Live Art at Jazz Fest - During Panama’s Jazz Festival 2012 and again in 2013, musicians and artists will come together to explore new ways to create together. Community arts organizer, Kimberly Hall, sought Claire Peterson to teach a group of up and coming Panamanian artists Life and Gesture Drawing techniques and the Elements of Design. While the Jazz Fest teachers and students practice in the Master Classes, the artists will sketch them, their movements, and their instruments. For Artists engaged in Gesture Drawing, sketching musicians is especially interesting because the energy of the music can help push the artist to create a more powerful piece of work. As the musician improvises, so does the artist. The practice of experiencing both art forms -- music and visual arts -- at the same time is a powerful sensation. The experience of both art forms at the same time is sometimes reward enough - producing a final "piece of art" can actually become irrelevant.
This is the LIVE ART - and Experience - that will take place.
Power Sketch at Jazz Fest's Live Performances - During the Master Classes at Jazz Fest, some of the music students may not move very much. They may sit and listen to instruction from the Music Professor, and then play a bit and then stop moving. Therefore, the artists can draw traditional portraits and life drawings because the models are not moving a lot. However, if the musician (or dancer) is constantly moving, for example while they are performing for an audience, then the artist must move very quickly and dynamically to capture it on the page. This is the Power Sketch concept.
This year, artists for the first time will be inside the auditorium or theatre, alongside the musician to make art as the musicians perform for their audience. This will be the most advanced and challenging part of the program for visual artists at Jazz Fest because "the models" (meaning the musicians/performers) move constantly, the music will flow continuously, and the artists will be in front of a live audience, and thus a part of the performance. This is the Power Sketch program.