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ONLINE: Capturing Sunsets in Pastel

with Shawn Dell Joyce

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Capturing light effects is the most challenging and elusive subject in painting! Learn techniques and tips for creating life-like sunsets and cloud formations, and how to paint water which is little more than a reflection of the sky.  Start each class breaking down the photo references into value, then trying out various techniques in small studies before making a finished and polished sunset painting. Shawn Dell demonstrates in pastel, and will take you step-by-step through the painting process. Photos of sunsets and cloud studies provided. Challenging class for folks who are intermediate (already had a beginner level class).



-Set of 24-72 pastels (half sticks are fine) Rembrandt or Faber Castel, or better brand than the cheap square pastels you find in hobby stores.

-pad of Strathmore or Canson Mi-Teintes paper, or Ampersand Pastelboards 16×12 and a sketchbook

-washcloth –pencil


Non-Members – $100    Members – $85
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For more information or to register over the phone, please call the Morean Arts Center at 727.822.7872


INSTRUCTOR BIO: Shawn Dell Joyce is the founder and former executive director of a nonprofit plein air school in NY called Wallkill River School. She teaches workshops in pastel and plein air techniques across the country, and is endorsed by Ampersand Pastelbords who supply materials for her demos and workshops. In 2017, she was hired by UArt to do a plein air pastel workshop. She has also worked the plein air event circuit and participated in many prestigious events around the country, bringing home awards for her loose and colorful paintings. She recently placed 1st in the 2018 Inverness Plein Air Festival, 1st in the Quickdraw at Lightchasers in Sarasota, and 3rd in the Hudson Valley Plein Air Festival.  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.