Thursday, April 12, 2018

We are the first and only ever atelier that takes place in a high school in the world! News, press release, painting in show


News, Press Release, Painting in Regional Show

      Hi everyone! I have been so busy, but must update! I have been busy with the "Atelier in the High School at Bradford Christian Academy," as we draw to a close our third year. We are still glowing from our status as the first ever atelier that takes place in a high school...in the world! We were told this by the Art Renewal Center this past February when they made us one of their approved ateliers. I am sure this will be a new trend in K-12 schools very soon!

   Since then, I was asked to present my paper, "Experiences and Methods in the First Atelier in the High School at Bradford Christian Academy; An Atelier program for High School." at The Regional Art Conference  TRAC2018 , about our endeavor. 

    I am very happy with the work the students are doing, and will share some photos below, that were taken for a press release that was circulated by our School, Bradford Christian Academy, today. I will also insert that press release below.

     Finally, with all this going on, I have not painted too many of my own oil paintings, but, my painting, "Arrangement with Cat and Twine" was accepted into the 21st Regional Juried Show at the Newburyport Art Association.

Stay tuned! scroll down for the press release, and photos !!  --Sandra Galda

PRESS RELEASE: 

Bradford Christian Academy Earns Distinction as the Only High School Atelier Program in the World

Haverhill, MA — On February 6, 2018, the Atelier in the High School at Bradford Christian Academy was approved as the only high school atelier program in the world by the Art Renewal Center (ARC), the leader in the revival of realism in the visual arts. The ARC is the only vetting service for realist art schools, ensuring that the teaching curricula and quality of teacher and student work meet strict standards for approval. BCA proudly holds the distinction being the only vetted atelier in a high school.

The atelier tradition, a practice stemming from Renaissance Italy, focuses on the technical aspects of drawing and painting figurative art, including perspective, accurate drawing, and values of dark and light. Atelier techniques were practiced for centuries by the European masters to perfect drawing and painting skills demonstrated in portrait work and landscapes. 
The Atelier at Bradford Christian Academy is led by faculty member and Massachusetts-based artist Sandra Galda. In addition to her undergraduate degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo and her master’s degree from Harvard University, Sandra completed six years post graduate study at Ingbretson Studios with master painter Paul Ingbretson. Galda will present her paper, "Experiences and Methods in the First Atelier in the High School," at The Representational Art Conference 2018 (TRAC2018), in Leeuwarden, Netherlands in May.  Founded by Michael Pearce and Michael Lynn Adams, the TRAC conference aims to provide an outlet for the discussion of new developments in 21st Century representational art.

The Art Renewal Center (ARC), a 501(c)(3), non-profit, educational foundation. For more information about the Bradford Christian Academy’s approval by the Art Renewal Center, please visit their website at link: https://www.artrenewal.org/Atelier/Index/10172

 About:

Bradford Christian Academy
Bradford Christian Academy is an independent, co-educational, college-preparatory elementary, middle, and high school serving students from Protestant, Catholic, and Orthodox faith traditions. With campuses in Bradford and Haverhill, MA, Bradford Christian Academy enrolls students from over 40 communities throughout the region as well as countries throughout the world. For more information, please visit www.bradfordchristianacademy.org.

Media Contact:                                                                                      
Matt Perusse, Director of Communications, (213) 804-0219, mattperusse@gmail.com








Finally, below is my oil painting, with a close up below it, "Arrangement with Cat and Twine," oil on canvas, 20 x22 inches, accepted into the 21st Regional Juried Show at the Newburyport Art Association. 




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Thursday, January 25, 2018

January at the Atelier in the High School at Bradford Christian School

January at the
Atelier in the High School
at Bradford Christian School

Happy New Year! 

If you have been following this blog, you know that I am in my third year of teaching atelier in a private high-school. I've been sharing with the students traditional academic and Boston School training.  It has been a joy to see students employ time-tested atelier lessons and see great results in their artwork. None of the students have had any formal atelier training before they enter the class. It is amazing how effective standard atelier exercises can transform a young student's art, even from the first exercise.

Below I will share a few of this years results. 


I am also excited that our Atelier in the High School at Bradford Christian Academy has been accepted as an approved atelier school, by the Art Renewal Center!!!!!  

We are told that we have the distinction of being the first atelier ever held in a high school. 


Enjoy some of the pictures by our students! 


A copy a master work project, using a Robert Douglas Hunter painting in black and white. 



 Charcoal cast drawings.



copy a masterwork sketch








color spotting exercise

My profile picture!


Visit again soon! 


Wednesday, October 18, 2017

High School Atelier in its third year!

The high school atelier is in its third year! 

The atelier class is held all year long during regular school hours, as a class in Bradford Christian Academy,(http://bradfordchristianacademy.org/). This is an amazing school, check them out. I am so pleased to be able to teach this subject. The results are awesome! 
Check out https://www.facebook.com/SandraGaldaArt/ to see what we are up to!




We began the year again with some Bargue work.


We are just finishing some value studies, one above. In our next projects we will be leaving sight size and working more relationally, using comparative strategies. 
More later!




Thursday, April 13, 2017

Updates!


Hi everyone! Here is some of what I have been up to this year.

High School Art classes at our local Christian Academy:

The students in my Atelier Techniques Class:


They worked some drawings....

They drew with charcoal....

They set up still-lifes and painted starts and worked a finished oil painting.....

They entered a local gallery's high school art show and 2 of the four won awards.....


The kids in the Basic Art and Design Class:


We did group effort large abstracts after Franz Kline...and individual versions too...
The students crated 3D wire sculptures.....


They worked on exercises in values.....




They worked many exercises in one, two and Three point perspective.....



They were taught to use enlargement techniques to create great images, by hand ...




They worked several various contour line exercises, studying line ....




They painted canvases after the style of Helen Frankenthaler, thus studying color theory....






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Thursday, April 6, 2017

Site with Gammells Reading list...thanks Artist Tom Dunlay!

https://www.sightsize.com/articles/essential-reading-mr-gammells-book-list/

HI all!
Its been ages, have lots to post soon. Here is a link to a site that shares the reading list that Gammell recommended.
more soon!
Sandra

Friday, June 17, 2016

Some of my student's artwork---School's out for the summer!

Some of my student artwork
from my high school atelier :

All of these student works, except for a few by an 11th grader,  are created by 9th and 10th graders!  






 















 






I was very impressed with the student work and their efforts at learning to see and use the strategies of the Boston School and academy style instruction to capture the visual image. It was hard to squeeze down the excellent atelier experience I enjoyed for approx. 6 years at Ingbretson Studio with my teacher Paul Ingbretson.........but the kids did get a taste of the training.  The last shot is of me in one of the rooms.
Now that school is out, I hope to work more on some of my works in process!
--Sandra



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