Week 7 Landscape Painting: Fontaine de Vaucluse, take two

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For our Week 7 painting site on Tuesday, November 5, the Landscape Painting class returned to Fontaine de Vaucluse. We got an early start to get more hours ahead of the earlier sunset. Aurelie in the Maison Basse kitchen prepared sandwiches and other picnic items for us so no one had to stop to buy lunch. Some students settled in to work within Petrarch’s garden. Kim Bates took on larger works focusing on the transition of water from glass smoothness into dramatic turbulence. Sujay created a painting of water that looks good upside down. Ana focused on the bands of green and gold in the surface reflections and Sami turned her talents to feature a blast of golden leaves amidst the rising crags of the area. Mizuki created several works in the garden as well. Tyler created a small sensuous study of the Sorgue as it approached an old dam. Melodie focused on the dam itself, allowing the painting of the area from the prior week to remain visible in the upper area. Julie painted the turn of the river over the damn, the weeping willow tree, and houses on the opposite bank. Just before  sunset, a rainbow warned that rain was coming. The shift of color during that time was spectacular, awe-inspiring. We were chilled by the time we loaded the van with fresh paintings and gear, and during the entire return trip, a light show unfolded with skies of colors so intense that if we’d captured them in a painting, they would have seemed exaggerated.


Painters write.

This blog is not the only thing that the painting students have been writing this term. Most students in Lacoste take at least one art history course. They are assigned a substantial amount of reading and I’ve heard so much about their research papers that I thought it might be interesting to create a list of topics from this term.

Severed Ties and Opened Eyes: Cézanne’s  Isolation and the Advancements That Followed

Gaugin in Arles

Cézanne: Pushing Formalism

Vincent Van Gogh, Mad Genius in Arles

Religious Influence on Art

Vincent Van Gogh’s Influence on the Evolution of Art

From Infrastructure to Historical Treasure: The Legacy of Pont du Gard

Cézanne and Zola: Pursuing Greatness

The painting students reported that Professor Trittel noted that painters, as a group, received the highest grades on their papers. I have yet to confirm that directly with Professor Trittel!

The Bee Keeper: Faculty Presentation by Allen Peterson

On Wednesday, November 7, Allen Peterson, professor of sculpture, ended the faculty presentation series with his talk at Maison Forte.

By Kate Phillips, BFA Painting, BFA Sculpture, SCAD Atlanta

We are all little bees, in a way, each performing a dance to the rhythm of life, expressed Professor Allen Peterson on his ideas and motivation for his artwork. He explains that we each are all responsible to the community of life, just like a honey bee is necessary to the pollination of crops, construction of its hive, and protection of its queen. Prof. Peterson was honest in expressing that he knows he can’t change the whole world overnight, but he has hopes to reinvigorate a sense of community and responsibility in people utilizing bees as his artistic metaphor.

Through his extensive iron-working abilities, he has created works utilizing the hexagon structure of beehives in conjunction with the bee dance to press paper and create installations. Also, he has performed live iron pours for choreographed dances to use newly-poured glowing bees. Further, implementing beeswax busts and the hard work of real life bees, Prof. Peterson shows his interest in a relationship with bees beyond the metaphor. In the meantime, when he is not directly working on his pieces or teaching at SCAD, he cares for a hive of approximately 40,000 bees along with raising two little girls — with the help of his wife — in Atlanta, Georgia.

Photo Credit: Sandra Reed

Vernissage Promotion

Congratulations to Julie Ferris (B.F.A. Painting, SCAD Savannah) and Melodie Allegre (B.F.A. Painting, SCAD Savannah), who were selected to record a radio spot to promote the Fall 2012 Vernissage. To hear the promo, click here. (Note: the students used their best accents to address their audience in French.)

Also, congratulations to Charles Parham (M.F.A. Painting, SCAD Atlanta), whose improvisational drawing of a perch city was selected as the Vernissage postcard image. Postcards are being mailed far and wide, and today, the landscape students handed them out in Fontaine de Vaucluse and placed a poster there as well.

