• May 15, 2017 - May 17, 2017
    9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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This 3-day workshop is for both oil and pastel painters.  Instruction will take place on location, weather permitting and in the studio if not. Students should bring photo references.

Each day will include a demonstration on how to approach a pastel and an oil with an understanding of values, intensity and warm and cool color principles.  Aline will do both a pastel and an oil demo the first day and see what time allows and what students want on the second and third days.  Proper technique will be emphasized and materials will be suggested.  Individual attention will be stressed.


Aline received her BFA at Cornell University, and continued her training at the Academy of Art College in San Francisco, earning a degree in Illustration.

“My goal as an artist is to find those times and places where beauty is not only evident, but startling and suddenly present.”

Aline is a Master Pastelist with the Pastel Society of America and a Signature Member of the American Impressionist Society. She has juried thePastel Society of America’s National Juried show; The Pastel Journal’s Top 100 Animal and Wildlife Competition and the Pastel Society of New Mexico’s Annual Juried Show.

She was featured in an article in the February issue of the Pastel Journal and shehas been honored with awards at the 33rd and 34thand 38th Annual Juried Shows of the Pastel Society of America in New York City.
Aline has won awards several times in the  Top 100 Pastels issues  of the Pastel Journal.   Her work has been accepted in national juried shows of the American Impressionist Society, The Pastel Society of America and the Oil Painters of America.  Aline teaches workshops throughout the country and in Europe.

Her website is www.alineordman.com and she maintains a blog at http://alineordmanartwork.blogspot.com/


Holbein Duo Water Missable Oil Paints

I have discovered Lucas Water Soluble oils as well and they are less expensive

PAINT COLORS- must haves:

Alizarin Crimson

Rose Madder

Ultramarine Blue

Cerulean or Verditer Blue

Sap Green

Burnt or Raw Umber

Cadmium Red Hue (the hues are much cheaper)

Cadmium Yellow Deep Hue (which is orange)

Cadmium Yellow Hue

Cadmium Yellow Light Hue

Yellow Ochre

Jaune Brilliant


Optional Colors I love:



Horizon Blue

I think Lavender and Lilac are easy to mix, Horizon Blue is tougher.


I have been using Windsor Newton Artisan Brushes which work well and are relatively cheap.  If your brushes seem okay, use them.  If you get these, I’d get a small and large (maybe a 6 and a 14) Flat and a medium Filbert. My new favorite brushes are Rosemary Ivory brushes.  You can order them on line at their site http://www.rosemaryandco.com


It’s easier to work on panels instead of canvases for traveling though I prefer canvases in general.  I wouldn’t get too large…9 x 12, 11 x 14 and  12 x 16 as the largest.     Also, if you can have some canvas paper or toned paper (Artagain is cheap) then we can also do some fun exercises!


I use an Easy L easel which is essentially a box that gets mounted to a tripod.  However, it’s about $250 and probably not worth it unless you intend to keep this up.  So, I’d get a cheap, light easel and hope it isn’t too windy.  If you aren’t doing a lot of outside painting, an inexpensive Stan rite easel will do well.




Pastels vary a lot in softness and expense.   If you are just starting out, then there are half stick sets available and a good way to get more colors for less money.  The best ones are by Unison, and are available at Dakota Pastels (Google it), but if you want to get full sets, you may find the other sources cheaper.

A selection of some hard and soft is best.  For hard and cheap pastels, Nu Pastels are good.

Terry Ludwig- love them!  Very creamy…my favorites!

Unison- a great solution especially if you only get one kind.

Schminke-  creamy but am preferring the Terry Ludwigs


The best papers are the sanded ones.  Sennelier has a nice smooth tooth but if any water gets on it it acts like acid; Colorfix and Wallis are rougher.  The canson paper is not great especially for building color but it is less expensive.

Sennelier La Carte Sanded Pastel Card : suggested colors:   blue/gray,  sienna,  no white or pink

Art Spectrum Colorfix Paper : any colors but white or very light

Wallis : Bisque only

Mi Teinte Canson Paper : any but white, yellows or pinks

Any further questions, please contact me at aordman@sover.net

Refunds will not be given within one month of the start of a workshop or within one week of the start of a class. Classes are not pro-rated, and there are no makeups for missed classes. A $25 processing fee is withheld from all refunds.
The Art Center reserves the right to cancel any class or workshop due to insufficient enrollment, in which case tuition will be fully refunded.
If Falmouth public schools are closed due to weather conditions, the Falmouth Art Center will also be closed.  Missed classes will be rescheduled.



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