Adventures in Narrative Drawing with Paul Missal

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Adventures in Narrative
Instructor: Paul Missal
Week1: August 2-8, 2020

In this class you will use drawing as a conduit for giving voice to your personal emotional narratives. You will take your artistic spirit for a walk in the unknown, in a safe and supportive environment. This is a class for any drawing level if you are open to a challenge to try things that tap into the big magic of expressive drawing. Your drawings will be based on stories you bring, and will include drawing, painting, inking, folding, cutting, gluing, collaging, excavating, layering and cutting. As you reveal and conceal, your flat drawing will take on dimension as you explore ways of telling your story with more literal and figurative depth.

Class Material Fee $15
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About Paul

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.


*Images below include student artwork from Paul's CAC workshop last summer