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Pictoplasma Parsons 2010 on November 13th


13 NOVEMBER 2010
3.00-10.00 pm

Parsons The New School for Design
Part of New York Illustration Week
Tishman Auditorium
66 West 12th Street

Pictoplasma returns to New York with select screenings, artist lectures, panels and presentations of the very best in international character design and art. Featuring: Nathan Jurevicius, (Parsons Illustration Alum) Peter de Sève, Craig Redman, Rilla Alexander, (Parsons Illustration Alum) Aaron Stewart, (Parsons Illustration Alum) Motomichi Nakamura and (Parsons Illustration Alum) Andy Kehoe.
3.00pm Introduction – Pictoplasma
3.45pm Artist Lecture – Craig Redman
4.15pm Artist Lecture – Rilla Alexander
5.30pm Artist Lecture – Nathan Jurevicius
6.15pm Artist Lecture – Peter de Sève
7.30pm Panel – Parsons Alumni
8.15pm Screening – Characters in Motion 2010
9.30pm Filmmakers Q&A
10.00pm End
Check out for more details and updates and of course, stay tuned to Words and Pictures!  Pictoplasma NYC is kindly presented and hosted by Parsons The New School of Design as part of the New York Illustration Week.


Graciously sponsored in part by Folioplanet.

Photographing Works of Art: a two-part workshop with Maurice Sherman

Photographing Works of Art.
a two-part workshop with Maurice Sherman.

October 28, 2010 from 12 – 2pm
November 4, 2010 from 12 – 2 pm

Location: studio 404 in the 4th floor bridge between 2 west 13th Street and 66 Fifth Avenue.

Learn how to photograph paintings, drawings and other art objects for archival and reproduction purposes.

The first meeting is a lecture and demonstration covering basic techniques; the follow-up meeting will offer a critique of your photographs.

Bring examples of your work and be prepared to take notes.

Only current Parsons Illustration Students are allowed. No exceptions.

Please email to reserve a place.

Special Walt Disney Screening/Event at Parsons

Parsons faculty, staff, students and alumni are invited to a special Walt Disney screening/event. RSVP Required.

Parsons welcomes award-winning Walt Disney Producer/Director Don Hahn to a special event. Mr. Hahn will be screening his insightful documentary, Waking Sleeping Beauty, followed by a Q&A session. Waking Sleeping Beauty looks behind the scenes at Disney, at how a perfect storm of people and circumstance between 1984 and 1994 changed the face of animation forever.

Don Hahn is one of the most successful filmmakers working in Hollywood today. He produced the Disney blockbusters Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King, and is currently producing Tim Burton’s next animated 3D feature Frankenweenie.

Please RSVP to no later than Friday, November 5th. Space is limited so do not delay your RSVP. This event is only open to Parsons faculty, staff, students and alumni. We cannot guarantee seating so prompt arrival is suggested.

Location: Parsons The New School for Design, Kellen Auditorium, 65 5th Ave.
(Note: please enter on 5th Ave and not 13th Street.)
Date: Friday, November 12th
Seating Begins: 7:00 PM
Screening and Presentation: 7:30 PM * 9:30PM

Sponsored by Parsons Career Services, 2 West 13th Street, room 511, 212-229-8940,

Follow-Up: Gilles & Cecilie Workshop at Parsons Illustration


The dynamic duo of Gilles & Cecilie recently visited Parsons Illustration Concepts III classes to hold a collaborative workshop with students.  Below is their write-up about the experience and you can see pictures from the workshop above.

What is your uniqueness when all is unified?
Are we going towards the same currencies/ unions of countries/ mega corporations/ mass productions/ same social networks/
listening to the same music/ dress styles/ same level of educations/
20 min brainstorm (messy and non-critical)
15 min selecting ideas (critical and relevant)
1hr10 min visualising ideas (quick, enjoyable, experimental)
40 minutes presentation (6 min per group) (clear, concise, contextual)
45 students divided in 5 groups. Each group had three tables and a selection of materials (papers/ tape/ rope/ pencils/ markers/ glue.)  We asked all the students to take their chairs out of the room so that they could move and interact better during the process.
challenging, frustrating, profound, exciting, hard work, collaborative, wild, questioning, curiousity, breaking borders, mind-blowing, intellectual, involving, intuitive, world changing!
During the process of the workshop we visited each group with help from Isabelle, Guy and Sean to motivate the students to interact with each other, be working together as a whole group, be curious, develop new ways of thinking and drawing.
The students made different stories and answers to the brief and one group also involved volunteers in their presentation of an interactive puzzle on how to fit in.
Group 1 were illustrating the female with animalistic characters; group 2 developed a new way of high five human reproduction, group three made a puzzle of creatures to represent: with some alterations we all fit in, group four illustrated each other within the group visualising how they see eachother as forexample a cartoon character or just a lot of beautiful hair (as this was one students way of recognising her friend in the street) and in the end group five where making a twist on the game exquisite corps by creating several unique people with elements from all the students within the group.
As designers, we often use this speed workshop in our studio to get as many thoughts and ideas as possible about a brief from a client.  In this way we often find themes or elements to continue the conceptual process.
Thanks to Gilles & Cecilie!

