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Impressionist Studies in Pastel


Tuesdays, October 9, 16, 23, & 30    6:30 PM  - 9:00 PM

Instructor: David Shkolny

This new class invites you to create pastel studies of famous Impressionist works, including Monet’s Woman with a Parasol, Degas’ Bather series, a winter landscape by Pissarro, and more. Starting with a solid underdrawing we will gradually layer pastel to achieve the beautifully textured colour arrangements the Impressionists achieve. We will also look at some contemporary pastellists such as the wonderful colourist Margaret Dyer. Learning from the best is the best way to learn!

 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.

  • Soft Pastels: Assorted colours in Schmincke, Sennelier, or Unison, etc. (quality brands only). The more colours the better! It’s good to supplement a set of pastels with a really dark green, really dark brown, a few more blue hues, and some light to dark greys.
  • Harder Pastels: Assorted Nupastel colours

Students may want to add more colours after the first class.

  • 3 sheets Pastel Premier Italian Clay colour 12 x 16”    1 sheet Mi-Teintes Tobacco

Other supplies:  Kneaded eraser    soft, medium-size stick vine charcoal    drawing board (14 x 18 inches or larger)    ruler    Fine Sharpie    masking tape

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

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