The Art League of Nassau County sponsored two workshops for the public and its members recently at the Clinton G. Martin Recreation Center in New Hyde Park.
The well-known artists who taught the workshops are the “yin and yang” of the art world. Dan Slapo, PSA taught the artists the fundamentals of drawing a portrait in the classical realist style in the first workshop. Marc Josloff worked with the artists on how to paint impressionistic, loose abstract figures with a series of exercises using photos as reference.
Several artists attended both workshops, were happy to be there and everyone learned quite a lot.
Dan Slapo, PSA is a Master Pastelist with the Pastel Society of America and his reputation is world-wide. He won first prize in the Pastel Journal's annual national competition in 2003 in the portrait category. He won second prize in the Artists Magazine national competition in 1997 in the portrait category. He was also a finalist in their annual national competition for four years. Dan’s pastel paintings have been published in The Best of Pastels I and The Best of Pastels II by Rockport Publishers. All together he has won more than 200 awards in national and international competitions. Slapo is a Life Member of the Art Students League. He is a valued writer for Pastellogram, a publication by the Pastel Society of America and for the Pastel Journal, a national magazine. Slapo taught art for 25 years in New York City Schools and has taught privately for almost 40.
For the month of November, Slapo is featured with several of his students in “Viewpoints: Art of the Portrait” at the East Meadow Public Library. For more information about Slapo's classes please call 516-997-2268.
Painter Marc Josloff studied at Pratt Institute and with several mentors, including Mel Stabin, Irwin Greenberg and Paul Ching Bor. His artwork has been exhibited in galleries are in private and public collections. Recently his painting, "Boy on a Scooter at the Hotel Deville," was purchased by the famed Art Students League in Manhattan and will join the permanent collection alongside those of Georgia O'Keefe, Will Barnet, Norman Rockwell, William Merritt Chase and other notables. Marc was featured in Watercolor Magic magazine, December, 2004, in "11 Hot Artists- Ones to Watch.” In the same magazine's December 2005 issue, Josloff was in the article, "Making a Splash."
Josloff has a current one-man show entitled “Brush & Pixel: The Imagery of Marc Josloff” at the Hewlett-Woodmere Public Library. The artist reception is Saturday, December 10th and the show runs now through December 29th. He teaches painting and drawing at the National Art League in Douglaston. For more information, please visit www.JosloffArt.com.