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Workshop Schedule, “Pastel en plein air” The workshop schedule is open to change, as the situation requires. It is best
to check-in when arriving and leaving for updates.
theories. Pastel Pointers: Top 100 Secrets for Beautiful Pastel Paintings, North Light Books. Richard’s 2010 book will
be frequently referenced throughout the workshop. This will used as a textbook in lieu of handouts.
Afternoon: Outdoor Location - A quick Pastel Field Sketch demonstration on the basics of working “en plein air”. The
importance of composition and value relationships will be the focus. The remaining afternoon students will work on
location with individual help at the easel.
Tuesday - 9 AM: Outdoor Location – Pastel demonstration utilizing a pastel underpainting.
Afternoon: Students paint on location with individual help at the easel.
Wednesday - 9 AM: Classroom introduction to wet mixed-media underpainting techniques.
Afternoon: Students work in the classroom with individual help at the easel.
Evening: Class dinner and slide presentation.
9 AM: Outdoor Location – Pastel demonstration utilizing a mixed-media underpainting.
Afternoon: Painting on location with individual help at the easel.
9 AM: Student’s paint in classroom with individual help at the easel.
1:30 PM: In-depth Critique begins in classroom - Bring the weeks work along with a portfolio of images for the
critique the last day. Originals, prints, and photos are welcome.
Richard McKinley has been a professional working artist/teacher for over 40 years. His work is represented in
several national galleries and is in the permanent collection of the Butler Institute of American Art Museum. He holds
artist membership at the Salmagundi Club in NYC and has participated in their American Masters Exhibition. In 2010
he was inducted into The Pastel Society of America's Hall of Fame at the National Arts Club in NYC and in 2012
designated Pastel Laureate by the Pastel Society of the West Coast. His oil and pastel paintings have been featured in
numerous National/International art publications including: Southwest Art, American Artist, Workshop magazine,
Artist magazine, Practique des Arts, and since 2003 has been a frequent contributing editor to the Pastel Journal. He
has been included in numerous art books and years of his published materials were compiled in 2010 by North Light
publications into the best selling book: "Pastel Pointers, Top Secrets for Beautiful Pastel Paintings". Currently, a
coffee table sized book featuring over 100 of Richard's pastel and oil paintings is in the works.
An avid plein air painter, Richard divides his time between painting the locations he is passionate about, reinterpreting
those paintings back in the studio, writing about art matters, and instructing workshops.