October 8-10, 2018

The Pastel Portrait

Diane Rappisi

Day 1 - Great portraits emerge from strong starts - capturing the essence of the face in the very first marks.  Demos and exercises will cover the principles of gesture, shape, and proportion.  We will utilize short pose exercises and discuss specific tools and strategies for improving observation skills and draftsmanship.  These demos and exercises will help us loosen up tight drawing styles and gain confidence.  We will work from the live model, exclusively in charcoal, for this day.

Days 2/3 - Portrait work demands a quick grasp of gesture, shape and proportion.   We will draw on the exercises from Day 1 to develop a single finished portrait, on days two and three, by sequentially working through the critical components of composition, gesture, shape, structure and color.  We will use both charcoal and pastel as we work from the same live model used on Day 1.


Registration for the Diane Rappisi workshop will open on Sunday, March 4, 2018. Dates for the workshop are October 8, 9, 10 - 2018. Total cost, including model fees, will be $350. Since we expect this to be a very popular workshop, we are allowing PSSW members in good standing to register one week earlier - February 25.  You may begin contacting her on Sunday, Feb. 25th. A deposit of $100.00 (refundable until September 2) will assure you of a spot in the workshop. Contact Marie Maines by email (rm_maines@hotmail.com) or by phone (817-503-8371). Deposit checks should be mailed to Linda Smith at 2121 Gent Drive, Plano, TX 75025 - or brought to the meeting on March 5. A phone call or email will hold your spot until the March meeting. The class will be capped at 18. More detailed info will be emailed to registered participants. Please let me know if you have questions.

For more information, call or email Marie at: 817-503-8371 or 817-727-9432



Email address: rm_maines@hotmail.com

Pastel Society of the Southwest website:   pssw.info

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