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Portraits from Life Workshop with Shawn Dell Joyce

Friday, Sept 30

1pm – 5pm

Price: $60

Learn the proportions of the human head, and how to capture a likeness, and simplify facial features!

Learn the correct proportions of the human head and work from proportion charts developed by court portrait artists in the Renaissance era. Learn dramatic portraiture by painting from a live model. Great class to learn how to make portraits using pastel.

Open for beginners and advanced.

Workshop will start with a demonstration, include 1-on-1 help, and end with a group critique.

Materials List

  • Pastels: 72 color set (Half sticks is fine) Faber Castel, Charvin, Rembrandt, Windsor & Newton, NuPastel (I use Mount Vision pastels available from Jerrys-Art-Arama or Dick Blick)
  • Pad of Canson MiTeintes paper or Ampersand Pastelbord (I use white or grey Ampersand)
  • Pencil (HB, charcoal pencil, pastel pencil, soft pencil)
  • Sketchbook or scrap paper for value sketching and studies
  • Eraser (plastic or kneaded)


Shawn Dell Joyce began her career as an artist’s apprentice in NY’s SoHo area in the 1980’s and worked in the studios of many prestigious artists. Her entrepreneurial spirit called her North to the Hudson Valley, where she began teaching a series of plein air painting classes in 2000. Her classes became so popular that she hired other artists, and founded a plein air school with an Arts and Agricultural mission based on the historic Hudson River School.  Almost twenty years later, her nonprofit has grown to encompass a beautiful historic home with 5 classrooms, three galleries, 25 teaching artists and 40 represented artists. Joyce continues to be executive director of the Wallkill River School of Art, a nonprofit arts organization with a mission of preserving agricultural history while creating economic opportunity for local artists. The Wallkill River School brings cultural tourism to the Hudson Valley region through plein air painting workshops and events on local farms, historic sites and open spaces.

Shawn Dell Joyce has won many prestigious awards for including 1st in the Quick Draw at the 2017 Hudson Valley Plein Air Festival, and People’s Choice in the International Plein Air Paint Out 2005 in Niagara Falls.  She is a signature member of New York Plein Air Painters (NYPAP), and International Plein Air Painters (IPAP), and has been featured in many national newspapers and magazines like the New York Times and Plein Air Magazine. She has participated in many national exhibits and plein air festivals, and is represented by galleries in NY and Florida. She teaches workshops in pastel and plein air techniques across the country. Her work is included in collections in the Georges Pompidou Museum in France and the Museum of Modern Art in NY.