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Pastel and WHAT? Part 2 with Jory Mason

  • Thursday, July 14, 2022
  • Thursday, August 25, 2022
  • 6 sessions
  • Thursday, July 14, 2022, 1:00 PM 4:00 PM (EDT)
  • Thursday, July 21, 2022, 1:00 PM 4:00 PM (EDT)
  • Thursday, July 28, 2022, 1:00 PM 4:00 PM (EDT)
  • Thursday, August 11, 2022, 1:00 PM 4:00 PM (EDT)
  • Thursday, August 18, 2022, 1:00 PM 4:00 PM (EDT)
  • Thursday, August 25, 2022, 1:00 PM 4:00 PM (EDT)
  • 157 Old Main Street Marshfield Hills, MA
  • 6


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A mixed media class in drawing, painting, color, and having fun experimenting with materials. All levels welcome.

Week 1: Starting with Black and White

Using black Sumi ink full strength and diluted on printmaking paper you will use the biggest brush you have to create a strong statement. You can do a few quick gesture paintings and leave them in black and white or use my clear gesso to create a tooth to incorporate pastel. I will do an animal demo. Consider bringing animal references. Action is good. (I’ll provide ink and paper if you don’t have any)

Week 2: Quickies

We will start with small 5 minute gesture studies then proceed to 10-15 minute studies. The goal is loosening up and using confident color. Think of creating rhythm and expressive strokes. Make a mark and try to leave it. Vary the pressure on your stick. Bring in uncomplicated pre-select a few color palates to save time. Any medium you like or want to try.

Week 3: Make your colors POP

We will work on black Uart or canvas. You can tone Uart even darker with a few dark pastels and alcohol. Bring in reference that is mostly dark with a little light. Even “dull” colors look brilliant against the black.

Week 4: Color temperature

Let’s do underpaintings that reverse your color temperatures. Where you have a cool area, make it warm but match the value and visa versa. The color choices are up to you. Push it if you dare.

Week 5: Colors You LOVE

Start with a palate that excites you. Create it yourself or bring in art/photo/fabric/object with colors that resonate. If you are a fast painter, bring in 2 or 3. Also bring in photo references of subjects that are different from your inspiration palate. The point is to come up with more creative color choices and not to use local/true-life color.

Week 6: Bring In Your Duds/Unfinished Masterpieces

Anything goes today. No fear when working on something you have put aside. Start with a fresh vision and push it.

Note: If it is a beautiful day and not too hot, we may paint outdoors. Individual choice.

MATERIALS: (I use Dick Blick online)

  • Uart sanded paper. 9x12 pad.
  • 12 x 18 sheets optional if you want to work bigger
  • Vine or willow Charcoal Stick
  • 2 sheets of black foam care, a support for your paper
  • White or black artist’s tape
  • 1” flat watercolor brush, cheap

Soft Pastels: 

  • Bring whatever you have. If you are new to pastels consider Unison Half Sticks, Set of 63
  • Hard Pastels: Prismacolor NuPastel Color Stick Set - Assorted Colors, Set of 24 (no oil pastels please)
  • Paper Towel, Viva is best
  • 70% Isopropyl Alcohol (drug store)
  • Wet wipes
  • Open Mind

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