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Spring Season Brings About a Flurry of Activity for Students of DuCret

This Spring season was an exercise in juggling one great opportunity after another as duCret students managed to fit in amongst their class schedules; a trip to Rome, an Annual Spring Art Show, a Portfolio Presentation and a Graduation Ceremony.

Plainfield, NJ, May 25, 2011 --( During Spring Break, duCret Instructor Mark Romanoski led 36 duCret Students, Faculty Members, Alumni and friends of duCret through Paris, Milan, Florence and Rome. For participating duCret students; Andy Judd of Bridgewater, Rae Cawley of Westfield, Brandon Drake of Plainfield, Tomas Hurtado of Clark, Liam Kaiser-Sheridan of Scotch Plains, Steven Lopez of Elizabeth, Christopher Peel of South Plainfield, Laura Smith of Bergenfield, Ben Vogler of North Plainfield and Duane Watson of Englewood, it was an opportunity of a lifetime. On a whirlwind travel agenda, arranged though EF Tours, (an international educational travel program for faculty and students) and focusing on Renaissance Art History, the group experienced an array of historical landmarks, famous statues and sacred sites such as the Vatican City. Starting in Paris and traveling to Milan, Florence and finally Rome, they were able to visit the Louvre, Notre Dame Cathedral, The Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe. They also visited the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica and saw the Mona Lisa and Michelangelo’s ‘The David.’

"I lost ten pounds walking," Chris Peel stated emphatically. When asked if the trip changed his perspective on life somehow, Andy Judd replied, “Absolutely. To see these historical icons we’ve studied in class, in ‘real life’ sends a powerful message to artists everywhere. Here at duCret you can explore everything and do anything artistically. You can open up your soul and just ‘be’ yourself. I was thrilled to go on the trip.”

When the students arrived home, they were immediately thrust into preparations for duCret’s annual Art Show, in which six very special awards were presented, aside from 1st, 2nd and 3rd place and honorable mention recognitions. These annual honorary awards included: The Alfred Schultz Award, The Ann & Dudley duCret Award, The Edward W. Pardee Memorial Award, The Furman Fink Award, The Walter Swain Award and the Alumni Award. This year, it was no surprise that a few last minute art entries had a European influence.

Of the six honorary awards given, artist Michelle Dillon was presented The Walter Swain Award for her painting “After Dou, Young Dutch Girl.” A very special relationship between duCret and Swain has developed over the years, as both are Plainfield institutional icons with very rich art histories. The 142 year old Swain Galleries is Plainfield’s oldest retail establishment and New Jersey’s oldest privately owned art gallery. DuCret School of Art is New Jersey’s oldest private non-profit art institution, coming into its 85th year. All winning entries from the duCret Art Show will be on display at Swain’s Galleries with a Special Reception to be announced in the coming month.

With no ‘down time’ after the Spring Art Show, duCret’s graduating class was required to present their portfolios of finished works to family, friends and other duCret students on Thursday, May 12th, and once again the auditorium was transformed into an artist’s mecca. When asked what it was like to see the wall to wall completed works of his fellow graduating students at final presentation, Mike Gutierrez exclaimed, “It was amazing to see what my peers have accomplished, when you look at the entire collections side by side and see how some of them stand out, even from across the room!”

Graduation Ceremony was then held for eleven duCret students including: Trish Andrada, DaMille King, Kristen Karwan, Pawel Gryglak, Mike Gutierrez, Gregory Rivera, Steven Lopez, Brittan Mackason, Sean Smith, Laura Snearowski, and Ben Vogler on Thursday, May 12th. This year a 12th memorial seat was reserved for Phillip ‘Steak’ Ryan, who left the world too soon, during winter semester and who was to graduate this year. His Mother received his diploma. At the following reception the student body presented Phillip's Mother with a signed yearbook.

Though the formal school year has come to a close, every summer, the duCret School of Art offers a Summer Workshop Series that is open to the public. This year over 35, 1 day, 3 day and 6 – 8 week workshops will be offered, including: Figure & Portrait, Fashion Illustration, Drawing Super Heroes, Plein Air Drawing/Painting, Still Life Painting, Painting Techniques of the Masters, Landscapes in Pastel, Mixing Raw Pigments, Cool Water Techniques, Torn Paper Collage, Professional Matting & Framing, Jewelry Design, Ceramics, Batik, as well as computer art, including; Graphic Art, Photoshop, Digital Illustration, Photography and Web Design.

duCret is now accepting registration for the Adult Summer Workshop Program and it’s Children’s and Teen’s Art Summer Camp. For more information, visit the website, call 908-757-7171, or individual’s can walk-in between 9am – 4pm and pick up a Summer Workshop packet.

The duCret School of Art is located at 1030 Central Avenue and is situated on a five acre campus in a historic residential area of Plainfield, NJ. The school offers post-secondary programs in Fine Art, Graphic Design/Computer graphics and Illustration through the fall – spring seasons. The school is state approved and nationally accredited.

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