Capturing Light
Alain Picard
Soft Pastel
Cost: $425.00

Meets daily 9:30 AM–4:30 PM

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May 4–6, 2023
Lunch 12:30 - 1:30pm

4 spaces available.

The true subject of this three-day workshop is light. We’ll study the way light reveals form, color, and emotion by focusing each day on a unique subject.

We begin day one by studying the effect of dramatic light falling upon the still life, revealing form against strong shadow patterns. This is a wonderful opportunity to practice design and talk about the vocabulary of light and shadow. The second day our study will progress to light falling upon the portrait subject, guiding us toward using a consistent approach to capturing light across multiple subjects. The third day we investigate the light falling upon the landscape and seek to capture these effects quickly and boldly.

Throughout the workshop and regardless of subject, we’ll practice making small thumbnail sketches and color studies before progressing to larger works. This helps us learn how to simplify and capture the big shapes of light and shadow quickly, as well as to discern the value relationships of colors. There will be a constructive critique at the end of the workshop. You will leave feeling empowered to tackle any subject that comes your way by understanding how to see and capture the light!

About Alain Picard    
Alain J. Picard is an award-winning artist, instructor, author and speaker. His acclaimed pastel and oil paintings have been exhibited throughout the US, Europe, China and the UK. Alain travels internationally as an art instructor, demonstrator, speaker and artistic advocate for the vulnerable.
Alain’s work and writing have been featured on numerous occasions in such publications as The Artist's Magazine, The Pastel Journal, and Practique des Arts. In an effort to share his passion for art, Alain has written three instructional books, including “Mastering Pastel” and “Beginning Drawing,” and stars in a growing collection of instructional art videos.
Alain has lectured and demonstrated for The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the National Arts Club in New York City, Vose Galleries in Boston, MA, the IAPS Convention in Albuquerque, NM, and the Biennial International Pastel Art Exhibition at Ming Gallery in Suzhou, China.
Alain has garnered top awards in esteemed exhibitions, including the Pastel Society of America, The American Artists Professional League, Hudson Valley Art Association, the Portrait Society of America, and the International Association of Pastel Societies (IAPS). He is a judge and juror of international exhibitions, and a sought-after portrait artist and landscape painter. He makes his home in Connecticut with his wife and two sons.

Instructor website: www.picardstudio.com