MA – Comics in the Classroom

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The Norman Rockwell Museum hosts an educator symposium on Saturday, January 12 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Explore curriculum-based connections to comics and creative applications for the classroom in this day-long immersion for educators inspired by Heroes & Villains: The Comic Book Art of Alex Ross. Dr. William H. Foster, III of Naugatuck Valley Community College will explore the changing image of African Americans in comics, and Dr. James Kimble of Seton Hall University will discuss the prevalence of comics as domestic propaganda during World War II. PDPs are available. $30, $24 members.

9:30 Registration and Refreshments

10:00
 Welcome and Introductions

10:15
 Comics as Propaganda: Exploring the World War II Era: An illustrated talk by James Kimble, Ph.D., Seton Hall University

11:30
 Heroes and Villains: The Comic Book Art of Alex Ross: A gallery tour with Chief Curator Stephanie Plunkett and Curator of Education Tom Daly

12:30
 Lunch: Bring your own lunch or preorder a bag lunch, for $8.

1:00
 Images of African Americans in Comics: An illustrated talk by William H. Foster, Ph.D., Naugatuck Valley Community College

2:15
 Break

2:30
 Comics in the Classroom: Exploring Curriculum Connections: An interactive workshop with Cartoonist/Educator Marek Bennett

3:45
 Wrap Up, Trivia Questions, and Prizes

Norman Rockwell Museum
9 Route 183, Stockbridge, MA 01262

MA – A Festival of Comics

Press Release:

Celebrate the art of comics during this exciting afternoon of artist talks and demonstrations, workshops, signings, comic book appraisals, and tours of “Heroes & Villains: The Comic Book Art of Alex Ross” on Saturday, November 17, 2012 from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Artists scheduled to appear include Howard Cruse (Stuck Rubber Baby) and Jack Purcell (DC, Marvel, “Heavy Metal”). Come dressed as you favorite superhero and receive half-off admission. Free with Museum admission, members free.

Newly Announced Guests

Sean Wang
Greg Ruth
Jerry Craft
Colin Panetta
Gary Smith
Brett Swanson 
George Amaru
David White
Bryant Johnson
Sarah O’Donnell

Norman Rockwell Museum
9 Route 183, Stockbridge, MA 01262

MA – Heroes & Villains: The Comic Book Art of Alex Ross

Alex Ross appears at the Norman Rockwell Museum on Saturday November 10, 2012 from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm. Commentary at 7 p.m. Autographs (limit of 2 – 3 items per person) with the artist to follow.

Press Release:

Over the last two decades, caped crusaders have literally been flying off the pages and covers of comic books and graphic novels, due in large part to the work of one very talented illustrator: Alex Ross. Known for his unique, photorealistic renderings of such beloved superheroes as Superman, Batman, and Spider-Man, Ross helped revitalize the comic book industry, capturing a new generation of readers, and bridging the gap between comic and fine art.

This fall, Norman Rockwell Museum will present a comprehensive look at the career of the artist who has been called “the Norman Rockwell of the comics world.” “Heroes & Villains: The Comic Book Art of Alex Ross” will be on view at the Museum from November 10, 2012 through February 24, 2013.

“Heroes & Villains” is the first museum exhibition celebrating the art of Alex Ross. Organized by the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the exhibition features more than 130 works, including paintings, drawings, photographs, and sculptures from Ross’ personal collection. Spanning the artist’s life and career, the exhibition features rarely-seen works—from his early crayon drawing of Spider-Man, created at the age of four, to his groundbreaking work for such books as “Marvels,” “Justice,” and “Kingdom Come.” “Heroes & Villains” reveals Ross’ personal and artistic goal to redefine comic books for a new generation. The exhibition also pays homage to the artist’s inspirations, including original work by his mother Lynette Ross (who was also a successful illustrator), Frank Bez, Andrew Loomis, and Norman Rockwell. Also featured in the exhibition are works by Andy Warhol, a huge comic book fan, including his “Myths” series, which mirrors many of the subjects depicted in Ross’ work.

“Norman Rockwell Museum is thrilled to be able to present the work of Alex Ross,” says Museum Director/CEO Laurie Norton Moffatt. “Just as millions of readers in the 20th century were introduced to the world of art courtesy of Norman Rockwell, that tradition continues today thanks to Ross’ beautifully painted illustrations, which combine photographic realism and imaginative storytelling.”

