Moonrise over local church.
Father of a GSA student waits to say goodbye. While parental support is appreciated, GSA has remained firm in their policies towards parents over the years. Students are not allowed to see their parents for the entire duration of the program. While this may seem hard-hearted, most students forget to call their parents after the first week.
Geron mixes paint for one of the Visual Art projects.
Taylor sits up after her modelling work is complete. While not an actual model, the residential assistant proved to be an excellent subject for the students who were working with charcoal.
Burke, a visual art student, reacts as his model changes poses.
Jeremiah shares the vision for his project with the Visual Art teacher, Annabelle. At the program, students are encouraged to come prepared with concepts and creative ideas intended to help them tackle personal issues or issues in the world around them.
Burke, a rising senior, works on sketching trees. Burke is recovering from a brain-tumor which was removed in 2011. He can walk with a cane, but not for long distances which require the use of a wheelchair. Despite all this, Burke continues to work in visual art and charms others with his cartoony style.
Almond connects with a tree.
A fly rests on a leaf.
Students work as a team to construct ornate vase-like sculptures.
Mallory looks on as students argue over the details of their vase. While some disagreements do occur, the students get along well with one another and respect every individual's artistic vision. At GSA, the staff encourages the students to engage with members of their own creative "tribe".
Lights for use in GSA Coffee House 1.0. A GSA Coffee House is an opportunity for students to showcase their skills both in and outside their artforms. Here, one may find a visual art student reading poetry, stand-up comedy presented by a creative writing student, or an architecture student playing a ukelele.
Burke jokingly paints with his cane.
Paint dries on the feet of a resting student. For this activity, visual art students collaborated with dance students to create abstract art. With hands and feet painted, students would dance on large sheets of paper. Collaboration is a one of the greater artistic elements encouraged by the GSA faculty.
Mallory adds more orange to the mix.
Visual art students paint each other's faces. As the program progresses, the students become more comfortable with each other. By the end of the three weeks, a new "tribe" of artists has been created.
A dance student mimics the actions of a more knowledgeable visual art student.
Dance students show off painted hands after collaborating with visual artists.
Burke raises his walking stick in mock-triumph while on stage at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts
Molten glass cools on the floor after being emptied out of a furnace for maintenance purposes. Throughout the program, visiting artists give presentations about their work and experiences. While it provides students with connections to professionals in their respective art forms, it also shows the feasability of a career in the arts.
Ben studies himself in a mirror before starting his self-portrait.
Almondine models for herself.
Eriko measures the room for her painting.
Annabelle chats with one of her students during a painting session. While the faculty are employed as instructors, many function almost as a stand-in parent during the program.
Josh adds more color to his abstract painting.
Cam paints his self-portrait.
Josh laughs as he discusses the origins of his middle name, Adrushkevich. Embracing diversity, GSA seeks to bring together students from as many different backgrounds as possible.
Andrew, a residential assistant, models for Eriko. For this project, students were instructed to make two paintings: one from life around them and another from whatever source they wanted.
Ellen takes a moment to look deeply into the camera. GSA students are rarely shy, especially when engaging their art.
The architecture faculty pull string taught between the bannisters.
Margot works on recreating a hand which had blown up in the furnace. Suffering from lack of sleep and frustration, she decides to fashion the hand in an order that fits her mood.
Bobby, the ceramics instructor, takes a break from firing clay and picks up a guitar. While all students and faculty are very skilled in their respective art forms, many have several creative outlets.
Visual art students rest after a long three weeks.
Geron and Almondine rest after writing their artist statements.
Carson gets philosophical.