Portrait of Steven Guarnaccia with fancy designs drawn on his face

The Blank Page

with Steven Guarnaccia
at The National Arts Club
February 7, 2022
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Apply or nominate a colleague here.
Deadline: January 10.

The blank page, the white page, the all-black page—how do artists connect with the content of nothingness? In this survey, illustrator and designer Steven Guarnaccia will discuss the way that white space, blank books, and the like have appeared in the art world, exploring works such as the Beatles’ White Album, Robert Rauschenberg’s erased De Kooning drawing, John Cage’s silent composition, the black page in Tristam Shandy, and more. We will also explore the new ways that children’s book authors have been using these concepts. Participants will create a simple book of their own that engages with these ideas. Throw out what you normally reach for to tell a story, and instead discover alternate routes to the same end. 

In-person master classes last a full school day. Teachers spend three hours working with the faculty member. During the remainder of the day, participants will have the rare opportunity to exchange ideas and strategies with other brilliant educators who share their passion for the day’s topic. Both parts of the day are highly prized.

Steven Guarnaccia, illustrator and designer, is emeritus professor of illustration at Parsons School of Design. He was previously the art director of the Op-Ed page of the New York Times, and during his forty-year career, has worked for many publications, including Abitare, Rolling Stone, and Domus. He is the author of books on popular culture and design, including Black and White, a book on the absence of color, and has received awards from the American Institute of Graphic Arts, the Art Directors Club, and the Bologna Book Fair. His children’s books include The Three Bears: A Tale Moderne, The Three Little Pigs: An Architectural Tale, and Cinderella: A Fashionable Tale.

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