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Pastels Plein Air – The Art of Observation

Date: Thursday, June 29
Time: 10 am – 4 pm (with a break for lunch)
Registration Deadline: June 28

Pastels are made for Plein air. The medium’s immediacy makes them perfect for field work with no drying time or color mixing. The class will concentrate on the process of being out of doors, choosing a subject, and using different materials (paper, different sticks, etc.). Each day will start with a demo and individual instruction—a framing demo on the final day. Students will complete a Plein air piece each day with a group critique.
The instructor will provide a few of her favorite pastels and two varieties of paper.

Louise has succeeded as a Plein air painter, winning many regional and national awards. She is a member of the Great Lakes Pastel Society and the Pastel Society of America, and her work can be found in both private and corporate collections. Her time in Florida painting with the country’s largest Plein air group, The Light Chasers, affords her year-round access to the outdoors. Passing her knowledge to a new generation of pastel painters in workshops or one on one is a joy for Louise, like the time seeking out that perfect spot to paint.

Website: LouisePondFineArt.com

The more pastels, the better. I purchase through Dick Blick (Rembrandt 90 sticks, a good beginner’s set) and Terry Ludwig’s Best Loved Basic set of 14.

A la carte darks in green, purple, and reds in Sennelier.

A receptacle for your pastels

A few hard Nupastels for laying in a drawing.

Sturdy Plein air easel

Kneaded eraser, sketchbook, and sketching pencils

Masking tape

Baby wipes (fragrance-free)

Masonite board (Lowe’s or Home Depot approx. 18×18, they will cut for you)

Used toothbrush

Small plastic folding table (Ace Hardware)

Apron or paint shirt

Hat, sunscreen, and water

Bag lunch

The instructor will supply a few favorite pastels and two different paper types.

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


To ensure the safety of our students and Staff, we have implemented new procedures for our 2022 programs to mitigate the spread of COVID and still allow participants to have a wonderful time creating art.

  • Class sizes will be limited to 12 persons for indoor programs and 16 outdoor programs
  • All students who have symptoms of respiratory or gastrointestinal infections, such as cough, fever, sore throat, vomiting, or diarrhea, should stay home and not attend class.
  • Students and Staff will wash and sanitize hands frequently throughout the day.
  • Staff will sanitize common areas and touch surfaces regularly.
  • We have optimized our indoor ventilation system to reduce the risk of germs and contaminants spreading through the air.
  • If Leelanau County COVID-related cases are designated high risk, students and visitors must wear a face mask to prevent transmission.

To keep pace with the evolving conditions related to the pandemic, Staff will inform the GAAC’s new policies or procedures before the start of the course.


June 29
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Thoreson Farm
3694 S Thoreson Rd
Maple City, MI 49664 United States
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