Non-traditional Drawing with Paul Missal
August 11 — 17, 2019
This class is an opportunity to push what we think drawing can be. We’ll use traditional media such as pen/ink/pencil/erasure and even a little collage and gouache, but to this
mix we will add twigs, leaves, ribbons, thread, crayons and anything else we come up with from our environments to address problems of scale, texture and emotion. Traditional subjects such as portraiture done in non-traditional ways could provide a great challenge as well as be a lot of fun. Imagine doing an invented portrait where the overall contour would be done partially with pencil and glued on twigs while features might be done with pencil, smears of charcoal and collage. Or a drawing that is not done on a rectangular dimension but is on a more free-formed shape of paper and whose visual content answers a metaphysical question. This immersion in experimental drawing can be fun, freeing and interesting at the same time. A nontraditional approach throws down a challenge to all skill levels and will tickle the strings of any creative heart. In fact, it is what creativity is all about: the challenge and creative anticipation of creating something new.
Class material fee $10.
CLASS SUPPLY LIST
Instructor will supply:
Paper - Strathmore Bristol Vellum, and an assortment of pencils, charcoal, ink and crayons.
Students please bring:
- a few magazines for cutting up and sharing scrap,
- matt knife or scissors,
- few glue sticks,
- two modest sized brushes like a flat and round (one inch flat and #6 or 8 round approximately),
- water container for rinsing brushes,
- assortment of pencils, 2H, HB, Ebony and 4B, 6B
- erasures; Kneaded, Pink Pearl and any other you might have
- a few rags or a roll of paper towels for clean up.
Anything else you feel you might need in your their creative pile of tools
Optional if you have these: An erasure “crumb” brush Small spritzer water bottle and drawing board.
REGISTRATION STARTS APRIL 1, 2019
Paul Missal received his B.F.A. degree in Painting and Printmaking from the Cleveland Institute of Art in l965 and his M.F.A. from Yale University in 1968. After teaching in Cleveland for a few years at various schools including the Cooper School of Art, he moved to Portland, Oregon in 1972 where he taught Painting, Drawing and Design at the Museum Art School, now the Pacific Northwest College of Art. In 1978 he along with 15 other artists, cofounded Blackfish Gallery which opened its doors in 1979. Paul continues to be represented by Blackfish and also does work on commission including Portraits and Murals. The latter is often done in collaboration with Emmerling Studio, a faux finishing studio that does work both here and in the far east. Having recently retired from full-time teaching, Paul Missal was awarded the title of Professor Emeritus from the Pacific Northwest College of Art. He continues to teach part-time at the College while maintaining an active studio routine.
"My artwork is always based in observation, with the subjects ranging from Figure to Landscape and Still Life. In all, I seek not only the formal aspects of Painting but also try to connect with the deeper spiritual content within the work. Sometimes it is manifest in the way Light bathes forms. Other times it is Rhythms within a composition. Hopefully all work together with insight and passion to create the Painting."