Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Photo Nicole Swain. Massimo on canvas.
More Massimo Workshop comments.

Massimo was a great teacher and it was a breath of fresh air for me to spend quite some time thinking about design and what makes a good one. He was helpful and brought some interesting photocopies of varied artists work. It was great to study how they moved the eye around the work, resting on a focal point and then exiting through another clever drawing out technique.
He even had an example of a Caravaggio painting which was really, really interesting and Massimo pointed out the clever way Caravaggio moved the eye into and around the work.
It has been very helpful and I can see already that re-visiting the all important basics of design has made me spend more time evaluating why things are/are not working. 
Thanks Massimo!

An interesting and challenging three days!

This was a fantastic workshop – one in which we used all the materials that were requested.  That it covered three days made it far more comfortable than having to rush through a two day course.  Things had to dry and Massimo has certainly stirred the creative pot for us.  I am so looking forward to spending time scrutinizing the work we covered and completing some of it.  Trish Carrick Leslie was a stalwart in taking notes, which she is collating and intends to hand on.  Massimo, himself, was the most amenable tutor and guest one could have and we all hope that we have done enough to entice him back for a future workshop i.e. there is so much of the country he has yet to see …………..

I found the workshop challenging as I had never used canvases/gesso before, and had done very little collage, but found the whole workshop most rewarding.  Especially liked using the balsa wood on paper - I could see it could be useful for backgrounds for calligraphy.  A big thank you to all the Aucklanders who organised the workshop, kept us fed and watered, transported us and everyone who shared so freely with knowledge and equipment.   Massimo was a great tutor and I loved the bell he rang to bring us all to attention! 

A big thank you to those that sent in photos, to those that hosted over night,  those who made ‘out of towners’ feel at home, and the back door helpers and those unseen doing their bit to help.

Photo Kate Thurston. Lunchtime break.

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