School of Fine Art students donate their skill to a dedication mural for San Francisco Firehouse Station 1 in the South Market area. The mural depicts the history of the fire department in the city and the officers who serve the community.
Archive for 'February 2017'
FA 499-24: SPECIAL TOPICS:
ZINES: TECHNIQUES FOR COMMUNICATION & EXPRESSION
Ever wanted to make a zine, using Xerox and Risograph? Zines are a way to create editioned content in a reproducible and accessible format. We’ll investigate the history of zines, develop all sorts of content while exploring different formats of this democratic medium. Great for Fine Artists, Illustrators, Graphic Designers, Photographers and anyone looking to explore ideas through text and imagery.
By Sean Connor
Could you tell us a little about your self, your history and experience with art before arribing at the Academy of Art University?
My Earliest memories of drawing were of copying Audubon bird prints in color pencil, following the example of my older brother. While continuing to draw, I did not consider the fine arts and occupational choice, having no clear concept of the life of a professional artist. My first experience painting was in an undergraduate course in Chicago, and the frustration I felt spurred me to want to master the form, particularly in painting people. Luckliy, just after that term, a friend invited me to join him in NYC, where we would study at the National Academy of Design. I stayed in New York for sixteen years, during which I studied with a range of incredible painters. In addition, my colleagues were also an imprtant source of inspiration. Also critical were anual trips to Europe to see the great Western painting in situ. Finally, my wife, Helen, whom I met while a student, and who subsequently trained as a paintings conservator, sparked my interest in the technical aspects of painting. She and I eventually relocated to Chicago. It was while teaching there that I was encouraged to pursue an MFA, which is how I learned of the Academy of Art's program.
Did you have any rewarding experiences or intereactions with teachers while you studied at the Academy?
Absolutely! Notwithstandingmy prior experience as a visual artist and teacher, I found my understanding of picture-making deepened through the courses and the wisdom of my instructors, both in studio and art history courses. This dedication by the Academy faculty bore fruit in my thesis project, where, in working with Sean Connor, Warren Chang and Zack Zdrale, I combinedmy interest in the human form with that of CGI technology to create a series of paintings set in a motion catupture studio.
Are you having any upcoming shows that you'd like to share with us?
This April, my wife Helen and I will be subjects of a two person show at Chicago's Palette & Chisel Academy of Fine Arts. She and I have been painting together since we met in art school in NYC, and occasionally show together. This show will be a bit different, since it will highlight much of our working process and contain sketches, cartoons, oil studies as wall as finshed work.