Grab your pastels and work en plein air! This workshop will focus on the pastel approach to plein air painting, thumbnail sketches (value studies), composition, light and technique; with a demo, notes, and narrative by Bonnie. Participants will create a landscape by underpainting with pastel and alcohol, then finish the work with soft pastels.
All skill levels are welcome.
Class size is limited to 12 participants in order to ensure personal easel time and assistance. Please register early.
The main workshop will be May 29 (9am-4pm) with a second optional day on May 31 (8am-4pm). The second day will allow participants to paint additional locations/subjects, and to continue development of plein air technique.
Tuition: $95 (with the option to attend a second day for an additional $75).
$20 from each registration goes to benefit Carnegie Picture Lab's elementary art education program!
The morning will consist of lecture, handouts, discussion, and demo; followed by a lunch break on your own and participant painting at a plein air location to be announced that morning.
Pastel Paper will be provided along with a copy of Bonnie’s workshop notes.
Participants are responsible for the following.
- Soft pastels, professional grade such as Sennelier, Rembrandt, Unison, Schmincke, Terry Ludgwig.
- NuPastels – black, gray, ocher, red ( small set or individual sticks in suggested colors), Mungyo 64 set is a great value for some hard pastels (less than $20 from Jerry’s Artarama)
- 91% isopropyl alcohol, in a container (jar with a lid) for doing underpainting
- Old 1” brush, sponge brush, small cup for alcohol for washes
- Paper towels
- Small sketchbook for sketching and taking notes, pen, pencil
- 3-4 gradients of gray to black marking pens for thumbnail sketches
- Latex or nitrile gloves (not vinyl)
- Easel set up for plein air
- Board for your paper and painter’s tape
- Krylon Workable Fixative
- Apron, hat, comfortable clothing applicable for outdoor summer temps, umbrella if you have one and sun screen, water and your lunch.
Come prepared to have some fun and learn techniques that will make your pastel paintings pop!
Bonnie Griffith Fine Art/ Landscape Artist
Bonnie is a professional artist working in oils and pastels. She lives and works out of her Crooked Creek Studio in southwestern Idaho and travels throughout the West competing in plein air events and teaching workshops.
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