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The Still Life in Pastel

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Sunday, June 23, 2013 - 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET
Code: 1K00AB

The colors of ripe fruit, the folds of drapery, and the shimmer of metal are part of the rich tradition of still-life drawing captured in luminous pastels.

In this workshop, beginning and experienced students work directly from still-life arrangements as they explore the techniques of cross-hatching and layering of color through personal experimentation and demonstrations by the instructor. Composition, perspective, and rendering are reviewed and emphasized.

Students should have basic drawing skills. They may also wish to photograph the still-lifes in order to continue working at home.

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Instructor Gary Shankman has exhibited his work in the U.S. and Europe and is a tenured professor of art at Sage College in Albany, New York.

6 hours, includes a lunch break (participants provide their own)

Smithsonian Connections

In his later work, Joseph Stella departed from the Futurist themes he had been pursuing in favor of working from nature as seen in the lush pastel, Still Life, from the Hirshhorn Collection. View more of Stella’s work in the collection here.


S. Dillon Ripley Center
Room 3038/39
1100 Jefferson Drive, SW
Metro: Smithsonian (Blue/Orange Lines)