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Pat Ford

Pat Ford

Pat Ford

Pat Ford

Instructor: Pat Ford

May 8–10, 2020 (Friday–Sunday, 9:30am–4:30pm)
All levels

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Topics I plan to discuss include different boards and papers to use, different methods of painting such as starting with or without an underpainting. Other topics will include equipment good for plein air painting and a little about framing. This class is open to any level of experience, that might find these topics interesting. I plan to spend the first day in studio, and the next two days in plein air weather permitting. During each day I will start with a demo, and then help students at their easels during the remaining part of the day. If we are able to paint in plein air I will choose locations that are close to your car, and not difficult to get to.


As a landscape painter, I love the great outdoors, particularly the scenes of the southwestern deserts and coastlines. I paint mostly with pastels in air; however, watercolors are also a medium I enjoy. My joy is being in nature, looking at a beautiful scene, and translating the emotions of what I see onto the paper. My hope is that I am able to convey in my art, the feelings of joy and tranquility that I experience when painting.

Since childhood, drawing, coloring and painting have always been my passion. While social work was my major in college, painting continued to be my first love and I completed a minor in Fine Art. Although my career as a social worker was fulfilling, I always wanted to have more time to paint. In 2003, I retired from social work and began to apply my love for art, now as a full-time artist.

My work has been exhibited in local and national juried shows throughout the United States, and I have been honored with a number of awards and recognitions at these venues. For me, an even greater reward has been enjoying the camaraderie of fellow artists, studying with plein air masters, and the experience of meeting and getting to know the individuals who appreciate and collect my art.

– Pat Ford

Membership affiliations
Women Artist of the West, Master Signature Member – Pastel Society of the West Coast, Signature Member – Pastel Society of New Mexico – Laguna Plein Air Painters Association – Plein Air Painters of New Mexico – California Art Club, Associate member.

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Current MAC Members: $324
Non-members: $360 plus a $45 non-member registration fee

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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: $25 optional. If students wish, the instructor will have available to purchase: 3 different paper surfaces types, size 9" x 12" for $25 per pack (Ampersand Pastel Board, Pastel Mat & Mi-Tients).

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