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Portraits in Pastels, Adults

  • The ARts Center 400 Randolph Avenue Elkins, WV, 26241 United States (map)

Mastering the Art of Portrait Pastels, Adults

Adults, Pastels, Beginners are welcome
Rescheduled for the Fall of 2019
9:00 AM  to 3:00 PM, one hour lunch
Cost $165 Members and $175 Non Members

Doing a portrait using pastels from scratch. Starting with a detailed drawing in pencil following known facial proportions and angle to achieve likeness. Learn to use tools like proportional dividers, tracing paper, carbon paper, graphite pencils, color pencils, kneaded erasers, brushes and paper blending stumps. The structure will include warm up exercises, demonstrations and short lectures and some fun group activities. Over the course of the workshop Sandra will cover proportions, perspective, color theory and expressive application of pastels. Plenty of time will be available for you to work in depth with individual guidance. You will come away with renewed creative energy and many new ideas to explore!  Instructor, Sandra Wright

Bring snacks if you like.

Supplies: The Arts Center will be providing supplies, but if you have your own, please bring what you can/want. Below is a list of what we will be using in class, but if you are wanting to purchase your own supplies in advance, this is what we encourage you to purchase.

  • Sketch pad 16" x 12"
  • Tracing paper
  • HB, 2H and 2B graphite pencil
  • kneaded eraser
  • One- Canson Mi-Teintes 16' x 12" sheet gray or any neutral color I use "MoonStone
  • Pastel Pencils a set of 12 is fine. Faber Castell is very unexpensive and high quality, undr $20.00
  • Hard pastels:
  • Nupastel set of 48 for $36.99 or more economical;
  • Faber-Castell Goldfaber Studio Soft Pastels, Set of 48 (are half sticks, last forever and they are in reality hard) under $20.00
  • Sennelier Pastel Sets, Half Sticks, Portrait, Set of 40 for $72.51, or Sennelier Soft Pastel Set of Assorted Colors in Half Sticks set of 20 for $36.00.
  • Richeson soft pastels or Rembrant Soft pastels are a good substitute but they can be pricey, you can get single soft pastels in skin and neutral tones if you have the time to browse around.

All of the above can be found at, or

No sanded pastel paper or pan pastels please.

Sandra Wright is a Colombian born artist who moved to the United States in 1998 . Physics and Math teacher in her native Country, she is now a full time artist.  Member of the Portrait Society of America, theGarrett Arts Council in Maryland, and the Appalachian Pastel Society in North Carolina.  She specializes in portraits using charcoal, oils and pastels as well as capturing the beauty of the country side through her landscapes and wild life scenery.  Winner of multiple awards and ribbons in Maryland, West Virginia and Virginia, her work has been shown at: The Culture Center at the Capitol Complex in Charleston, The Landes Art Center in Petersburg, The Mountain Made Gallery and Buxton & Landstreet Gallery in Thomas, The Tamarack Artisan Gallery in Beckley, WV, The Dorchester Center for the Art in Cambridge, The Chesapeake College in Wye Mills Eye For the Art Gallery in Oakland, The Gallery Shop in Oakland, The Lu-Ev Gallery in Easton, (MD), The Art Space in Herndon, The Cooley Gallery in Leesburg, VA, Best of WV in Beckley, WV.



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