finding our bearings in the area and familiarizing ourselves with the surrounding landscape, mostly spent doing pencil drawings and quick oil sketches. This week has seen us fall into a rhythm, with most of the fellows starting the morning session at Jackson Falls in town, and then branching out to surrounding cascades, mountain outlooks and notches within a 45 minute radius. The White Mountain National Park is filled with vistas and steeply rising mountainsides, at times reaching upwards of 3,000 feet from the valley floor.

Brian Macneil painting the sunset by the house

By Brian Macneil

Work in Progress by Spencer Brainard

Fellows at Jackson Falls

By Nathan Sowa

By Christina Mastrangelo

By Wei Shi

By Brian Macneil

In Erik Koeppel's studio

Liz Beard painting at Jackson Falls

Edward Minoff painting Mt Madison

Heavens Unleashed by Brian Macneil

Jacob Collins working at Jackson Falls

Sam Worley at the Falls

By Nathan Sowa

By Christina Mastrangelo

Last night the townspeople of Jackson and the Fellows met up at a landscape lecture held at the Whitney Center. Catherine Amidon (Director of the Museum of the White Mountains) gave an excellent lecture on the White Mountain/Hudson River School painting tradition and its connection to geological work, 19th century tourism and the growth of New York City.
Citizens of Jackson checking out Fellows' work

By Zoey Frank

Zoey Frank
Work in Progress by Emilie Lee

By Christina Mastrangelo

By Brian Macneil

Jacob working on a painting at Saco River

Victoria Herrera working at the Falls

Monday, July 23, 2012

GCA Teaches Drawing to Middle School Students

Ten Harlem middle school students studying drawing with Carla Crawford finished up their year-long class with a copying trip to the MET last month! For the second year, GCA has hired recent WSA graduates to teach a formal drawing class in an after-school program shared by two Harlem Middle Schools Our Lady Queen of Angels and Mt. Carmel Holy Rosary Schools.

These students were also invited to enroll in our July teen workshop: Bargue to Portrait. Five joined us for eight afternoon sessions in our Cast Hall!

See photos below from the MET field trip and of student work:

This program is made possible with the generous support of the Morris and Alma Schapiro Fund.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Top of the Morning, Top of the Falls!

The 2012 Hudson River Fellowship kicked off today in Jackson, New Hampshire with an early morning sketch at the famous Jackson Falls that run through the village. Two groups of painters arrived yesterday: the 2012 Hudson River Fellows and GCA workshop students enrolled in a 10-day course instructed by Erik Koeppel and Lauren Sansaricq. Later today the artists will attend a mid-day lecture given Andy McLane, an area resident and collector of 19th Century landscape paintings. Mr. McLane will show the artists paintings from his collection featuring local views that they can go find on their own. After the lunch, everyone will caravan to Pinkham Notch Base Camp in the White Mountain National Forest for an introduction to the area.

Thanks to Painter & Jackson resident Erik Koeppel and to Warren and Leslie Schomaker of the Jackson Historical Society for their generous hard work helping bring the Fellowship
to the White Mountains!

Day 1 photos below!

Hello Jackson Falls!

Finding a spot

Erik Koeppel instructing Katherine Sandecki

Fellow and 2012 Water Street Atelier Graduate Emilie Lee

Fellow Christina Mastrangelo

Blueberry Sighting (what the Black Bears want)

Fellow Allison Parker happy with her citronella bug spray

Jacob Collins and Finney hiking up the falls

Fellow Rodrigo Mateo

Fellow & GCA Alumn Spencer Brainard (and Jackson local bathing behind the Falls)

Fellows Rebecca Gray, Liz Beard and Victoria Herrera (2012 WSA Graduate)