MARCH 17TH - 23RD, 2024

Experience Jan's creative & artistic abilities along with the southern hospitality on a working ranch.
Lodging provided in the Ranch Bunkhouse
Sunday, March 17th, arrival between 2:00 pm & 6:00 pm Classes begin Monday morning 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Classes end on Friday at 4:00 pm. After critiques, Dinner Celebration.
Fee: $950 Includes 5 days of workshop
Food & Lodging for 6 to 7 nights
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner provided plus extras! Class limited to 15 and is expected to sell out quickly. Don't delay in reserving your place.

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Class description

"Into the light" describes my technique for this pastel class.
We will start with our darkest, hardest dark using paper color and/or washes we make with pastels. Then we will progress toward the light by using softer, lighter pastels. I will discuss what pastel is in case you are a beginner.
We will work from your photos which, hopefully, will have good contrast and composition. Depending on skill levels, we will copy photos or jump ahead to adding our own ideas to the paintings.
I begin with a short demo, then do individual help. Any skill level is fine as we all enjoy critique and learning from each other. We will also learn about shapes, values, hard and soft edges and how to create the illusion of 3-d on a 2-d surface.
First and foremost we will learn how to look at our beautiful world (grass, sky, clouds, rocks, trees, etc) and then attempt to express them on paper. It is my hope that we will be able to convey our responses to our viewers with some good paintings. When learning any skill, one must practice to become proficient, just as the musician learns his scales the artist must learn the basics before good art can be produced.
Whether or not you have ever used pastels, I know you will enjoy their immediacy and vibrant colors. Painting with pastels is drawing and painting at the same time, very fun!


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