Classes & Workshops Painting & Drawing

Plein Air with Pastels

  • Wednesday, January 24, 2018
  • 01:00 pm - 04:00 pm
  • Instructor: Gary Rupp
  • Location: Main Campus
  • Fee: $275

When an artist steps outside of the studio to pain, a new adventure begins. Pastels with their rich colors are a fascinating medium to quickly capture the light and shadow essential to plein air painting. Our focus will be on the techniques and tools necessary to meet the unique challenges of working with pastels in plein air. In case of inclement weather, we will paint from photos in the studio.

Required Supplies

PAPERS Bring a paper that has a moderate grit and will hold up to a wash with water or alcohol. I suggest working with a sanded paper, such as U-Art, Pastel Premier (White or Italian Clay), Art Spectrum Colourfix (Natural or Sand) or Ampersand Pasteboard. The size should be no smaller than 9x12 and no larger than 12x16. PASTELS You will need both hard and soft pastels for this workshop. For the hard pastels, I recommend Prismacolor Nupastels, Creatacolor or Faber Castell. Only a few DARK hard pastels are needed, but if you have more bring them also. I will be demonstrating with the following Nupastels: Blue Violet #244 Bottle Green #298 Spruce Blue #305 These are often available for purchase as individual sticks. For the SOFT pastels, many good brands are available so feel free to work with whatever you have. If you are new to pastels, I suggest getting on of the half-stick sets available from Sennelier, Unison or Great American. These sets give you a good range of color and value. A set with a minimum of 30 half-sticks is recommended. Sennelier has a120 half-stick Paris Collection that is excellent for beginners and experts alike. If you shop online, my favorite stores for papers and pastels are listed below: BOARD Gatorboard is good support. Foam core, masonite or a drawing board are all fine, too. Make sure whatever board you bring is large enough to support the size of your pastel paper. BRUSHES These will be used for underpainting. A few coarse bristle brushes size 6 thru 10 will work well. Old oil painting brushes are fine also. TAPE Artist tape or masking tape. SKETCHBOOK For making initial compositions. WET WIPES Plus a roll of paper towels. NOTE: VIVA paper towels are excellent for cleaning off pastel dust. PHOTOS You may want to bring a few of your favorite photos from which you can paint. There will also be a still life set up for each class. QUESTIONS Please feel free to contact me concerning any of the above.

Special Notes

Suitable for intermediate and advanced students.


Gary Rupp

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Instructor Bio