with Shawn Dell Joyce
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Learn the basics of pastel painting in 4 classes. Find out what different brands are like, hardnesses of pastel and different surfaces and paper “tooths.” Learn to use soft pastel to make paintings from direct observation, working from still life and photo reference. Start with making a value sketch, and learn how to translate color into values. Make your own color wheel from the three primaries and learn how to use color theory for your paintings. Each class begins with a demo, then independent working time with one-on-one help from instructor. This class is perfect for the person who has a set of soft pastel but not quite sure how to use them, or an artist wanting to try a new medium. Instructor supplies paper samples by mail and will contact you to get a mailing address.
If you have any questions or need help at any point you are welcomed to call or email me.
STUDENT SUPPLY LIST (IF APPLICABLE):
-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, and a sketchbook
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.