Colored Pencil: The Drama of Realism and Abstraction in One

September 19-20, 2020

Schedule: Saturday-Sunday, 9am-4pm

Instructor: Rhonda Nass

Registration Deadline: Registration Closed

Due to coronavirus concerns, this class has been canceled. Please call our office with any questions:
(608) 987-3292.

Description

Contrasts in artwork have always been effective tools to engage viewers. In this two-day workshop we’ll focus on a realistic drawing style at the focal point using a unique layering technique to produce meticulous detail and color accuracy, then gradually transform to an abstract style as we move away from the center of interest. The paper will be dark in color with subject choices emerging in increasing light and color from the dark abstracted background … dramatic and impactful.

The technique is easy to learn, easy to do … just takes time. We’ll begin with a sample of colored pencil artists’ works, then you‘ll complete a sampler experimenting with application techniques. You’ll then begin an individualized artwork using your chosen subject matter, design and composition, and leave the workshop confident to complete (at your own pace, in your own space) the drawing beyond the workshop hours.

This style is a look I’ve wanted to try for decades, and I’m finally diving in wholeheartedly. I hope you’ll choose to join me in the fun.

Level Beginner and above

Class Size 12

Instructor Rhonda Nass

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  • Tuition $200
  • Materials Fee $8

Instructor

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Rhonda Nass

From the minute I began to draw a pencil profile of a classmate in my first high school art class, I was hooked on the limitless possibilities of communicating through art. The teacher of that class told me, "You could never be an artist." That's all a stubborn teenager needed to hear to launch her art career.…Read More

From the minute I began to draw a pencil profile of a classmate in my first high school art class, I was hooked on the limitless possibilities of communicating through art. The teacher of that class told me, “You could never be an artist.” That’s all a stubborn teenager needed to hear to launch her art career. I received an art education degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and shortly thereafter married Rick Nass, a classmate, and opened our illustration studio, Ampersand, beginning our lives as professional artists. We continue to operate Ampersand from our home/studio on the Wisconsin River in Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin. Artists most influential in developing my “style” are Caravaggio, Peter Paul Rubens, Wayne Thiebaud, Robert Bateman and Rick Nass. I regard contrasts (light, texture, color, space, temperature, etc.) as one of the most effective visual communication tools, so one can usually recognize my work by the distinctive treatment between foreground/background and dramatic light emerging from darkness. I’ll always be amazed that one can make a living doing what one loves, and can, in the process, keep stretching and passing discoveries on to others. It’s a gift for which I’ll continuously thank God.

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Colored Pencils: The Drama of Realism and Abstraction in One

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Cancellation Policy
While we recognize that life intrudes and plans change, in consideration of the time and energy instructors invest in preparing for classes, we must adhere to the following cancellation policies:

Student cancellations

> Cancellations made 31 days before the published registration deadline date for any given workshop are eligible for a full refund less 25% of the workshop fee OR a gift certificate in the full amount of the workshop fee. The gift certificate can be applied to workshops or lodging through Dec. 31 of the following year and is transferable.

> Cancellations made 30 days or less than the published registration deadline date for any given workshop are not eligible for refunds. We encourage all students to purchase trip insurance.

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> If Shake Rag Alley must cancel a class you will be notified immediately via email or phone and will receive a full refund.

> If a class does not meet a minimum number of students, it may be cancelled. A decision to cancel a class due to under enrollment will be made on the day following the published registration deadline.

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