Wednesday, July 6, 2011

PRIZM Creative Community Sponsors a Master Class in Visual Narratives and Illustration with Author/Artist Domonic Catalano


PRIZM Creative Community, a local non-profit for service and education in the arts, is sponsoring a Master Class in Visual Narratives and Illustration with Author/Artist Domonic Catalano. Both those interested in authoring books and manuscripts, as well as those wanting to effectively illustrate written materials, will find value in the workshop.

The three day class will be held at the Way Public Library at 101 E. Indiana Ave in Perrysburg. Dates and times are Tuesday July 12th and Thursday July 14th from 5:30-8:30 p.m. and Saturday July 16 from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Fee for the workshop is $95.00 for Prizm members and $125.00 for Prizm guests. Registration is limited to fourteen participants. To reserve your space, receive a supply list, or inquire about availability please contact Debra Buchanan @ 419-693-3289. Registration is also available online @

Participants in the workshop will learn how to distill written text to images that will impart meaning and impact to the story line. Discussion and examples of effective sketches will be explored, while the student will have ample opportunity to practice applications and receive feedback and experienced editing from Dr. Catalano. Techniques for different medias will be discussed such as the graphic novel, children’s picture books, comics, and novel covers. Illustration techniques for effective illustration will also be discussed, demonstrated and practiced including, Pen and Ink, Wash Techniques, and powdered pigments.

When: Tuesday July the 12th & Thursday July 14th, 5:30- 8:30 p.m. and Sat. July 16th 9-5 pm.

Where: Way Public Library, 101 E. Indiana Ave., Perrysburg.

Cost for Workshop: $95.00 PRIZM Members and $125.00 Non-members

Dr. Catalano who has been a professor at Bowling Green State University recently accepted a job in China,  where he will be teaching Art Education at the Zhuhai International School.   This community workshop is a chance to learn from Dr. Catalano at a fraction of the cost of similar workshops he has presented on the national level for the Highlights Foundation.  His illustrations have appeared in a number of children’s magazines and he has illustrated twenty-seven children’s books.  He has also illustrated books he has authored including Wolf Plays Alone, Frog Went A-Courting, Santa and the Three Bears, Mr. Basset Plays and Hush, A Fantasy in Verse.

During the July workshop, Dr. Catalano’s topics will include creating the form and structure of the manuscript, and scene development. He will cover the relationship between written and visual texts, and how to create your storyboard. Details of artistic concepts such as character development, point of view, and scene development will be explored. Insights on how to effectively portray the storyline with visual representation will be covered with a discussion of drawing, and hand painting techniques as well as available computer graphic tools. Preparing the story book dummy and market proposal will be explored. Case studies will be shared, and participants may ask questions and receive critique of their personal story books.

PRIZM Creative Community is a 501 c. 3 nonprofit organization currently receiving partial funding from the Ohio Arts Council and Toledo Community Foundation. For more information on upcoming PRIZM educational workshops in the visual and literary arts visit the website @, email or call 419-931-8732.

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