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Portrait in Soft Pastel from Photo Reference taught by Suzann Beck

March 10 @ 10:00 am 5:00 pm

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Suzann’s approach to portraiture in soft pastels will teach you to build colorful portraits step by step. This forgiving technique will help you gradually build to a luminous finish from your own photo reference. The workshop will also include tips on achieving drawing accuracy and light effect. The morning session will feature a short lecture and demonstration with hands-on student work in the afternoon.

Ages 14 and up. Drawing experience suggested but not required. This workshop is appropriate for beginning to intermediate pastelists. Class will break for an hour midway. You may bring a non-perishable lunch or each at one of the numerous cafes within 2 blocks of Wet Paint.

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About the artist: Whether painting a commissioned portrait, a figurative piece, or a “portrait” of a single rose, Suzann has the unique ability to capture the essence and spirit of a subject and combine it with masterful likeness. Her inspiration and passion comes from the classical old masters, and she is particularly influenced by the Russian painters of the 19th century. Intrigued and motivated by the depth and craft of masterworks hundreds of years old, Suzann works to understand classical methods and disciplines and leverage them with contemporary practices and sensibilities to create representational realism. Suzann Beck holds a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree from Moorhead State University, Moorhead MN, and studied portraiture with atelier-trained painter Judith Anthony, Plymouth, MN, and classical glazing technique portraiture with Jeffery Hurinenko, St. Paul, MN. Suzann serves as the Minnesota Ambassador for the Portrait Society of America, and teaches portrait painting and drawing classes in her Northeast Minneapolis studio and the Paramount Center for the Visual Arts, St. Cloud, MN. http://www.mnartists.org/suzannbeck