“Norman Rockwell has been one of the greatest influences on my art, and it is an enormous honor to be featured in the museum dedicated to his work,” notes Alex Ross. “I have always looked upon Rockwell’s style as the peak of what one could hope to achieve artistically. The artist’s realistic execution and eye for composition are things I aspire to, knowing that he performed a quality of work that isn’t easily achieved. It is a major career achievement for me to have my work in company with his.”

A members opening event for the exhibition will be held on Saturday, November 10, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., with a rare appearance by Alex Ross, who will also be conducting a book signing during the evening event.
About Alex Ross

Born in Portland, Oregon in 1970 and raised in Lubbock, Texas, Alex Ross grew up in a world of colorful, painted images. Ross’s mother Lynette was a successful illustrator in the 1940s and 1950s, the same time that Norman Rockwell was becoming a household name.

At just three years of age, Ross was drawing TV commercials from memory. The following year, he began drawing images of his favorite superheroes—Superman, Captain Marvel, and Plastic Man. By the time he was 13, he was drawing and scripting comic books. At the age of 17, Ross went on to study painting at the American Academy of Art in Chicago, where he was influenced by Salvador Dali’s hyperrealism, as well as by such classic American illustrators as Norman Rockwell and J.C. Leyendecker.

Ross began his professional career as a storybook artist for an advertising agency. At the age of 19 Ross received his first comic assignment from Marvel Comics – a comic titled “Terminator: The Burning Earth.” Five years later, Ross created the illustrations and cover art for “Marvels,” a full feature comic book, co-written by Kurt Busiek. Ross’s photorealistic gouache technique showcases superheroes and villains such as Spider-Man, the Human Torch, Captain America, and Galactus. His sophomore project, “Kingdom Come,” is a comic in which an alternate DC Universe is filled with aging superhero forces including Superman, Wonder Woman and the Green Lantern, who come out of retirement to fight modern super humans.

Ross won the Comic Buyer’s Guide Award for Favorite Painter seven times in a row, resulting in the retirement of the category.

To learn more, visit the artist’s website: http://www.alexrossart.com

Norman Rockwell Museum
9 Route 183, Stockbridge, MA 01262

MA – Howard Pyle as Picturemaker

Illustrator James Gurney speaks at the Norman Rockwell Museum on Thursday, July 12 at 5:30 p.m.

Master of narrative art and creator of the Dinotopia book series, James Gurney explores Howard Pyle’s methods and philosophies, including his approach to visual storytelling, principles of composition, and use of models. $16 or with Museum admission, members $10.

Norman Rockwell Museum
9 Route 183, Stockbridge, MA 01262

MA – Careers in Animation

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Brian Anderson, William Frake III, Sabine Heller, Aditi Kapoor, and Antelmo Villarreal appear on Saturday, October 22, 1 to 4 p.m.

Thinking of a career in animation? Enjoy this inside look at animation today with the talented artists of Blue Sky Studios, creators of such acclaimed feature length films as Robots, Ice Age, Rio, and more. Outstanding professionals will discuss the narrative, artistic, and technical skills that make 21st century animation possible, and explore the range of opportunities available to aspiring creators. Talks and exhibition tours will provide a rare chance to connect with an accomplished team of artists working in diverse aspects of the field. Representatives from The Fashion Institute of Technology, Hartford Art School, Springfield College, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst will also be on hand to discuss college animation programs for interested students. Free with Museum admission.

Blue Sky Studios animators scheduled to appear:

Brian Anderson, rigging
William Frake III, story and layout artist
Sabine Heller, character technical director
Aditi Kapoor, materials technical director
Antelmo Villarreal, assembly technical director
Blue Sky Studios website: www.blueskystudios.com

Norman Rockwell Museum
9 Route 183, Stockbridge, MA 01262

MA – Rio Festival Day

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Meet animation director Carlos Saldanha on Saturday, October 15, 2011 at 1 p.m. He will share a rare behind-the-scenes look at the making of Rio, the acclaimed feature length film that has received rave reviews since its worldwide release this spring. Set in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the film traces the adventures of Blu, a domesticated blue macaw, and reflects the color, beauty and excitement of Saldanha’s native city. This lively look at the complex process of creating a 3D animated film is sure to delight! Carlos Saldanha is also the director of Robots and the beloved Ice Age series. Art activities and a reception with the director will follow. Free with Museum admission.

