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Erika Perloff

Erika Perloff

Erika Perloff

Instructor: Erika Perloff
July 21–23, 2018 (Saturday–Monday, 9:30am–4:30pm)


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You may register online until two weeks prior to class start date. After that date, please call the registrar:
707 937-5818, ext. 10 or toll-free 800 653-3328, ext. 10


Come discover the joys of landscape painting with the exciting medium of soft pastel. Pastels are vibrant, immediate, quite forgiving and ideal for taking on location. In this three-day class we will focus on value, color, and composition in exercises both outdoors and in the studio. We’ll spend time observing and learning to really see how light affects a scene, and practice methods for quickly recording changing light. In the studio we will work on techniques for layering, mark making and creating luminous pastel surfaces. Each day will include demos, time at the easel, group critique and lots of personal attention. Designed for beginner to intermediate students. Prerequisite: A good sense of humor.


ERIKA PERLOFF is a landscape painter based in Santa Cruz, California. Her love of the landscape is rooted in her background in biology and natural history and years working as an outdoor educator, park ranger, and naturalist. Her unique perspective as a plein air painter combines her knowledge of the flora and fauna with her love of painting. Erika has been fortunate to study with some of the world’s preeminent pastel and oil painters, and has been painting and teaching art to adults and children for many years. She particularly enjoys working en plein air, and helping students learn to paint what they see from their own artistic viewpoint. Her work hangs in many private collections and public spaces and her award winning paintings are shown in galleries, juried shows and solo exhibits.

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Current MAC Members: $310
Non-members: $345 plus a $45 non-member registration fee

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