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September 16 - Don Magid - The Great Makeover

Teachers 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 your mind.

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 they wish.

September 16 - Don Magid - The Great Makeover

Don Magid, long time Waco artist and art teacher, gave us a paper outlining the 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 while 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.   

In 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.

Then 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, ultramarine 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.


He made sure to repeat the colors in the figure as well as the background to create a unified look. He used white paint for highlights. The thin glaze enabled the charcoal drawing to show through the paint. Time did not allow for full development of the image, but it was fascinating to watch it begin to emerge as a 3-D object from the 2-D background. Our thanks to Don for another great demonstration. We also thank Linda Green, Christine Niekamp, Merle Luper, Pat Blackwell, and Gloria Meadows for bringing refreshments, and those who brought art for Show and Tell, some of which is shown below.

Show and Tell:


 Pat Blackwell                Nancy Cagle                 Larry Garza


Gloria Meadows        Christine Niekamp            Violet Piper

Over the Summer- WCS Mural is Completed!

The Art 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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