Sunday, October 18, 2009

Extreme Perspectives: Draw on the Big Dome

Draw on the Big Dome:

The ceiling of the state-of-the-art Bishop Planetarium is your canvas

October 13, 2009

The BIG DRAW-Ruskin and the South Florida Museum will host a free art workshop on Saturday, October 24 from 3:30-6:30pm at Bishop Planetarium in the South Florida Museum (201 10th St. Bradenton Florida 34205). The event is free and open to the public and is one in a series of month long events in October that celebrate drawing, invention and imagination . To reserve a space, participants may email info@bigdrawruskin, subject Planetarium Workshop, or call the Ruskin Branch Library (Hillsborough Cty) (813) 273-3652)

Taught by BIGDRAW visiting artists and Ringling College of Art & Design faculty Claudia Cumbie-Jones & Lance Ford Jones, "Extreme Perspectives: Drawing for the Big Dome" will explore perspective beyond the traditional one, two, and three-point techniques, and will survey “distorted” drawings (anamorphic projection, distorted grid, fisheye, etc) and focus on fisheye distortion for full Dome projection. There will be time for workshop participants to create images that will be projected onto the planetarium dome. Drawing materials are provided.

For more information on THE BIG DRAW events:



Two days of intense drawing

The BIG DRAW-Ruskin will host a two day Drawing Marathon

BIG DRAW STUDIO, 613 US-41 North, Ruskin
October 23 & 24 , Friday & Saturday, 10 am – 5pm each day
Visiting Artist: Marjorie Greene

Commit yourself to a 2 day drawing marathon extravaganza. This intense two day activity is open to all artists and students. Participants will work in a large studio with a massive set-up and live draped models. Projects will be executed in charcoal, chalk, and acrylic on large 4'x5' paper. This 2 day immersion in drawing will culminate in an informal critique and exhibit. The fee includes all materials and the model fee. For more info on the workshop experience:

Marjorie Greene, a Professor at St. Petersburg College, has participated in the two week Drawing Marathon at the NY Studio School, and brings extensive knowledge, energy and insight to this workshop. She leads the experience in ways that expand understanding of drawing, and ways that offer the artist new ways to approach and develop drawings. It is an intense and memorable two days!

Materials & Model Fee - $70
Limit 16 participants
Contact: or 813.641.8635
Registration will be complete when payment is made.

The Drawing Marathon Extravaganza is part of the BIG DRAW, a month long series of classes and events celebrating DRAWING!!
More info at:

Sponsored by the SouthShore Arts Council

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

The Painting has Begun!

THe drawing and painting has begun; a very imaginative process as decisions about color and image and pattern are being made as the work develops; the very opposite of having a miniature plan in place and simply copying it to the wall. This process treats the building as a blank canvas, and builds the mural in much the same fashion as an easel painting would be developed. Stay tuned; the growth of the mural will be fascinating!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Photos of Mural Workshops

Josette's proposal for the Mural was accepted tonight by the SouthShore Arts Council Board, so the actual painting will begin soon.

Josette has led a very intense and exciting series of workshops, attended by over 60 people of diverse ages and experience. The workshops have been a crash course in visual issues, as shown in the pictures in the following slide show.

Created with Admarket's flickrSLiDR.

More soon!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Mural Workshops


Blue Tree by Luis

Josette in studio


The workshops have begun, with the groups plunging into first collage and then watercolors from the landscape. Josette has jump started the groups with inventive and exploratory ideas, proceeding with a very experiential approach to composing with shapes and pulling shapes from observation. Everyone seems immersed in the processes and very enthused!

The mixing of kids, teens and adults in the workshops is working very well!


Monday, August 17, 2009

Community Mural Begun!!

The 2009 Mural project, part of the Big Draw here, has begun! Josette Urso met with over 50 (!!) people from the community on saturday to discuss her work and the project. The first workshops were today, ending with the walls of the studio filled with collages! The groups, from kids to teens to adults, seem brimming with enthusiasm! I left knowing I had seen a master teacher in action.

The groups, of diverse experience, began with simple shapes pulled from small objects, cut into cardboard and foam and whatever, and pinned up all over the room. She simply jumped them way beyond the usual struggles with drawing and insecurities, and had the group immersed in composing with shape and color. AND….hugely enthusiastic!!

Josette will be holding numerous intense workshops over the next two weeks; the whole schedule and a description of the project is at: Setting up the whole Big Draw is so labor intensive… easels, materials, keys, cleaning, getting the power on……borrowing tables and chairs…and then getting them moved in.

We are in the process of setting up the Big Draw Studio, at 613 N. US Highway 41 North, this week. So the mural group will be able to spread out and have lots of wall space!! It's an old Dollar General store, essentially 7,000 square feet of open and well lit space!! With AC!!

Stay tuned....