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Piedmont Pastel Society

Robert Carsten- Mastering Our Individual Expression

  • 01 Jan 2019
  • 9:30 AM
  • 02 Jan 2019
  • 4:30 PM
  • Youth Hall, Cornwell Center, Charlotte, NC
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Robert Carsten Workshop


Mastering Our Individual Expression

Nov. 6-8 2019, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

Youth Hall, Cornwell Center, Charlotte NC

Join master pastelist and widely popular instructor, Robert Carsten, PSA-MP, IASS-MC, in exploring varied ways to express ideas and feelings in our pastel paintings. Each day begins with an introduction of characteristics and concepts, and a demonstration of techniques related to the day’s theme. Robert will discuss and demonstrate concepts about exploring and expressing our individuality and personality through art and ways to explore and advance these concepts going forward. Robert’s workshops are known for being highly educational, lots of fun through visual exploration of ideas and plenty of painting time. Demonstrations, helpful individual and group critiques are all designed to foster the thrill and joy in exploring, learning and creating.

All levels welcome beginner through advanced. 

Day 1: Lessons from the Impressionists: Designing light and shadow Convey spontaneity of response through quick-sketch techniques and layered paintings. Concentration will be on design, underpainting techniques in pastel and overpainting mark making strategies and practice. 

Day 2: Lessons from the Tonalists: Creating poetic, evocative moods Learn to use color tone’s emotive qualities to create outstanding characteristics to your landscapes. Techniques of using acrylic (using three primary colors and white) underpainting to add depth and texture, concentration on edges and tonal weight and balance.

Day 3: Lessons from the Colorists: Passionate color in the landscape Explore the interactive qualities of acrylic (using three primary colors and white) and pastel used together throughout the painting process to greatly enhance expressive qualities and add pizzazz to your paintings. Capture the textural and fluid, transparent characteristics of acrylics juxtaposed with the color intensity, opacity and notable mark making characteristics of pastel for absolutely eye-catching results.

Members - $390

Non-Members- $410

Pastelist and multimedia artist Robert Carsten studied at the Art Students League of New York, Rhode Island School of Design and the Accademia di Belle Arti, Italy. He is a signature member, master pastelist and honorary board member of the Pastel Society of America; masters circle artist in the International Association of Pastel Societies (IAPS); Honorary Lifetime Member of the Southwest Florida Pastel Society; and a longtime popular national and international workshop instructor and exhibitions juror. He recently was the judge of awards for the 2018 IAPS international online exhibition, co-juror for Pastel Society of America’s Annual International exhibition and juror of interior and still life for Pastel Journal’s 100, among others. He has authored numerous articles on art and artists for Pastel Journal, The Artist’s Magazine, Watercolor Magazine, and PleinAir Magazine. His pastel paintings have been shown in many museums and galleries,are collected worldwide and have garnered many awards including several Best of Shows. His work has been featured in Pure Color/The Best of Pastel; Acrylic Works 4/The Best of Acrylic; Strokes of Genius/The Best of Drawing; Finding Your Style in Pastel; Pastel Journal; American Art Review; The Artist's Magazine; and other publications.

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