On September 4th we held the first Digital Book class of the year. The class, taught by Matthew Richmond, focuses on producing work for the iPad. A couple of years ago we started the tradition of giving the second year iPads for this class. This year was no different. In addition the iPads we had a wonderful surprise for them.
Through our partnership with Adobe we are able to supply the students with the new, magical tool from Adobe called Ink and Slide. This is a remarkably sensitive stylist and ruler that links to a Creative Cloud account which provides the next step in making the iPad a viable creative tool. We are eagerly waiting to see what the class comes up with and will be positing Ink and Slide images in the coming weeks.
Thursday, August 28th we officially welcomed the Class of 2016 to the MFA Illustration program. They met as a group, heard presentations from the faculty and picked their studio spaces for the year. Later in the evening we gathered at the SVA Chelsea gallery for a reception.
Welcome Class of 2016!
The second year students have officially welcomed the new first years. We toasted to their commitment to their craft and deer-in-headlights expressions at DBA on 1st Ave last Friday. Can you tell who is “old blood” and who is “new blood?”
Thank you to Francisco Galarraga (pictured above eating pizza) for your amazing camera and photo-taking!
Many of our second-year students have already moved back in. While a few “big kid” studios remain empty, many of us made ourselves at home in our new spacious abodes this week. We’re putting up our inspiration walls, hurrying to finish our book projects, and taking full advantage of our glossy new computer set-up (all replaced!).
PS. This is Amanda Moeckel. This is my first post as the new blogger. Hi!
Elaheh and Alina hard at work. Beware of dirty looks.
Just kidding, they only smile. Mostly.
Alexa’s inspiration wall
Ooh, clean kitchen. Not for long.
Ooh, sparkly new monitors. Not for long.
Ooh, Michael not burning the midnight oil. Not for long.
Our new computer tech, Mike Hirshon, clearly knows where to find good quotes.
Speaking of Mike Hirshon. Oh hey, Lily is back, too.
Somebody’s super clean studio. Thanks, summer cleaning team!
Alina making use of the new monitors.
Our chair, Marshall Arisman, just completed a series of three subway posters for the School of Visual Arts. They are magnificent. You can reada blog story on the SVA site here:
To view a short film Marshall made about the posters go here:
Moonsub Shin, recent graduate from the Class of 2014 moved out of the studios along with his classmates in mid-July. As parting gift he dropped off these custom t-shirts for each of the MFA Illustration faculty and administration. Teachers - can you find yourselves?
Thank you Moonsub! We are going to miss you.
This past July Marshall Arisman went to the ICON 8 Illustration Conference in Portland. He gave a presentation titled Illustration as an Art Form. A version of his talk can be found here:
The MFA Illustration as Visual Essay was well represented with an abundance of alums in attendance.
Ralph Lauren approached the MFA Illustration as Visual Essay program last fall requesting a list of our emerging alumni. The project was to create art for the entire façade of their new Denim & Supply store on 12th Street and University Place in New York City. Aside from the façade the artist would install their work in the store as well as the windows. They would design two t-shirts specifically for the event. The profit would go to the MFA Illustration as Visual Essay scholarship fund. We sent Ralph Lauren over 30 names and websites of our alumni. They chose Jonathan Bartlett. We hired Nada Ray to create a video about the event. Here are stills from the film shoot as well as a link to the film itself.
All photograph courtesy of Nada Ray.
Our writing instructor, Michele Zackheim published her most recently novel in January. It continues to receive high praise. Michele was recently on Andrea Mitchell Reports to discuss her book.
A link to the interview can be found here:
If you are in the New York area don’t miss Vanessa Redgrave reading excerpts from the book.
Graduation Day is always full of mixed emotions - great joy and celebration for our graduating students as well as melancholy feelings as they finish the program.