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 at Flushing Town Hall for the past several years.
This summer, Steve will be leading two Figure Drawing workshops with live, nude models. Bring your sketch pad with your favorite drawing medium. Each artist will have the opportunity to hone their skills with a series of quick and long poses while listening to music in a relaxing non-judgmental environment.
What can participants expect to experience?
This is a first for Flushing Town Hall as far as I know… The two drawing sessions will give the participant the opportunity to draw from a live nude model. The first session on July 10th there will be a male model, and the second, on August 14th there will be a female model. The model will start with quick gesture poses to allow the participant to limber up and free themselves from any apprehensions and then the model will take longer poses. If their confidence is still amiss there will be music played during the session and refreshments at the concession table to help them relax.
Tell us how you started in this field.
A little about myself: I am an artist. I have exhibited my art in galleries in New York City as well as abroad. I also work at Flushing Town Hall as the Volunteer Coordinator.
Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Queens and still live here. It is a wonderfully diverse place for an artist to create experiences to use for their creative endeavors.
What do you hope your participants discover at your workshops?
I hope that they take away that there is no fear to draw from a model and they had a good time at the session.
What is on the horizon for you?
I will be having a solo art show at Flushing Town Hall. The title of the art show is “Gods, Beasts and Men”. It is a series of paper collages dealing with humanity, religion and mythology. The opening is December 1st, 2017 (time TBD).