PLEIN AIR PASTELS
This two-day workshop will provide the student with instructional methods to select a composition in the field, and create a dynamic pastel painting from that composition.The student will learn how to select, simplify, and control elements in the landscape.The instructor will demonstrate the process of identifying strong subject matter, composing through the use of a value study, and then producing a pastel painting over an underpainting. The experience of direct observation will provide students with more accurate description of color and value in the natural world. We will focus on pushing color as well as becoming more aware of the play of light on surface.Students will receive individual attention.
Friday and Saturday, October 7 and 8, 9:30 am to 3:30 pm. Please plan to arrive at 9:00 am so that the workshop can start promptly at 9:30 am. There will be a lunch break from 12:00 to 12:30 so bring lunch, a drink and snack.
Elizabeth Rhoades is an award winning Connecticut artist whose pastel paintings are characterized by vibrant color, sensitivity to natural forms, and the effects of light in the landscape. She works in a direct, alla prima style, whether painting on location or in her studio. Her prior mastery of watercolor painting has provided her with an intuitive knowledge of color and value, allowing her to render her motif in pastels with an impressionistic touch. Elizabeth holds art degrees from Southern CT State University and Wesleyan University, and has obtained an advanced degree of sixth level in art education. Her work is is represented by PS Gallery on the Litchfield Green, the Rockport Art Museum, Rockport, MA and the Lyme Art Association, in Old Lyme. Elizabeth is a Signature Member of the CT Pastel Society, the President and Elected Artist Member of the CT Plein Air Painters Society, an Elected Member of the Lyme Art Association, an Elected Artist of Rockport Museum, a juried member of the Academic Artists Association, the Pastel Society of America, a member of the Pastel Society of the West Coast, and the Pastel Society of New Mexico.