Three Culver Academies students currently have works on display in the Crisp Visual Arts Center that they completed while taking advantage of the Klaper Summer Study Fellowships.
December 9, 2014
Nathan VanDeVelde stands next to his self-portrait. Culver photo/Jan Garrison

Nathan VanDeVelde stands next to his self-portrait. Culver photo/Jan Garrison Violet Zhou, Nathan VanDeVelde, and Andrea Zhu used the Klaper Fellowships to study at various American colleges this past summer.

The visual arts scholarship program, made possible by the generosity of Marty Klaper ’65 and his wife Julie, an artist and gallery owner in Charleston, N.C., allows selected rising seniors and first-classmen to pursue an independent study or summer education project. Applications for summer 2015  will be available shortly after students return from winter break.

VanDeVelde (Raleigh, N.C.) spent six weeks at the Rhode Island School of Design, where he spent six hours a day in the studio, along with studying design foundation, drawing, and art history. Some of his featured work included his self-portrait called “Make It Clear,” a three-by-five-foot oil-on-canvas painting.

He said the painting was for his final exhibition of the summer session. The summer session was the first time he had ever worked in oil, he said, so he was able to learn how to achieve form and design, which was evident since his first oil painting of the summer is also on display.

Zhou (Shanghai, China) studied for two weeks at the Grand Central Academy in New York City and one week at Studio Incamminati in Philadelphia with her focus on figure and portrait painting. “It was truly an eye-opening experience because I got to learn from instructors who practiced in very different styles,” she said.

The Grand Central Academy emphasized the precise measurement and exact imitation of the figures, she said, while Studio Incamminati prefers sight comparison and seeking the colors even in the “grey.” She found the contrasting perspectives to be valuable because “it equips me with different skills and perspectives” that will benefit her in future studies.

Zhu (Shanghai, China) attended the Pratt Institute’s pre-college program in Brooklyn, N.Y. The program consists of four classes, plus lectures and cultural and social events. The program includes studying art history and appreciation and developing a portfolio.

The Klaper exhibition is located on the second floor of the Crisp Center.

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