Adult Weekly Classes


Weekly Classes with Rich Metcalf

Exploring Pastel


“Painting with pastels is not only enjoyable, it is one of the easiest methods of creating lasting artwork.” The intent of these pastel classes is to encourage the use of pastels as a tried-and-true method of expression, to experiment with new materials and techniques, and basically to have fun. These lessons are not only designed to attract beginning artists to the vibrant world of pastels and to help them enjoy the ease and beauty of this form of art, but also to broaden the proficiency of advanced artists.

There will be a series of three monthly classes composed of four weekly sessions which are scheduled on Monday mornings.

January’s Class: Following a short review of standard and optional materials, we will visit various aspects of designing an outstanding piece of art. Each session will target one or more fundamentals, such as: contrast, shape, composition, color combinations, value, perspective, proportion, unity, harmony, variety, and even artist intent. Each session will be fashioned to address the needs of the participants.

February’s Class: We shall continue exploring the various fundamentals by offering a variety of challenges with different subjects and will involve experimenting with an array of newer materials for pastel artists. Subjects will include landscapes, animal faces, stand-alone still life objects and combinations of objects. The intent is to make every participant comfortable regardless of what challenge is placed in front of them.

March’s Class: The entire month will be dedicated to the variety of methods portrait artists use to achieve an effective likeness when attempting a portrait. This includes creating portraits using only black & white, or only one or two colors, or the standard multicolor portrait.

Rich is an award-winning artist. He began using pastels at an early age and continues today entering competitions, exhibiting at shows, and teaching the beauty achieved with pastels. He received his formal art instruction from artists at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, The Cape Cod School of Art, and at the Corcoran Museum School of Art in Washington, DC. His paintings are in collections both in Canada and in the United States. View works by Rich at Rich Metcalf

Date for January’s Class: January 9, 16, 23, 30, 2023

Date for February’s Class: February 6, 13, 20, 27, 2023

Date for March’s Class: March 6, 13, 20, 27, 2023

Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Location: Rehearsal Room at CPAC

Fee Per Monthly Class (4 Sessions): $200

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