Adult Workshops | Pastel Workshops


3/27/21 - 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Joyce, Shawn Dell

Learn to use pastels to make beautiful and realistic paintings from direct observation. Learn about pastel hardnesses, paper tooth, and substrates. Layer pastel to create your own color wheel from primaries, and how to use a complementary palette.

Levels: Beginner

Location: Dunedin Fine Art Center - 1143 Michigan Blvd., Dunedin FL

Member Tuition: $75.00

Non-Member: $95.00


This workshop will be held online.

Every good painting tells a story. In this two-day workshop, students will explore the connection between the story you want to tell and the choices you make throughout the painting process. Knowing how to be clear about what you want to say will give you the information you need to set up a good composition, to choose a format that enhances your narrative, to make successful editing choices and to choose a color palette. Lyn will guide you through this process and will give you the tools you will need to go from simply copying a reference photo to creating a painting with something to say.

*Since this is a 2-day class, it will move too quickly for beginners. Students must at least have knowledge of basic underpainting techniques and must be familiar with using sanded papers.

This workshop will be held on Zoom. The instructor will send out login information prior to the workshop date.

Involved in fine art and fine craft for the past 25 years, Lyn Asselta's extensive background has included titles such as elementary school art teacher, draftsman, calligrapher, workshop instructor, and creator of award-winning fine-art gourd vessels. However, at one point, she opened an old box of Grumbacher pastels and never looked back. Lyn is a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America (PSA), an International Association of Pastel Societies (IAPS) Eminent Pastelist, a member of the Salmagundi Club, the Eastern League of Professional Artists and American Women Artists. She is the founder of the First Coast Pastel Society (FL) and is a Member of Excellence of the Southeastern Pastel Society. Her award-winning paintings have appeared in shows and exhibitions throughout the United States, and in invitational exhibitions in France and China.

DFAC will not be taking deposits for this workshop; tuition must be paid in full in order to register. Withdrawals will not be refunded after December 15, 2020.

Levels: Intermediate,Advanced

Location: Online - ,

Member Tuition: $295.00

Non-Member: $325.00


2/27/21 - 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Potocki, Lorraine

You know it when you see it. Instantly! That one particular pastel painting that stops you in your place. Maybe it's a simple subject painted in an unusual way. Or, maybe the lighting is so soft and beautiful. Or, the emotion is so strong and powerful.

In this advanced pastel workshop we'll see examples of some breathtaking paintings and break down the reasons why they succeeded. We'll be doing exercises to remind you of all the basics you already know--composition, shapes, values, line, soft and hard edges, simplifying, focal point, and the use of complements and neutrals.

You'll be asked to bring in your own photo references, those that are special to you, a story you need to tell. Through a variety of preliminary sketches you'll select the one that works the best in preparation for beginning your painting. And, you'll be encouraged to work from those sketches more than from the photo.

There will be lots of individualized instruction and critiques along the way all in search of that painting that answers the question: "What takes your breath away?" You'll know when it happens.

Levels: Advanced

Location: Dunedin Fine Art Center - 1143 Michigan Blvd., Dunedin FL

Member Tuition: $95.00

Non-Member: $125.00