Saturday, January 19, 2013

Katie Whipple Portrait Sketch - Sketch Demo and Upcoming Class

Katie Whipple's upcoming Saturday class on portrait sketching is an excellent addition to our Saturday class line up at GCA, beginning in February. Here are some shots of Ms. Whipple's most recent portrait sketch last Monday -

Finished - 4 hours 
The class will run every Saturday, from 9-12 AM, on a bimonthly track. The course description reads; " Each Saturday we will tackle the challenging, yet incredibly fun, task of the quick portrait sketch. Using whichever medium you choose (oil paint, graphite, or charcoal) we will work to gain a comprehensive understanding of the portrait focusing on accurate drawing and sound structure to quickly record a likeness of character. In a three-hour model session, time is the biggest obstacle. We will focus on working quickly, but with intention, determining what information is essential to record an accurate likeness and create a solid head."
To find out more, visit this page.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Beaux-Arts Atelier - Call for Applications

Our friends downstairs in the Beaux-Arts Atelier, the architectural and classical sister school to GCA, are opening a call for applications for the oncoming year. If you have an interest in classical architecture, the program comes highly recommended. The work they produce is a great source of inspiration for those of us in the GCA.

The Beaux-Arts Atelier is pleased to announce a call for applications for the 2013-2014 year. The academic year runs from September to June, and is divided into five six-week terms and a one-week travel term in Rome. Applications are due March 1, 2013.

The BAA is an intensive program in the study of classical architecture, art, and design following the method of the École des Beaux-Arts. Students receive in-depth instruction in an atelier setting while pursuing coursework in observational drawing, architectural drafting, systematic design methodology, the classical orders, geometry and proportion, traditional methods of architectural wash rendering and drawing, the history and theory of classical architecture, and modeling and sculpting. Students conduct detailed studies of New York City’s architectural masterpieces through on-site observation and field drawing. In addition, field trips are conducted to leading architecture, decorating, and craftsman studios during each term.

Financial assistance is available to accepted applicants according to merit and need and is made possible by the generosity of the following contributors:

The Richard H. Driehaus Charitable Lead Trust offers assistance to accepted applicants on the basis of merit and need. Recipients bear the title of Driehaus Scholar. 

Appleton/Zeluck Scholarship: This scholarship will award $10,000 to a competitive Southern California student, practitioner, or other qualified resident. 

Northern California Regional Chapter Scholarship: This $7,500 scholarship will be awarded to a student hailing from Northern California to pursue study for the 2013-2014 year. 

Taconic Builders, Inc. Scholarship: A $5,000 scholarship will be awarded to an accepted applicant who has demonstrated interest in the building arts. 

Les Métalliers Champenois Scholarship: A $5,000 scholarship will be awarded to a worthy accepted applicant and is accompanied by an associated apprenticeship with the renowned metalwork firm Les Métalliers Campenois. 

The Newington-Cropsey Cultural Studies Center Classical Design Prize: A $2,000 prize will be awarded to an outstanding student who demonstrates special regard for the human ideals informing the classical tradition. 

For further information, including courses descriptions and multimedia, please visit us online or contact the education department at, (212) 730-9646 x100

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Field Trip to the NY Historical Society

Last Monday the core class student body took an afternoon field trip to the NY Historical Society, where we were treated to a private lecture and sketching tour of the exhibition Nature and the American Vision: The Hudson River School. Linda Ferber, Vice President and Director of the Museum division for the Historical Society, and Jacob Collins kindly spoke and answered questions relating to the paintings and their history.

 It was a fascinating opportunity to get up close to blockbuster Hudson River School works such as The Course of Empire by Thomas Cole, Donner Lake from the Summit by Albert Bierstadt, and other North American, South American, European and Arctic works from 19th century American luminaries. Even better to be surrounded by fellow artists and historians!

Friday, January 4, 2013

Edward Minoff in Fine Art Connoisseur

Edward Minoff, a GCA core program instructor, is featured in an article of this month's issue of Fine Art Connoisseur.

The article, entitled "An Artist Catches His Own Wave", includes a six page spread with reproductions of Minoff's portrait drawings and landscape sketches. Check it out next time you're at the magazine stand!