This workshop is designed for beginning to intermediate students who desire an intensive pastel experience both in the studio and en plein air. The first two days will be in the studio working on important key points of pastel with given exercises stressing composition, mark making, values, and color theory plus a whole lot more. On the final day, weather permitting; we will venture outdoors (TBD) to put into practice what you have learned in the studio. Brenda will teach you how to be effective in the field, simplifying pastel supplies, what to look for in the scene, and other factors the plein air experience brings. Brenda has participated and placed in several competitive plein air festivals on the west coast and has been selected to be a Demonstrating Field Artist at the Plein Air Convention in Monterey, CA in April, 2013.
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__Easel: A sturdy, light weight floor easel. One that tilts forward is best, but not mandatory.
__Soft Pastels: Bring as many as you can travel with including a wide variety of values, colors and brands. I recommend a professional grade such as Ludwig, Unison, Sennelier, or Mount Vision that are a high grade, soft pastel. Mount Vision offers a great 50 piece workshop set for around $140 here. Terry Ludwig offers a fabulous 60 piece workshop set for the serious beginner for around $230 here. NO OIL PASTELS.
__12x16” foam core board to tape paper to
__2” and 1” rolls of masking tape
__1 9x12” or 12x18” Wallis White Professional grade pad of paper.
__Carb Othello pastel pencils, 2~3 neutral colored, sharpened
__Hand barrier cream or latex free gloves
__Cloth Rags (3)
__Drop cloth preferably a fabric one like an old shower curtain or sheet.
__Gamsol or 91% Alcohol and a jar with lid to pour it into.
__Paintbrush, ½” wide, inexpensive synthetic grade brush.
__1 Foam Brush, ½” wide
__Small sketch book (spiral bound) and pencil to take visual notes and sketches
__Compact carrying case for your pastels.
__Personal hair dryer (to quickly dry underpaintings)
__Totobobo facemask or 3M face mask for lung protection. Optional
Plein Air day supplies:
__Pastels in protective carrying case
__Portable small table or TV tray to hold pastels
__Sun hat (nuetral color)
__Sunblock and insect spray
__Sack lunch and snacks
__Plastic shopping bag to put trash in
__Wear neutral colored clothing (no white or bright colors)
__Plein air collapsible umbrella (avoid colored or striped) with easel attachment
__Backpack or small tote to carry supplies
I will have individual sheets of Wallis Paper available for a small fee.
Suggested supply manufacturers and info:
Terry Ludwig Pastels
Dakota Pastel supplies
Dick Blick artist’s supplies
Judsons Plein air supplies
Mount Vision Pastels
Totobobo Face Mask