Students in the Pen and Palette Club at the Millburn High School hosted Illustrator, Adam Gustavson, of West Orange, on Friday, May 13th for a four-hour portrait painting demonstration. The Pen and Palette Club is composed of AP Art Students who are interested in furthering their art education through participation in workshops, lectures and trips related to the arts.
Mr. Gustavson is a widely published artist who received his Master of Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts and teachers at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia as well as at the other private and public institutions. Mr. Gustavson has illustrated numerous children’s books including The Yankee at the Seder, written by Elka Weber. All of the art from this book is currently on display at the Danforth Museum of Art in Framingham, Massachusetts.
During the workshop, Mr. Gustavson demonstrated the entire process of creating a portrait including setting up the palette, blocking in the drawing and proceeding through the stages of painting the likeness of the model. Throughout the event, the students participated in discussions pertaining to the challenges and rewards of working as a professional illustrator, the training necessary for a career in the arts and the skills needed to juggle various aspects of a life as a freelance artist. The students will be applying what they learned regarding the portrait painting process in an upcoming session with a model at the school.