All classes are from 12:00pm to 4:00pm.
Instructor: Mary Jane Erard
Saturday, May 13th
Sunday, July 30th
(Check out our special Plein-Air Pastel Workshops scheduled for Mon. June 12th and Sat. June 24th listed separately on the website.)
This is not a multi-session class; every session is separate and priced at $45 each.
Each workshop has a slightly different subject matter or theme. Students are welcome to join in at any time. No previous experience is required.
Learn how to create a beautiful landscape using pastel! In this course, Mary Jane will lead you through a series of exercises designed for the beginner through advanced pastel artist. Instruction will cover composition, color, and technique for painting with pastel, as well as working through individual challenges that students will encounter throughout the creative process. Individual instruction is tailored to each student's knowledge base of pastel and objectives.
Students will spend the first hour and a half (or so) working on a drawing to practice with the medium and loosening up. In the latter portion of the class, students will work on a more detailed and complete pastel landscape using the techniques practiced earlier in class.
Students should bring or buy the following materials to participate in this course:
- At a minimum 2-9" x 12" black sanded paper, please be sure to purchase a dark color. This technique requires a darker surface.
- A good selection of pastels in landscape colors. Sennelier soft pastels are sold individually and in sets at The Depo. A specific/ suggested color listing is available in the shop for reference.
- A drawing board. This can be purchased or made from a piece of wood you might already have on hand. Approximately size 3 feet by 3 feet.
- And, you will need a colored pencil (no lead pencils please). If you don't have one handy, you can borrow one from someone in the class.
You can also call the store ahead of time and have any or all of these items collected and held for when you arrive for the class.
About the Instructor:
Mary Jane Erard is an award-winning artist painting in soft pastel, oil pastel, gouache and oil. Her works are usually rural landscapes of the US and Europe. During the past 15 years Mary Jane's paintings have been accepted in 60 juried exhibitions and have won over 35 awards. She has also exhibited in over 11 national and international solo shows. Mary Jane's artwork has been published several times in national magazines and books. Three of her paintings were published in the book "Best of Pastel Painters". Mary Jane is a juried member of the Pastel Society of America and a juried member of the Degas Pastel Society. MJ is represented by Collector's Corner at the Toledo Museum of Art where you can find several of her paintings on display at all times in her own corner of the gallery and the Robin B Gallery in Chicago.
Please register as soon as you plan on attending. Classes that don't reach the minimum number of students required will be canceled 48 hours before the first day of class. Last minute registrations are accepted if class minimum is met and space allows.