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Buildings in Soft Pastel


Tuesdays, January 8, 15, 22, & 29    12:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Instructor: David Shkolny

Become skilled in depicting architecture in pastel, from farms to cities to (if you’re so inclined) palaces. Discover the key to using perspective correctly, applying varied textural effects, conveying light and shadow. Learn the power of framing and cropping, as well as other elements essential to creating a solid piece. The instructor will provide reference photographs, and students are encourage to bring their own for a final project.

About the Instructor David Shkolny grew up in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta. He has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (1992). He has been teaching painting and drawing since 2001. David’s artwork is in collections across Europe and North America as well as the Canada Council.

Recent public commissions include a painting for Fort Saskatchewan City Hall as well as a pastel for the Kaye Edmonton Clinic. See David’s work on his website,

Supplies:  Participants receive a 20% discount on these supplies:

  • Artist quality soft pastels (Schmincke, Sennelier, Nupastel): colours may be chosen at the beginning of the class
  • 4 sheets Pastel Premier Italian Clay paper 12x16” (1 for each class)
  • Drawing board large enough to hold paper
  • 1 medium-sized stick soft vine charcoal
  • Kneadable eraser masking tape    ruler    pen or fine-tipped marker

*Please bring art clothes (e.g., apron), hand/tea towel, notepad, snack, drink

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