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Archive for 'October 2017'

    Murals and Professional Projects

    By Carol A. Nunnelly



    Fine Art and Illustration students are creating a mural for the Samesun Hostel on Franklin Street in San Francisco. Directed by Craig Nelson and Carol Nunnelly, the mural class places students into a real world project where professional jobs meet emerging art students.  Mural painting offers artists an opportunity to collaborate and work on a “Real World Project.” 

    As a part of urban renewal, the mural was requested by the property owner, Simon Sin and approved by the Academy's Vice President of Community & Government Affairs, Rebecca Delgado Rottman.  Rebecca has been a tireless advocate for murals in San Francisco and as a member of the City's Graffiti Advisory Board, she believes murals are an essential way to bring together communities, promote safety and enhance neighborhoods.

    The students will learn the business side of mural painting from costs estimating, project management, project completion and client satisfaction. Learning by doing is our motto.

    The mural painting students were asked to produce style options for the project including Art Deco and Realistic painting styles and color variations in keeping with the structure and remodeling plans.

    Themes of the Fall Semester mural include concepts that bring together San Francisco and the World. Questions asked during the brain storming session included: Where do we find the world in San Francisco? What does San Francisco give to the world?  What does the world give to San Francisco?  Exploring these ideas created the basis of the initial sketching and design work for the project. 

    The design process included reference gathering, research, and development on three paintings. Each student created an original design. These were painted to scale using measurements gathered on site of the wall.


    Design by Mykaela McGrew

    Design by Mykaela McGrew

    These color paintings show different approaches to the project. In one example we see the backstory of San Francisco. Starting in Golden Gate Park at Hippie Hill and moving through to Chinatown there are stories told of the unique and special nature of the diverse characters and icons of the city by the bay. Moving through to Northbeach, showing the Cable Cars, and Seeing Street performers, the artist Mykaela McGrew- Higgins has depicted the famous wild parrots, Tree Man, Gold Man, and she tieseverything together with rhythmic ribbons of music. There are postcards from around the world depicted in a flying scatter.


    Design by Zihao Wang

    Design by Zihao Wang

    Another painting by Zihao Wang, is a depiction of the city as a map or 3D game board. Pop up figures and icons of the city flow throughout the design. He created imagery of SF Zoo, Chinatown, Golden Gate Park and the Ferry Building with Golden Gate Bridge. 

    Design by Zihao Wang

    Design by Zihao Wang

    Xiaolu Lin created an Art Deco styled design using the Ferry Building, Japan Town, and elements of San Francisco as a graphic images flowing seamlessly throughout the design.

     By promoting inclusivity, diversity, and adventure,  youth hostel will be a place for San Francisco and the World to meet. Finding new people in new cities, this backpacking hostel will welcome guests from around the world.

    The class is excited about the mural and are looking forward to painting on site starting the week after midterm.


    Academy of Art Printmaking grads Erin McAdams (’16) and Keisha Mrotek (’15) have been putting their skills to use in their work for Master Printer Paul Mullowney. Mullowney Printing, located in San Francisco’s Mission District, publishes unique and editioned works by leading artists, using techniques that include etching, woodcut, photogravure, direct gravure, screen printing, and letterpress printmaking. The work has been an opportunity for McAdams and Mrotek to use the skills the acquired in their printmaking courses at AAU, and to develop those skills in a working apprenticeship with Mullowney.


    New Zine Class offers Conceptual Development and a Variety of Skills


    The Academy of Art is excited to offer a new class for Spring 2018: Zines: Reproduction Techniques for Communication and Expression. Zines are self-published small-run magazines, often created by artists, photographers, illustrators or anyone interested in exploring an idea and publishing it on their own. 


    Zines provide a forum to explore alternative ideas in a print format.  Communities of artists and zinesters put on annual events such as the SF Zine Fest every September in Golden Gate Park, the New York Art Book Fair, and the San Francisco Art Book Fair. Artists and publishers come from all over the world to sell, buy and trade zines.


    The Zines class gives students an opportunity to explore their current technical field, but also explore other ideas and avenues of content development. The class will use Xerography and Risography as well as collage, typography, design layout, photography, illustration, fiction and non-fiction writing to develop ideas and create zines. Sign up now for this exciting Spring class!