Next Class- Pastel Portraits for Beginners

Classes

The next class I’ll be teaching at Tulpehocken Exchange is Pastel Portraits for Beginners. I’ll be teaching participants the basics of using chalk pastels and the basics of drawing one of the hardest subjects- humans. We’ll be learning proportion of the face, blending and application methods with pastels, using light and dark, and more!

Below is the flyer with information on date/time/space. It’s hosted at Tulpehocken Exchange, a new art space in Germantown, Philadelphia located at 47 East High Street. The cost is $40 per person. Sliding scale payment is available on an as-needed basis. Email info@handmadephilly.com to register. You can RSVP on Facebook by clicking HERE.

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Here is a quick pastel portrait I put together of Adam Driver (one of the many husband’s I have in the harem in my mind) as an example of what we’ll be learning in the class.

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Happy International Women’s Day

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I write this on the eve of National Women’s Day. This year also marks the first #daywithoutawoman protest. Women are striking across the USA to show people what an impact women are in the workforce. Those who can’t strike wore red to show their solidarity. And I certainly rocked red today since I couldn’t strike. In fact, at the library I work at the entire staff is comprised of women. If we were to strike the library wouldn’t function!

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Malala, acrylic on 8×10″ canvas.

I chose to highlight my portrait of Malala Yousafzai for a few reasons. She’s rocking red. What’s more, her story is one of a position of powerlessness she parlayed into activism for girls education. She didn’t have resources at her disposal. Armed with only tenacity, she is now a figure in women’s history. Historical figures are sometimes divorced from what we consider to be “average” people. Malala is an example that real people can make a difference.