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!
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
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.
By Charles “Chuck” Parham, M.F.A Painting Student, SCAD Atlanta
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
By Ann Haley, B.F.A. Painting, SCAD Savannah
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.
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
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.
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 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.
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