The Irving Art Association at Jaycee Park will host Donna Chambers, pastelist, for a one-day workshop for beginning and intermediate level pastel artists. The focus of this workshop will be on individual help and application after a short informational chat on the basics of Pastel Painting: papers, products and application. The workshop will cover pastel techniques for landscapes and animal portraits. Each artist should bring in a reference photo they would like to reproduce artistically. Donna will help artists design and crop their reference materials. Questions are encouraged.
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About the instructor: Donna Chambers
Donna is a member of the Pastel Society of the Southwest, in Dallas, Texas. Her pastels have been in juried shows throughout Michigan, Indiana
Previous to her move to Texas, Donna was a practicing psychologist and hypnotherapist in St. Joseph, Michigan. She feels that art is the window to the inner life of people. She has utilized art to help children, teens and adults verbalize their emotions. Art is a non-complex way to access the emotional life, and
- Reference photos: The best reference photo is one without a lot of detail. Bring one copy of the photo in color and one in black and white.
- Pastels: A small box of pastels,
Muygos, Michaels, Hobby Lobby brand are fine for introducing pastels to your artistic portfolio. Once you know what textures you prefer, you can upgrade.
- Pan Pastels: I do not recommend pan pastels as I have only used pan pastels for large areas such as the sky and water. If you have worked with them, bring them.
Back board: Form core is a lightweight “board” to tape paper on. Best size 15″ x 20″ black or white (a standard 20″ x 30″ cut in half). Archival is best for long term storage.
- Tape: Masking tape. Sticky enough to hold paper on
- Paper: I will have a small supply of pastel papers available in 9″ x 12″. If you have a favorite, please bring it with you. We will work on 9″ x 12″, 11″ x 14″ or 12″ x 16″ paper.
- Easel: Pastels are painted in an upright position, so the “dust” falls off the painting.
- Glycine paper: To cover your pastel when transporting or storing it before framing. I will have some with me.
- Paper towels and Wet wipes.
- Blenders: I find I do not use blenders. If you don’t want messy fingers, makeup foam blenders and wedges will do. Plastic gloves to cover your hands and keep the dust off.
- Newspaper: Pastelist always
coverthe work area table and floor with newspaper to collect the pastel dust (it can be gathered up and thrown away) when we work outside of our studio.