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Soft Pastel for Beginners

Vintage Gold, Barbara Reich

May 14 – 15: This two-day class is designed to take the mystery out of interpreting and painting from your favorite landscape photos using soft pastel.  A broad explanation of this marvelous medium and its related materials and products are covered.  Through lecture, demonstration, and handouts, Barbara helps students discover how to create studio landscapes that are expressive and filled with light.  This is a fun and relaxed class emphasizes not only the fundamentals of fine art, but also cover tips and techniques specific to soft pastel.  Students discover the amazing and immediate beauty of this versatile fine art medium, with lots of personal attention and encouragement along the way.  Students should bring to class several landscape photos that they have taken themselves, no published images.  This class is for soft pastel (not oil pastel), as they are not the same.

[tabby title=”Instructor Bio”] Barbara Reich is a nationally recognized artist specializing in soft pastel, a medium that is exciting and beautifully complex. Capturing moments, subjects, and strong visual concepts, with the near pure pigments of soft pastel is exhilarating and sharing this knowledge with others is something she is passionate about. Barbara enjoys both studio and plein air painting, working from life as often as possible. Barbara regularly exhibits in juried competitions and was awarded signature status in the Pastel Society of the West Coast. She can be found painting in multiple plein air paint-outs each year, finding them to be uniquely challenging and rewarding. Barbara was honored to be one of the participating artists in the inaugural 2018 Paint Grand Traverse Paint-out.


[tabby title=”Dates/Times”] Tuesday, May 14, Time: 9:30am – 12:30pm

Wednesday, May 15, Time: 9:30am – 12:30pm

[tabby title=”Supply List”] At least 30-50 (or more) soft pastels. The more you have, the easier it will be to create the exact color and values you desire. Example: Rembrandt, Great American, Ludwig, Schmincke, Sennelier, Unison. F by Prismacolor (hard) are a great compliment to the soft pastels, and work well on sanded surfaces in combination with soft pastels. Half-stick sets allow you to sample more colors at a lower price. Other great artist grade pastels are available, and if unsure, feel free to contact the instructor. No oil pastels, they are not the same.

Light weight drawing board – foam core works well, cut slightly larger than paper size.

Several pieces of sanded paper. 9×12 – 12×18 is sufficient. UArt 400 grit and Pastel Premier are good choices. Instructor will have some sanded paper available to purchase during class if desired.

White Artist tape to attach paper to support.

Easel – portable floor or table model.

Several of your favorite landscape photo references. Must be photos that you have taken yourself, not from published material.

Paper towel.

Old paint brush, about ½ inch.

Blending stump or soft tools can be helpful.

Consider: Smock/apron, disposable gloves, “gloves in a bottle”.

Pastels and papers can be purchased from many online sources. In the past, I have had good experiences with jerrysartarama.com, dickblick.com, dakotapastels.com.

[tabby title=”Refund Policy”] We understand that your plans might change. If they do, notify the GAAC office as soon as possible. Requests for cancellation by the student at least thirty (30) days prior to the first day of the workshop will be honored (minus a $20 processing fee). NO REFUNDS will be given for a student cancellation made less than thirty (30) days prior to the first day of the workshop.



starts May 14 @ 9:30 am
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Glen Arbor Arts Center
6031 S Lake St
Glen Arbor, MI 49636 United States


Barbara Reich

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