The Beauty of Pastels with Susan Kuznitsky

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The Beauty of Pastels
Instructor: Susan Kuznitsky

Week 2: August 9-15, 2020

Follow Susan’s step-by-step approach from the underpainting to the finished piece using a photo reference.  Several different underpainting approaches will be demonstrated along with plenty of individual attention at the easel. Learn how make good choices on composition and color when working from a photo reference to create powerful, emotional pastel paintings. A variety of subject matter will be covered over the 5 days. Something for everyone!

You will have the option of painting along using the same photo reference as Susan.  This step-by-step method will provide an organized framework for your future pastel paintings taking the mystery out of where to start, what type of pastels to use, and saving you from feeling overwhelmed by unfamiliar or complicated subject matter. The procedure translates beautifully to other mediums.

A variety of reference material will be available or bring your own. All levels are welcome. This workshop will be packed with information and fun!

No class material fee 
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About Susan

Susan Kuznitsky had a classical art education at the American Academy of Art in Chicago. Having close access to the Art Institute, Kuznitsky fell in love with the Impressionists and became smitten with the pastels of that era.  After several years of working as a freelance portrait artist and wanting more education she moved to Woodstock, New York to study with Master Painter Albert Handell and became his studio assistant for two years. Kuznitsky moved back to Chicago and opened her own studio where she taught classes and workshops. During this time, she had the privilege of painting at the Palette and Chisel Academy of Fine Art alongside another Master Painter, Richard Schmid.

In the early 1990’s Kuznitsky moved to the Northwest. Portland has been home for the past 27 years. She has won numerous local and national awards for her work. For the past 3 years she has been teaching weekly classes at the Oregon Society of Artists.

“I have had the honor to work with some of the top painters in the country and it is my joy and responsibility to pass this information onto my students.”

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