Mountains and Skies of Arizona in Pastel
Mar 8-10, 2018
Mountains and Skies was a fabulous three-day workshop with an outstanding instructor. The first day, we used photographic images of skies to create a pastel/alcohol underpainting by ‘seeing’ what the photograph hides. On day two, we ventured to Rio Vista Park on Tucson Ave. for a plein air event where Liz taught us to use a viewfinder to choose a scene to paint. We created a thumbnail sketch of the scene and then did a value drawing of the scene on our paper using charcoal. In the afternoon, we added pastel to our charcoal image and the results were amazing. Since the values were already determined it was great fun to just add color. On the third day, we worked with photographic images of mountains and skies, using all of the techniques we learned in the first two days. With endless energy and enthusiasm, Liz shared her process for creating art. She is truly a remarkable instructor and a wonderful person. Thank you so much, Liz!
Jan 8 - 12, 2018
Pastel Innovations: was an intense, fast paced and fun workshop that will changed the way we think about layering imagery, creating backgrounds, drawing, and incorporation non-traditional tools and techniques into our pastel painting. Dawn had many guided exercises and mini demos will provided us with maximum time to work, share information, and inspire each other. Dawns new book, "Pastel Innovations, " was the text book for the class. Great inspiration!
Capturing the Light - Field to Studio Workshop
Mar 2 - 4, 2017
The first day was spent at beautiful Tohono Chul Park learning how to simplify the landscape by focusing on the light and shadow patterns and gathering reference material. Then we spent the next two days painting in our building from field sketches and photos. We discussed how to edit and modify reference material. We worked on identifying the color and quality of light and may other aspects of working from field studies.
Thank you so much, Christine, for a wonderful workshop.
March 10 - 12, 2016
March 24-26, 2016
This 3 day workshop opened up a whole new world for us and introduced us to new ways of thinking about our subjects. Dawn is a great teacher with lots of charisma and lot of of patience. She did a few demonstrations, helped each student one on one, showed us some new tools and we all left with a lot of new ideas on how to approach art.
The first day we practiced how to balance composition with a focus on the basic elements of design including: line, shape, value, edges, texture, space & color. We did a cubist drawing, then by modifying one element, it threw off the principles of design including: balance, unity, variety, contrast, emphasis, rhythm, movement (or direction), pattern, proportion (scale), which then had be readjusted. It was a great lesson on design because all of the elements affect each other and need to be carefully balanced..
The second day we were introduced to monoprints and created some of our own. Some were introduced to the basic vocabulary, techniques and materials used to create monoprints, while others already familiar with monoprints came to see it in a new light, using it as a pastel under-painting. The monoprint drawings were all in black and white but they gave us a wonderful value map and a lot of added texture that enhanced our pastel paintings.
The third day Dawn did a few demos, she approaches her paintings with an energy that is full of life and movement. She gave individual attention to each student and we were inspired to play. We left invigorated and now have a new way to approach making art!