FULL WORKSHOP PRICE: $395
Classes meet daily from 9am to 4pm unless otherwise noted.
LEARNING AND APPLYING THE BASICS
This workshop is designed to give everyone a solid, hands-on understanding with new skills for using the pastel medium. We start with “basic pastel stroke exercises” the first day and then apply those various techniques with both hard and soft pastel sticks plus “PanPastels” to render form with this versatile medium. We will practice how much pressure to use with the sticks, stroke direction, color layering, color blending , controlling the values (lights and darks), working with shapes & form to create compositions, using edges and color shifts to create contrasts, all while creating believable paintings. I will do demos every step of the way to make it easier to “see” how the medium works, as we all do a simple still-life (single object like an apple, pear, glass jar) through painting landscapes from reference photos as we work.
Create a hands-on understanding of the pastel medium and the ability to create successful paintings. Learn by direct experience and observation from my daily live demos plus experiencing/sharing the work of other students in the class.
A complete recommended list will be sent upon enrollment. Dakota offers a 10% discount on all products purchased throughout the workshop. The Basic Pastel Stroke exercise grids are provided by Dakota and me for the first day. I provide hundreds of landscape reference photos from my travels all over the world but also encourage you to bring your own to paint from after day 1.
You will be able to work successfully on your own using the techniques that will be covered in the workshop, as you develop your own style and techniques. Even experienced pastel artists come away with new skills, as countless testimonials verify. You will be ready for painting outdoors on-site (plein air) as a next step.