Midnight in the Garden of Art and Design

May 24

Midnight in the Garden of Art and Design

Savannah, Georgia, made famous as the setting for the John Berendt’s novel, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, played host to Diana, our resident Fine Art Consumer Specialist, last week. She visited the Savannah College of Art and Design to deliver another fabulous Prismacolor demonstration for students and teachers alike.

Experience the southern hospitality for yourself and read on!

This week I have been in Savannah, GA at the Savannah College of Art and Design, also known as SCAD to those familiar with the college. Twenty-three thousand students attend SCAD in this glorious city of Magnolia trees and beautiful architecture.

My first stop was the Illustration Building:

Talk about making an entrance!(Entryway to the Illustration department at SCAD)

I love visiting Professor Don Rogers and his Illustration class when I am in the neighborhood. Don always WOW’s me with new techniques and this time was no different.

He was demonstrating a mixed media technique involving the application of gesso to a sketchbook page and allowing it to dry. After the gesso is dry, Prismacolor NUPASTELs  are applied and mixed into the page with water. NUPASTELs are water-soluble, I taught Don  that little fact on one of my previous visits- it was great to see him put it to use with such a cool process. Once that is dry, he draws in the portrait with NUPASTEL and then begins adding gouache. He ends with Prismacolor Premier colored pencils.

Below are examples of his unique technique in various stages:

RUFF life.. ha, I couldn't resist!


These students are so fortunate to have the opportunity to  learn so many new techniques with such amazing professors!

Not to marginalize how amazing these students are in their own right!  There is so much talent in this one classroom. One of my favorite student works was this dog which was done in Prismacolor Premier Pencils. 

SCAD is one of the few schools in the country to offer a degree in Sequential Art, which is art that is done in a sequence or tells a story, like a comic. This is a first for me and I wanted to see what was going on in this area.

I had Professor Jantze and Professor Ralph on my list for Prismacolor seminars.

I was excited to show off our Double Ended art markers and Illustration markers to Michael Jantze‘s class. He added a lot of humor and it wasn’t until I was ready to leave that I learned that he was the writer and illustrator of his very own comic strip “ Norm”.

Norm- I'm so jealous Diana met the creator of this comic- it's one of my favorites!

What an amazing opportunity for these budding comic book artists. I was surprised and thrilled when he gave me a copy of his collection of work and even more in awe after reading it- Thanks, Michael!


 Check out ALL the photos from Diana’s trip in the gallery below.



That’s all from Savannah, but not from us… so, y’all come back now ya’hear!

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