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Instructor: Mary Jane Erard
Ages: Mature Teens + Adults
Skill level: intermediate to advanced. *Some basic knowledge of drawing from life is required. Students working in Oil Pastel should have taken MJ's Intro to Oil Pastel workshop or have working knowledge of Oil Pastels.
Dates: Sunday, September 23rd, 2018 from 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Sunday, November 11th, 2018 from 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Note: This is not a multi-session class. Each workshop is separate and individually priced at $40.00.

Learn how to create a still life painting using impressionistic painting techniques. Instead of painting from photographs, students will paint from an actual still life arrangement recreated from well known impressionist paintings. 

All supplies provided, but students should purchase or bring their own paper. Those working in Soft Pastel should buy any sanded pastel paper in any color they prefer in at least 9" X 12" size, not to exceed 11" X 14". Those who prefer to work in Oil Pastel should bring a sheet of Arches Watercolor or Arches Oil paper, least 9" X 12" size, not to exceed 11" X 14". Preliminary sketch paper will be provided and pastel kits will be available to borrow in class.

Note: *Students with NO prior drawing experience are encouraged to take a "Drawing for Beginners" workshop with Deb Buchanan, or another drawing workshop offered at The Depo, The Toledo Museum of Art, or The Toledo Artist's Club. Paul Brand, Katie Delay, and Jenny Giovanucci are excellent drawing instructors and highly recommended by The Depo. Info on our Drawing for Beginners Workshop, hosted every 7 weeks in the Toledo Depo is available here:

About the Instructor:
Mary Jane Erard is an award-winning artist painting in soft pastel, oil pastel, gouache and oil. Her works are usually rural landscapes of the US and Europe. During the past 15 years Mary Jane's paintings have been accepted in 60 juried exhibitions and have won over 35 awards. She has also exhibited in over 11 national and international solo shows. Mary Jane's artwork has been published several times in national magazines and books. Three of her paintings were published in the book "Best of Pastel Painters". Mary Jane is a juried member of the Pastel Society of America and a juried member of the Degas Pastel Society. MJ is represented by Collector's Corner at the Toledo Museum of Art where you can find several of her paintings on display at all times in her own corner of the gallery and the Robin B Gallery in Chicago.

***Please read our class cancellation policy before registering by clicking  here.***

Please register as soon as you plan on attending. Classes that don't reach the minimum number of students required will be canceled 48 hours before the day of class. Last minute registrations are accepted if class minimum is met and space allows. Early registration is encouraged.

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