Norman Rockwell Museum
9 Route 183, Stockbridge, MA 01262

MA – Blue Sky Lecture

Animation Artist William H. Frake III appears on Thursday, July 21, 5:30

Join us for an engaging evening of conversation with William H. Frake III, an innovative artist who will create drawings on the spot as he shares stories of his extraordinary career in animation—from the art of the traditional cel to the digital world.

During his outstanding career, William H. Frake III has worked as a layout and story artist on many animation projects for television and feature length films. Alvin and the Chipmunks, Cabbage Patch Kids, Scooby Doo Meets the Boo Brothers, Pound Puppies, Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, Muppet Babies, Hercules, Pocahontas, the Ice Age series, Robots, Horton Hears a Who!, and Rio, are among his many credits.

The evening talk is presented as part of the Museum’s “Blue Sky & Beyond” summer program series, that celebrates the art of visual storytelling and the contributions of noted American illustrators and filmmakers. These visionaries combine artistry and technology to create compelling new realities.

A reception with the artist will follow the program. Free for members, or with Museum admission.

Norman Rockwell Museum
9 Route 183, Stockbridge, MA 01262

MA – Blue Sky & Beyond Lecture

Art Director Thomas Cardone speaks on Thursday, July 14, 2011 at 5:30 p.m!

Learn about the art of visual storytelling with Blue Sky Studios’ Art Director Thomas Cardone! With credits ranging from Aladdin and Beauty and The Beast to Ice Age: The Meltdown and Rio, Cardone may seem high-tech, but he speaks passionately about timeless craftsmanship. Discover what it takes it create the overall look and feel for some of your favorite animated films.

About Thomas Cardone

A gifted painter and draughtsman, Thomas Cardone has been working in animation and special effects for more than twenty years. Before art directing Rio, Horton Hears a Who!, and Ice Age: The Meltdown for Blue Sky Studios, he created imagery for many other films, including The Nightmare Before Christmas, The Prince and the Pauper, Pocahontas, Hercules, and The Emperor’s New Grove, among many others. Cardone is also an outstanding plein air painter who creates luminous artworks inspired by the waterfront of eastern Long Island.

The evening talk is presented as part of the Museum’s “Blue Sky & Beyond” summer program series, that celebrates the art of visual storytelling and the contributions of noted American illustrators and filmmakers. These visionaries combine artistry and technology to create compelling new realities.

A reception with the artist will follow the program. Free for members, or with Museum admission.

Norman Rockwell Museum
9 Route 183, Stockbridge, MA 01262

MA – Blue Skies Family Day

Nick Bruno, Scott Carroll, Paul Downs, and Peter Paquette on Saturday, July 16 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Meet The Lost Boys?four talented artists from Blue Sky Studios?during this exciting look at the process of digital animation for feature length films. Nick Bruno, Scott Carroll, Paul Downs, and Peter Paquette will offer insights into how beloved characters from Robots, Ice Age, and Rio are brought to life. Family exhibition tours, hands-on workshops, and the opening of Robot Nation, a special outdoor exhibition, will delight visitors of all ages. Free with Museum admission.

Norman Rockwell Museum
9 Route 183, Stockbridge, MA 01262

MA – Imagining the Stars Lecture

Peter de Sève appears on Thursday, July 7th at  5:30 p.m.

Multi-talented Peter de Sève designs characters for animated films and illustrates for major magazines, including The New Yorker, Time, and Newsweek. Learn how he brings beloved animated characters like Manny, Diego, Sid, and Scrat to life.

The talk is free with Museum admission and presented as part of the Museum’s Blue Sky & Beyond summer program series, being held Thursday evenings in July and August. Join us for this series of inspiring conversations celebrating the art of visual storytelling and the contributions of noted American illustrators and filmmakers, who bring artistry and technology together to create compelling new realities. 

Norman Rockwell Museum
9 Route 183, Stockbridge, MA 01262

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