In COMD 1103, I teach the fundamental skills needed to draw the observed world. This is the second semester I have been able to do so at City Tech, and I am teaching it to students within a graphic design program. Over the 15 weeks. I try to assist my students as they conquer their fear of drawing, of the blank paper, and of their own possible abilities. Color is hard, so I bring it in through the undersung loveliness of colored pencils. They are cheap, they are familiar in mark marking mechanism. They produce unexpectedly lovely results. I spend 90 minutes having my students create a color wheel with red, yellow and blue after we discuss the history of color. We compare and contrast the ways different brands’ colors mix, which actually really relaxes the students: there is more at play than talent or experience. I have the students take the dive into drawing glass at this time because they are so dazzled by color, they forget to be freaked out by transparency. No …
My amazing sister, Genny Clarke Neice, stopped by while dropping a piece off for an art show. We had a few hours in the studio, so we went over the Gum Arabic Transfer method, a printing process Gen had yet to get a chance to try. The amazing Peter Cavanaugh was also there, so he joined in and pulled a couple prints as well. It got me to thinking that I could organize a Skill Swap at Gowanus Studio Space: we could set up a week during which people could make small workshoppy-type teaching moments available and swap skills with each other. I want to help the members really see what an amazing community we have, and I want to learn new stuff without going poor.
After a lot of work behind the scenes, the Spring 2016 GenEdge work is coming to fruition. Over 30 people (faculty, staff, and students) from across the City Tech campus submitted work to be displayed in three amazing and concurrent exhibits which will happen from April 11-15. So far I’ve made the logo, the branding campaign, a style guide, several animated pieces, assignments for students, staff, and faculty… Oh, and video spots that are coming up. I curated a show, I am documenting it all… A lot of work! I hope it makes a difference for City Tech!
False Dichotomy is beginning to truly take form! I have artists agreeing to show, essays coming in from respected members of the fine art printmaking community, and a site in place! There is a lot to do: I have to find funding to print a decent catalog–but I feel so renewed. I have not been able to make a lot of work myself this year, but I can contribute through facilitation and research!