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Fine Art Department

Channing Rudd

Channing Rudd

Channing Rudd

Channing Rudd

Instructor: Channing Rudd
September 7–8, 2019 (Saturday–Sunday, 9:30am–4:30pm)
All levels

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707 937-5818, ext. 10 or toll-free 800 653-3328, ext. 10


This two-day workshop will enrich your dry pastel experience from the basics to the unusual. Our indoor and outdoor paintings will be augmented with classroom demos, pastel basics, such as working with the pigments and supports we need, to the techniques of mark making. Pastels are brilliant, easy to use colors that both the beginner and professional can enjoy. All levels of experience are welcome to paint with us in both still life and plein air in the beautiful surroundings of Mendocino.


CHANNING RUDD received his BFA at Syracuse University in New York where he grew up. He studied under the renowned Bauhaus professor Peter Piening, friend of painters Maholy-Nagy and Paul Klee. After his MFA studies at the California College of the Arts he worked in San Francisco as an Art Director for Seagrams Wine Division – Browne Vintners.

While a free-lance artist he started making wine, won awards and then ran his own North Bay winery and vineyard for the next 21 years. He has been teaching a variety of college art classes, photography, history, viticultural science and wine making and beer making classes for the last 25 years.

Every Wednesday he paints with his plein air group of friends. In his paintings Channing has always felt the expressiveness and emotional need for form but especially color in his art.

“An artist must remain in touch with his inner child – that wonderful quality of enthusiasm with day to day life and be able express it in his work.”

He describes his paintings as “California Impressionist,” but a little “Fauvist and Realist”… but always… “ Subject-to-Change-ish.”

Current MAC Members: $207
Non-members: $230 plus a $45 non-member registration fee

There is a registration fee of $45 for each class for non-members. Current Mendocino Art Center members do not pay a registration fee and may take 10% off each class registration. The discount is reflected in the prices above. Not a member yet? You may sign up below.
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Cancellations must be made in writing, either by mail or email. If you notify us at least 21 days prior to the first class meeting, you will receive a refund of tuition less a $45 cancellation fee. No refunds will be made after that date for any reason due to our contractual obligations and material acquisitions. If the Art Center is compelled to cancel a class you will receive a full tuition refund. Memberships are non-refundable as they are considered a donation to the Art Center.

Instructor materials fee: $20. Instructor will have pigments, binders, masks, gloves, fixative, supports, primers and grounds.

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