Join Yosemite native and professional artist Moira Donohoe as she leads you through the process of creating a pastel painting.
We will meet at Gallery Yosemite, at 9am. Workshop is suitable for beginning or intermediate artists. The instructor will demo the materials she uses, techniques, and process. Participants will observe as a demonstration evolves from blank board to finished pastel painting. Instructor will provide photo references. After lunch student’s will begin their own pastel painting, with the instructor available for questions or suggestions. The day will end with a constructive critique of work done that day..
GALLERY Workshop Schedule:
Saturday, December 14, 2013
Meet at the Gallery Yosemite 9:00am
Instructor Demonstration and materials discussion 9:15-12pm
Lunch break (Students responsible for bringing their own lunch) 12-12:45pm
Workshop Participants engage in the Pastel Painting Process
outlined by instructor 1-4pm
Critique of day’s work 4-5pm
What you need for this workshop:
Some materials may be purchased locally at Michael’s, or Allard’s in Fresno, online or over the phone at Art Supply Warehouse-800-995-6778, Dakota Art Pastels-888-345-0067, Dick Blick-800-828-4548, Cheap Joe’s-800-227-2788, to name a few.
Support – I recommend Wallis board for this workshop. Richeson Gator Board, UART, Art Spectrum, are also good boards. 12, x 16, 12 x 18 are good sizes to use for this workshop. All these surfaces come as paper too. If you buy paper for the workshop, you must have a drawing board big enough to accommodate the paper, and masking or drafting tape. A drawing board also lends extra support when using pastel boards.
Pastels – I use a variety of pastels. Pastels come in different degrees of hardness, all within the soft pastel family. We are not talking about oil pastels, which is an entirely different medium.
Rembrandt make a set of 30 soft pastels which would work well for this workshop. Faber Castell polychromos pastels (not pencils) are also a good choice and work well with the Rembrandts. I have some samples of Unison pastels, which are very soft, that I will share. Ideally, if one gets bitten by the pastel bug, the more pastels the merrier.
I usually begin a painting with the harder pastels like faber castell polychromos pastels, (not pencils) then progress to softer ones like unison, sennilier, Terry Ludwig, and schmincke.
Easel: Strongly recommended. Either tabletop, if unable to stand most of the day, or portable easel that is used while standing. Check out Allard’s, Michael’s, and Aaron Brothers in Fresno, or call or shop online, Dick Blick, Art Supply Warehouse, Cheap Joe’s. A fairly inexpensive easel, such as Blick’s studio classic field easel currently sells for $44.99.
If an easel is not in the cards right now, sitting at a table with your drawing board propped on your knees, and our small format working surface is doable.
A small table: such as a card table, or tv foldable table, to hold your supplies (unless your easel has an area for this. French easels do)
Minimum Supplies-Support, pastels, pencil, vinyl eraser, drawing board big enough to accommodate your paper (if you are using paper), masking or drafting tape, small sketchbook (5 x 7 or 9 x 12), paper towels, and/or wipes.
NOTE: Please read the minimum supplies section above. I am not suggesting you buy all the things listed on the materials list. You do however need the minimum supplies. I offered various brands of paper and pastels to choose from, recommending some, and others are alternatives. If you are already a pastel artist, or have pastels you would like to use bring them.