16 Things You Didn’t Know About Three of the World’s Greatest Artists

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It’s no secret that many fine artists aren’t like most people as they’re endowed with exceptional creativity. However, you may not be aware that some of the world’s most celebrated painters are even more eccentric that you thought they were. Here are 16 fun facts about three of the world’s most famous artists.

1. Leonardo da Vinci

• Leonardo da Vinci’s was a “love child” whose parents never tied the knot. Until the age of five, he lived with his mom, but then later moved in with his dad, who had married a woman who wasn’t his mother.
• As an avid animal rights activist, this Italian artist often bought caged birds only to set them free.
• He was probably one of the first home-schooled kids as he had no formal education but was taught at home in the basic subjects of reading, writing and arithmetic.
• He was a slow painter, leaving behind less than 30 paintings with several of them incomplete. Furthermore, at his death, he left many sketches, drawings and notes.
• Da Vince, along with some male companions, was arrested for sodomy charges when he was 24 years old.

2. Vincent Van Gough

• Van Gough wanted to be a pastor just as his father was, but his progressive religious views conflicted with those of the Dutch Reformed Church in the late 19th century. In fact, he spent time working as missionary, and many of his works depict Biblical themes.
• If you’re a late-blooming artist who never took an art lesson, take heart. Van Gough didn’t start painting until age 27. As a self-taught artist, he began his art career by painting peasants.
• Unlike Leonardo da Vince, Van Gough worked quickly. It only took him ten years to produce about 900 paintings.
• He struggled with depression, and his most celebrated painting, Starry Night, was done while being treated in a mental hospital in France. Today, it’s on display at the New York Museum of Modern Art.
• Tragically, he didn’t realize he would be recognized as one of the world’s greatest artists because he had only sold just one painting during his lifetime.

3. Rembrandt Harmenszoon Van Rijn

• This famous Dutch painter, whose full name was Rembrandt Harmenszoon Van Rijn, was known by his first name, Rembrandt, rather than his surname.
• He had a strong faith, which was seen in his artwork.
• Rembrandt and his wife had ten children.
• It’s believed that he struggled with an eye condition known as “stereo blindness”, meaning that he saw everything flat, which can actually be beneficial if you’re an artist.
• He became bankrupt in 1656 and was so broke that he was forced to sell the grave of his wife.

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Summer 2016 Student Gallery

2016 Summer Gallery

They say “the proof is in the pudding,” and it certainly is with CGMA. That proof is in the amazing artwork that their students create while in class with their mentors. Over the last 8-10 weeks, CGMA’s community of artists has been working hard to grow and develop their arsenal of skills. From professional artists looking to brush up on their technique, to budding artists starting the road to pursuing their dreams, to hobbyists looking to pick up a class on 3D printing for a personal project, their student body consists of an array of students who prove their talent and dedication on a daily basis.

The best part? The online platform allows CGMA to cater to a global network of artists that has helped build the camaraderie that their community is known for. Students from Canada are collaborating and swapping feedback with students in Angola or Mexico. It’s truly amazing.

CGMA offers a comprehensive variety of classes geared towards the VFX, Game and Film industries. Courses range from 2D Foundation & Design to the more advanced/technical options for Rigging and FX.

CGMA’s new “Installment Plans” payment option allows students to pay 50% up front and 50% at a later date, making the courses more accessible to anyone on a budget.

Installment Plan

Be sure to check out the art from CGMA’s Summer Term students and, while you’re at it, check out their course list for the upcoming Fall Term – classes start in 2 weeks! Courses are offered through 2D Academy, 3D Academy and CG Workshops.

The deadline for registration is Friday, October 14th 2016.

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Intro to Environment Sketching



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