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Tony Allain: Chasing the Light – Pastel Workshop


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Tony Allain’s workshop will include discussions on pastel painting materials, surfaces, developing your painting styles and working methods unique to pastels.

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Wednesday through Friday, June 26, 27 and 28  
from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

This is a 3 Day workshop in pastel painting.

Tony will share some of his working methods in this workshop, concentrating on painting land and seascapes that are filled with color and light. The class will explore the use of direct strokes on a textured surface to emphasize ‘brushwork’ and will learn how to simplify approach to achieve exciting impressionistic paintings.

This workshop is for those willing to go through the door marked ‘leaving the comfort zone’ and enter a world of exciting and expressive pastel application!

The class will experiment ways to introduce color and light into our work.  This workshop is designed for those wanting to speed up and become less tight in their work. Each day will start with a demonstration with heaps of challenges and loads of individual help at the easel.

Tony will share with the class the joy of the wonderful expressive medium of soft pastel.

Falmouth Art Center Refund Policy:

Refunds will not be given within one month of the start of a workshop. Workshops are not pro-rated. A $25 processing fee is withheld from all refunds.

The Art Center reserves the right to cancel any workshop due to insufficient enrollment, in which case tuition will be fully refunded.


Materials List

Bring as many artist quality soft pastels as you feel comfortable with. Color range is more important than quality.

Assortment of papers: Art Spectrum Colourfix Original texture, Uart, Pastel Premier, Canson Mi-Tientes, Wallis (if you have it) or handmade support.

Your sketch journals.
Pencils, ruler, masking tape or clips

Easel and smooth drawing/backing board, cushioned with foam board.

Hand wipes/Paper towels.\Photos, reference you feel at ease with.

Selection of permanent ink BLACK wedge/chisel shaped marker pens the fatter the better.

Toned sketch book (I will use a Strathmore toned tan and grey)

A few tubes of gouache. White, Naples Yellow, Cadmium Red, Orange, Fr. Ultra Blue and a decent watercolor brush.

Drop cloth

A sense of humor!!

I use mainly Unison, Great American, Ludwig, Schmincke.

Art Spectrum Original Texture: terracotta, burnt umber, raw sienna, soft beige, elephant.
Pastel Premier: Italian Clay, Terracotta.
Canson Mi-Tientes: mid grey, raw sienna.
A selection of these colors wood be a good start. Full sheets can be cut in half and or quarters.

We hope to complete up to six paintings per day.

For this workshop reference material is very important. I suggest that photos with strong composition, a good focal point, and value differences. Bring more than you think you’ll need. I will be more than willing to help you select your choices! If you have any questions at all, please feel free to contact me. I’m looking forward to working with you.


Instructor Bio

A prolific painter and teacher, Tony has gained many awards in juried competitions and exhibitions. Tony is a sought-after workshop instructor and his work has been represented throughout the country and beyond. His paintings are in private and corporate collections around the world including, England, USA, Australia, New Zealand, France.

Tony is a member of the Pastel Society UK, a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America, A Master Circle Member of the International Association of Pastel Societies and a Master of The Pastel Artists of New Zealand. He has been painting for over forty-five years. He is an impressionist pastel painter of light and movement, with a complete understanding of his surroundings. Tony has made is home in Cornwall and travels extensively throughout the United States and Europe teaching painting workshops.  

Private collections include Cunard Shipping, Guernsey Maritime Museum, Government House, Alderney, and Sir Elton John.

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