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Skill Building Cycle 17 Winners Announced!

As many of you know, our first annual Master Skill Building Challenge recently came to a close (more on that in a moment..!), marked by the end of our cycle 17 Skill Building Challenge.  With the jury results now in, we are thrilled to say we now know the winners of our first annual Master Skill Building Challenge…But before we can announce their names, we first need to give credit to the arduous artistic journey they underwent, by acknowledging the winners of our Skill Building Cycle 17 Challenge.

Cycle 17 marked a very special first for our challenges, as students were given completely free-reign over their pieces.  No reference requirements or medium requirements were given, and students were encouraged to pursue subject matter that was representative of the artist paths they wish to pursue.  The winners for cycle 17 were selected based on the combined clarity of voice and skill application displayed in the piece.  Without further ado, we would like to announce the cycle 17 winners…



Andrew Sides



Max McLaughlin



Congratulations the cycle 17 winners..! The exciting announcements for this week are not over yet, however…. This Friday, September 23rd, at 9am PST, we will be announcing the winners of Master Skill Building Challenge.  We’re looking forward to honoring these three individuals for their hard work and effort over the past several months.  Be sure to join us here on our blog and on social media this upcoming Friday to celebrate the hard work of our Master Skill Building Challenge participants!



12 Responses to Skill Building Cycle 17 Winners Announced!

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    Dylan Macko September 22, 2016 at 6:09 am #

    Congrats Andrew and Max! Both of your pieces came along really great, and your finishes are awesome!

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    Bob Greene September 22, 2016 at 6:29 am #

    Congratulations to you two on your excellent efforts and the well-deserved recognition. Really nice work!

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    Max Mclaughlin September 22, 2016 at 6:57 am #

    Thanks guys! Well done Andrew, great work as usual 🙂

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    Andrew Sides September 22, 2016 at 7:30 am #

    Thanks all! Was really proud of that one. Max, your piece came out beautifully as well, I loved the mark making you did in it.

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    Patricia September 22, 2016 at 8:05 am #

    Congratulations to both of you! Beautiful work.

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    Cindy September 22, 2016 at 8:26 am #

    Congratulations! both of these pieces were great!

    Andrew, I had a feeling you were going to win this one, really nice and dynamic piece.

    Max, I love your style, all your drawings have a really cool mysterious feel to them.

    Awesome work!!

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    Elizabeth September 22, 2016 at 12:23 pm #

    Worth the wait to see such deserving winners! Congrats to Andrew and Max!

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    Royd7795 September 22, 2016 at 4:46 pm #

    Congratulations to both of you!! I loved seeing both of these pieces come together! Really great work and deserving wins!

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    Cheryl September 22, 2016 at 10:35 pm #

    Congratulations to Andrew and Max. Absolutely fantastic work and progress.

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    Darcia September 23, 2016 at 6:56 am #

    Congratulations! I think most of us expected Andrew to win, such a fabulous piece! And Max, very mysterious, very good play with light and shadow and great finishing skills!

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    Manuela September 23, 2016 at 7:52 pm #

    Yey! Yes I agree. These wins were very much expected. Congratulations Andrew and Max. Really creative and interesting pieces displaying a great level of skill. I loved watching everyone’s work in this challenge. I suspect there were a great many personal wins for all those that participated so a big congrats to you all too.

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    Cornelia October 19, 2016 at 8:41 am #

    sorry for being so late with the congratutlations. Your work is really, really awesome!

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