Portrait In Pastel With Gwenneth Barth-White
August 11-12, 2018
THE SIMPLE STEPS FOR STRONG PORTRAITURE
In this workshop, Gwenneth will show how to apply simple consecutive steps to build a strong portrait.
Working with a model, she’ll teach and demo one step at a time, allowing each student to complete that step before continuing to the next.
Students will paint one model every morning, and another every afternoon. This will give the opportunity to apply two different approaches to portraiture: in the morning, a classical, tonal and sculptural method on Canson mi-teintes paper. The strategy will be based on contrasting blocks of light and dark (values).
In the afternoon, with a different model, we’ll be working on white Clairfontaine’s Pastelmat or Dakota’s Pastel Premier Paper, creating a splashy, colorful diluted underpainting that will be the base for the second, more impressionistic painting. The strategy of contrasting warm and cool colors for maximum effect is the basis for the second method, it is with the idea of expanding more creatively once a knowledge of a classical value base is established.
While building our portraits, we’ll work on the three vital contrasts in painting:
The contrast of values.
The contrast of complimentary colors.
The contrast of lost and found edges.
Each morning starts with fun, fast value sketches to loosen up.
The workshop is $250.00 plus shared model fees.
Ms. Barth-White is a noted international pastellist and is one of the top three artists in her media (out of a pool of 100), according to Pastel Journal.