Instructor: Mary Jane Erard
Ages: Adults and mature teens
Skill level: All
Saturday, August 24 2019 from 10:30 am - 1:30 pm

Learn how to create a beautiful landscape inspired by our Metroparks 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 should bring or buy the following materials to participate in this course:

  • At a minimum 2-9" x 12" mid tone colored sheets of sanded pastel paper. Avoid white, black, dark brown, or dark blue.

  • A good selection of artist quality pastels in landscape colors. Sennelier and Faber Castell soft pastels are sold individually and in sets at The Depo. Bring whatever Soft Pastels you have on hand, and Mary Jane can make additional suggestions if needed to complete your pastel painting, or expand your collection as desired.

  • 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. You might have seen her work recently at The Ann Arbor Art Fair, or in the May 2019 edition of Southwest Art Magazine. 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 read our class cancellation policy before registering by clicking  here.*

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.

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