The Figure in Pastels
In this three-day workshop, Margaret teaches a simple step-by-step pastel painting method. Working with live models, students explore drawing, composition, anatomy, proportion, value, color, and pastel application. Emphasis is on developing form using light and shadow, and layering color for a translucent effect. This workshop is for students who want to learn about color and who want to speed up and become less tight in their work.
Pastel is one of the most misunderstood of all media. Often confused with chalk, which is limestone and dye, pastel is actually dry powdered pigment molded into a crayon shape with binding solution. The word pastel is derived from the French word pastiche, or paste, which is made by grinding the pigment and binder. Because pigments have lasting brilliance, pastel is as close as an artist can come to painting with pure color. Students do not need prior pastel experience.