Mixed media artist Steve Palermo has been a Teaching Artist at Flushing Town Hall since 2012, and at the Poppenhusen Institute since 2013. In addition to creating and facilitating mixed media and painting workshops for young people, adult groups, and senior centers, he has been requested to assist other teaching artists recently.
This Spring, starting on March 27, he will lead a six-session Collage Workshop. Inspired by a variety of techniques of 20th century artists such as Picasso, Matisse, and Cornell, each student will discover his or her own visual voice and style. The workshop series culminates with participants’ artwork displayed in Flushing Town Hall’s Green Room.
What’s the main thing you want attendees to know about your workshop?
I want them to know that this will be a class that anyone – whether professional or amateur – can participate in. It should be fun with no pressure and no judgment.
Who should this workshop appeal to?
How and why did you first get involved with collage?
I first got involved in creating collages because I wanted to find a way of expressing myself without the messiness of oil paints, turpentine, and cleaning brushes. I found that the act of cutting paper images from magazines and exploring the internet to find images and using glue a more enjoyable way to express my creativity.
What’s your favorite collage piece that you’ve created and why?
It is very difficult to choose just one piece that I like. Each piece is an extension of yourself. The piece that I chose is “We have a Visitor” 2016. It is a surreal futuristic image of a boy floating while in the background a silhouette of am man appears and looming above them is a spaceship-like megalith. It seems to tell a story that the viewer can relate to.
Learn more and RSVP here. Sessions last from March 27 to May 1, from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM on each night.