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Fine Art Department

Marsha Connell

Marsha Connell

Marsha Connell

Marsha Connell

Marsha Connell

Marsha Connell

Marsha Connell

Marsha Connell

Instructor: Marsha Connell
July 31–August 2, 2015 (Friday–Sunday, 9:30am–4:30pm)
All levels


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Tuition & Fees
Current MAC Members: $310
Non-members: $345 plus a $25 non-member registration fee

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Class Description
Pastels are one of the purest forms of artists’ colors. These convenient sticks can be used simply for the pleasure of drawing, or for sketchbook studies for larger drawings and paintings in other media, as well as for more ambitious pastel paintings on special papers.

We’ll explore energetic, “painterly” approaches to using these beautiful pigments while learning about pastel techniques and materials. We’ll investigate optical color mixing; developing mood through color qualities; and discover dynamic processes for composing impressionist, expressionist, realist or abstract drawings and paintings.

You’ll enjoy demonstrations in both chalk and oil pastels, focused time for practice, and support for developing your personal voice, whether you are a beginning or experienced pastel artist.

We’ll work on location in the inspiring and varied Mendocino landscape, en plein air, weather permitting, and in the studio from drawings, photos and tabletop landscapes.


About the Instructor
MARSHA CONNELL is known for her expressive and colorist landscape paintings in pastel, oil, and watercolor. She brings the joy of the creative process to her classes and draws from a creative well that includes hiking, dancing, poetry, music, scientific observation, and meditative practices. A long-time Adjunct Art Instructor at Santa Rosa Junior College, Marsha has led workshops and given presentations in many California venues, and also in Mexico, New Mexico, Oregon, New York, Tennessee, Alaska, and France. Her work has been exhibited in solo and group shows regionally and internationally.

Marsha will be a celebrity artist for the Mendocino Art Center's Mendocino Open Paint Out, September 7-12, 2015.


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