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Pastel Workshop

Forest Beckons (detail), by Kate Henderson

Forest Beckons (detail), by Kate Henderson

Join artist Kate Henderson for this 2-day introduction to pastels and beyond. Participants will learn techniques of using soft pastels. Class drawings will be focused on representing a still life; participants are also encouraged to bring a few landscape photos to work from. No experience necessary, but some basic drawing skills are assumed.

DAY 1: Saturday, January 26th, 9am-1pm: Learn the basics of how to use soft pastels, including application techniques, value and color studies, underpainting and toned paper. Participants will also explore different papers, types of pastels, and proper cleaning and care of materials.

DAY 2: Sunday, January 27th, 9am-1pm: Participants will delve deeper into the particular drawing techniques used by Kate herself, from gestural to abstraction with mixed media.

Class Fee: $20, payable via Eventbrite:

Basic materials, including a set of 24 pastels, are included for use during class. Sets can be purchased to take home for an additional $5 to be paid at the end of the class. Open to all, 18+

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR: Kate Henderson received her MFA in painting and printmaking from Yale University and a BFA in painting and a BA in art history at Indiana University. She is recognized for her pastels and is featured in Exhibeo Art Magazine. Her work has been shown at Creative Tech week NY, The Lumen Prize global tour at The Auditorium on Broadway NY, Degas Society in New Orleans, New Haven Lawn Club, NEST in Bridgeport CT, Ridgefield Camera Works, Franklin Street Works in Stamford CT, BRAG at the University of Bridgeport Schelfhaudt Gallery, Bridgeport CT, Connecticut Hospice, Creative Arts in New Haven, Yale-Sterling Library, and Art Place in New Haven. For more information:

PLEASE NOTE: This workshop is presented by ArtEcon Initiative ( Our mission is to produce free, or low cost, accessible arts and community programs in the Westville-West Rock neighborhoods of New Haven, CT. Your class fee goes directly towards supporting the additional costs of an in-depth workshop; market value for weekend arts workshops is $200/$250. If you have the means, we would be grateful for any and all additional contributions, so that we can continue to offer accessible programs.

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS! This workshop is made possible with support from the Department of Economic and Community Development, CT Office of the Arts, which also receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

** Image: "Forest Beckons," by Kate Henderson **

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