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Pastel Painting-Astonishing Texture

Week 1: August 4-10, 2024 
Instructor: Trish Harding

Class Material Fee: $0


About the Workshop

Texture is pastel’s Super Power! And Menucha has its fair share of blinding sunlight, fast moving dramatic shadows & dazzling reflections and sunsets. Even though it is a dry medium, pastel is a perfect medium to find the drama and excitement of our local landscapes. All skill levels are welcome & will benefit from this class. Daily exercises will help students understand the medium including the qualities of different brands and when and where to use hard or soft. This is key to creating the desired texture! Guided painting time for your own vision will be enriched by photgraphs, sketches and plein air components.

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About Trish Harding

Trish Harding was born in Washington State and grew up on Lummi Island, literally feet from the water’s edge with a magnificent view of Mt Baker at the same time. She is the Salish Sea. Her formal art training includes Western Washington State College (now WWU), and The Academy of Art College, San Francisco. Trish is owner of Studio UFO in Bellingham, which has proven to be the hot spot in town for leading edge art and art education. Trish not only teaches painting at Studio UFO she also has been teaching at Whatcom Community College for 22 years, and Portland’s Creative Arts Community for over 20 years, and countless workshops around the Pacific Northwest. She is an art trip leader to various places in the world including Paris, France, San Miguel & Mexico City Mexico, Yellowstone Park & Cody, Wyoming, Ghost Ranch, New Mexico, Palm Springs, and Victoria BC, Canada. She has facilitated the Annual Downtown Bellingham Plein Air Paint Out and Exhibition (PAPO) event for 16 years. As a past president of the NW Pastel Society Trish established digital entries and newsletters updating the society to the digital age. In June of this year she moved back to her beloved Lummi Island delving even deeper into living on the edge of the Salish Sea and allowing her work to move naturally in a new direction.

Learn more about Trish on her website:

Instructor will provide:

  •  pastels to share

  • vine charcoal

  • value scale

  • color wheel

  •  photograph for exercises

What students should bring:

1. Soft Pastels...Bring what you have, if you do not have any bring a comprehensive set of colors, including a very light and a very dark. Most sets do not contain dark enough or light enough pastels so you may have to buy them separately. DO NOT BRING “OIL” PASTELS.


2. Three (or more) photographs (Landscapes with lots of texture) that you will use for your painting. These should be printed out, NOT ON A PHONE OR IPAD!


3. 2 FULL sheets of medium valued gray colored Mi Tientes Pastel Paper for exercises, 19X25”. These full sheets should be cut in HALF BEFORE CLASS!


4. 2 full sheets (more if you work fast) of White Uart Sanded Pastel Paper (OR SIMILAR OTHER BRAND IS OK)


5. Masking Tape


6. Drawing Board 23 ½ X 26”


7. Hand lotion  


Supplies can be found online. Dick Blick is a good resource. Be sure to get your supplies well ahead of class as the items may be back ordered.

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