- April 7, 2021 - April 11, 2021
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Grace Paleg, New South Wales. Pastels.
Day 1 and 2 – Still Life. We begin our journey of discovery by studying the passage of light across objects on surface, that are set up as a Still Life study. Maybe you don’t really like still life. It is a genre that does not attract you. But it is absolutely the very best genre in which to study the moment of now. We can extend this moment by having a dominant light source and continuing the search. I have learned everything I need to know about the passage of light through the now, because of my study in this genre. We can then more easily transfer this knowledge to the other genres in our study. We will be studying contour drawing, form, tone, and colour including high chroma placement. I will be demonstrating within my own set up throughout the two days and we will be learning more from each other as not all lessons can be observed in the one set up. We will gather often together within the room for more information. I look forward to it! Bring your own simple still life to be fully in charge of your final image. This comes through choice of subject, placement, composition and lastly as well as most importantly the lighting across your creation.
Day 3 – The Passage of Light on Portrait. A day of drawing head and shoulders using a live model. By applying a tonal approach to the major areas of darks and hearing the basic rules that govern the observation of humanity, we will have a go at what is known as the “Highest Principle”. We will be using a layering technique in the beginning in the Major and once we realise we have nailed the likeness we shall follow into the Minor with pastel pencils for as far as we feel is warranted. Perhaps now, we can finish with a flourish using soft Pastel again. I love all Genres particularly the one I am working on at any time, but there is something very special about the portrait (particularly if you know you’ve nailed it) that makes it absolutely my favourite.
Day 4 – The Passage of Light Through the Dreamscape. Early morning or late afternoon outdoors photographic session before a day of creating your own Dreamscape using what we have in hand and some of your own favourite landscape photos. The dreamscape is about creating believable landscapes you have never seen. We can create our own individual creations by changing the rules of perspective and following the rules of the “passage of light”
Day 5 Finishing the Pastel works of your choice. Continuing with the still life set up, or use photo printouts, computers iPads and laptops to finish. We will have a session using gold leaf if anyone would like to incorporate this into their work. If used with discretion Gold, Silver or Irridised Leaf can make a good image amazing!
All students over eighteen at any stage of their art experience are welcome to join the fun.
The model fee will be included in the student requirement list.
Grace Paleg has 50 years’ experience in the art world., having studied Graphic Design at Swinburne and oils with Allan Martin and Lesley Sinclair of Montsalvat in Victoria. A change to pastel in 1988 was the beginning of a long love affair with the medium. The Grace Paleg fine art Studio Gallery was opened in 1996 at Batemans Bay on the South Coast of N.S.W. and it is from there that Grace continues to teach local students as well as instruct groups who incorporate a holiday with private tuition. Grace travels widely instructing at workshops and Art Festivals and Societies as well as judging throughout Australia and NZ. Awards have been many and varied with over 200 prizes including six times best pastel at the Herald Sun Camberwell Rotary Art Show, twice the Ming McKay award, three times best in show from the Victorian Pastel Society of Australia and recently the major award at the local South Coast Pastel Societies National awards. Grace is a fellow of the Australian Guild of Realist Artists and has most recently been awarded Signature Membership with the Victorian Pastel Society of Australia. She is a regular contributor to the International and Australian Artist Magazines as well as the French Practique des Arts
Venue: Grafton High School