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County Art Workshops presents:

"Bringing Out Your Focal Point"

with Jessica Masters, MPAC

May 24 - 26, 2019

painting of a bright yellow leafed tree in the woods

Pastel painting of a crowd at the beach

painting of seagull standing

Painting by Jessica Masters of two people walking toward a crowd at the beach

Workshop Overview

Intermediate Level Pastel Workshop. Jessica will demonstrate and integrate class exercises to grow and challenge participants' skill sets. Independent working time will be accompanied by one-on-one consultations to ensure that participants can apply the course material using their own style. The workshop will end with a supportive group critique that benefits everyone's learning outcomes and take aways.

Workshop Goals

• How to identify your focal point
• Effective cropping strategies
• Selecting your colour palette
• Strategies of contrast

Workshop Limited to 15 Participants. Book Now!

Fee: $375 CDN
The workshop fee includes refreshments and lunch on Saturday and Sunday.

Payment information will be provided after the registration form has been submitted.

Workshop Agenda

2:00PM - 3:00PM
Jessica will set the goals for the weekend, and make a presentation of works from past and contemporary pastel artists to illustrate how others have established their focal points.

3:00PM - 5:30PM
After Jessica completes her lecture and demo, students will complete an exercise applying some of the basic principles used to emphasize focal points. 

9:30AM - 4:30PM
After discussing reference photos with Jessica, participants will begin painting with individual tutoring and exercises throughout the day.

9:30AM - 3:00PM
Participants will continue painting with individual tutoring and exercises throughout the day.

3:00PM - 4:00PM
Group critique.

Coffee and snacks will be served mid-morning and afternoon. A simple lunch, included in the registration fee, will be provided both days.

The materials list will be sent out with workshop receipts.

Jessica Masters standing in front of the ocean, smiling at the camera over her shoulder

About Jessica Masters

"I paint what is important to me, what impacts my life, my family, my history, and the landscape around me. I've lived in Ontario, Britain, and Quebec, and these places and experiences come out in different ways in the work that I do. Regardless of my subject matter or medium, I strive to create an atmosphere and mood in each piece that viewers can connect with."

Jessica Masters is an award-winning artist who works from her studio in Guelph. She teaches courses in both painting and dry pastel. Jessica's work is held in private and corporate collections throughout Canada, United States, Australia and New Zealand. You can also find her work in several galleries in Toronto, Oakville, Waterloo and in Guelph. Jessica holds Master Pastelist status in the Pastel Artists of Canada.

Outside of Baxter Arts

About the Venue

This workshop is hosted at Baxter Arts which is located at 3 Stanley St, Bloomfield in Prince Edward County, Ontario. This bright, open space is geared to serving the needs of the arts community. The Baxter Arts Centre purchased this building with the support of over 30 County artists, arts organizations and businesses. It assumed ownership in May 2011 with the promise that it would return the building to community use by making it a centre for arts education and expression.