Monday, January 18, 2010

Reaching Out and Helping Out

I've recently been accepted as an artist's assistant for the new Gropius Master Artist series at the Huntington Museum of Art in Huntington, West Virginia. It's a tad different from my recent endeavors, but I feel it will help bolster my work as an artist. I hope to gain a wider perspective and appreciation of my artwork by helping and instructing others with theirs.

The Walter Gropius Master Artists Series brings nationally and internationally recognized artists to the Huntington Museum of Art to inspire artists, educators and students through lectures, exhibitions, and workshops.

Upcoming Gropius Master Artists:

Matt Madden and Jessica Abel

Three-day workshop: Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m.- noon scheduled February 26-28, 2010.

Public Presentation is a gallery walk on Sunday, February 28 at 2:00 p.m.

The exhibition will be up from February 20 – May 23, 2010

Workshop description:

Drawing Words & Writing Pictures: A Comics Workshop

In this intensive workshop, Jessica Abel and Matt Madden teach the principles of comics language-a mixture of drawing, writing, and design all marshaled in the service of storytelling. Making comics requires creators to think fluidly of words and images, to smudge the boundaries, and artfully blend the two usually distinct forms of communication to create a synchronized whole. We truly draw words and write pictures: Drawing words means to think of the letterforms as a part of the visual language of the comic. Writing pictures means to think of the images as carrying meaning much like language does. Comics has been compared to calligraphy in the blending of word and image, and to music notation in the visual notation of time passing and emotion written in ink. Participants will learn how to make comics through a series of short activities and exercises, reading, and finally writing and drawing a one-page comic.

To register for this workshop or for fee information, call (304) 529-2701, Ext. 21. or e-mail or

For more information on Walter Gropius Master Artists Series workshops and Matt Madden and Jessica Abel, please visit the website:

If anyone is in the area and/or interested in the workshop, I'll be there to lend a helping hand.

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