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In the Light - Pastel Workshop
with Jan Thompson
Into the Light describes my technique for this pastel painting class to be offered in beautiful Tubac, AZ. We will start with the darkest darks, either by paper color or pastel values and washes on the papers. We will move toward the light by progressively using lighter, softer pastels. I will discuss what pastel is in case you are a beginner. We will try to work from your photos (bring some of your favorites) and we may go Plein Aire one day. Think about composition and contrast in your photos.
Any skill level is fine as we all enjoy critique and learning from each other. We will probably discuss how one can become a slave to photos and how to get away from "pure copying". I will talk about shape, value, edges and composition while we attempt to create the illusion of 3-D on a 2-D surface. We will practice looking at our world (wood, grass, sky, water, etc) then express our concepts on paper. It is my hope that we can convey these responses to our viewers with some great paintings
Whether or not you have ever used pastels, I know you will enjoy their immediacy and vibrant colors. Pastel is like drawing and painting at the same time. Beauty is all around us – Most of all we will have fun!
Painting the Impressionist Landscape
with Lois Griffel
Lois" workshop focuses on how to capture color and ;ight into your paintings by gaining insight into the foundations of Impressionism.
The workshop is based on her two books, Painting the Impressionist Landscape and Painting Impressionist Color.
You will learn how to interpet nature with rich and beautiful color. Lois will combine impressionist therory with the essential principles of successful paintings.
The morning session will be held outdoors with the afternoons in the studio. Each consecutive class is based on what has been previous covered; building from each lesson to make the learning curve easier,
Open to artist of all levels, oil, water-based oils or pastels. Acrylics if you have experience with using them outdoors.
The workshop is informal and fun, be perpared to learn a lot and work hard too.
Lois Griffel was honored by the American Imppressionist Society as a Master Signature Artist.
Her book, Painting the Impressionist Landscape was published over 25 yrs ago and is still considered an exemplary source on seeing color and light. It has been translated into four languages. Her second book, Painting Impressionist Color embellishes lessons in the first book, including many new concepts.
Lois's paintings have twice been on the cover of American Artist Magazine. She was also featured in The Artist Magazine, The Boston Globe, American Art Review and the New York Times.
Lois has taught throughout the US and Europe and has sold out shows in New England.
Her mission is to share her love of color with artisti and collectors to help people see the world in a new and beautiful way. "Nature is precious and fleeting and we must do everything in our power to perserve it."
TCA members receive a $50. discount on all classes.