Learn to apply Pastel Ground to a surface before applying pastel to create an intuitive response.  Learn to drag soft pastels over the surface to create the feeling of texture.


A demonstration will be given each morning using a step by step method: 1. Drawing,  2.  Applying Pastel Ground, 3. Watercolor under-painting, 4. Apply pastels


You will be working from your own photos and thumbnails with individual attention at your easel.  A material list will be provided.


Limit of 16 students. Price:   $350 (50% deposit)


The workshop will be March 17, 18 & 19 , 2016;  9:00  AM to 4:00 PM at

A Sense of Place Fine Art Gallery, Fresno, CA


Contact Ginny Burdick at 559-392-6775 for additional information, or via e-mail atGallery@ginnyburdick.com


THE FIGURE IN PASTELS, Margaret Dyer Workshop

In Margaret’s workshops, students are taught a traditional pastel painting technique. Working with live models, students will explore drawing, composition, anatomy, proportion, value, color and pastel application. Emphasis will be placed on developing form using light and shadow with Margaret’s easy step-by-step method. For those who are bewildered by color or are wanting to speed up and become less tight in their work, this is an excellent workshop to take. Students do not need prior pastel experience. Some drawing would be helpful, but not imperative.

Margaret Dyer is an internationally known Master Pastelist with the Pastel Society of America. She lives and paints in Atlanta, Georgia. Her work has been featured in:  • Pastel Journal • International Artist Magazine  • Pastel Highlights 2 • The Artists’ Magazine  • American Artist • Pastel Artist International  • Pure Color-The Best of Pastels  • 100 Ways to Paint People & Figures, Vol. 1 & 2

Date: February 12, 13, 14, 2016

Cost: $395.00 + $40 Model Fee

Where: Morro Bay Art Center

835 Main Street, Morro Bay, California

To register, contact KC Caldwell: Fogcatchers@gmail.com or (805) 540-1470.          Brought to you by SLO Learners Fine Art Workshops

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Thanks!!! ~Jennifer


Be sure to contact Susan Levitsky by this Saturday to RSVP to the potluck/fun critique at her house on Saturday, Feb 6.

See you there!!

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