Into the Light – Jan Thompson
November 9 @ 10:00 am - November 10 @ 4:00 pm$275.
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!