Flushing Town Hall Teaching Artist: Steve Palermo
Mixed media artist, Steve Palermo, has been a Teaching Artist at Flushing Council on Culture and the Arts 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 FCCA for the past three years. His "All Saints Day" workshop with fellow educator, Tina Seligman for FCCA's Halloween Remix event was attended by over 300 families. Combining art history and cultural references with technique through presentation boards and hands-on demonstration with the materials, Steve Palermo emphasizes experimentation with the materials, and encourages each student to discover his or her own voice and style. Specializing in collaging, sculpting, and weaving paper, his projects cover a wide range of subjects. Having worked at Lee's Art Shop from 1994-2009, Steve has a wide range of knowledge and experience with a variety of art media. Steve's work has been featured in national and international group exhibitions include First Person Plural, Frenzy into Folly, St. Paul the Apostle Church, NYC, 2012; Drawing Connections, The Siena Art Institute, Siena, Italy, 2011; Jazz and Zen, JMC Gallery, NYC, 2011; The Bitten Image, The Queens Museum, Flushing, NY, 1982 and many more.
Functional Art: Collaged Wood Frame Workshop
Functional art has existed throughout history. We think of frames as an accent to other work, yet they are often as important as the work they surround. Students will participate in an interactive discussion, including the development of frames from Medieval 15th Century altarpieces through contemporary use of the frame as art object, followed by a hands-on workshop to create unique collage frame designs using a variety of papers, recycled materials and textures on wood. The use of shape, color, patterns and storytelling within the designs will be emphasized. This workshop can be adapted for all ages.
A Stained Glass Style Window with Paper Workshop
Using translucent tissue paper for the panels of "stained glass" and shredded construction paper for the lead, Seniors will create wonderfully colorful designs and, whether abstract or inspired by everyday objects, the panels can be hung on windows to let the light stream through.