The Magnificent Versailles

By Charles “Chuck” Parham, M.F.A Painting Student, SCAD Atlanta

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On Saturday, November 3, 2012, I visited the palace of Versailles along with my fellow graduate student, Kimberly Bates. Versailles is a mega palace located in the suburbs of Paris. When we approached the palace for the first time, it was explosive!!! From all of my years of studying about the Versailles palace in art history, being in front of it was an experience. When I entered through the gates in the front of the palace, I became a sponge, absorbing what I could. On the exterior, the size of the palace is an astounding 520,000 to 550,000 square feet and with the garden included it is 87,728,720 square feet!!! The garden is a small city in itself. Continue reading

Musée de l’Orangerie; a “peaceful haven” of Paris

By Ann Haley, B.F.A. Painting, SCAD Savannah

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I visited the Musée de l’Orangerie in the late afternoon of Friday, November 2, 2012. It was a wonderful, calming way to end the day after a somewhat mind-draining day at the Louvre. This was a smaller museum located just off of the River Seine in the Jardin des Tuileries that many painting students visited during the evening of our last full day in Paris. The Musée de l’Orangerie was one of my favorite museums that I visited on our trip (tied with the Pompidou!), and I think part of why I loved it so much was the timing at which that I went there. Being the last museum that I went to, it was a pleasant way to end my trip–some museums have so much artwork that it can be very overwhelming at times, but the Musée de l’Orangerie was simple, yet still had a lot of amazing work. My two favorite exhibits in the museum were Claude Monet’s and Chaïm Soutine’s.

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My little snippet of the Pompidou

By Sujay Shah, B.F.A. Painting, SCAD Savannah

“It was nice to go to the Centre Pompidou after the D’Orsay in the same day, you know, because the Pompidou is like the grandchild of the D’Orsay.”- Ann Haley

The Pompidou is electric and striking especially at night because the steel wire exoskeleton is backlit by the interior lights. A zig-zag tube runs along its frontal side that houses escalators to transport guests from one level to another. The atrium of the Pompidou looks like a mash up of a giant airport terminal, a game arcade, and a cinema lobby. The atmosphere felt very informal and helped us all to comfortably enjoy the artwork during our class visit on Thursday night, November 1, 2012. Continue reading

Paris notes

By Sandra Reed, professor of painting, SCAD Savannah

The painting students explored Paris from October 31 through November 3, 2012. On Sunday afternoon, October 28, in advance of the trip, the students met with Professor Reed in the Maison Basse cafeteria for a planning workshop. On Monday morning, October 29, Eleanor Twiford, SCAD Lacoste academic director, met with the painting students to review the itinerary and to set expectations. Materials provided to students included a list of galleries and museums with hours of operation and special exhibitions, which was assembled by Hélène Soalhat with contributions from faculty members.

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The academic itinerary combined specific venues for each class with open time and the responsibility to research and develop a plan to incorporate visits to specific venues and works of art that were of individual interest. In general, on Wednesday afternoon the students made commercial gallery visits and at night went to the Palais de Tokyo; on Thursday the day started with the Musée d’Orsay and the Centre Pompidou later on; on Friday we began at the Louvre and then met up at the Musée de l‘Orangerie. In between and on Saturday until the train at 7 pm, students re-visited sites or ventured farther afield.

Several students will be writing posts about their experiences at the galleries, museums, and cultural sites of Paris. For me, a visit with my graduate school professor was a highlight. Professor Smith has lived in his Paris apartment part-time since 1978 and full-time since retiring in the mid-1990s. I visited him there ten years ago on my first visit to Paris, also with a group of SCAD students.

Photos by Sandra Reed

Landscape Painting – Week Six (Fontaine de Vaucluse)

Landscape Painting headed to Fontaine de Vaucluse today, Tuesday, October 30. After exploring Petrarch’s garden, the source, and nutella crepes, the class settled in alongside the clear Sorgue made emerald by the brilliant plants beneath the water’s surface. We all determined that we need to come back here next week.

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Kim’s Progression in Landscape

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My first classes of landscape were as if I picked up where I left off painting landscapes in my undergraduate studies.   With expressionistic brushstrokes and the gesture of countryside, I venture off to more simplistic compositions that don’t fully detect landscape vistas but do give a sense of atmosphere. For my sustained studio project, I am analyzing JMW Turner’s Sun Setting Over a Lake and interpreting that onto a canvas.

By: Kimberly Bates

Photo Credit: Kimberly Bates