Lorraine Potocki


Instructor: Potocki, Lorraine

Day of Week: Tues 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Levels: Intermediate

Location: Dunedin Fine Art Center

Member Tuition: $180.00

Non-Member: $210.00

Mat'l/Lab Fee:   $10.00

This is an Intermediate class for those who have worked with pastels for a while and are familiar with drawing, the elements of composition, how and when to use hard and soft pastels, and underpainting. Students will work from their own photo references and perfecting the techniques of simplifying, establishing the focal point, and using only the pastels and marks that are needed to tell the story. Each class will begin with black and white sketches from your photos before you begin your painting. By doing so, you'll be identifying what is most important in the photo, leaving out more than you include. Demonstrations will cover different subjects and techniques including how to resolve issues with your paintings in progress. We'll also discuss why the photo you took made you want to paint it. . .the emotional connection. Lots of individualized instruction. Lots of critique along the way to guide your painting from its "goodness" to its "greatness."
Ages 17 and up.

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What Takes Your Breath Away? An Advanced Pastel Workshop W-PA301

Instructor: Potocki, Lorraine

Day of Week: Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Levels: Advanced

Location: Dunedin Fine Art Center

Member Tuition: $95.00

Non-Member: $125.00

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.

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