Thursday, November 28, 2013

Annual Thanksgiving Lunch Party

Our annual Thanksgiving lunch party at GCA was a great time with classmates, models, friends and family. We all enjoyed potluck dishes and deserts with some delicious Cuban food!

And of course, our atelier-wide famous limbo competition was the central event! We had a great turnout and fierce competition this year, with the bar set lower (or higher?) than ever before.

Connor limboing

Onlookers abound

Left to Right - Liz in 2nd, Peter in 1st*, Connor in 3rd

Friday, November 22, 2013

Andrew Bonneau - Moran Portrait Prize Finalist

Andrew Bonneau, GCA alum and Australian painter, was recently awarded the distinction of being a finalist in the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize, one of the most prestigious art prizes in Australia. Mr. Bonneau graduated from the GCA core program last year and returned to his native Cairns, Australia to further his career.

Self Portrait with Landscape
The above painting will be on display in Sydney for the next several months at Juniper Hall, located at 250 Oxford Street, Paddington in Sydney, Australia. Afterwards, it will continue to travel throughout regional galleries across the country. We're happy to see Andrew Bonneau keeping academic art alive in Oceania!

Check out his website to see more of his work.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Interview with Edward Minoff

Read up here on GCA teacher Edward Minoff's interview by Brad MacDonald - it provides some personal insight into Minoff's hijinks, as well as his approach to crafting paintings and what it takes to be an artist.

Edward Minoff
Here's a little excerpt:

Do you still practice? If so, what do your practice sessions look like?
Practice never ends. In my case, I feel like there is some linear trajectory to my artistic career, so in some way each painting is practice for the next painting. I think this is particularly true of my ocean paintings. I spend so much time studying wave forms and the nature of water and air and the interaction between the two. Each painting reflects an attempt to better understand some aspect or property of the ocean environment. They all start with an idea or an emotion, but once the painting is underway it becomes a puzzle to solve. I guess my solving that puzzle, or acceptance of a lack of resolution is practice for the next painting where I will try to overcome some new obstacle or carry on trying to resolve an ongoing challenge.

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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Love Letter to the Sculpture Studio

The sculpture studio in the GCA has been hopping lately! All core students are required to create several figure sculptures at some point in their scholastic career.

Left to Right - Sam, Mark, Rebecca, Zoe, Connor, Abigail, Liz... and Cheh!
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My experience with figure sculpture has been truly illuminating. Sculpting the forms of the figure is a chance to re-examine figure drawing in a manner where proportional, gestural and anatomical misunderstandings quickly become obvious. Weaknesses and strengths are more apparent, and gaps in knowledge that were previously waved away suddenly take center stage.

In my own humble opinion, after cast drawing, sculpture must be one of the best ways to sharpen the eye and the understanding of space. I look forward to continuing onwards with my classmates as we familiarize ourselves with the sculptural mindset.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Zubin Mehta presents Mobilize Art

I think we can all agree the internet is an important marketing tool for artists.  Even if you do not already have a website or a blog I am sure we can find you posting your latest works on Facebook or Pinterest. On Tuesday Zubin Mehta will introduce Mobilize Art, a new tool for artists to sell their work online.  Please learn more by joining us Tuesday Nov. 12th from 5 p.m. - 6 p.m. in the cast room.

Contact Zubin Mehta to join his mailing list and learn more about Mobilize Art at

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Drawing the Skeleton

While drawing the figure, it's great to take a little time out of the day and draw the skeleton between sessions. Fortunately at GCA, we have access to a model skeleton, and we like to set him up near the model in both the sculpture and drawing/painting studios.
Rebecca Gray Drawing a Skeleton Alongside Her Figure Drawing
Last Wednesday we had a little extra time between poses and Rebecca took the time to set up the skeleton according to the model's position and lighting. It's a great exercise and very informative!

Monday, November 4, 2013

GCA Salon - "Imitation and Emulation in Art" Lecture and Discussion

The Grand Central Academy cordially invites the public to attend its second Salon event of the year, Imitation and Emulation in Art, an evening consisting of two short lectures and a moderated roundtable discussion. Caroline Ting, M.A. (Sorbonne) will be delivering the lectures, which will focus on the history of Western Art and methods of study employed from the Greeks to the 19th century academicians. The lecture will be split into two parts across the evening, interspersed with an ongoing moderated discussion of the topic.

Creation of Adam
The event will take place this Friday, November 8th, from 5:30 to 7:30 PM. It will be located on the GCA premises at 20 W 44th St, in Manhattan, New York.

Hudson River Fellowship Applications Due Dec 2!

Travis Schlaht, Ted Minoff and Emilie Lee HRF 2011

Apply today to the 2014 Hudson River Fellowship!

Application Deadline: December 2, 2013
Fellowship Dates: July 13 - August 2 (July 13 & August 2 are travel days)
Location: Jackson, New Hampshire

Based out of Jackson Village nestled in New Hampshire's White Mountain National Forest, the Hudson River Fellowship will gather twenty landscape painters for a three-week collaborative fellowship to paint the landscapes that drew over 400 painters in the 19th century. Among these painters were Thomas Cole, Asher B. Durand, George Inness, Sanford Gifford, Jasper Cropsey, Albert Bierstadt and the New Hampshire native credited with founding the White Mountain School, Benjamin Champsey.

The dates of this summer's fellowship are July 13 - August 2. (July 13 and August 2 are travel days. ) The fellowship provides all accepted fellows with full tuition and free housing in one of two snug mountain chalets with gorgeous views. There is no application fee. There is a $100 non-refundable participation fee and a $100 housing deposit to be returned at the end of the fellowship. Fellows are responsible for their own transportation and food.

We are so lucky to have excellent local fellowship hosts! Painters Erik Koeppel and Lauren Sansaricq live and work in Jackson Village along with Warren and Leslie Schomaker of the Jackson Historical Society. Warren and Leslie help us book the lecture venues and gather the fellows for a Meet and Greet Sunset Party and organize an End of Fellowship Exhibition. Leslie also does a great job allaying concerns about black bears & ticks. Erik and Lauren help the fellows get oriented in the landscape, organize rainy day activities, invite Fellows to their studios for various art-related salons, demos and show and tell evenings.

Apply Now!

SCROLL DOWN FOR IMAGES from the White Mountains
both historic & from the 2013 Fellowship...

Crawford Notch by Thomas Cole
Echo Lake by Jasper Cropsey
Mount Washington by George Inness
Mount Chocorua by Sanford Gifford
Mount Washington by Albert Bierstadt
Artists Sketching in the White Mountains 1868 by Winslow Homer
2013 Fellows at the Mountain View Road Chalet

A Critique by Sr. Fellow Ted Minoff 

A Demo by Sr. Fellow Erik Koeppel

Koeppel Demo for Fellows & Workshop Students

Mount Chocorua by Erik Koeppel

Steady-Hand Lauren Sansaricq!!

Ted Minoff painting water...whhaaat??

Sr. Fellow Tom Kegler Demo

Tom Kegler Paints a Sunset

Click here for MORE IMAGES of 2013 Fellowship work!

To Apply, click here!