FULL: Dawn Emerson: Pastel Innovations


 This 3 day workshop is based on Dawn’s book “Pastel Innovations”.

Call us if you want to make a $150 deposit to reserve your spot.


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October 8 -10, 2018 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

This 3-day workshop is based on Dawn’s book “Pastel Innovations”. Topics will include the use of pastels alone, with mixed media, and with monotypes as an underpainting.

Call to be added to waitlist: 508-540-3304.


1 pkg General’s brand Jumbo Compressed Charcoal sticks (comes 3 sticks to a package)
1 kneaded earaser & 1 hard plastic eraser
travel size box of assorted soft pastels with wrappers removed. (my preference is Great American,
Diane Townsend Terrages. If you are new to pastel bring whatever you have.)
selection of Pan Pastels (if you have them—I will have some for you to use)
1 large package of baby wipes (any brand)
cosmetic sponge wedges
gloves (optional)
soft paper towels like Viva
1 roll 1” masking tape
xacto knife and flat razor blade
1 or 2 Speedball SOFT rubber brayer (off white color) 2” -4” wide
1 small tube any brand Black water miscible oil paint (ie., Winsor Newton, Cobra)
several flat soft brushes from 1/4” – 1”
small collection of flat textured materials like doilies, stencils, etc.
1 pad light weight (60-65 pound weight) smooth white sketching paper, 18×24” 50 pages minimum
2 bulldog clips & 18 x 24 or slightly larger foam core backing board
portable floor easel (1/2 French easel is great)
2-4 sheets Stonehendge paper or Arches 88 (22×30” or cut in half)
photo references—either printed or on digital device.
camera (smart phone or ipad is great)
small bottle of matte medium or clear gesso

Instructor Bio

Dawn grew up in the harbor town of Marblehead, Massachusetts. After graduating from Brown University with a BA in English/Minor in Art in 1977, she began a career in graphic design and illustration. She became a book designer and art director for an educational publisher in the Boston area, until leaving to head west with her young family and husband in 1985. It was in Salt Lake City she discovered a passion for teaching art to children, and she continued teaching in the public schools as an artist in residence after moving to Central Oregon in 1991. It was in 1992 that she discovered the medium of pastel, and began taking workshops with well known pastel artists Sheila Reiman, Harley Brown, Albert Handell and others. By 1997 she was winning major awards for her pastel work, writing articles for various art publications, and teaching her own workshops. Dawn has spent the past 26 years creating art, teaching, and experimenting in her Central Oregon studio to push the boundaries of the pastel medium. In 2008 Dawn was introduced to printmaking by mentor Pat Clark. Printmaking led to new and exciting directions for dawn’s art expression and inspired the writing of a book titled “Pastel Innovations” in 2017 by NorthLight Publishers. Three new dvds were also produced by NorthLight, making a total of 6 instructional dvds now available. Dawn’s work has been exhibited in many national exhibits, and is available through the Mockingbird Gallery in Bend, OR. Dawn is a sought after as an art judge, workshop instructor, and inspiring demonstrator. Her passion is to help people find their own voice with art and her personal goal is to continue to grow as an artist as long as she lives.