Painting Dynamic Skies with Soft Pastels Workshop

sky rendered in pastel by Ron Shepard

  • Date: Saturday, November 16, 2019
  • Time: 10 AM to 1 PM
  • Location: Southern Arts Society, Inc. (SASi) Kings Mountain, NC
  • Age and skill level: ages 14 and up who want to learn more about painting with Soft Pastels
  • Register: register early – call SASi at 704-739-5585
  • Cost: $35.00 SASi members, $40.00 non-members
  • Class description: We will be rendering skies in Three Ways: Blended Sky; Fractured Sky; and Energetic Sky. Blended skies will be simple skies, using a light blending process to keep it fresh; Fractured skies is using a small portion of the sky where several colors of similar value are lightly layered together to give any airy and luminous look. Energetic sky is opposite of the first too blended skies; this sky rendering consists of direct, bold, and energetic strokes/marks. This last method uses an optical blend with several layers of colors layered without blending with blending tool or fingers.

Supplies:

  • Paper: Preferably a sanded paper such as Uart 600 grit, ColourFix, Sennelier Card, etc. Any sanded pastel paper works best. Canson Mi-Tiente paper full sheets will suffice if you can’t get sanded (coated) pastel papers.. Check Michaels, Hobby Lobby, and Cheap Joe’s locally.
  • Pastels: Soft (chalk) pastels (not Oil Pastels) with warm and cool (darks and light) colors in greens, yellows (browns and ochres and light yellows), blues (dark, mid tones and lights), reds i.e., orange. White will be used sparingly.
  • Drawing board and easel if you own one; we have table easels available at SASi.
    Kneaded eraser or stiff bristle brush for lifting/erasing; blending tool optional (I will have some pipe insulation for blending underpainting for those who don’t have one).

Class info sheet and Supply List: description of class and list of  supplies to bring download here


Past Classes:

Pastel for Beginners Workshop

yellow and magenta flowers in afield rendered in pastel by artist Ron Shapard

  • Date: October 19, 2019
  • Time: 9 am – 3 pm
  • Cost: $70 SASi Members, $75 Non-Members
  • Age: 18 years and older
  • Level: Beginners
  • Lunch: Bring your own
  • Supplies: All Supplies are included to complete the workshop. Participants will receive the pastels (64 colors) plus a white and black hard pastel for sketching. Students should bring a sketchbook or notebook for taking notes.
  • Class description: This course will introduce the beginner to the exciting versatility of soft pastels in creating a pastel painting. Each attendee will have the chance to use various papers, and pastels. They will be introduced to how they can use pastels to create a watercolor-like painting. We will be making thumbnail sketches using less quality pastel papers. Each student will receive a 64-color box of vibrant small square pastels as part of the package.
  • Class Info Sheet: download here


Intermediate Colored Pencil Workshop

  • Date: Saturday, April 27, 2019
  • Time: 9:00 am to 3:30 pm
  • Where: Southern Arts Society, Inc
  • Cost: $45 for SASi members; $50 for non-members
  • Subject: Chinese Lantern Floral Painting
  • Skill Level: intermediate (working knowledge of colored pencil a must)
  • Supply List: bring supplies listed in class sheet
  • For more information: download class info sheet here

Class overview and description: This is an intermediate level class: working knowledge of colored pencil a must.

Call Southern Arts Society to register at 704-739-5585. Pre-payment is required to hold your seat in the class. Seating is limited.


Free Watercolor Introduction for Beginners

  • Date: February 2 2019 (Sat)
  • Time: 9:30 am to 12:   noon
  • Where: Southern Arts Society, Inc
  • Cost: Free – open to the public
  • Skill Level: Beginners
  • Age: 15 and up
  • Supplies: All art supplies included; bring an old plastic credit or rewards card
  • For more informationdownload class info sheet here

Class overview and description:

We will gather together and learn how to paint rocks in watercolor while developing a simple shoreline, wood line along forests, or very simple seascape with emphasis on rocks and scraped-out designs in our paintings to create the illusion of rocks.

All material will be supplied, come with an old plastic credit card (or old store card) and the desire to learn a new technique in painting your very own simple rock shoreline.

Call Southern Arts Society to register at 704-739-5585. Seating is limited.


Watercolor Series

Take all of the classes or individual classes in this watercolor series.

Take one individual class or both sessions
2-day sessions as a package are $100/110;  2 separate individual classes are $110/120)

  • Cost Individual Classes: $55 SASi Members / $60 non-members
  • Cost 2-Day Classes: $100 SASi Members / $110 non-members
  • Where: Southern Arts Society, Inc
  • Skill level: beginners or those who want reacquaint themselves with the medium
  • Supplied materials: practice paper will be provided to each student; Ron will have extra paints
  • For more information: download class info sheet here

Dates and subjects for each class:

  • Trees, Woodlands, And Forests in Watercolor
    February 9 and 10, 2019 (Sat & Sun)
  • Painting Skies and Seascapes in Watercolor
    February 24, 2019 (Sun)
  • Painting Perspective Depth and Distance in Watercolor
    March 16 and 17 , 2019 (Sat & Sun)
  • Painting Successful Watercolor from Photographs (your own)
    March 30 and 31, 2019 (Sat & Sun)

Materials to bring:

Paper:

  • Arches Watercolor Paper Rough (140lb) Sheets 11×14
  • Arches Watercolor Paper Cold Press (140lb) Sheets 11×14
    OR
  • Strathmore Cold Press and Rough paper (140lb) Sheets 11xx14 (results will vary from Arches quality paper)

Brushes:

  • Watercolor Brushes (I will have some brushes at SASi)
  • Flat Brushes: 1 inch and ½ inch Round Brushes: #1 rigger, #2, #4, #6, #10

Watercolor Paint:
For best results Artists quality recommended; but Grumbacher’s Academy student grade will suffice. Recommended paint colors are:

  • Blues: Cerulean Blue, Ultramarine Blue, Cobalt Blue, and Viridian.
  • Yellows: Aureolin, Hansa or Azo Yellow, Naples Yellow,
  • Warm Yellows: Raw Sienna, Burnt Sienna
  • Reds: Light Red, Rose Madder
  • White Gouache: This is not a watercolor paint, but a water-based paint that works nicely for an opaque white.
  • Blue Pebeo Drawing gum

Palette: bring your own Palettes


  About Ron Shepard

Certified by the Moore Art School for Teaching Beginners

Ron is currently a Southern Arts Society (SASi) volunteer and teacher, and has also served in the office of president.

He has been retired from the world of Business since 2009, and is now involved with artistry. He is becoming fluent in the application of watercolor, acrylic, colored pencil, and oil (his medium of choice.) Ron leads the Colored Pencil Group that meets at SASi and writes our blog series Colored Pencil for Beginners.

Ron’s professional art memberships and galleries include:

  • Gaston County Art Guild – Gastonia, NC
  • Gallery 27 – Lincolnton, NC
  • Gaston County Art Gallery – Gastonia
  • The Schiele Museum – Gastonia, Gallery 27
  • The Gaston County Public Library – Gastonia, NC

Contact Ron:

email: shepardron@hotmail.com