Upcoming Events in the Children’s Book Illustration World

Below is a list of upcoming events that might be of interest…

OCT. 9 Sat. 9-6pm A IS FOR ANANSI: LITERATURE FOR CHILDREN OF AFRICAN DESCENT A Is For Anansi will cover the history, criticism and theory of contemporary books for and about children of African descent, as told by its most influential critics, scholars, teachers and producers. The need for more in-depth analysis and for more information, critical evaluation, and publications on this topic still remain. The conference will look at these and consider other questions and issues as well. Speakers include LEO & DIANE DILLON (Parsons Illustration Alums), ARNOLD ADOFF, KAMILI FEELINGS, GEORGE FORD, ZETTA ELLIOTT, and MICHAEL PATRICK HEARN among others.

RSVP: 212.998.4222

Oct. 9 Sat. 2pm NYPL CHILDREN’S LITERARY CAFE discusses The Authors Guild, SCBWI and PEN. Join moderator BETSY BIRD for a look at three prominent organizations for authors and illustrators. With a slew of different organizations to consider joining what do these organizations offer their members? (Illustration Adjunct Faculty) PAT CUMMINGS of the Authors Guild, SUSANNA REICH of PEN, and VICKI WITTENSTEIN of SCBWI will discuss what benefits their organizations provide and the good works they do in the community and the world. FREE.

LOCATION: Berger Forum, 2nd Floor in The New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Fifth Avenue and 42 Street, New York, NY, 10018

Oct. 12 Tues. 6:30-7:30 p.m. THE NEW SCHOOL FORUM ON WRITING FOR CHILDREN presents THE GETTING PUBLISHED PANEL: Meet three publishing professionals who will share their expertise about publishing children’s books today. You’ll have an opportunity to direct questions to JENNY BROWN, reviewer,; ANDREA CASCARDI, agent, Transatlantic Literary Agency, Inc.; and JOY PESKIN, Executive Editor, Viking Children’s Books. With moderator: DEBORAH BRODIE. After 22 years at Viking and six as cofounder of Roaring Brook Press, Deborah Brodie is now a freelance editor, book doctor, and writing coach for publishers, literary agents, and individuals.

LOCATION: 66 West 12th Street, Room 510. TICKETS: Admission $5.

Tickets at The New School Box Office, Mon-Fri 1-7 p.m.; call 212-229-5488.

INFORMATION: For more information: 212-229-5611.

Oct. 12 Thurs. 7:30-9:30 p.m. SOCIETY OF CHILDREN’S BOOK ILLUSTRATORS AND WRITERS (SCBWI): Twenty-Five* Revision Techniques. CHERYL KLEIN, Senior Editor at Arthur Levine Books and author of the blog Brooklyn Arden will talk about twenty-five* techniques that writers can use to revise their manuscripts.

LOCATION: The Anthroposophical Society, 138 West 15th Street, NYC
INFO (Please check for last minute changes):
COST: $15 for SCBWI members, $20 for nonmembers; Seating is limited to the first 80 people.

Oct. 19 Tues. 6 pm THE AUTHORS GUILD invites you to a children’s book panel discussion: Trends in Children’s Book Publishing 2010, sponsored by the Authors Guild Foundation. Panelists will be Moderator, RACHEL VAIL, Author; MEG CABOT, Author; LISA HOLTON, Founder, CEO, Fourth Story Media; NEAL PORTER, Editor, Founder, Neal Porter Books; and ROSEMARY STIMOLA, Literary Agent, President, Stimola Literary Studio.

DOORS OPEN AT 5:30 p.m. Space is limited.
LOCATION: Scandinavia House, The Volvo Room, 58 Park Avenue at 38th Street, NYC.
RSVP: 212.563.5904

Oct. 21 Thurs. 6pm SOCIETY OF ILLUSTRATORS RECEPTION FOR THE ORIGINAL ART SHOW celebrating the fine art of children’s book illustration.  Opening Reception and Awards Presentation.

LOCATION: Society of Illustrators 128 East 63RD Street NYC
RSVP NECESSARY by Oct. 12th: 212 838 2560
TICKETS: Members $25 Non-members $30

event listings via: Pat Cummings

Early Notice: Printed Matter Art Book Fair in November

Printed Matter presents the fifth annual NY Art Book FairNovember 5–7 at MoMA PS1, Long Island City, Queens. Free and open to the public, the Fair hosts over 200 international presses, booksellersantiquarian dealersartists and publishers from twenty countries, offering the best in contemporary art-book publishing.

Philip Aarons, Chairman of the Board for Printed Matter, said: “The NY Art Book Fair is the premiere venue to find what’s new in art publishing. While it has spawned the next generation of independent art book fairs world-wide,  it remains the biggest, the best, and by far the most fun.”

