Working with Soft Pastels | Adults

Starting DateOctober 4, 2019

Ending DateOctober 5, 2019


Ticket Prices$175

Time 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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Event Description

Two Days

Friday and Saturday

October 4 and 5

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Class fee: $175, materials list provided

Instructor: Dan Mackerman


Pastel is a medium that dates all the way back to the time of Leonardo da Vinci. And, pastel paintings have not always been restricted to small intimate sizes. Some 18th century pastels recently exhibited at the Getty Museum are over 6 feet in length!

While simple approaches to pastel painting will be emphasized in this workshop, it will expand into using sandpaper and washes, such as alcohol and watercolor. The first day will be devoted mainly to demos, looking at examples and learning about supplies, tools and papers. Student sketching will complete the day. The following day will be devoted to students producing their own completed pieces.

Among the topics covered will be: great examples of pastel painting, a simple step by step approach to developing a pastel painting, different papers, recommended soft pastel and pastel pencil brands, useful tools such as stomps, chamois and kneaded erasers and how to frame a pastel.

All levels are welcome, recommended for those with drawing experience.


Instructor Dan Mackerman has been a full-time painter and sculptor for over 27 years. His work is on exhibit nationally in over 65 public collections and has been featured in several media outlets including KARE 11, Minneapolis Star Tribune, St. Paul Pioneer Press, FM 107.7 Radio “The Ian and Marjorie Show” and Midwest Home Magazine. He has received numerous grants and awards in juried competitions, most recently a Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant in 2018. He is currently represented nationally by several galleries including Aesthetics, Inc. in San Diego, CA and American Art Resources Gallery in Houston, TX.

Mackerman holds an MFA from the University of Minnesota in Painting, Drawing and Art History. His teaching experience includes work with the following institutions: The University of Minnesota, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, The Lulea Tekniska Universitet, Skelleftea, Sweden, The Minneapolis Institute of Art, The White Bear Center for the Arts, The Minnetonka Center for the Arts, The Edina Art Center and the Minnesota Museum of American Art.

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