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|NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
|We are pleased to announce that Josue Munoz, age 17 has been awarded the
Youth Scholarship to attend the Grand Central Academy and was founded by
master artists Jacob Collins. Mr. Collins has studied at the New York
Academy of Art, École Albert Defois, and the Art Students League. He is the
founder and director of the Water Street Atelier in Manhattan and is an
extraordinarily respected artist, teacher, and role model in the field of
contemporary realism. Combining a technique reminiscent of the
nineteenth-century American realists with a freshness of vision scarcely
encountered among today's traditional painters, Collins' works form that
rarest of unions where classic beauty and striking originality meet as
"Josue is an exceptional, humble artist that in my opinion has a very bright
future ahead of him. I wish him much happiness as he begins this adventure."
~Deborah Ankrom Kepes
|Local art students recreate Leonardo da Vinci's "Mona Lisa"
There’s no need to travel all the way to the Louvre in Paris to experience
Leonardo da Vinci’s famous painting the “Mona Lisa.” Cobble Creek Studios in
Snellville is displaying a whole wall of “Mona Lisa” paintings.
The “Mona Lisa” Project includes 78 miniature recreations of the famous painting
created by Cobble Creek art students ranging from ages 5 to 18. They completed
the project as part of a three-month study in which they learned the history of the
painting as well as the technique Leonardo used to create it.
Deborah Kepes, Cobble Creek Studios Director, describes the project and the studios’
art classes as academic in structure, combining terminology and history with technique.
“I find that many people that I’ve talked to over the years do realize that it’s not just
being born with a specific talent, and that just about anyone can be taught art, and
feel if it were approached the same way as math or reading there would be many more artists,”
Kepes said it’s a common misconception for people to believe the “Mona Lisa” is
treasured because of the smile or the eyes that appear to follow you around the room.
It’s really due to the unique technique Leonardo used to create it called Sfumato,
which means smoke in Italian.
“Actually, it’s the layering process that da Vinci used, and there are over 40 layers
of glazes, ranging from opaque to translucent,” Kepes said, adding that’s what creates
the roundness of form seen in the painting.
The students were able to practice the technique by recreating the “Mona Lisa” on
an American poplar panel, which is a very smooth wooden panel similar to the Italian
poplar panel Leonardo used.
They also learned the story of the woman in the painting as well as the history of the
painting itself, studying sources like “Mona Lisa: Inside the Painting,” which highlights research
done at the Louvre. Kepes believes it’s important to learn the history and
processes used to create works of art because it helps people realize it isn’t just about
talent.“If I take you slowly through perspective to proportion to placement: these things
are what create art and it makes it less of an unobtainable goal,” she said. “Our tagline
is ‘We make fine art obtainable’ …
You don’t have to be born with this talent — it can be taught.”
The Mona Lisa Project will be on display throughout May at Cobble Creek Studios Art
Academy located at 2257 Scenic Highway in Snellville.
The exhibit also includes information and little known facts about the “Mona Lisa,”
and Kepes hopes the public will take advantage of the opportunity to learn about
“the most important painting ever created.”
For more information about Cobble Creek Studios, visit cobblecreekstudios.com
or call 770-597-4053.
|Art students at Cobble Creek Studios in Snellville recreated
Leonardo DaVinci’s “Mona Lisa” as part of a three-month
project to learn about the history of the painting and the
technique Leonardo da Vinci used to create it.
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|Recently Kaylee Boyd, age 15, participated in a high
school art competition at Bob Jones University in
Greenville, SC. We are proud to announce that Kaylee won
two awards; 2nd place for her drawing of the Roman Bust
created at our studio art academy and a 2nd Place award for her
Extemporaneous Drawing . In order to compete for the
Extemporaraneous Award the student must draw a still life at
the competition and then it is decided by the judge.
Please join us in congratulating Kaylee in her achievements
If you would like more information regarding this opportunity
please follow the link here.
Bob Jones University Arts Festival