Friday, February 28, 2014

Spring Workshop: Introduction to Cast Drawing

  The upcoming spring workshop "Introduction to Cast Drawing" (March 28-30), taught by Devin Cecil-Wishing, will be a great opportunity for any interested person to get a grasp on the fundamentals of the GCA method.
  If you are curious about the ideas and methods employed at the school, this will be a quick but rigorous examination of how to make a successful cast drawing. Each day will begin with a short demonstration/lecture which will explore one of the facets of the cast drawing method, after which students will draw their own cast and receive personalized critiques from Mr. Cecil-Wishing.

Devin Cecil-Wishing
Graphite on Paper
  "We will start by covering the basics of how to approach an initial linear drawing, or “block-in”, focusing on the various techniques that we can employ as we strive for accuracy in shape, proportion and gesture.   We will then move straight in to modeling form three dimensionally, as we discuss the fundamentals and nuances of how light works as well as how to depict it on a two dimensional surface.  During this time students will learn to think about their drawings in sculptural terms by utilizing a conceptual model of light fall which will allow for a greater sense of depth in their finished drawings"
Cecil-Wishing critiquing a student's cast drawing
For more information on the workshop and how to sign up - Spring Workshops

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

"Piero della Francesca: Personal Encounters" - MET Panel Discussion with Jacob Collins

Join us for a conversation on the works of Piero della Francesca, to be held on Friday, February 28th, from 4:00-5:00 PM, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Piero della Francesca
Saint Jerome and a Supplicant (detail)ca. 1460-64?
Tempera and Oil on Wood
The panelists include GCA director and artist Jacob Collins, as well as Keith Christiansen, the John Pope-Hennessy Chairman of the Dept. of European Paintings, and Frank Dabell, art historian.

This free discussion will take place at the Bonnie J. Sacerdote Lecture Hall in the Uris Center for Education at the Met, and will be shown in conjunction to the current exhibition, Piero della Francesca: Personal Encounters.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

"Suggested Donation" - New Podcast Series from GCA Instructors

Today is the official roll out of the new podcast series "Suggested Donation", a project sprung from the minds of GCA core instructors Edward Minoff and Tony Curanaj. In their own words -

Suggested Donation is a podcast devoted to the arts in all forms. Hosted by two contemporary painters, the conversations provide an insight into the creative mind. By speaking with both traditional and non-traditional artists and craftsmen, curators and restorers, we create a dialog through which we discover common ground across disciplines and spaces united by a love of and deep devotion to skill. We aim to alter the very landscape of the contemporary art world one conversation at a time. Our first podcast features a conversation between Edward Minoff and Tony Curanaj in which we introduce ourselves and our podcast, and discuss our sordid past.

Their first episode is now online and available through download and subscription on iTunes, or through their website Tony and Ted are both charismatic and witty speakers, and this series is sure to be an entertaining, educational and inspiring listen for anyone interested in the creative mind. New episodes will continue to be released periodically, so if you enjoyed this piece, please subscribe to the podcast channel to not miss the next update.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Sculptures in Progress - On View Tonight

Don't miss our Open Studio tonight from 6-8pm! The event will be held in our Midtown studios at 20 West 44th Street on the 6th Floor (between 5th and 6th Avenues).

Drawings, paintings and sculptures by our full time and part time students will be on view throughout our four studios. Sculptures in-progress of our current month-long sculpture pose (pictured below) will be on view in the sculpture studio along with a live portrait sculpture demonstration. Drawings and paintings -- cast, figure, portrait, still life and landscape -- will fill the other studios. There will also be a live live portrait drawing demonstration.

The majority of the works on display are academic studies revealing the rigorous methods of instruction that define a traditional art education. Selected works will be for sale.

Be sure to also visit the Open Studio of our partner school the Beaux Arts Atelier! Their studios will be open from 6-8pm on the 3rd Floor.

Refreshments will be served on both floors. Bring friends!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Preparatory Perspective Drawings by Anthony Baus

Full time student Anthony Baus has just finished a figure drawing that will be published this Spring in Drawing Magazine. While we cannot post the final drawing just yet, here are some preparatory perspective studies. The final drawing, along with his studies, will be on view at our upcoming Open House this Friday, February 21st from 6 - 8 p.m.  The event will be held from 6-8pm in our 6th floor studios at 20 West 44th Street (between 5th and 6th Avenues). 

In addition to recently receiving an ARC Award, Anthony Baus is a 4th year core-program student and Water Street Atelier Instructor. To learn more about Anthony click here.

Friday, February 14, 2014

"October Through the Fog" by Edward Minoff

This painting by artist and GCA Instructor Edward Minoff will be on view at our Open Studio Night on Friday, February 21st. The event will be held from 6-8pm in our 6th floor studios at 20 West 44th Street (between 5th and 6th Avenues).

Also, our sister school the Beaux Arts Atelier is also hosting an Open Studio Night from 6-8pm on the 3rd floor. Refreshments will be served on both floors! Bring your friends!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Oysters and Lemons by Justin Wood

This painting by artist & GCA Instructor Justin Wood will be on view at our Open Studio Night on Friday, February 21st, from 6 - 8 p.m. 

Still-life with Oysters and Lemons by Justin Wood

Justin Wood teaches Cast Drawing Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings. Click here to read more about Justin Wood. 

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Four New Core Students

We are pleased to welcome four new core students into our ranks, all of whom just started classes this past Monday.
Left to Right: Alex Alves, Dale Zinkowski, Deborah Rodrigues, Kelly Foss
Alex Alves hales froms Colares, Portugal, and studied at the Angel Academy previously; Dale Zinkowski is from New York, but has spent the past years in Tuscon, Arizona; Deborah Rodrigues just finished high school in Mountain Lakes, NJ; and Kelly Foss joins us from Hawaii, originally from El Paso, Texas.

Best of luck to them all on their journey through the GCA core program!

Carla Crawford Exhibition February 5 - 28

A solo exhibition featuring work by GCA recent graduate Carla Crawford opened yesterday in Granada, Spain.  The show will run through February 28. If you're in the area, don't miss it!
Congratulations Carla! 

Museo Casa De Los Tiros
Calle Pavaneras. 19
18009 Granada Espana
34 958 57 54 66

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Paintings by Jon deMartin

The following works by artist & GCA Instructor Jon deMartin will be on view and for purchase at this year's Open Studio Night on Friday, Febuary 21st, from 6 - 8 p.m. 

To learn more about Jon deMartin please visit:

Wendy's Torso - 20" x 14", oil on canvas, 2013,

Ad Tedere Ad Astra - 36" x 24", oil on canvas, 2012
Jon deMartin will be teaching a Summer workshop this June.  Details will be announced soon.  To sign up for our newsletter click here.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Monday Portraits

Here is a small group of 4 hour portraits from our weekly Monday afternoon portrait session.
Patrick Byrnes
Al Costanzo
Mary Jane Ward
Ted Minoff