This class is a "how to" class for beginners who will learn pastel painting techniques using hard and soft pastels. There will be demonstrations and lots of individual instruction. Working from still life subjects and photo references, you will learn the basics of using soft and hard pastels, under painting, composition, values, the use of cool and warm colors, and much more.
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."
In this Intermediate level class, students must be familiar with the acrylic medium (for example, mixing primary colors to achieve secondary colors) and the elements of composition and values. In Acrylic Impressionism it is the feeling of the finished piece that is important. Each week we will be learning about the style of a different Impressionist and, using photo references and still life objects, paint in a similar style. We'll use a combination of brushes and palette knives to experiment with washes and glazing as well as building up paint adding texture. And, we'll learn how to work wet paint on wet using a slow dry medium.
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.