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Painting Pets in Pastel

Date: December 2 and December 9
Time: 10:00-3:00pm
Registration Deadline: November 28, 2023
Location: GAAC

Soft pastel has long been recognized as the perfect medium for rendering fur and feathers. This class will cover basics in animal anatomy, and texture rendering of fur etc. Materials, methods, and techniques with underpainting, composition and backgrounds will also be included. Join in and learn more about the interesting and gratifying use of pastel for painting all creatures.

Like many contemporary artists Debra started her art career in graphics and illustration with the expectation of someday returning to creating fine art. She attended Rocky Mountain School of Art (now RMCAD) in Denver, Colorado where her art education gave her the opportunity to explore many media, but soft pastel remains her favorite. A Michigan native, Debra traveled the country for education and employment returning in 1989. Realizing that Michigan’s seasons, lakes, woods and dunes were truly remarkable inspiration for artists, she decided to once again made this state her home. Exploring these natural elements and bringing them to life with her paintings is one of the artist’s creative drives. Debra’s artwork has been included in multiple exhibitions and she has received awards in local, regional and national competitions. She has held board positions on several local and regional art associations and currently serves on the board of the Great Lakes Pastel Society.

Bring all the soft pastels you can comfortably carry

Hard and soft pastels, and pastel pencils are recommended.

Clean pastel surfaces

Drawing materials–pencils, charcoal and pastel pencils

Rubbing Alcohol

Erasers, both vinyl and knead-able

Bristle brushes(old clean oil or acrylic brushes work best)

Photo references of a pet

Easel and drawing support

An old bath towel and hand towel

Smock or apron

Hand wipes

Please read the GAAC cancellation and refund policy here: http://www.glenarborart.org/terms-and-conditions/


starts December 2 @ 10:00 am
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Glen Arbor Arts Center
6031 S Lake St
Glen Arbor, MI 49636 United States
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Debra A. Van Leen
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