Mr. Joseph Gyurcsak demonstrates water color techniques to Fashion Design students in Ms. Pringles A5 class.
Fashion Design students at Design and Architecture Senior High were in for a treat on October 15 when special guest, Joseph Gyurcsak, visited to give one of his many exceptional watercolor presentations.
Gyurcsak works as the head artist at Blick and Utrecht Art Materials here in Miami. He began his studies at Parsons School of Design in New York, but decided that it wasn’t really for him. He discovered that his true passion best flourished in illustration, and obtained a scholarship to the School of Visual Arts (SVA) also in New York City.
For four and a half years, Gyurcsak worked with magazines doing editorials, where he was able to put his illustration skills to the test. “I was given stories, I read them, and then I came up with a visual,” Gyurcsak explains. After his experience with magazines, he briefly took up advertising, continuing to sharpen his rendering abilities.
Today, Gyurcsak travels worldwide, promoting Blick art materials, and gracing thousands with his spectacular demonstrations. Rosemary Pringle, Fashion Design Instructor at Design and Architecture Senior High, said that “… he made watercolor look effortless … ” which is truly an accomplishment considering the challenge that this media presents. So, “what’s his secret”, you may ask? Well, he has said that “… the fastest way to kill a watercolor painting’s fluidity is by going over it too much.” There’s no argument there, especially when Gyurcsak has mastered his craft, impressing teachers and students alike with his flawless renditions.
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I am an artist who records people’s feelings and dreams, life of the cities and the beauty of nature. I do not record the particular time of the period; instead I try to find connections between things. I believe that everything is interconnected in this world from what we see every day in our lives to what we accept as a fantasy or a dream. Hidden ideas and familiar moments in the art works allow different people in diverse ways to perceive and feel the actual conception. Many contrast colors establish a mystery – like surreal quality, creating an illusion of something between dreams and real life. Flow of life continues … Do you see those colors? The high contrast in the background creates a mystical atmosphere; isn’t it beautiful? The scene does not last forever; you can only memorize it. In those conditions, you start to forget about everything. This is where the imagination comes.
You watch the game of colors until it slowly fades away.
Dash students enjoy a lively Latin Folk Dance as part of the October celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.
For DASH Spanish teacher, Ms. Teresita Lopez, and the members of the Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica, coordinating the Hispanic Heritage festivities was a labor of love.
“I would like to thank everyone at DASH for helping make this a wonderful celebration.” she said to begin the event.
The celebration began with a reading of freshman student Alexandria Schweitzer’s essay that was entered in the district’s Hispanic Heritage Month Essay contest. English teacher, Mr. Hernandez along with Ms. Lopez selected it as the best writing sample for its originality. Alexandria responded to the following question: Based on the data presented, how do you foresee the growing number of Hispanics influencing the United States socially, economically, and politically?
Representing the vast world of Hispanic literature, student Victoria Cabrera recited in Spanish two stanzas of Cuban poet and Cuban War for Independence hero Jose Marti’s famous Versos Sencillos, followed by Maria Useche who recited the English translation.
On a musical note, Natalia Reynaldo, who is herself of Mexican heritage, sang an Argentinian musical with an added Flamenco Cante Hondo twist.
No celebration is complete without dancing and food, so the event ended with a feast of Hispanic dishes from around the world, as well as students dancing Zumba and La Macarena in the courtyard.