Abstracting the Narrative-Painting and Cubism with Patrick Palmer

Abstracting the Narrative-Painting and Cubism with Patrick Palmer

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When frying an egg on steamy Texas pavement loses it's appeal there is nothing better to do then make art in a well air-conditioned building. That is precisely what I signed up to do for two days at the Glassell School of Art, host to this summer's TAEA mini conference. There were eight workshops to choose from, each designed to pass on creative inspiration to our students. I always look for out-of-the-box style workshops that can upgrade a traditional learning environment with forward thinking lessons to keep students engaged in art.  On day one I got in line for Abstracting the Narrative-Painting and Cubism with Patrick Palmer and New Approaches to Non-Toxic Collagraph and Relief Printmaking with Suzanne Manns. The next day I spoke with several teachers who recommended Sketch-A-Doodle-Museum with Fahmi Kahn, a whimsical workshop name for an equally interesting lady, and Cai Guo-Qiang's Odyssey Project as inspiration for Mixed Media Classroom Collaboration with Angela Guy.

Abstracting the Narrative-Painting and Cubism with Patrick Palmer

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still life
still life

Drawing from a still life trains the eye to see what is there.

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 Our supplies include a pencil,  4 sheets of newsprint, 1 canvas board, a paint brush, plastic plate and a cup for water.

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sketching

#1  draw only the basic shapes of chosen images. #2 switch hands and draw a few more chosen objects from memory, no peeking. #3  get up and look down at something, changing the vantage point. #4 pick two or three main objects to be the stars of the composition. Each sketch took about 2 minutes.

Trace all 4 sketches onto 1 piece of tracing paper. It's okay to switch directions or repeat parts of one sketch. I made mine more cube-like by dividing the picture plane with diagonal lines.

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transfer

Next is the transfer:

Rub the back of your tracing paper with pastel, flip the paper onto the canvas and transfer the image using a pencil. Darken lines with a pencil.

Next is painting:

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painting

This was my final product, painted in about twenty minutes.

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painters

Fellow colleagues at work:

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paintings
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Bursting Shapes: Basic One Point Perspective for K-5

Bursting Shapes: Basic One Point Perspective for K-5

Zentangle in Sketch-A-Doodle-Museum with Fahmi Kahn

Zentangle in Sketch-A-Doodle-Museum with Fahmi Kahn