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September 16 - Don Magid - The
almost always discover that they
learn more while teaching than
they did while being taught. Don
Magid is no exception. After he
had learned to paint well, he
began teaching others – and
learning more himself. The best
teachers never stop learning. On
September 16, Don will share a
new technique he has recently
devised to help people draw
better by seeing better the
structure at different scales of
what they are trying to draw. He
is convinced that practicing
drawing in this way will lead to
seeing such structure in many
aspects of the world – that it
trains the mind to look for
structure that we usually
overlook. So come for a makeover
of your visual perception - and
maybe more. You may be able to
sharpen both your pencil and
We will meet on the third Sunday
this month, but at our usual
1:30 at the Waco Charter School,
615 N 25th Street. The time
between 1:30 and 2 is for
conversation and refreshments.
The meeting will begin at 2, and
the demo will follow soon
thereafter. Please bring some of
your art for “Show and Tell” at
the break. And bring friends.
The first visit is free, but
they can also join for the
remainder of 2012 for only $6 if
September 16 - Don Magid - The Great Makeover
Don Magid, long time Waco artist and art
teacher, gave us a paper outlining
points he would emphasize regarding the importance of
structure and pattern recognition in art and in many
other aspects of modern life. Pattern recognition is
important to get a broad picture of the subject,
allowing the artist to manipulate and play with the
image. He stressed that play is an important learning
tool as the culture emphasizes content over process.
Pattern recognition is an essential skill as
technological changes speed up our world. If we learn it
painting, we can transfer it to other aspects of life.
As an example one can cut an image into 4 parts. Copy
one part at a time without knowing what the whole should
look like. This keeps the mind open to draw what is
actually seen, rather than a preconception of what it is
supposed to look like. Then the drawings can be
reassembled to make the whole image.
his demonstration, Don used a charcoal drawing he had
made of a seated ballerina. To loosen up before he
started painting, He divided a paper copy into large
shapes and drew details within the shapes. By
concentrating on the large shapes he could create an
accurate rendering of the complicated pose of the
subject. He said anyone can draw if the emphasis is on
seeing what is actually there rather than a standard
that is in the mind.
he began work on his canvas which had a soft pale pink
background of gesso mixed with acrylic, on top of which
was modeling paste for texture, his charcoal drawing,
and fixative. Using a simple palette of cadmium red,
blue, bright yellow, and white, he mixed a flesh-colored
glaze, using his mixed paint with 1 part varnish, 1 part
linseed oil, and 1 part odorless thinner. He painted the
glaze all around the figure using more of the red, blue,
or yellow for variety and to define the figure. He also
used the glaze to fill in some of the shadowed area, and
the bare arms and legs.
Over the Summer- WCS Mural is Completed!
Guild began a mural of Waco sights at the Waco Charter
School in 2009, but it was only completed this summer.
Thanks to all who contributed! It stretches across most of
the length of the front hall. It is shown below in pieces.
To get the whole effect, you need to come to the school and
see it for yourself.
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