Wednesday, February 27, 2013

GCA Open Studio Night in Review

The open studio night at the GCA saw a great turn-out from the public and New York arts community, with all four studios packed with a menagerie of artwork and onlookers. The Epoch Times covered the event and the process of study at GCA and the BAA in an article that can be read here.
We look forward to hosting another open studio night in the future - until then, here are some photos to recap the evening!

Admiring Sam Hung's  still life
Conversing in the Sculpture Hall

Life studies in clay
Emilie Lee's (GCA instructor) work in progress landscape of the White Mountains

Work in the figure studio

Monday, February 25, 2013

Congratulations to the 2013 Hudson River Fellows!

Jacob Collins painting at Jackson Falls (2012)

And the 2013 Fellowship Goes To....

Olena Babak, Brandon Beckstrom, Challen Berg, Alex Berrios, Sarah Bird, Terra Chapman, Hamborg Chapman, Leeanna Chipana, Mark Cummings, Daniel daSilva, Zoe Dufour, Sarah Gibson, Ione Hunter Gordon, Brendan Johnston, Robin Kappy, Rodrigo Mateo, James Morren, Charlie Mostow, Michelle Palatnik, Rachel Personett, Mark Popple, Kresten Smedemark, Savannah Tate Cuff, and Matt Weigle!

Christina Mastrangelo Sketches at Jackson Falls on the first morning of HRF 2012

Twenty-four landscape painters have been selected to study and paint the landscapes surrounding Jackson, New Hampshire in the White Mountain National Forest.  During this three-week fellowship in July, painters will work daily from dawn til dusk to produce field studies (pencil drawings, tonal studies, plein air sketches) that will inform larger studio paintings later. Weekly lectures will cover history, science and the methods and materials of 19th Century landscape painters who flocked to this region. 

Lodging five minutes outside of Jackson, fellows will bunk together in cozy ski chalets with stunning mountain views.  Besides collaborating artistically, fellows will also work together to keep food and garbage sealed up tight. Last summer, plenty of brown bear (plus moose, deer & fox) ambled around looking for their lucky sandwich (no worries, they are not interested dining on people -- painters or not!)

Each year the GCA schedules simultaneous landscape painting workshops. Workshops students and Fellows come together for lectures & other informal gatherings.  At the end of the three-weeks, the Jackson Historical Society hosts a Fellowship Exhibition in the Old Town Hall at the center of town.

2012 Exhibition: Zoey Frank (top left), Shihwen Wu (3 pieces bottom left), Rebecca Gray (sunsets and falls study) 

 Click here to view artwork from the 2012 Fellowship and a Thomas Kegler Glazing Demo!

Click here to view 19th Century landscape paintings painted in this area in New Hampshire!

Schedule of 2013 Landscape Painting Classes & Events: 

March 23 & 24 – Foreground Studies with Emilie Lee (NYC)
April 6 & 7 – Traditional Landscape Painting with Tom Kegler (NYC)

July 15 – August 3 - Hudson River Fellowship

July 17 – 20 – Traditional Landscape Painting with Tom Kegler (NH)
July 21 – 24 - Foreground Studies with Emilie Lee (NH)
July 25 – August 3, Techniques of the Hudson River School with Erik Koeppel & Lauren Sansaricq (NH) (shared housing available for 10-day workshops)

Erik Koeppel invites Fellows & Students to visit his Jackson Studio (2012)

Fellow Spencer Brainard sketches while a Jackson man takes an early morning dip behind the falls! (2012)

2014 Fellowship applications will be due in February, 2014. Stay tuned to Facebook & our Blog!

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

GCA & BAA Open Studio Night!

If you're in the NYC area, don't miss our Open Studio event from 6-8PM this Thursday, the 21st. The event will be held on the school grounds at 20 West 44th St, Manhattan. It will be an excellent showcase of all the work that is done at GCA/WSA, illustrating the process of study throughout cast, figure, still life, landscape and sculpture work.
Family of Trinkets
Sam Hung
oil on linen

You are also invited to visit the Beaux Arts Atelier (BAA) located on the 3rd floor which is hosting an Open House and Information Session from 6-8pm.

Both the GCA and the BAA are part of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art. There will be beautiful work on display and refreshments on both floors!

Monday, February 11, 2013

Monday Portraits

Another batch of four hour portraits from the Monday afternoon session.
Leeanna Chipana
Katie Engberg
Adrienne Stanger

Audrey Rodriguez

Joseph Loomis

Michelle Palatnik

Sarah Bird

Jacob Collins

Rick Piloco

Sunday, February 10, 2013

¨The Modern Atelier¨ at Whistler House Museum of Art

"The Modern Atelier" show at Whistler House Museum of Art is an exhibition featuring paintings by Todd Casey, Carla Crawford, Angela Cunningham, Gregory Mortenson, and Travis Seymour, all of whom attended Water Street Atelier in the past.

The show in Lowell, MA features works done by each artist using the methods of the modern atelier and GCA. It opened January 12th and will continue until February 23rd; if you are in the Lowell area you should take a look! To find more information, check out the Whistler House website.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013


Over 100 student works on display including drawings, paintings, and sculpture

Students of The Grand Central Academy of Art (GCA) will be holding their first open studio event Thursday, February 21st, 2013 from 6-8pm. The event will showcase an array of full-time and part-time student work including drawings, paintings, and sculpture, offering a unique chance to see inside the daily life of an atelier.  This student-run event and exhibition will take place at Grand Central Academy, 20 W 44th St, 6th floor, New York, NY, 10036.

Anthony Baus, 2011, graphite on paper, 18” x 24”

The GCA Open Studio Night was created by students in a spirit of community to encourage relationships among artists working in a realist mode in New York, and to provide a glimpse of the working methods, philosophy and studio environment that support a traditional art education. The forty-five students of the Water Street Atelier (GCA’s full-time program) and dozens more from the school’s part-time courses will contribute works charting the course of the academy’s four-year curriculum – from graphite cast drawings to month-long figure paintings in oil, demonstrating the academy’s rigorous methodology and commitment to working from life. Finished paintings, drawings, and sculpture – as well as current works-in-progress – will be displayed in the academy’s four studios located in the historic General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen building. Other works on display will include still-life and portrait paintings, figure and portrait sculptures, as well as landscapes from the prestigious Hudson River Fellowship.

The Grand Central Academy of Art Open Studio Night
Thursday, February 21, 2013, 6-8pm
Grand Central Academy of Art
20 W 44th Street, 6th floor
New York, NY 10036

The Grand Central Academy of Art Open Studio Night is a free event and open to the general public. Refreshments will be served. A selection of works will be available for purchase.

The event will coincide with the open studio night of the Beaux-Arts Atelier (BAA), an intensive architecture program based on the pedagogy of the École des Beaux-Arts. The BAA is also located in the General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen on the third floor. More information can be found at