The NY Art Book Fair includes special project rooms, screenings, book signings, and performances, throughout the weekend. Other events include the third annual Contemporary Artists’ Books Conference and The Classroom, a curated series of informal conversations between artists, together with readings, workshops and other artist-led events.

A list of exhibitors, event schedule, and more information is available at


Printed Matter, Inc. presents The NY Art Book Fair
November 5–7, 2010
Preview: November 4, 6-9 p.m.
22-25 Jackson Ave at the intersection of 46th Avenue
Long Island City, NY

Free and open to the public:
Thursday, November 4, 6-9 p.m.
Friday, November 5 and Saturday, November 6, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Sunday, November 7, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.


Artist’s Project
Leidy Churchman takes over the lobby with a large set of facsimile book paintings on wood. Drawing upon the stacks at the Museum of Modern Art Library Library with friend and librarian David Senior, Churchman traces a unique and fetching portrait of artists’ publications from the last hundred years.

Special Project Rooms
Select exhibitors take over entire galleries: AA Bookstore with Bedford Books (London), Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI; New York), Fillip and A.AAAARG.ORG (Vancouver; Los Angeles), and Picturebox (Brooklyn). Andrew Roth (New York) exhibits a retrospective of PPP PublishingGoteblüd (San Francisco) presents an exhibition of more than six hundred Riot Grrrl zines, with a working photocopy station. Werkplaats Typografie (Arnhem), the Dutch super-school, brings its entire student body to design, produce, and sell books while you watch.

The Classroom
The Classroom is a curated series of informal conversations between artists, workshops, readings and other artist-led events, with continuous enrollment for all fair-goers throughout the weekend. Participants include: Casco (Utrecht),  f.ART magazine (New York), Golden Age (Chicago), J&L Books with Jason Fulford (Atlanta), Kodoji Press with Erik Steinbrecher (Zurich), Little Joe (London), The New Dreamz with Rose Luardo and Andrew Jeffrey Wright (Philadelphia), Onomatopee (Eindhoven), Roma Publications with Jo Baer (Amsterdam), Seems (San Francisco), Sumi Ink Club (Los Angeles), Swill Children (Brooklyn), Triple Canopy (New York and Los Angeles) and Alexis Zavialoff of Motto (Berlin), among others. The Classroom is organized by David Senior, the Museum of Modern Art Library.

Contemporary Artists’ Books Conference
The  Contemporary Artists’ Books Conference is a dynamic, two-day event focused on emerging practices and debates within art-book culture. This year’s sessions address a wide array of subjects, including: experimental libraries, the so-called zine renaissance, fusion of art and design in typography, contemporary criticism, and new pedagogical approaches to the ever-expanding field of artists’ books. The first day of the conference ends with a lively pecha kucha, a rapid-fire event in which invited speakers have just five minutes to comment on an artwork. Full-conference registrants receive a specially commissioned book by Emily Roysdon, an interdisciplinary artist and writer who examines the intersections of choreography and politics. Roysdon’s book is a meditation on vintage photographs of the New York piers by queer photographer Alvin Baltrop.


Featured Countries
This year, the NY Art Book Fair celebrates eighteen cutting-edge publishers from The Netherlands, including a project room by Kunstverein Amsterdam (Amsterdam) and Witte de With (Rotterdam), together with a variety of book launches and informal presentations in the Dutch Pavilion. Other countries represented include: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Norway, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and United States.

Antiquarian Dealers
Exhibitors present collections of rare Conceptual Art, Minimalism, Fluxus, and the avant-garde from Japan, Europe, and North America. Exhibitors include: John McWhinnie @ Glenn Horowitz (East Hampton), Harper’s Books (East Hampton), Marcus Campbell(London), Steven Leiber (San Francisco), Sims Reed (London), Stefan Schuelke (Cologne) and others.

Artists & Activists
This diverse group of politically minded artists and collectives focus on the intersection of art and activism. Exhibitors include: Journal of Aesthetics and Protest (Los Angeles), GuerrillaGirlsBroadBand (New York), The Yes Men (New York), Bread and Puppet (Glover, Vermont), Center for Urban Pedagogy (Brooklyn), and Temporary Services (Chicago), among others.

Zines by Artists
A lively selection of international zinesters will represent independent publishing at its most innovative and affordable. Exhibitors include: The Holster (Brooklyn), Nieves (Zurich), Ooga Booga (Los Angeles), and ZINE’S MATE (Tokyo), among others. A special section of queer zines includes our favorites, from Original Plumbing (San Francisco) and Girls Like Us (Amsterdam) to PINUPS (Brooklyn).


Printed Matter presents new limited editions by artists Rachel HarrisonChristian Holstad and Misaki Kawai, published on the occasion of the NY Art Book Fair 2010. Purchase of these editions supports the Fair, ensuring the event remains free and open to the public.