Art Alive, Experience Art in the Making, At Cogswell College


Acclaimed author and artist, Michael Mattesi, creates a work of art before your eyes on a larger than life canvas. The event will take place in conjunction with Cogswell’s Open House on October 24, 2009 and will run from 1:30 to 5:00 p.m.

“For the last four or five years, I have wanted to do a large painting of a figure and thought it would make an interesting performance piece,” said Mattesi. “I want to thank Cogswell College for hosting the event so my idea could become tangible. I hope the audience will be as intrigued and engaged as I will be during this challenge.”

“The Art Alive event will be a festival of art that celebrates the creativity and humanity that is infused in the making of art,” said Susan Harby, Associate Professor at Cogswell and event organizer. “Cogswell is happy to partner with Michael and bring this unique artistic experience to the Silicon Valley.”

Visitors can watch the work in progress, enjoy the hors d’ouevres and beverages, tour the campus or view the works of art in our Gallery. Admission is free and the event is open to the public.

Date: October 24, 2009
Time: 1:30 to 5:00 p.m.

Cogswell Polytechnical College
1175 Bordeaux Dr
Sunnyvale, CA 94089

About the Artist
Mattesi has been working as a professional production artist and instructor for the last twenty years. His clients have included Pixar, Walt Disney Feature Animation, Walt Disney Consumer Products, Marvel Comics, Hasbro Toys, ABC, Microsoft, Electronic Arts, DreamWorks/PDI, Nickelodeon and many others. He has instructed and lectured at some of the top art schools around the world. Mattesi is currently an Art Director for LeapFrog in Emeryville and teaches art workshops at local Bay area entertainment companies and art schools.

In 2002, his popular book series began with, Force: The Key to Capturing Life Through Drawing, which became a mainstay for artists around the globe. Other books in the series include: Force: Dynamic Drawing for Animators and his most recent, Force: Character Design from Life Drawing.

-Bonnie Phelps, Dean of Institutional Advancement

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