A special one-day pastel workshop presented by Dean Tatam Reeves at the Coutts Centre for Western Canadian Heritage, Nanton, Alberta

Date – Sunday 25 August 2019 (10 am – 4:30 pm)

Workshop Fee – $125 plus GST

This workshop is intended for participants with varying levels of experience with soft (chalk) pastels. Our aim will be to explore the expressive potential of working with pastels on paper for producing vibrant studies of the Coutts Centre gardens, surrounding fields and the foothills beyond. Pastels can be used as a sketching medium with the added potential of creating more vibrant finished work with a painterly effect. Pastel is a vibrant medium well suited for personal expression with fingertip control. During the class we will discuss paper preferences, the use of acrylic pastel medium to prepare a lightly textured and tinted working surface, applying spray fixative and safe storage of artwork.

Following instructor demonstrations of techniques, participants will have ample opportunity for personal exploration of the concepts, with one-on-one support and guidance provided. Near the end of the day a group discussion will give participants a chance to review their work and offer feedback. We will try our hand at a variety of approaches so each participant will come away with ideas that suit their own individual style.

For the artist, the Coutts Centre offers a varied and inspired collection of gardens: living scenes that renew each day as the gardens go through their seasonal cycles. No two days are alike. And wherever you turn you will find glimpses of the surrounding farmland, foothills and mountains. There are many sheltered areas to comfortably draw and paint, and in the event of inclement weather shelters and welcoming indoor spaces are close at hand.

For more information about this workshop please contact the artist by email at: deantreeves@gmail.com

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