Pastel Painting: The Anatomy of a Cloud

Date: Sunday, October 22, 2023
Time: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Location: Classroom 3A
Level: Ages: 18+ Some experience using pastels required
Instructor: Mary Beth Sasso
Tuition: $100 Members save 10%
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Class Description

Have you ever looked at the mesmerizing clouds in the sky and felt the urge to paint them? Creating clouds with pastels may seem simple, but it can be challenging. This workshop, led by pastelist Mary Beth Sasso will guide you through the process and help you master this art form quickly. We'll explore the intricate details between colors, the meaning of edges, shapes, and textures, light temperature, the importance of values, and the effects of atmospheric perspective. By the end of the workshop, you'll be able to create 2 to 3 breathtaking paintings inspired by the beauty of clouds to take home and cherish.
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• White Pastel Pencil & Charcoal pencil
• Artist Chamois
• Kneaded eraser
• Artist Tape
• Ruler
• Table easel
• Sketch drawing board size 18”x24.”
• Art Sanded 400 or Art Spectrum Colourfix or
• Claire Fontaine PastelMat
• 2 Bulldog Clips or clips

Please gather any artist-grade pastels that you may have at your disposal. I will use a selected variety of high-quality pastels, such as NuPastels, Cretacolor, Rembrandt, and Sennelier. These particular pastels are known for their exceptional color intensity and are sure to produce excellent results.

Mary Beth will give you reference photos before the workshop, but you can also bring your own. Just make sure they are high-quality pictures.

About the Instructor

Mary Beth’s deep and enduring love for pastels began at age 14 under the tutelage of Master Pastelist Claudia Post. Mary Beth is fascinated by the versatility of pastels, which offer a vast array of shapes, sizes, and textures to unleash her artistic creativity. Layering vibrant colors is a favorite technique, resulting in a rich and luxurious blend. Sometimes, she blends the colors with her little finger to produce stunning effects. Other times, she lets the pastels blend independently, resulting in even more spectacular results. The beauty of a subject inspires her to create awe-inspiring paintings, and she takes pleasure in observing the shapes and proportions of her favorite subject - portraiture. Capturing the inherent beauty that challenges her is what fuels her passion, and creating art is the center of her life.

Mary Beth is a highly accomplished artist and mentor with vast experience teaching the art form. She currently serves as an Adjunct Faculty Instructor of Art at Santa Rosa Junior College and offers private classes at her studio in New Hartford, CT. Her classes are tailored for individuals aged 14 to 98 and concentrate on beginner-level pastel painting and essential drawing skills. Previously, Mary Beth taught beginner pastel classes at The New Britain Museum of American Art. She has also taught art to elementary school students in California, where she integrated art lessons with core subjects.

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