Soft Pastel Landscape Adventure
October 17 - October 23, 2021
Immerse yourself in color and the natural world! The soft pastel medium is versatile, immediate and expressive, and it allows you to combine the best of drawing and painting. This class is for anyone interested in learning about soft pastel for the first time, as well as more experienced artists who want to gain a greater understanding of the medium and its capabilities while cultivating artistic growth. The class will take an in-depth look at the variety of papers, application styles and techniques available to the pastel artist.
In addition to technical skill development, intermediate and advanced students will be encouraged to consider content, theme or emotion in their landscape paintings and should come prepared with personal goals for the week. Working from both photographic references in the studio and directly from life—en plein air—you will complete thought-provoking exercises that provide greater understanding of the medium and its capabilities. You will have plenty of quiet time to explore your own ideas as well. Kay specializes in adapting to each participant’s personality and skill level and provides plenty of positive, encouraging one-on-one interaction, as well as frequent demonstrations. Useful handouts, specific pastel papers for the exercises and other materials will be provided.
Kay Brathol-Hostvet is an upbeat, enthusiastic instructor bringing a wealth of experiences to the classroom. She has over 30 years of experience as an exhibiting artist, and has been teaching workshops in drawing, design, pastel, acrylic painting and professional development for many years. Kay is a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America and has a bachelor of fine arts degree from the University of Wisconsin-Stout, with concentrations in drawing and painting. Her works are in corporate and private collections around the Midwest. Her pastel paintings have been featured in The Pastel Journal and the Dane Arts (Dane County, Wisconsin) annual poster and calendar, and her acrylic paintings are included in North Light Books’ AcrylicWorks 2: Radical Breakthroughs. She works from her home studio in Eau Claire, Wisconsin and is represented by Edgewood Orchard Galleries in Fish Creek, Wisconsin, Abel Contemporary Gallery in Stoughton, Wisconsin and Riverwood Art and Frame in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.
A supply list will be sent prior to class and is available online.
Kay will contact students prior to class.
Pricing (per person):
$1120 Dorm Room Package*
$1220 Two-Person Room Package*
$1835 Single-Person Room Package* (limited availability)
$625 Commuter Package** (limited availability)
*package includes tuition, lodging & 16 meals **package includes tuition & 5 meals