Archive for September, 2015


Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015

One particularly promising innovation of our fall 2015 semester is the addition of courses from SVA’s MFA Visual Narrative program.  These include two Risograph printing courses taught in the brand new Risograph printing studio and a storytelling class called InFORMed by Story.  Their respective instructors, Pan Terzis and Ryan Weber, recently shared lessons and insights in two different outlets.


Pan Terzis sat down for an interview on SVA’s RISOLAB blog.  Pan shares his initiation with Risograph printing, and the fascination that followed. He also reveals the astonishing efficiency of Riso printing:

“I managed to print a 36 page book in an edition of 150 with 52 layers of color in less than twelve hours. To Screenprint that many colors with that quantity would take weeks of backbreaking labor. I was immediately hooked.”


Ryan Weber, “Two Brothers” (with Christopher Weber)


Ryan Weber recorded an interview with SVA’s Story: visualized blog.  He covers many ideas, including the fun and freedom of self-publishing.  He also outlines a goal of his upcoming course:

“It’s about opening a discussion and dialogue about form can inform story and story can inform form; how those things can work together.  Rather than just writing something and plopping it into a template.”

Friday Hot Links

Friday, September 18th, 2015

Happy Friday! We want to share some interesting articles and stories shared online by the SVACE faculty and community.PolaroidSnap_03-1024x768

Inkless and Instant (WIRED): Polaroid’s Snap camera heats dye crystals embedded in the photo paper to create images. (via Kevin Brainard)

Aping Apple (Print Magazine): “An iPhone case made into an hourglass in which the sand is actually crushed up iPhone e-waste.” (via Steven Heller)

Trees of Knowledge (Brain Pickings): Networks supercede trees as metaphors for knowledge, according to Manuel Lima. (via MFA Visual Narrative)

Sweet Dreams

Wednesday, September 16th, 2015

If this inspiring insight doesn’t send you running to your studio, table, or laptop, then what will? Thanks to Steve Brodner for sharing.


Steve’s statement echoes a quote from Plato: “And how about our own art? Shall we not say that we make a house by the art of building, and by the art of painting make another house, a sort of man-made dream produced for those who are awake?”

Steve’s course, “Boosted Visual Communication,” begins soon!

Student Artwork Update: Writing and Illustrating Children’s Books

Monday, September 14th, 2015

Visit our office to see artwork by SVACE students in the course, “Writing and Illustrating Children’s Books” with Katie Yamasaki! The exhibition features artwork by Amelie Persson, Julia Franques, Richard Sansone, Sibba Hartunian, and Sibu Puthenveettil, on view at 209 East 23rd Street until September 30th!

“Creating Children’s Books,” and other related illustration courses, begins next week!


Artwork by Amelie Persson (l) and Julee Kim (r)

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Artwork by Rick Sansone


Artwork by Sibu Puthenveett


Artwork by Sibba Hartunian


Student Artwork Update: Laura Sordillo

Monday, September 14th, 2015

We are pleased to present artwork by SVACE student Laura Sordillo! Laura created her paintings in conjunction with the course, “Painting: From Realism to Abstraction” with Andrew Castrucci.  See Laura’s work in our exhibition space at 380 2nd Avenue, 8th floor, until September 30th!

Andrew Castrucci

Painting by Laura Sordillo

Laura writes: Born and raised in New York City, I spend most of my time painting in Manhattan and in the small town of Amagansett, New York. My art work centers around the way light interacts with the flesh. Through selected wavelengths of light (represented by ultramarine blue, Naples yellow and cadmium red) and defined structures (produced by the photonic and electromagnetic properties of light), images on canvas are created. I have studied with Andrew Castrucci and Peter Fiore at the School of Visual Arts.

As an extension of my art, I hold a graduate degree in physics where I explore the use of various optical techniques as a method to investigate disease. I have published more than 30 manuscripts on light specifically in the areas of photonics, ultrafast spectroscopy and lasers.

Painting by Laura Sordillo

See more of Laura’s work at her website and Instagram page!