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Weekend Workshop, November 15-16, 2019
Friday 7:00-10:00pm, Saturday 9:30am-4:30pm
Location: Ardsley, New York
Fee: $145 (model fee included)

Medium: pastel or oil

All levels are welcome, beginner to advanced.   

Registration: use REGISTRATION FORM HERE or email Annette Meglino at [email protected]

Have you ever struggled to bring life to your portraits? Would you like to learn how to bring a fresh vibrant approach to your work, while also learning to capture the essence of your subject’s likeness? 

This workshop will help you to move beyond the limitations of your photographic reference and learn to develop lifelike, painterly portraits based on observation of the live model. You’ll be able to apply what you learn from your practice with the live model this weekend to your personal studio work, whether from life or photographs.

During this weekend activation workshop, we will cover a host of techniques necessary to create stunning portraits in pastel. We will practice lighting and posing the model together, learn how to design the portrait through thumbnail sketching. Then we’ll learn how to develop lifelike skin tones in pastel, and apply the painterly approach to portraiture. Finally, we will discuss techniques and approaches for refining the portrait. Alain understands that portraits can be intimidating, and creates a relaxed yet focused and encouraging learning environment for all involved.

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Working from the live model, Alain will demonstrate a painterly approach to pastel from start to finish on Friday evening. This demonstration will include an explanation of lighting and posing, and pastel portrait techniques for creating an accurate likeness, establishing clear values, evaluating color relationships and selecting skin tones, developing a painterly style, and harnessing the power of strong design.

The following day students will have the day to work from the live model and develop their own painterly portraits with generous personalized instruction provided throughout the day at their easels. The workshop will conclude with an encouraging group critique during the final hour.

I have taken numerous workshops with Alain. He is very generous with his immense knowledge about painting the figure or the landscape. He is patient, attentive to all levels of artists, and makes everyone feel at ease. I am a pastel teacher myself, and he has been a huge influence on my work and teaching methods.
— Jory

For more information please contact Annette Meglino at [email protected] or 914.419.2907