Pastel Workshop with Nancy Gladwell

Pastels allow artists to capture brilliant color that does not fade or yellow over time and create rich, velvety matte surfaces that bring added texture to their work. Pastel dates back to Leonardo in the 15th century, and into sixteenth century Italy with artists including Guido Reni, Jacopo Bassano and Federico Barocci. In France during the 17th century, pastels enjoyed a popularity on par with oils as demonstrated by Quentin de la Tour, Rosalba Carreira and many others. The medium was also favored by many 19th century painters including Renoir, Toulouse-Lautrec, Whistler, Chase, Hassam, Mary Cassatt and most notably Degas, who is considered the most prolific pastel artist and credited with raising the medium to the equivalence of oils. Many artists today continue to use pastel for sketching and as a medium to distinguish their finished work.

This workshop will begin on Thursday evening with a slide presentation and discussion on fundamentals of pastels.  Students will be exposed to the historic context of the medium and various technical approaches needed to capture the landscape using pastel including drawing, underpainting, light and shadow, composition, color theory and perspective. Demonstrations and individual instruction will be given. This will be followed by three days of onsite work from local vistas in the Connecticut River Valley to capture the light and essence of the landscape once favored by the American Impressionists. The course concludes with a group critique Monday morning.

Open to students at all levels, from beginner to advanced.