The vibrant medium of pastel has been a favorite of artists such as Willem de Kooning for the last four centuries because of its luminosity and versatility. Working from still-life arrangements and the human form in studio sessions, students learn to achieve the brilliant and subtle effects characteristic of the medium.
Throughout the course, lectures on color theory, color mixing, and composition are given. Demonstrations on color layering and blending are also included. For inspiration and ideas, works by master pastellists are viewed and discussed.
A supply list may be downloaded from this page no later than 2 weeks prior to the first session. Students may work in chalk or oil pastel. Students should have basic drawing skills.
Instructor: Sandra Gobar
3 sessions, 4 hours each
S. Dillon Ripley Center
1100 Jefferson Dr SW
Metro: Smithsonian (Mall exit)