Pastel Society of South Carolina
Promoting the Fine Art of Pastel

International Association of Pastel Societies Opportunities

POWER of Pastel Portrait Workshop 

with Christine Swann PSA, IAPS-MC

September 23 and 25th, 10am – 4pm online

Construct a portrait over 2 days using Christine's 5-layer technique. Learn the system of finding a likeness quickly with the “Thirds of the Head” methodology. NO more remembering the “math” dividing up the head.  It doesn't work– because we are all different! Also lots of info on the structure of the head and what to look for to create a good likeness. Then understanding light and how that helps to convey realism when painting the head. The LAW. The rules. Ever wonder if you have errors in your images from working from photos? Now you will absolutely know…

Then to the good stuff….totally understand the pastel medium. Learn the philosophy of the “Power of Pastel.” Take control of this medium and master those dusty sticks. Know when to use which brand. Know which pastels play nice with each other and which do not. You will never look at your sticks the same way again.  

Intermediate to Advanced Level.  Must already possess a wide variety of pastels. No specific brands needed, just pencils and wide variety of pastels from different companies. (which most pastellists tend to collect!) 

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This class will also be offered again on October 8th and 9th and on November 3rd and 5th.  

Videos of the classes are also available.....