Saturday, May 30, 2009

Intro to Street Art: May 2009

Holly brought a lot to the table for her Intro to Street Art class: she loved to draw and doodle, had a good sense of humor, and was willing to try new things - specifically cutting stencils and using spray paint. Below are some snapshots from her classes. Good Job!

After doing some thumbnail sketches on paper, we took it to spraypaint and mocked up the background.

Holly made a large 48"x24" stencil of her name and applied it to the board.

She had the luxury of being able to paint her piece twice: the second time around she hit it with markers and sprayed the stencil again with highlights and shadows.

(Finger Painted)

Sunday, May 17, 2009

"FRESH" Exhibition and Upcoming Mural Event

The "FRESH" opening night was fun - we saw some great art at the Target Gallery and had a chance to catch up with old friends and meet some new ones. Below are some more snapshots from that night. I'm excited to announce that I'll be facilitating a mural workshop at the Torpedo Factory on Thursday, May 28. The schedule is as follows:

4-7pm: Gabriel Pons will give a workshop to participating high school students using Street Art techniques including paste-up collage and stencil. Students will use the inspiration of historic civil rights activist, Charles Houston, in this collective effort.

7-7:30pm: Panel Discussion - "The Art of the Tag" including panelists Marissa Botelho and Gabriel Pons.

7:30-7:45pm: Question and Answer session, refreshments to follow.
Also, rumor has it that there will be some b-boy breakdancing going on that evening - let's hope it comes through.

"FRESH" runs through May 31st - check it out...
For more information about this even, visit the Target Gallery at the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, Virgina.

The Torpedo Factory has several galleries and lots o' art studios...

Scarlett and I made some new friends that evening...
The Sons of BatmanCool formed glass skateboards - "Money Stack", Scott Darlington

My favorites: "AK47", Tara Dumm; "Lead Ballons", Andrew Turner

Saturday, May 16, 2009

PONSHOP Summer Tees: MONO Octopus

The latest PONSHOP tees are for sale in the studio and at Fred Skates. The MONO Octo design is derived from the skateboard and canvas paintings that I did and we've finally brought them to the t-shirt! All shirts are professionally screened on American Apparel Tees. Check 'em out...

Girl's Octo Tees: Small, Medium, Large
Boy's Octo Tees: Extra Small, Small, Medium, Large, Extra Large

Get original artwork on a new summer t-shirt. Visit PONSHOP (916 Liberty Street) and pick one up for $20. Also avaible at Virginia's finest skateshop: Fred Skates
(604 Caroline Street).

Want to buy them online? Hit me up with an email with quantity, style, and size and I'll mail them out to you. (Payment thru Paypal).

Saturday, May 02, 2009

Intro to Street Art: April 2009

Painting, Spray Painting, Drawing and Cutting - when my students have an idea, I help them use anything it takes to achieve their vision. David's private workshop was no exception. In his series of classes, he had an opportunity to learn some of the fundamentals of making a mixed media piece. Nice Job David! See below for the progress pics....

Students are provided a 48"x24" masonite board that they then prime and begin painting.David used a variety of spray paints to give his background more depth and interest.He used an enlarged copy of his robot sketch for the foreground figure.

For a Current Schedule of all PONSHOP classes, Click Here.

Skate to Create: March 2009

Spring has sprung for the "Skate to Create" workshops at PONSHOP Studio. Every month we offer up all the materials, tools, and know-how for kids (and adults) to make their very own skateboard graphic. My most recent student took some of his notebook sketches and created a skateboard with his signature style.

For a current schedule of all PONSHOP classes (May-August), Click Here.

Practice makes perfect: Finn draws and cuts a test stencil to experiment with his colors before applying them on the deck. (click image to enlarge)

The finished product: His "PTB" lettering took 3 stencils and a background to complete - good job Finn!