Very few people know I went to art school. I originally began enrolling because I thought I wanted to be a graphic designer. I have always loved to draw but because of my teenage insecurities (who doesn’t have those?!)
I never allowed my passion to evolve. Nonetheless, like many creatives I have a love for art, music and literature that draws me into worlds where I meet incredibly talented people and new forms of expression on a regular basis. Enter the Gnomon School of Visual Effects.
When I received the invitation to a new exhibit opening in the gallery of the school I was excited. Everyone says that, but I truly was happy to see the work being displayed. I had a jam-packed evening of events but I made the stop at Gnomon a priority for two reasons. One, the work of these students is bananas. Two, I had my partner-in-crime Klarice Pocaigue with me and being a fellow art school graduate, I knew she’d appreciate the work. At the end of the tour Klarice looked at me and said, “I want to go back to school now!”
Alex Alvarez realized so many artists were learning much more through the sharing of ideas from their own discovery and we wanted a school, which could bring that essence to an educational environment. He also wanted students to feel they were in a creative place and not in a “factory” setting where artists are simply manufactured. He used his talents to custom design all aspects of the space and had someone bring his 3D renderings to fruition. The Gnomon School was founded the school nearly 15 years ago and is growing every year as a result of this visionary.
You don’t have to take my word for it though, how about the words of J.J. Abrams who says, “I only wish that Gnomon had existed when I was a kid.” When even the physical space is designed to inspire and the environment is rich with free flowing ideas while still maintaining a curriculum for learning accepted in the entertainment industry, who wouldn’t want to attend? And the school has an impressive 93% graduate placement rate!
I have seen people question the validity of the digital medium as art but the work that goes into characters such as the Na'vi from Avatar is undeniably creative and nothing short of a masterpiece. There is that cliché “a picture is worth a thousand words” so instead of writing what could be thousands of words, I will show the photos of the work that inspired me to boast about the vision of Alex Alvarez and the accomplishments of the Gnomon School of Visual Effects.
Francesco Corvino, Artist
Nicholas Kelly, artist
Jorik Dozy, artist