Plein Air Pastel

Wednesday afternoons in June – August
Christopher Copeland

To the plein air painter, the immediate application of pastels lends itself to capturing the changing light effects of the outdoors. Observe and study nature firsthand. Make quick and direct decisions to produce spontaneous, fresh, and colorful light-filled paintings. Demos, one-on-one guidance, and group critiques are a part of this class. This class will meet at WBCA.

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Intermediate/Advanced Painting with Dan Mackerman

Tuesday afternoons in July – August
Dan Mackerman

This course is designed for intermediate and advanced painting students who wish to broaden their knowledge and experience. Work on your own projects while taking advantage of Dan’s 40+ years of painting. The purpose of this class is to improve upon what you already know, expose you to new possibilities and to make you a better painter. For some that may mean inspiring conversation on topics that relate to your work. For others it may mean tips or demos on materials and tools that fine-tune your technique or improve a specific piece. Dan will regularly give demonstrations, share references from his personal library of over 500 books, lead critiques, and give museum tours when the need arises. Solvent-free oil painting dating back to the time of Rembrandt is highlighted but any opaque media such as pastel or acrylic are also welcome.

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Experience the Beauty of Pastels

Tuesdays, July 18 & 25, 9:45 AM-12:00 PM
Susan Hartzell Vannelli

If you like fresh, pure, vivid colors, you will open your artistic world to new possibilities and creative insights by working with pastels. We will learn about the materials and tools, explore basic pastel techniques, and learn to combine pastels with other mixed media.

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Plein Air Workshop

Tuesday-Thursday, August 22-24, 9:30 AM-4:00 PM
Lisa Stauffer

Explore painting outside and capture the beauty of August in Minnesota. Instructor demonstrations will be in pastels, but feel free to join the class and explore plein air (outdoor) painting in whatever medium you feel comfortable with. The basics of outdoor painting will be discussed throughout the workshop, as well as topics including choosing your subject, design and compositional considerations, the importance of accurate drawing, painting fundamentals, and more. Delve into the effective application of color, value, intensity, and temperature. This will be a gentle introduction to the joys of the plein air experience and will include time inside the studio as well as outdoors, weather allowing. Instructor demonstrations, personal assistance, and group critiques will give us a chance to learn as we explore plein air painting in a fun and supportive environment. Visit to view examples of Lisa’s work.

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Drawing Pet Portraits in Pastel Pencil

August 29, 9:00 AM-4:00 PM
Suzann Beck
Learn the basics of creating fur effects in pastel pencil and create a “head and shoulders” portrait of your pet from one of your own photos. The workshop will feature a demonstration in the morning session with hands-on student work in the afternoon. Students will learn how to draw an initial sketch and transfer it to pastel paper, and how to build fur in a step-by-step process. Attention will be paid to drawing accuracy and rendering light effect. Painting and drawing experience suggested but not required. Class will break for an hour at noon, please bring a lunch.

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