Sunday, February 28, 2010
Here is the last day of Jacob's demo. We got some professional lighting for this photo and it makes a big difference! Sorry for the poor quality on all the other photos, we are hoping to set up a better situation for photographing the artwork done at GCA. I usually just point & shoot the work while it's still on the easel. Some of the students have forbidden me to post their work on the blog because the photos come out so poorly, so we are working on a solution.
Saturday, February 27, 2010
Jean-Léon Gérôme (French, 1824-1904)
Working in Marble, or The Artist Sculpting Tanagra, 1890
Oil on Canvas, 19 7.8 x 151/2 in.
Becoming An Artist features a remarkable selection of 28 works drawn from the Dahesh Museum of Art's distinguished collection, including paintings, sculptures, and works on paper by well-known academic masters: William Adolphe Bouguereau, Paul Delaroche, Henri Fantin-Latour, and Jean-Léon Gérôme, as well as their lesser-known but equally popular contemporaries.
The exhibition explores the technical and intellectual training offered by the internationally famous Paris art school, the école des Beaux-Arts. The flowering and international influence of the French Academy and the école des Beaux-Arts in the 19th century made Paris the artistic capital of the Western World, and aspiring artists flocked there. Those artists elected to the Academy virtually ruled the French art world, and acceptance at the école was a crucial step to a successful career.
The exhibition highlights the rigorous, broad-based curriculum that attracted students from France and abroad; the competitions that rewarded excellence; the hierarchy of preferred subject matter; and the unexpected variety of artistic expression generated by this exacting system.
Friday, February 26, 2010
Arm studies by Colleen Barry
The debut of this group was a huge success and we have decided to meet monthly! Space is limited so please email Colleen to reserve your spot.
In the next session we will focus on the lower arm. We will discuss the structure of the arm from different viewpoints and in movement. Then we will draw the lower arm in 20 minute poses taken in part from master drawings. Study ahead of time and learn from the group as we share what we know.
WHERE: Grand Central Academy 20 W. 44th St (btw 5/6 ave.) 6th Floor
WHEN: Saturday March 27, 2010
COST: $5 if you sign up in advance. $9 at the door. (Advance sign-up strongly encouraged)
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Colleen will be teaching the summer intensive workshop at GCA (May 31 - June 25) along with Jacob Collins, Will St. John, and Angela Cunningham.
Michelangelo Bust, 17"x24" oil on linen by Colleen Barry, 2009
Skull Studies, Charcoal, by Colleen Barry, 2009
Figure Study, Graphite, by Colleen Barry, 2009
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Santiago, by Will St. John, oil on linen, 16"x20", 2008
Painting the Ebauche: A Traditional Approach, taught by Will St. John
August 16 - 20 (5 days) • 10am - 5pm
$600 ($300 deposit)
Class open, accepting registrations.
The French Academy officially defined the ebauche as:
“The initial stage of the realization of a projected painting; the careful preparation, on broad lines of emphasis, the characteristic masses, forms, action, effect and color-scheme of the scene to be represented.”
-Albert Boime, The Academy & French Painting in the 19th Century
In 19th Century academic practice, the ebauche or lay-in, was considered fundamental to the success of a finished work. With an emphasis on breadth of form, a vigorous handling, and the tout ensemble, a successful ebauche can provide a strong foundation for subsequent re-paintings or stand alone as a finished piece.
Over the course of one week, students will complete a full-length figure painting working in this manner. Finishing area-by-area, students will be taught to observe correct proportion, anatomy, and color with a strong emphasis on form modeling. One-on-one instruction will be accompanied by demonstrations. Visual source material illustrating this technique will be provided.
Sunday, February 21, 2010
David by Jacob Collins. oil on canvas, 48"x48"
Saturday, February 20, 2010
The Dreamcatcher, oil on linen
This is a recently finished painting by GCA instructor Camie Davis. You can read more about the story behind this painting and follow Camie's work on her new blog. Camie teaches in the core program and she also offers a Saturday class on portrait drawing & painting. This summer she will be teaching a portrait drawing & painting workshop (july 19-30).
Friday, February 19, 2010
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Sunday, February 14, 2010
Here we are.
Detail of a Bouguereau painting
Jeunes Bohemiennes by William Bouguereau
Portrait de Gabrielle Cot by William Bouguereau
Bouderie (Gustave Courtois in his studio) by Pascal Dagnan Bouveret
Saturday, February 13, 2010
Here is what Jacob did on Friday.
Here is the amazing pot luck feast we had on Friday.
The occasion was Valentine's Day ...
Ken did some mind-reading magic on Mark
While everyone else had a beer, Spencer kept painting.
Carla got a tattoo
kind of gruesome ...
Katie got attacked by a vampire ... you can't see but there's a lot of blood under there
Friday, February 12, 2010
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Yesterday Jacob painted this ébauche working fast and turning the form with thinned paint. He describes this process as "a fast, thin version what you are about to do next"
In this photo you can see how thin the paint is at this stage.
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Yesterday Jacob painted this small color study - about 8"x10" to map out the general color & value scheme for the painting.
On the lightest areas of the figure, he worked over the dry under painting with some white paint. If you compare these photos to day 6 you can see it's pretty minimal, but enough to bring out the form on the face and shoulder.