Posts Tagged ‘pastels’

Weekend Hot Links

Friday, September 23rd, 2016

Happy Friday! Might we suggest recent art, design, and culture goodies shared by the SVACE faculty and community?

Image via NPR

Image via NPR

Big Press (NPR): Indie comics take the stage at the Small Press Expo. (via SVA MFA Visual Narrative)

Pastel Power (Fast Co. Design): Making sense of pastels saturating the market and culture. (via Lisa Lordi)

Snap Trap (Advertising Age): Snapchat dangles new carrots. (via Mark Burk)

Queer Things (TIME): A photographer queers food p*rn on Instagram. (via SVA News)

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Faculty Updates

Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

What have SVACE faculty members been up to? We have exciting updates from course instructors Emily Weiner, Jason Stopa, Jade Doskow, and Denis Ponsot!


Work by Inna Babaeva, via The Willows

Emily Weiner co-curated If You Build It,” which was on view at the rooftop floor of Lord & Taylor in NYC.  In between making art and curating shows, Emily teaches our course, “Contemporary Painting Lab: Artists and Techniques of the 21st Century.” Read more about Emily and The Willows at The New York TimesDomus, and Artnet.

Image via Venus

Image via VENUS


Jason Stopa’s paintings are included in “Fort Greene,” a group show at the new VENUS gallery in Los Angeles. The show “maps a web of connections between artists whose paths have crossed in different places at different points in time.” Jason teaches the SVACE course, “Conversations in Contemporary Painting.”

Jade Doskow image via Atlas Obscura

Jade Doskow image via Atlas Obscura

Jade Doskow, photography faculty member, was featured on Atlas Obscura for her recent book, Lost Utopias, which collects her series of photos of World Fair sites. Jade writes, “It’s because of the utopian and dystopian characters of these sites; because old buildings falling apart are not just old buildings falling apart. There is so much vision that was put into these daring structures.” Jade teaches the course, “Portfolio Workshop: Landscapes and the Built Environment.”

Image via Denis Ponsot

Image via Denis Ponsot

Denis Ponsot is featured in “Balancing Light and Form,” a group show at Huntington Arts Council, NY. Denis teaches “Watercolor Painting” at SVACE. And Shelley Haven, who teaches “Pastels,” exhibited landscape paintings at the Media Loft for New Rochelle ArtsFest!

Painting by Shelley Haven

Painting by Shelley Haven

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Student Artwork Update: Debra Magid

Monday, November 9th, 2015

We are pleased to present artwork by SVACE student Debra Magid! Debra created her artwork in conjunction with the following courses: “Figure Drawing II” with Susan Hambleton and “Watercolor Painting” with Andrew Chang.

Susan Hambleton

Pastel drawing by Debra Magid

Debra writes: “After a career of over 35 years as a designer working in the fields of Exhibit, Retail, Restaurant and Signage design, I have once again rediscovered my Fine Arts roots and have rekindled my love of drawing.  With a BFA in Industrial Design, for my entire professional life I have been a problem solver, responding to the restrictions of clients needs and schedules.”

Pastel drawing by Debra Magid

Pastel drawing by Debra Magid

“Now, back as an artist, I refuse to be bound by those issues.  The work shown here is the joyful exploration of the intersection of the human form and color. Experimenting with scale, composition and medium, I am exploring how the basic human form can be interpreted and rendered to be both “real” and imaginary.  The two large pieces are pastel; the smaller ones are watercolor. They were all drawn from live models in classes with Susan Hambleton and Andrew Chang.”

See Debra’s work in our exhibition space at 380 2nd Avenue, 8th floor, until November 30th!

Pastel drawing by Debra Magid

Pastel drawing by Debra Magid

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Student Artwork Update: Wayne Gregory

Sunday, August 9th, 2015

We’re proud to present SVACE student artwork by Wayne Gregory! Wayne has taken our Fine Arts courses, including Pastels, taught by Shelley Haven.  See Wayne’s artwork in our display cases at 380 Second Avenue, 8th floor, until September 1st!

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Wayne Gregory, “Wild Tulips”


From Wayne’s artist’s statement:

“My name is Wayne Gregory.  I am an aspiring artist and have been interested in art since I was a child growing up in Jamaica.  I have worked in most of the mediums from oil to acrylic to water colour and charcoal/pastels.  I love pastels the most since I have more range of control and it gives me better freedom to move colour around on the paper. I have taken classes at SVA for the last four years and I am currently enrolled in the Pastels Continuing Education class being taught by Shelley Haven.  I have also taken the Nature and Landscape class.  It has been a serene pleasure for me so far and I look forward to many more years here at SVA.”

See more of Wayne’s artwork on his website and his Facebook page!

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Wayne Gregory, “Alien Flowers”

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Wayne Gregory, “Spring Orchid”


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