GCAA’S ANNUAL ART SHOW Thursday, April 20th, 6-8pm $2 admissionA beautiful collection of middle and high school art will be showcased in the GCAA lobby and Sun Theater mezzanine. Large decorative plates created by Painting II students will be auctioned in the Sun Theater Lobby, in addition to an Art Shop with a selection of Photography and Graphic Design pieces for sale. Art SALE: Looking for a way to support local artists and the GCAA Visual Art Department?! GCAA Photography students are pleased to present our online 2017 Collection, a convenient way that does both while making your space beautiful. Most prints will be on display at our Annual Art Show on April 20th and a few select prints will be available for purchase in the Art Shop. We will have iPads available to view the 2017 Collection as well. Shop this link and have your professional grade prints shipped right to your door! Art AUCTION: This is a sneak peek at the hand painted plates that will be auctioned at our art show. These are large wall hanging ceramic plates built by Mr. Spiguzza. Our Painting II students collectively recreated various master artworks on the surface of each plate. They are currently on display in the main office and are absolutely gorgeous! If you can't attend the show, but would like to place a bid please contact Mrs. Clayton at firstname.lastname@example.org. -- The previous visual art show occurring on Dec 1, 2016, was a big success. Here are some of the scenes and works of art from that December show:
For several weeks, Matt Washausen of UMSL (University of Missouri - St. Louis) worked with high school students from Grand Center Arts Academy as part of his senior thesis. The result was: "Audio Chroma." In the following video, Washausen discusses his work during the December 16, 2016 exhibition of Audio Chroma at UMSL Fine Arts Building Gallery.
The Visual Art Department would like to invite you to view a beautiful display of student artwork at the GCAA Winter Art Show, Thursday December 1 from 5-7pm. There is a $2 admission fee. This year, 3 guest judges will be handing out 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place awards in the categories of Drawing/Painting, 2-Dimensional Design, and 3-D Design. One Middle and High School student will also be awarded Best in Show. We are excited to honor and showcase our students’ hard work and hope you will join us! Event posters created by senior design student, Tyson Johnson!
USML design student, Matthew Washausen, has decided to focus his senior thesis on the connection of a music and design. By pairing GCAA Graphic Design students and local musicians, students will create responses to music's influence on creativity and design, which will then be presented at an event in the Fine Arts Building on UMSL's campus.
"Music can be a very important aspect in design. It is influential to our ideas, thoughts and daily life activities. The inspiration and influence music has on my design is tremendous: I believe the experience of pairing design students with local musicians to create responses is a major opportunity for students with design interest to receive mentorship. With having the event at UMSL we hope to encourage students to find interest in exploring graphic design in college." - Matthew WashausenThe event, Audio Chroma: The Power of Music & Design, will be held at the University of Missouri- St. Louis in the Fine Arts Building on Friday, December 16th from 6:00-10:00pm. This will be an excellent opportunity for students to showcase their design work and discuss their results with family, friends, peers, and design students of UMSL. This event will demonstrate the importance that music has on design and uniting a community through graphic design.
Check out the new website that showcases the talented graphic designers at GCAA! With that said, next year we have a Graphic Design Production Studio course that will collaborate with departments and community organizations to provide design services. We hope those who are interested take advantage of our awesome designers and provide them with professional experience that will help build skill set and portfolio. The request form can be found on the website and Sharepoint. Items our students can design for you could include t-shirts, posters, programs, tickets, brochures, flyers, you name it!
Visual Art Seniors gathered last week for an exciting night out to commemorate their journey at Grand Center Arts Academy. It was a heartfelt evening as the department reminisced on many memories and relationships that have developed over the years. Teachers and students also celebrated the individuality and charisma each of these students holds with personalized "Dada" Awards! Good luck seniors, we wish you well!
On Thursday, April 21, 2016, the GCAA Visual Arts Students (Middle School and High School) were featured at the Annual Spring Art Show. The Show drew a big crowd to the Sun Theater. The show also succeeded in raising funds for future art projects. Many of the works from the show are featured below. Chair of the Art Department, Ms. Megan Clayton discussed this year's show with me:
A couple weeks ago, GCAA Head of School Matt Frederickson agreed to allow me to record an interview where he discusses many aspects of GCAA. It's a 25 minute interview filled with colorful images of GCAA students making art. Enjoy!