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....