I desire to dedicate my life to creating paintings of a variety of individuals active in the advancement of their intellect. Classical portrait paintings of scholars had a prominent influence on my interest in reading at an early age and I also aspire to use highly naturalistic painting to inspire others to reflect on the nobility of education. In order to fulfill my ambitions, I will be studying full-time at theGrand Central Atelier, beginning in September of 2015, to develop technical skills that are vital to conveying my visual expressions to their full potential.
I believe that the level of illusion within a painting can influence the extent to which a viewer is inspired by a painting. The representation of a figure's particular form can allow one to connect with the specific emotions that a figure expresses. The more accurately that I can describe the figures in my work, the more believable their emotions can appear and the more each figure's noble expression can inspire viewers.
The first year of cast drawing and introduction to figure drawing from life at the Grand Central Atelier will provide me with a solid foundation of understanding the factors pertinent to representing reality for me to improve upon during subsequent years of study in the four-year program. The curriculum develops in yearly stages from cast and figure drawing to cast and figure painting in color to strengthen an artist's understanding and ability to represent reality.
My first year at the Grand Central Atelier will require many art supplies. From calculating my expenses for the same art supplies that I previously used while studying full-time for a year at an atelier in 2014, I have determined that the following costs for art materials, purchased from Blick Art Supplies, will be required during my first year of study at the Grand Central Atelier.
- Steadlear Pencils ($121.55/ year)
Used for creating a range of values in drawing studies. The needed pencils will be 2B (quantity of 20), HB (quantity of 24), B (quantity of 6), F (quantity of 6), H (quantity of 9) , 2H (quantity of 9), 3H (quantity of 6), 4H (quantity of 3), 6H (quantity of 2). Pencils are priced at $1.43 each.
- Artistico Fabriano Paper, Hot Press, 140 lb, 22" x 30" ($29.50/year)
Used for creating shaded drawings of at least 3 casts and portraits. The first year will require at least 5 sheets of paper. This paper is priced at $5.90 per sheet.
- Strathmore, medium surface, Drawing Pad, 18" x 24" ($10.48/year)
Used for creating line drawings to examine proportions and shapes from casts and from the figure. Drawing Pads are priced at $10.48 per pad.
All donations to the Arthur Haywood Education Initiative will be contributed to a gift card to Blick Art Supplies for use in purchasing the above listed art materials. Updates of work created with the art materials will be shown on my blog, arthaywood.blogspot.com in December 2015 and May 2016.
These art materials will be used in my first year of study at the Grand Central Atelier to create cast drawings and figure works from life. I will be furthering my study of these subjects at the Grand Central Atelier in my first year. My drawings, shown below, were made at the atelier that I previously studied at from 2012- 2014, Cambridge Street Studios, before things did not work out there.
Through continuing to develop my technical ablilites at the Grand Central Atelier I will be able to benefit from the significant advances that the school's instructors and students consistently make towards achieving a higher degree of realism. Immersion in such a program will allow me to significantly enhance the reality of my work in order to increase the effectiveness of my artwork.
Support of art materials would allow me to use more of my resources that are saved and earned, prior to and during the duration of my studies to contribute to other essential funds, such as tuition and living expenses, needed to complete the Grand Central Atelier's four-year program. Support from funds donated to the Arthur Haywood Education Initiative would assist in the extension of my education and would enable me to achieve my goal of using realistic art to a positive effect.
More of my art work can be viewed on my website, www.ahaywoodfineart.com, or in the selected images below.
Thank you so much for your support!
The next donation, from July 20th - 24th, of $35 will be rewarded with an original oil painting of "Dr. Jane Lubchenco". The piece will be shipped signed, matted and framed.
Dr. Jane Lubchenco is the head of the NOAA( National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) and has been improving reactions to the climate changes in the waterways. She is portrayed to show her concern for the world's health.
Donations of $25 or more will be rewarded with a signed 8" x 10" print of "I will be brave".
Donations of $12 or more will be rewarded with a signed 8" x 10 print of "the Veterinarian".
Thank you for your support!
Risks and challenges
-Prices of materials may slightly increase due to merchandiser or slightly decrease due to store sales.
- Excess funds from donations will be contributed to art materials for subsequent years of study in the Grand Central Atelier's four-year program.
- Artist may eventually broaden the theme of his works to encapsulate more positive themes aside from the theme of education.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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