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Pastel Workshop

Saturday, February 4, 10:00 AM until 4:00 PM
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Students will learn the basic techniques of Pastel Chalk and Pastel Pencils. Students finish a pastel drawing

$25 for Members, $35 for non-members

 Donna Forrester is the instructor


Finding a Paint-able Subject 

Presented by Linda Smith
Saturday March 4, 2023. 10 am-3pm 
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Description: Creating a painting isn't about copying a perfectly composed photograph. In this workshop, you will learn how to interpret those reference photos that you have been collecting. You don't have to be a master photographer to take a useable reference picture. You will learn about what to look for in reference material, how to interpret reference photos, editing tips, and ultimately how to turn your reference material into a painting (or two or more!) complete with all the components of good composition. Bring several reference photos to work with and be prepared to paint


Bring your usual watercolor supplies: paint, palette, brushes, pape

(preferably Arches Cold Press 140 # paper, one or two sheets

• Paper Towels, water container, masking tape, sponge, mounting board 

(gator board, plexi, wood, etc.

Sketchbook, pencil, eraser 

Tracing paper 

• Graphite pape

REFERENCE PHOTOS!!! As many as you like. They can be color copies or  black and white. 8 x 10 inches is the preferable size (copy paper size). Make sure the photos are clear. Do not worry if the composition isn't that good. If there is something in the photo you like, bring it along. Croppers: L mats. To make 'L' shape croppers, just take an old 'white' mat and cut them to create two 'L' shapes. Each cropper should be at least 8 x 10 inches or larger.

National Endowment for the Arts logoCity of Mesquite logo 2020

This project is funded, in part, by grants from the Nevada Arts Council and Nevada Humanities, state agencies, and the National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for Humanities,  federal agencies.