Monumental Drawing / Painting Workshop with Chris Valle
This 3-day workshop will challenge participants to work on a large scale. Drawing large allows you to get your whole body involved in the action of making marks, rather than just your hand. The large scale also makes the small intricate details (that would normally be tough to work with) larger, so it is easier to see, and you are able to get charcoal sticks and your fingers in those places. This workshop will engage the participants in contemporary approaches to combining drawing and painting; it will surely add excitement to your drawings. Once you work this large, you will not want to work small again.
Day 1: Introduction and demonstration on working with charcoal (the various types and how to utilize them) and acrylic washes, including a presentation and demonstration on how to use a grid system. Specific instruction and demonstration will focus on blending edges and using tools such as blending stumps and chamois, as well as using erasers as a drawing tool, not just to erase.
Day 2: Participants will bring several photos of cultural icons, such as a President, Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley, etc. that they might want to draw—or a self-portrait is an option. Make sure that you select an image that has a high resolution (30k or higher), and it must have a wide range of value. Participants will translate an 8” x 6” photograph onto the 8ft x 6ft vinyl. You will then create the work seamlessly combining both drawing and painting. Collage elements may be used, however, are not required. You will utilize watered-down acrylic paint prior to using charcoal. Presentation on previous student works, including step-by-step photos to illustrate the development in process.
Day 3: Participants continue and finish work with one-on-one guidance.