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Art association hosting pastel portrait workshop

Mar 19, 2013
PHOTO SUBMITTED Pastel Society of America signature artist Cecile Houel creates a portrait. She will be leading a pastel portrait and landscape workshop beginning Friday at the Fairfield Art Association Studio.

The Fairfield Art Association is hosting a Pastel Portrait and Landscape Workshop with Pastel Society of America signature artist Cecile Houel.

Taking place in the Fairfield Art Association Studio at the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center, this will be a three-day workshop with two days of portraits and one day of landscape. The workshop will be April 5, 6 and 7, and each class is 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Artwork created by participants in class April 5 will be on display in the art studio during the April Fairfield 1st Fridays Art Walk.

Houel teaches many workshops in France and the United States. Her primary specialty lies in portraiture. She is a member of “Art du Pastel en France,” “la Societe des Pastellistes de France,” “Portrait Society of America” among others. A complete list of accomplishments and exhibits can be found on her website: http://cecile-houel.com/fr/stages.

Houel stated, “I love sharing my experience with students during workshops or demonstrations, which I conduct with joy and enthusiasm. For me and my students, there is no stress or pressure during workshops.”

Instruction includes creating portraits step by step.

The three-day workshop fee is $210, with a maximum of 10 students. To reserve a spot, payment must be made two weeks in advance to Ann Koch, 1001 S. Park St., Fairfield 52556. Questions can be directed to Koch at 469-6543 or annkoch@lisco.com

Materials participants should plan on bringing include: Good photos of people and landscapes. Houel recommends these not be of family members, because they can be difficult; soft pastels, with a set of 45 being adequate, recommended brands are Rembrandt, Conte Crayon, Sennelier, Unison or Terry Ludwig; pastel paper by Art Spectrum or La Card by Sennelier; drawing boards or easels are needed, although a few are available from the art association; several pieces of Vine Charcoal in the thinnest size, 3 to 4 mm; masking tape; ; paper towels; note taking material; and a camera as photographs are allowed during demonstrations.

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